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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.
Preston&Child are favorites of mine. the stories are always well crafted and the characters well developed always a great read.Published 1 month ago by Gregory Campbell
It seemed to start slow compared to other Preston/Child novels, but made up for lost time and more. Exciting and interesting; I need more Eli Glinn novels.Published 1 month ago by ElizabethDel
Can't go wrong buying any book these authors have written. A good read.Published 1 month ago by Tammy Herzog
Well-researched and well-written. The many conflicts in the story, between characters, man and nature, and man and the things that drive him and sometimes destroy him, make this a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith Costigan
One of the best books I have read in a long time. I have been a fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child for a while. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve
The Preston-Child collaboration never disappoints, and this is a particularly creative, entertaining iteration! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pilar