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Blood and Ice [Kindle Edition]

Robert Masello
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Journalist Michael Wilde—his world recently shattered by tragedy—has come to the South Pole looking for solace and a new lease on life. But what he finds on a routine dive in the polar sea is something else entirely: the bodies of a young man and a young woman, bound with chains and sealed forever in a block of ice. Beside them is an ancient chest filled with a sinister cargo. Wilde’s search to unravel the mystery of this doomed couple will lead from the battlefields of the Crimean War to the unexplored depths of the Antarctic Ocean, where an age-old curse survives to this day. And as the ice around the lovers begins to melt, Wilde will witness what may be a miracle—or a nightmare—in the making.  What is dead, it turns out, is not always gone.

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Starred Review. In the prologue to this exceptional supernatural thriller from Masello (Bestiary), two lovers—Lt. Sinclair Copley of the 17th Lancers and Eleanor Ames, a nurse from Florence Nightingale's Harley Street hospital in London—fall into ice-strewn seas from a British sloop foundering near Antarctica in 1856. In the present, Seattle writer Michael Wilde, who's recovering from a personal tragedy, can't resist the opportunity to go to Antarctica to write a magazine article about the Point Adélie research station. Past and present stories alternate until Michael makes an amazing discovery in a submerged block of ice off the Antarctic coast—two frozen bodies, bound in chains. After Sinclair and Eleanor revive, Masello slowly and subtly reveals how they came to transcend death. The thrills and, most decidedly, the chills mount to a believable, sad and hopeful ending. Fans of John Campbell's Who Goes There?—the basis for the movie The Thing—will find much to like. (Feb.)
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*Starred Review* On assignment at a South Pole scientific research station, travel writer Michael Wilde makes a staggering discovery: a man and a woman, bound together by chains, perfectly preserved in the ice. Although the novel doesn’t star Carter Cox, who was featured in Masello’s Bestiary (2006) and Vigil (2005), it does have much in common with those supernatural thrillers, especially the mixture of past and present. The author tells two stories at the same time: the story of Michael, plunging back into work to make himself stop grieving over a recent personal tragedy; and the story of Sinclair and Eleanor, soldier and nurse, respectively, who meet in the mid-1850s and are, for reasons that remain a mystery for much of the book, eventually chained together and tossed into the frigid Antarctic waters. The novel has all the trappings of a supernatural thriller—a dark secret, a mysterious substance in a bottle, a dead man who won’t stay dead—but in its heart it’s a love story, a tale of devotion and sacrifice and survival against astronomical odds. Stylishly written, with a well-crafted story and a cast of vividly realized characters, the novel could propel the author out of his horror niche and into the mainstream. --David Pitt

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  • File Size: 1543 KB
  • Print Length: 515 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1407053167
  • Publisher: Bantam (February 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL81A
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sneaks up on you a bit, but also predictable March 29, 2009
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From the bare synopsis, I thought this might be something like "The Da Vinci Code" in the South Pole. I quickly realized that was not the case. It's a little more like the way Clive Cussler uses a historical incident to launch each thriller, except that here, the historical incident is less frenetically paced, and occupies more of the book than the opening teaser.

The historical part of the book is more or less the love story between the dashing Lt. Sinclair Copley and nurse Eleanor Ames during the Crimean War. Oddly, however, the book opens with the two of them being chained up and thrown off a boat to drown in icy waters. It's later chapters that tell the story of how they got together.

The modern part of the story is about a photojournalist's trip to a research station at the South Pole, where he makes an . . . interesting discovery. The atmosphere is not unlike that in John Carpenter's "The Thing," minus of course the gory special effects.

It's really hard to say more without spoiling the plot of the book, so I won't. What I will say is that the plot twists are both predictable yet subtle, if that makes sense. In other words, the careful (or prolific) reader will have figured out what's going on before the reveal, but it's still satisfying all the same.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow going at first, but the pay off is worth it. June 27, 2009
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I'm not getting into too much of the plot, since there's a bit of a surprise about halfway through that is pretty great, but I will say you have to be patient getting there.

The first half of the book alternates two stories with its chapters, one part is a romance between a soldier and a nurse in England in the 1800's, that part is pretty cool, and I found the characters interesting.

The other part is about a photojournalists trip to the South Pole. While I imagine the description of life on the South Pole is fairly accurate, it was also fairly boring to read. So for the first half the book, I kept wondering, "where is this going, they keep going back and forth between past and present and the present stuff is kinda boring. Whats the point."

Then, halfway through, the plot takes a turn that I really didn't see coming, and I couldn't put the book down.

I won't spoil it, but it was a fun, fast read after that. Ending could've used some work, but if you're patient, you'll enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cold Play April 9, 2009
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You may remember "From Dusk Till Dawn", a 1996-cult movie with the unlikely cast of Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, and Quentin Tarantino. Starting out as a "Natural Born Killers"-like robbery and murder extravaganza, Clooney and team take an unexpected and bizarre turn at the halfway point, abruptly taking the theme from simple crime to tacky horror. One could argue that author Robert Masello, a screen writer himself, watched one too many re-runs of "Dusk Till Dawn" before penning "Blood and Ice", a mishmash of history, science, legend, folklore, and love that careens from theme to theme with little depth and less credibility, a preposterous cross between Lincoln Child/Douglas Preston, Michael Crichton, Robin Cook and Stephen King.

That's not to say "Blood and Ice" isn't somewhat entertaining - and even in part illuminating. In a novel that spans more than a century-and-a-half across three continents (including Antarctica, the ultimate off-the-beaten track locale and primary setting for the novel), Masello covers some neat historical ground with Florence Nightingale - yep, that same mid-19th century "woman with the lamp" reformer of patient care - and the much forgotten Crimean War (which would likely be totally forgotten were it not for Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade", which also plays prominently here). So by now, if you're wondering how to connect the dots between The Crimean War and Antarctica, leave that to Michael Wilde, a twenty-something photojournalist from Tacoma who lands a thirty day "Eco-Travel Magazine" junket to the bottom of the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Robert Masello's "Blood and Ice" is a well written and reasonably suspenseful thriller/horror novel.

No plot spoilers from me, the story centers around a photojournalist (Michael Wilde) who takes an assignment in Antarctica to more or less re-kickstart his life after a tragic accident that left his lover in a coma. Masello jumps us around in time and place to build the back-story of the other two main characters, Sinclair and Eleanor from 19th Century Europe. While this was somewhat confusing at first, as even the time jumps were not linear, it started to make sense a few chapters in.

As the stories converge, you get the feeling that Massello did a lot of research on cold climate living as the environment described was very believable. I enjoyed the details and descriptive text that brought a clear picture of life in the Antarctic. The isolation also added to the suspense of the story line.

I enjoy vampire novels and this one had enough mystery and original ideas to make it a worthwhile read. Like most books of this genre, it requires some suspension of disbelief and acceptance of "pseudo-science" as plot devices to move the story along.

Recommended for fans of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. Writing is well done- one knows a lot of research was part of the plot. It took some turns I might not have chosen to read about but made good sense in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara C Hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars Masello does a nice job of offering a scientific explanation for why...
This is a unique and outstanding addition to the literature on vampires. Masello does a nice job of offering a scientific explanation for why vampires are the way they are, while... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terry Bacon
2.0 out of 5 stars Passable first 84 pages out of a deflated 500
When I found this withdrawn and on sale for $1.00 from my local library, and with a cover a bit scarier than the one displayed, I figured, even if this provided say, 1/10th of a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by EngineerDude
Having thoroughly enjoyed reading The Romanov Cross by this author, I was naturally looking forward to reading Blood and Ice. I was not in the least disappointed! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Writing, Bad Editing
This book is almost inexplicably bad. It is bad in so many ways, that I'm not sure where to begin. Let's take the plunge. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cynthia C.C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but entertaining
Nice pace, good plot but predictable and therefore disappointingly low on suspense. I appreciate the novel twist on the vampire legend, but became very predictable and cliche once... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gerardeen Santiago
2.0 out of 5 stars oh no
It started out so nice and then when it became vampires and such, I thought oh really. It was ridiculous. So we had it all... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sue Novak
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a thriller
Conceptually, this is a solid book with interesting characters, an intriguing story-line and a unique geographic background to set it all in. Read more
Published 18 months ago by E. Raye
3.0 out of 5 stars Just another vampire/zombie story
Just a bubblegum for the mind story. I read it all the way through but I will not keep this on my Kindle. Not worth the space.
Published 20 months ago by Mollie
4.0 out of 5 stars Travelogue on Ice
Interesting bits on Antarctica, and the Russian/British/French war(the war was fought not only in the Crimea), OK love story I guess. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gustav W. Gere
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Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the bestselling author of many books, including the historical thrillers "The Romanov Cross," "The Medusa Amulet," and "Blood and Ice," all published by Bantam/Random House in both hardcover and mass market editions.

His new novel of supernatural suspense, "The Einstein Prophecy," is coming out in the summer of 2015.

Published in as many as fifteen languages, his work has been acclaimed by literary critics from such prominent publications as the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle to The Times of London and The Guardian. Of his epic adventure, "Blood and Ice," the reviewer in USA Today proclaimed, "It's what would happen if H.G. Wells, Stephenie Meyer and Michael Crichton co-wrote a suspense novel!"

Earlier works, first published by Simon and Schuster and Penguin, have recently been reissued as e-books by Open Road. These include the novels entitled "The Spirit Wood," "Black Horizon," and "Private Demons," and two nonfiction studies of the occult, "Fallen Angels and Spirits of the Dark," and its companion volume "Raising Hell: A Concise History of the Black Arts and Those Who Dared to Practice Them."

His novel "Vigil," a Berkley book which appeared on the USA Today bestseller list in 2005, and its sequel, "Bestiary" (2006), are also now available in digital format.

His articles, essays and reviews have appeared often in such publications as New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Town and Country, Travel and Leisure, The Washington Post, Elle, People, Parade, and The Wilson Quarterly. His nonfiction book, "Robert's Rules of Writing" (a Los Angeles Times bestseller) has been adopted in many high school and college classrooms, and his guide to the television industry -- "A Friend in the Business: Honest Advice for Anyone Trying to Break Into Television Writing" -- continues to explain the intricacies of the TV field to newcomers. "Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published" (Owl/Holt) performs the same function for aspiring authors everywhere.

Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Masello studied writing at Princeton under the noted authors Geoffrey Wolff and the late Robert Stone, whose passing was a loss to all who knew him, or his work. After graduation, Masello moved to New York City, where he worked on staff at Esquire and GQ before embarking on his solo writing career. In 1991, he relocated to California where he wrote for television programs airing on the CBS, FOX, Showtime and Syfy channels. His produced credits include such popular shows as "Charmed," "Sliders," "Poltergeist," and "Early Edition." For six years, he also served as the Visiting Lecturer in Literature at Claremont McKenna College. A longstanding member of the Writers Guild of America West, he now lives and works a few blocks from the beach in Santa Monica, California.

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