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ICE (Dr. Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson Thrillers Book 1) by [Tinto, Kevin]
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ICE is now in 2nd Edition with edits, additions and two chapters of ICE GENESIS, the next in the Leah and Jack series! 
(1)
"The blurb says it all -- Kevin Tinto writes in the tradition of a few of the world's most popular thriller masters: Matthew Reilly, Preston & Child, and James Rollins.
In ICE, an archaeological discovery in an abandoned Native American cliff ruin leads the heroes to ... deepest Antarctica.  Fresh ideas and a lightning escapist read." 
Ed Stackler, Thriller Editor
fictioneditor.com 
(2)
"This book is intense and gripping!
The suspense and unexpected surprises kept me reeling. 
The characters of Leah and Jack are so strong and so well defined. 
The relationship between them is raw and deep. 
 Pages of Sunshine 
(3)
"A gripping novel that combines archeological, historical, scientific, and romantic elements to create a thrilling, strong story. Authentic characters, all-too human relationships, adventures and mysteries transport readers into past, present, and future events--a wonderful discovery for this reader, who cannot wait for more!" 
The Columbia Review
(4)
"We are writing with some fabulous news! Your book has been named the Winner in the ACTION/ADVENTURE category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  Congratulations!" 
Next Generation Indie Book Awards
(5)
"California author Kevin Tinto writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, Reno Gazette Journal, Bike Transamerica, Scuba Diver Magazine, and is Editor-In-Chief of [...]. The other half of his qualification as a writer of outdoor adventure is attributed to his passion for mountaineering, skiing, scuba and free diver, Private Pilot and adventurer. He knows his territory and writes it well.

Kevin opens his novel with a telling Prologue that visits the source of the all-important crystals that serve as the guide through this mystery thriller. The place - New Mexico where we encounter a young warrior girl - 'K'aalógii wondered whether her father might be watching her from the ancestral lands, the Navajo place of origin to which all dead returned. If so, she knew he'd be both proud of and terrified for his daughter, for she had chosen to face "them" with a courageous heart and sharp spear.'And from this reenactment of origin of the crystals flows the exciting story Kevin spins and that is well described in this synopsis.

It is rare that an author can intertwine archeological history with politics but Kevin has done a magnificent job of resolving these polar extremes. His writing is penetrating and propulsive and in Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson he has create an irresistible pair of sleuths whose future adventures promise the rise of a cinema worth team. 
Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE on April 15, 2016
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From the Author

From the author! 
That's me. Kevin Tinto. Reviews are important. No, they are critical in the world of Amazon and Kindle. No just, "I loved it. What a great book."  Like your mom would write. (Thanks Mom BTW.)  But a review that's in depth, that gets to the heart of the story. Does it wallow about like an old freighter, on its last journey?  Does it have characters that have dimension, or are they straight out of Saturday morning kid's TV? Will it take me places I haven't been, as a reader? Bottom line, is it worth hours and hours of my time, or should I watch those LOST re-runs--again?  
I like stories that move. I'm not interested in hearing about how Aunt Martha left a million dollars, and I spent it on this...and this...and this...and now I'm homeless, living under the pier in Santa Cruz. Now, I could write a story about waking up, broke and near death under the pier in Santa Cruz, but it's gonna start right there, and sure enough, just when you thought things couldn't get a lot worse, they will. 
I don't want the story to push you along. I want that feeling when you're just at the top of a monster roller coaster, and your stomach is pushing up into your throat and you know that all the tea in China, won't stop that plunge. All the tea in China can't stop you from turning the next page. 
Readers want validation that it's going to be a good read. If not, they can always blame it on those darn reviews. Ha! ICE isn't just a good read.  It's gonna sling your ass into a tornado you can't step away from. Please feel free to read that in a more politically correct version if necessary. :) 
For those that need a (one) minute trailer for a taste: ICE video trailer! writingthrillers.com 
Caution! Some (minor) plot spoilers. But wow, great climbing video by me...and some awesome visuals that will give you a sense of ICE, as a story and an event. 
ICE is a thrill ride from beginning to end. It was ten years in the works. Yes, ten years. When a famous author was asked why it took so long to write her book, her response was, "I had a life!" I like that one. I'm going to use it. That's my story and I'm sticking with it. 
ICE covers many genre. I spent a lot of time researching cliff dwellers in Southern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Lots of time working around these dwellings, while living in New Mexico. If you've been to the cliff dwellings, especially the ones in Gila, you wonder what drove people into such brutal conditions?
I have always had a passion for mountaineering. It will strip you down to your most basic building blocks, emotionally and physically. I wanted to convey that visceral feel of being on a real climb, with people who risked, and lost their lives in pursuit of a summit. Climbing guides are super human--I know you don't believe that, but I do.  I've seen the most amazing feats, including rescues by guides, that the most talented athlete in a standard sport could not even attempt. 
I love the travel log feel of James Bond movies. Like a GoPro camera, I want the writing to take the reader into the environment  and then make them hang on for dear life. 
The characters to be real, and fun. Too many novels are written in such a serious tone, that I'm exhausted wading through them. Those of us who do participate in risky adventure, get a gallows humor about it. It's a way to deal with the emotion of having people die in your company. 
Conflict. One of the things that drove Leah, and her estranged husband, mountain climbing guide, Jack Hobson apart was risk. The risk that he took, guiding high priced clients up Mt. Everest. She knew that he would never leave a client to die on the mountain alone. That he'd stay, even though he could get down easily. Now Leah is in the same situation. Desperate to solve a mystery, knowing that she will put herself, her friends and others at deadly risk, following her passion. 
I'm a pilot, and have always loved aircraft and boats. There is nothing more fun than flying into some remote region for adventure, on a shaky old DC3, wondering if you're going to get to where you're going, or crash in the jungle. Well, it seems like fun now... Of course I'm on solid ground.  
Much of ICE is written based upon my own experiences. I think writing based upon genuine experience always reads better than book-based research. Except for Tom Clancy. 
Give ICE a shot! It will be one of the most exciting adventures you'll experience, while never leaving your couch.  
What's next?  Everyone want's to know what is next, so I'm working right now on the sequel to ICE, entitled ICE GENESIS.  You can see a preview trailer for ICE GENESIS at:
writingthillers.com or here!   youtube.com/watch?v=nCrDmaNJguk

Product details

  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692406379
  • Publisher: Three Dog Publishing, LTD.; 4 edition (September 20, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 20, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01557MW80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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