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Despite the submarine cover art and the rather awkward title, this is no by-the-numbers military thriller: rather, it's a full-blooded, multidimensional adventure story set in the frozen wilds of Alaska, both atop the ice and underneath it. And it's one heck of a fun ride. Matthew Pike is a Fish and Game officer cataloging bear populations in the remote Brooks Range--but he's also an ex-Green Beret, which comes in handy when trouble drops out of the sky in the form of a crashed bush plane, a cryptic survivor, and some very nasty and well-equipped pursuers. Meanwhile, an American submarine stumbles on an abandoned research station buried under the Arctic ice cap, unleashing a race to conceal the horrors that took place there and to capture the priceless scientific secret still locked within.

James Rollins invokes the polar environment so vividly you can hear the wind shriek and feel the ice forming on your nose, and the scientific/medical puzzles at the story's heart may remind you of Michael Crichton's best. The characters, while mostly familiar hero or villain types, are crisply drawn and in some cases quite sympathetic, but it's the nonstop action that carries you along. During several climactic chase scenes, you may find yourself laughing in pure delight--or gasping for breath--as Rollins keeps finding ways to ratchet up the tension one more notch. Ice Hunt is an escapist's delight. --Nicholas H. Allison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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While Clive Cussler maintains the gold standard in action lit, Rollins has a firm grasp on the silver. Some astonishing threat or daring feat explodes into print on nearly every page, but that's the author's weakness as well as his strength, because in Rollins's books character and even plot take a backseat to sheer action. Rollins set his last novel, Amazonia, in steaming jungles; here he does a 180 and tells a tale of brutal cold, above and beneath the North Pole ice cap. An experimental American sub comes across an abandoned Soviet polar station encased in an iceberg. Meanwhile, a Russian admiral, the son of the man who once ran the station, is preparing to alter world history by exploding a nuclear weapon at the polar cap, melting it and flooding the globe. And Fish and Game warden Matt Pike, a former Green Beret, comes across a downed aircraft in the Alaskan mountains and rescues the sole survivor, who says he's a journalist on his way to the American polar station; immediately, Matt and the survivor are relentlessly pursued by black-clad Russian special forces. Eventually all parties, including Matt's estranged wife, end up at the abandoned polar station or the nearby American station; Russians and Americans, including Delta Force, battle fiercely over the privilege of exposing or forever hiding the secret of the Russian station, and in turn they must combat the prehistoric predators who roam the Russian station in search of warm meat. The plot is preposterous from the get-go, and Rollins's characters, though fully drawn, have about as much effect on the novel's course as riders on a roller-coaster-which is what this novel is, and a first class one at that if maximum mayhem is desired.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061965847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061965845
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Blending science and history, his action adventure novels have been praised as "enormously engrossing" (NPR) and "smart, entertaining adventure fiction" (New York Journal of Books). Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, CA. He currently resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By "miss_caprice" on July 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm not going to bother giving you a synopsis of the storyline for this novel, the publisher's blurb preceding these reviews does a fine job of that. Personally, I think this book is probably the most action packed of Rollins' collection of novels. I was hooked by page 25, talking to myself as I cheered on the good guy as he escaped from snipers by page 59, was forgetting to make myself some supper by page 150, living on popcorn and Coke Classic by page 300 with nothing on my mind but reaching the end of this fun ride! This book is packed with nail biting chases and battles, a white knuckle plane ride in the first 100 pages that will leave you breathless and hoping you see it on the big screen one day and more than enough interesting twists and turns to make you drool with anticipation and suspense. I won't give anything away in regards to the base storyline or what you'll find lurking deep in that ice station but believe me, it will be worth the time you invest to read this book. All the excitement comes together into a climactic ending that will make your jaw drop. Rollins incorporated a nice mix of different characters, some more intense than others but all relevant to the storyline and for moving it forward. An absolutely brilliant story with a very imaginative ending. I absolutely LOVED this book!!! This was how action/adventure was meant to be written!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Tortorella VINE VOICE on March 8, 2004
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Once again Rollins takes readers on a roller coaster ride, coupling brisk action with better-than-average characterization for an author of plot-based thrillers. I think the thing I admire most about Rollins is his superb imagination. He manages to make unbeliveable plots seem factual. What a talent! The "things never meant to survive or be found" were wrapped in enough scientific plausibility to allow the the reader to engage completely in the story. Also Rollins created a very interesting array of characters who work well together in all aspects. I never miss a Rollins book, for the simple reason that his batting average is so darn good. His novels range from very good to spectacular--this makes me await eagerly each new book. If you like LOTS of action, suspense, narrow escapes, some who DON'T escape, original plot lines, and likeable characters, you really can't go wrong with a Rollins story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 25, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once upon a time there were walking whales. Anxious to appear in a James Rollins novel these little scamps moved to the North Pole, got fat, and developed a nasty temper and an appetite to match. Millennia passed and the whales wound up frozen in the ice until a research team discovered them and promptly set up and under ice research station to study the whales and suspended animation. Experimenting, of course, on human subjects. But Ice Station Grendel suffers a mysterious accident and all are lost. With the Cold War's beginning Station Grendel and its monsters are conveniently forgotten until the USS Polar Sentinel, while trying an experimental sonar, rediscovers the base and the horrors within it.

When Matthew Pike, an Alaskan Fish and Game officer rescues a newspaper reporter from a plane crash, the last thing he expects is to become the target of a series of cold-blooded killers. Before he knows it, he, the newspaperman, and Matt's ex-wife Sheriff Jennifer Aratauk are the focus of a wild chase over frozen fields and icebergs. Inevitably, the chase leads them to the Ice Station where their fates and that of the researchers become intertwined.

For all that the Grendels spend a lot of time dining on unsuspecting researchers, they are hardly the real monsters. Russian strike teams arrive in their own submarine and U.S. Delta teams join the fray with their own hidden agenda. The base hides more than one secret and several governments have no intention of letting the events of the past or the present become public knowledge. Soon everyone is trying to blow someone else up, and the world is in danger of an ice melt that dwarfs the threats of global warming.

This is classic James Rollins.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on February 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This was my first Rollins book, finished a month ago. The first thing that popped into my head: you get your money's worth. Rollins's book is thick, and took longer for me to get through than most books. I found this quality intriguing, to say the least, since I almost feel like Rollins isn't leaving any details out.

Let me get this out of the way: the title *is* a little awkward and it's since grown on me. Still, while reading, I always imagined that I would've picked up the book sooner had it been titled with a little more panache.

Rollins's characters are built up, with backstories, twists, and realistic physical descriptions, combined to help you actually visualize the character, rather than someone your mind just 'plugs in' until the book is through.

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My only regret is the second half of the book. There's just too much ding-dang fighting. In first half, you have adventure, discovery, characters doing fun things with the ice... but the second half is non-stop accusing, escaping, explosions, weather being bad... if I were an editor, it could've been trimmed 50 pages.
*** End Sort of Possible Spoiler***

Anyway, this book has me hooked. I'm including Rollins in my usual fare of annual reads.

For a quick additional read, I recommend reading this article on sonar before beginning the book. I found that sonar is a little more confusing than I grew up believing: [...]
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