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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.
A fun read. ...I love it when I am completely engaged in a book. I did not want to put it down.Published 8 days ago by River
Preston ans Cilds are one of my top 5 authors. Great Plot and characters.Published 10 days ago by Steve B
incredible story and a fast mloving train finish. excellent excellentPublished 15 days ago by barbara andreadis
This story is timeless. I could see James Cameron making a dynamite movie out of this.Published 22 days ago by Kathy M. Scheidegger
This is one of those books so well done that you have difficulty putting it even to eat. Great characters, plot, and technology. Read morePublished 22 days ago by James
In my opinion, in the top three of all the Preston/Child effortsPublished 27 days ago by charles sessoms
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 28 days 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 28 days ago by Lorraine