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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.
I really loved this book! What an amazing adventure, so realistic, so artfully crafted, and such an epic tale. I was captivated!Published 1 day ago by crazyrider
A really good book. Full of action and mystery. I read it really fast and could not put it down.Published 3 days ago by Lyle McVicar
Cardboard characters, huge big plot holes, bogus science, willing suspension of disbelief streeeetched (and SNAP!)....
HOWEVER. Read more
I have always enjoyed both Mr Child and Mr Preston's novels. This is one of their best. Exciting from first page to last and still wanting more.Published 9 days ago by Katie
Fully give five stars. A little long and drawn out in places but I found myself going to "George's' reading room" just to get a few more pages in.Published 26 days ago by Red
Great characters and riveting story! Can't wait to read the next chapter and am wondering how Eli got off the ship.Published 1 month ago by where4
I've read many Preston/Child books and absolutely love most of what they have written together. But, "Ice Limit" no so much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Animal
I originally read this fifteen years ago, as of 2015, and I still remember it as another non-Pendergast effort from two of my favorite authors. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fred Rayworth