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Blood and Ice by [Masello, Robert]
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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In the prologue to this exceptional supernatural thriller from Masello (Bestiary), two lovers—Lt. Sinclair Copley of the 17th Lancers and Eleanor Ames, a nurse from Florence Nightingale's Harley Street hospital in London—fall into ice-strewn seas from a British sloop foundering near Antarctica in 1856. In the present, Seattle writer Michael Wilde, who's recovering from a personal tragedy, can't resist the opportunity to go to Antarctica to write a magazine article about the Point Adélie research station. Past and present stories alternate until Michael makes an amazing discovery in a submerged block of ice off the Antarctic coast—two frozen bodies, bound in chains. After Sinclair and Eleanor revive, Masello slowly and subtly reveals how they came to transcend death. The thrills and, most decidedly, the chills mount to a believable, sad and hopeful ending. Fans of John Campbell's Who Goes There?—the basis for the movie The Thing—will find much to like. (Feb.)
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*Starred Review* On assignment at a South Pole scientific research station, travel writer Michael Wilde makes a staggering discovery: a man and a woman, bound together by chains, perfectly preserved in the ice. Although the novel doesn’t star Carter Cox, who was featured in Masello’s Bestiary (2006) and Vigil (2005), it does have much in common with those supernatural thrillers, especially the mixture of past and present. The author tells two stories at the same time: the story of Michael, plunging back into work to make himself stop grieving over a recent personal tragedy; and the story of Sinclair and Eleanor, soldier and nurse, respectively, who meet in the mid-1850s and are, for reasons that remain a mystery for much of the book, eventually chained together and tossed into the frigid Antarctic waters. The novel has all the trappings of a supernatural thriller—a dark secret, a mysterious substance in a bottle, a dead man who won’t stay dead—but in its heart it’s a love story, a tale of devotion and sacrifice and survival against astronomical odds. Stylishly written, with a well-crafted story and a cast of vividly realized characters, the novel could propel the author out of his horror niche and into the mainstream. --David Pitt

Product Details

  • File Size: 3174 KB
  • Print Length: 515 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (February 10, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL81A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Tung Yin VINE VOICE on March 29, 2009
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From the bare synopsis, I thought this might be something like "The Da Vinci Code" in the South Pole. I quickly realized that was not the case. It's a little more like the way Clive Cussler uses a historical incident to launch each thriller, except that here, the historical incident is less frenetically paced, and occupies more of the book than the opening teaser.

The historical part of the book is more or less the love story between the dashing Lt. Sinclair Copley and nurse Eleanor Ames during the Crimean War. Oddly, however, the book opens with the two of them being chained up and thrown off a boat to drown in icy waters. It's later chapters that tell the story of how they got together.

The modern part of the story is about a photojournalist's trip to a research station at the South Pole, where he makes an . . . interesting discovery. The atmosphere is not unlike that in John Carpenter's "The Thing," minus of course the gory special effects.

It's really hard to say more without spoiling the plot of the book, so I won't. What I will say is that the plot twists are both predictable yet subtle, if that makes sense. In other words, the careful (or prolific) reader will have figured out what's going on before the reveal, but it's still satisfying all the same.
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You may remember "From Dusk Till Dawn", a 1996-cult movie with the unlikely cast of Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, and Quentin Tarantino. Starting out as a "Natural Born Killers"-like robbery and murder extravaganza, Clooney and team take an unexpected and bizarre turn at the halfway point, abruptly taking the theme from simple crime to tacky horror. One could argue that author Robert Masello, a screen writer himself, watched one too many re-runs of "Dusk Till Dawn" before penning "Blood and Ice", a mishmash of history, science, legend, folklore, and love that careens from theme to theme with little depth and less credibility, a preposterous cross between Lincoln Child/Douglas Preston, Michael Crichton, Robin Cook and Stephen King.

That's not to say "Blood and Ice" isn't somewhat entertaining - and even in part illuminating. In a novel that spans more than a century-and-a-half across three continents (including Antarctica, the ultimate off-the-beaten track locale and primary setting for the novel), Masello covers some neat historical ground with Florence Nightingale - yep, that same mid-19th century "woman with the lamp" reformer of patient care - and the much forgotten Crimean War (which would likely be totally forgotten were it not for Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade", which also plays prominently here). So by now, if you're wondering how to connect the dots between The Crimean War and Antarctica, leave that to Michael Wilde, a twenty-something photojournalist from Tacoma who lands a thirty day "Eco-Travel Magazine" junket to the bottom of the world.
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monster novel. The beginning finds our two young lovers, Eleonor and Sinclair, on a boat bound for who knows where. Both have an affliction, though it is not spoken clearly until the last 50 pages of the book, it is heavily implied that the two are vampires. We dont' know how they became this way, again until further into the book, but they aren't the vampires of lore. They do not seem to possess any sort of supernatural strength, instead Robert Masello, the author, seems to liken their 'disease' to HIV/AIDS. It is merely a blood born disease that causes them to crave blood, though it appears to give them eternal life.

The story is told through MIchael Wilde a photo-journalist with a tortured past. He lost his girlfriend on another expedition, and he has never forgiven himself for the how. We are let into his tortured soul with careful glimpses, and I enjoyed that immensely. Nothing is given away too quickly, nothing is just laid out for us we need to work for it, and that is how could storytelling should be.

As I mentioned before, this isn't your typical monster story. I never felt disgust or anger at either Eleonor or Sinclair, rather I felt an almost pity. There is no bloody rampage, or heads being ripped off...instead we are treated to a true story, one with struggles, love, heroism and kindness.

My only complaint it he ending...it just seemed to wrap up too quickly, but perhaps there will be a sequel?!

REad this book, you won't be disappointed.
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Robert Masello's "Blood and Ice" is a well written and reasonably suspenseful thriller/horror novel.

No plot spoilers from me, the story centers around a photojournalist (Michael Wilde) who takes an assignment in Antarctica to more or less re-kickstart his life after a tragic accident that left his lover in a coma. Masello jumps us around in time and place to build the back-story of the other two main characters, Sinclair and Eleanor from 19th Century Europe. While this was somewhat confusing at first, as even the time jumps were not linear, it started to make sense a few chapters in.

As the stories converge, you get the feeling that Massello did a lot of research on cold climate living as the environment described was very believable. I enjoyed the details and descriptive text that brought a clear picture of life in the Antarctic. The isolation also added to the suspense of the story line.

I enjoy vampire novels and this one had enough mystery and original ideas to make it a worthwhile read. Like most books of this genre, it requires some suspension of disbelief and acceptance of "pseudo-science" as plot devices to move the story along.

Recommended for fans of the genre.
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