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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 have read every Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child book to date.
If you like action, fast pace, reading that keeps you interested, on edge and an end that is just great, this is something you must read.
The only thing I did not like is the ending, which I feel a bit exaggerated and with catastrophic premises.
I enjoyed the story - didn't absolutely love it but it piqued my interest to read other books by these authors. Would have liked a more resolved ending.Published 3 days ago by Laura
This is one of those novels that you just "know" that it is going to be an good book. Then as you go along, you realize that there is just something about this book that... Read morePublished 8 days ago by J. Stroh
Loved it! It was a thrilling treasure hunt that Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are masters of. Was mind blown that some of the story was based of factual events.Published 8 days ago by Hstone
Nobody writes like Preston and Child. Once you start a book it's impossible to put it down until you arrive at the last page. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Diana
On a hunch, that Preston & Child couldn't possibly produce a really bad book, I decided to take the chance that this would be another pearler. Read morePublished 18 days ago by JT
Once again Preston and Child succeed as a writing team in a captivating novel with a great mixture of interesting characters, real-world locations, existing science and just enough... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Gaucho Veloz
Thriller as usual. Always a fast read that is enjoyable. Pure except.Published 25 days ago by nerrn
Very suspenseful. Love these authors. They always deliver.Published 28 days ago by Marcella Merkley