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Ice Tomb Second Edition [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Jackson , Matthew Birtch
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The year is 2015. Deep within the Antarctic Ice Sheet a hotspot suddenly appears on satellite tracking. The US science team, sent from McMurdo Station to investigate, finds an icy graveyard. Minutes later, their transmission is cut off. The last sounds heard over the radio are their screams.

NASA lures volcanologist Erica Daniels to a conference in Houston by promising to consider her for their upcoming mission--establishing the first moon base. Instead, her archrival and ex-lover, David Marsh, gets the plum assignment, while she's sent to Antarctica to lead a new team beneath the ice. An irritating British archaeologist and a brilliant Russian astrophysicist join her on a journey through unforgiving snowscapes and mysterious ice tunnels. They present her with extraordinary suggestions for the origin of the hotspot. Along the way, Erica unearths scientific marvels that might just prove her own theory. But why is the ice sheet littered with bodies? Is the activity under the ice the remnants of an ancient civilization or is there a more sinister explanation? To discover the truth Erica will have to join forces with the man she despises--a man who's on the moon.

A Note From the Author

Dear Potential Reader,

Ice Tomb is a novel I wrote ten years ago. I attempted a rewrite, performed some minor surgery, but ultimately made few changes since other projects were consuming my time and imagination. It blends ROMANTIC elements with SCI-FI (both hard science and fantastical). Although several critics enjoyed the story, it has flaws--the product of an initial effort and a Hollywood-influenced imagination--which is why I've re-released it as a 99-cent "fun read" rather than serious, thought-provoking SF. Enjoy!

Editorial Reviews


Top Pick

"Ice Tomb is set in the near future, and the science in the fiction is very plausible. A fast-paced story with plenty of twists, this book reads like a classic sci-fi tale. The characters are well drawn, the action plentiful and the outcome surprising."

- RT BOOKclub Magazine

Editor's Pick

"She may be a new kid on the science fiction block, but Ottawa writer Deborah Jackson could well rank up there one day with the likes of Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke."

"Ice Tomb is surprising not just for its entirely believable plot and well-crafted suspense, but because it has all the earmarks of a tale written by a sci-fi master."

- Mike Gillespie, the Ottawa Citizen

Product Details

  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Deborah Jackson; 2 edition (February 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077Q3O9E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Read May 4, 2005
You've all heard the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover;" but somehow, when a hard SF book that purports to be well researched, is set in Antarctica, but has a polar bear on the cover, one really begins to wonder.
Fortunately, the science inside the book, while at times highly speculative, seems pretty accurate. As a scientist myself I must admit that the author has captured the scientist mindset, and while a number of themes such as Atlantean super-technology, moon colonization and unscrupulous media-seeking scientists aren't anything new, they are employed in a well-coordinated, entertaining and -- for all the SF and fantasy that has been set in Antarctica -- fairly original manner.
In Ice Tomb a new hotspot develops in the Antarctic Ice Sheet, which isn't entirely odd since Antarctica is seismically and volcanically active, but when those who investigate the site disappear, it's time to send in someone who knows what they might be up against. Erica Daniels, a vulcanologist, is summoned by NASA, thinking she has been chosen as head geologist for an expedition seeking to prepare the colonisation of the moon. So when the ex-lover who betrayed her gets the job, she's assigned to the Antarctica hot spot project, and she's saddled with a media-hungry archæologist with a bent for finding Atlantis along with a bunch of gung-ho armed-to-the-teeth marines, she's not a happy camper. What she will find in the barrens of Antarctica will bring her and her ex back together, demonstrate there's something to that old Atlantean super-technology, and, oh yes, determine the fate of the human race in the face a massive impending meteor impact.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful/Fast-Paced! May 22, 2005
By Deborah Jackson (The Invisible College Press ISBN 1-931468-19-2; $24.95)
A gripping page-turner for sci-fi buffs. But others just may be converted after reading this debut novel from Ottawa's Deborah Jackson.
From the bone-chilling ice caps of Antarctica to the strange ecosystem on the moon, Jackson takes the reader on a whirlwind ride that includes ancient earth mysteries and futuristic technology tossed in with a sensual interlude and a jaded romance. Jackson's characters move through this novel like a thunder storm on a hot afternoon-fast, powerful and captivating.
"...It wasn't until strange things started happening down here that NASA and the Pentagon became interested in those coordinates."
"Strange as in thermal activity or strange as in people disappearing?"
Erica Daniels heads up a scientific investigation, which leads to some unexpected findings and a surprise finale.
Jackson has researched well for this one; too bad the publishers didn't do the same, placing a polar bear in a purposed Antarctic landscape on the cover! Ah-well! Go with the old adage; "Don't judge a book by its cover." This one's worth opening up!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In quest of "hot spots" January 25, 2005
In 1929, a map of the New World dated 1513 CE was discovered. Highly detailed, the cartographer declared in his notes that he had drawn on many sources, some quite ancient, to produce the chart. The cartographer was a Turkish Admiral and the chart became known as the Piri Reis Map. Among its mysteries, it depicted a detailed shoreline of Antarctica.

The Piri Reis Map becomes a key element in Deborah Jackson's adventurous tale of scientists confronting bizarre mysteries in harsh conditions. Erica Daniels is a mountain climber. She's a vulcanologist and the mountains she climbs are capable of ejecting her from their slopes - along with tons of rock, ash and lava. Erica has had more than mountains to conquer. The machinations of ambitious men have been as severe a hazard as any pyroclastic flow. In university, her career well planned and ready to be undertaken, her lover decamps with her thesis to initiate his own success.

As a result, David Marsh becomes a noted geologist. He's crafty and ambitious, rising to be chosen to investigate craters on the moon for water and minerals. Chance observations of our neighbour in space have indicated the possibility that Luna may not be as dead as is thought. If the moon has geological activity, it will have serious implications for any colony. NASA has already taken the first step with a HAB base constructed only nine years from now. In Jackson's story, the year 2015 will be portentious. Relations with China will have improved to the point where an astronaut from there will be joining Marsh on his expedition. There are interesting lunar features to explore and Marsh is the best researcher available. Or is he?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Eh..... October 1, 2012
By geogal
The story was great, but the writing was very....uh....young. The characters lacked depth and maturity. I could see one or two immature characters, but ALL of them? For supposedly professional and well educated people, they behaved very unprofessionally and in a very reactionary way which never would have been tolerated in the positions they were in or the situations in which they found themselves. The whole story was entirely unbelievable. But the concept was interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 21 days ago by Robert E DeLong
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining book, what I think books are for
I enjoyed it and will try Sinkhole later. I read some other reviews, either people rated it much as I have or very low. I can't see this book being rated low. Read more
Published 23 days ago by GACarl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A little far fetched but a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Edwin E. Borgman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read, great characters and interesting story line.
Published 2 months ago by Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars The plot was really stupid, but I managed to get through the story
This book was OK, the story was really slow to keep my interest. The plot was really stupid, but I managed to get through the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kerri Pentecost
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced thrill ride!
From reality to fantasy in a well crafted adventure story! It keeps you coming back to see what could be possible.
Published 2 months ago by jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Stumbled upon this book while searching for a good romance. Decided to give it a try and so glad I did. It is well written and for a sci-fi was quite believable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lisa Boatwright
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Poorly written !
Published 3 months ago by Phil Stough
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice Tomb by Deborah Jackson
That was an interesting story line and took me by surprise. The way it ended make you wonder if this was possible. This is a recommended read with lot's of action.
Published 3 months ago by ronald thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
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More About the Author

Deborah Jackson received a science degree from the University of Ottawa in 1986, graduated from the Winghill Writing School in 2001, and is the author of several science fiction and historical fiction novels. She often gives school presentations throughout Ontario as well as developing and teaching writing courses at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Deborah is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and SF Canada. Her novels include: Ice Tomb and Sinkhole, adult science fiction thrillers, and the Time Meddlers series for children, ages 9 - 14: Time Meddlers, Time Meddlers Undercover, and Time Meddlers on the Nile. Articles about Deborah and reviews of her books have appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, MORE Magazine, the RT Bookclub Magazine, Canadian Teacher Magazine, SF Site, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine and many more.

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