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Fortunately for Lloyd, he knows people--people like Eli Glinn, the hyper-focused president of Effective Engineering Solutions, Inc.; Glinn's nonconformist, genius of a mathematician, Rachel Amira; and the uncannily able construction engineer, Manuel Garza. Lloyd's also tapped the brilliant but disgraced meteorite hunter, Sam McFarlane, and the exceptional supertanker captain, Sally Britton, whose career was unshipped by intemperance and a reef. Of course, such a team has a hefty price tag:
Lloyd's broad features narrowed. "And that is... "EES's plan is to obtain mining rights to the island, secure the allegiance of various Chilean functionaries via blinding sums of money, disguise a state-of- the-art supertanker as a decrepit ore rig, mine the rock, slip it into the ship, and zip back to New York to thunderous notoriety. Unforeseen, however, are a rogue Chilean naval captain, seas to make Sebastian Junger boot, and a blood-red meteorite of undetermined pedigree and a habit of discharging billions of volts of electricity for no apparent reason.
"One hundred and fifty million dollars. Including chartering the transport vessel. FOB the Lloyd Museum."
Lloyd's face went pale. "My God. One hundred and fifty million... " His chin sank onto his hands. "For a ten-thousand-ton rock. That's... "
"Seven dollars and fifty cents a pound," said Glinn.
Like Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's earlier collaborations (Relic, Thunderhead, and others), The Ice Limit tools along swiftly, blending nicely drawn characters (excepting, regrettably, the book's true protagonist, the meteorite), a reasonably exciting narrative, and enough graspable science and plausible-seeming theories to bring readers happily up to speed and keep them climax-bound. Not the authors' best effort, certainly, but a fine diversion nonetheless. --Michael Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As usual, this is a great concept and well written but it was a dissatisfying take as it really just was sad and ended badly. That always frustrates me.Published 1 hour ago by N. Pope
Is there a sequel? If not I am still left wondering. The conclusion is leaving me going back to see if I missed some pages on my Kindle inadvertently. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Lorraine
I previously read a Douglas Preston book and got hooked. I found this author while searching for another Preston book and gave it try. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Anthony J. Taddeo
Good entertainment and drama Building up untill the very endPublished 18 days ago by Villy Vilstrup
Great story,the characters in this story are very well developed,and I hope he writes a follow up story!!!Published 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
Kept me on the edge of my seat and could not put the book down. To me that rates a five star.Published 26 days ago by Murray
As per usual, Preston and Child keep you on the edge of your seat! A great readPublished 29 days ago by Brenda Littlefield