Ice Hunt

Ice Hunt

Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than seventy years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible.But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close – and something h...

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Title:Ice Hunt
Author:James Rollins
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Ice Hunt Reviews

  • Adam

    James Rollns is my go to thriller author and I have yet to be even mildly disappointed in any of his novels that I have read. Even among the embarassment of riches, this book stands out as one of my favorites. A political, race against the clock page-turner featuring buried secrets, government conspiracies and nasty things with sharp teeth. James Rollins is a terrific writer who creates big, anything goes plots and characters that really make you root for them. Fast pace doesn't adequately state

    James Rollns is my go to thriller author and I have yet to be even mildly disappointed in any of his novels that I have read. Even among the embarassment of riches, this book stands out as one of my favorites. A political, race against the clock page-turner featuring buried secrets, government conspiracies and nasty things with sharp teeth. James Rollins is a terrific writer who creates big, anything goes plots and characters that really make you root for them. Fast pace doesn't adequately state the pacing as this is like a 100 mph sports car being driven at night. Your really moving, but you don't know what's up ahead. Another amazing Rollins' thriller.

  • Kasia

    This book has sat inconspicuously next to my computer desk on it's shelf for two years and I don't know what exactly propelled me to pick it up but I'm glad I finally did! I tend to collect adventure stories that reach all corners of the Earth, even go between the layers and I especially love all the ice stories such as this one. The good news is that this book is fantastic, it reads like a movie and sometimes goes in opposite direction of reality and belief but it makes for a heck of a read. Th

    This book has sat inconspicuously next to my computer desk on it's shelf for two years and I don't know what exactly propelled me to pick it up but I'm glad I finally did! I tend to collect adventure stories that reach all corners of the Earth, even go between the layers and I especially love all the ice stories such as this one. The good news is that this book is fantastic, it reads like a movie and sometimes goes in opposite direction of reality and belief but it makes for a heck of a read. The bad news, it's long, well only 505 pages but Rollins could use a good editor and chop off about a hundred because he loves to write about ever single step everyone takes, especially when it comes to fighting and explaining how to maneuver submarines, helicopters and all sorts of vehicles. Maybe it's a dude thing, maybe if I was a guy I'd love it little more, not sure, but I am patient and still enjoyed the book because the main idea was excellent.

    Most of the story revolves around an ice island that has frozen over and over in the Earth's polar ice cap, sharing waters with Alaska, Russia, Finland, Canada and Greenland. Scientists and naval powers haven't seen it in decades but life is being brought back to the island, all because a shape that has moved and caught on the submarine's sonar, all within the abandoned ice station inside, named Ice Station Grendel. Those who read enough and watch fantasy movies will be familiar with the name, but the author has planned more than a cool name for a station, it's not as much of a moniker as a foreshadowing what caused its demise and what will bring terror back into the icy waters. The station looks like an upside down cone, spiraling levels with labs, a cave and even a submarine gate, all encased in clear blue ice, with people running though it once again. I loved reading how the tunnels in an ice island felt like, the eerie cold and quiet one felt when alone, probably the loneliest place to be, deep under water, but not really alone, there's something else down there...

    There are good guys, bad guys, and those who simply cannot make their minds up as the reader is catapulted into a journey of fighting governments, secret project cover ups and tons of action. My head was spinning from the armaments and mental battles going on and I felt like I was reading a movie, it was an amazing experience, but like I said little lengthy. After reading Ice Hunt I'm ready to tackle more of Rollins, but after my toes unfreeze, I feel as if I have been dipping them in ice water the whole time, because that's all there is.

    Great ending, lots of twists and turns and some nasty surprises crawling throng those quiet tunnels. Those who love action, science and adventure with a little mystery threw in will enjoy this tremendously. What starts of as a scientific mission turns into a tale that takes a bite out of the reader, a rather good bite too, so enjoy and watch that water...it only appears safe.

  • The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)

    You know that feeling you get when the roller coaster starts up that first hill? Not one of those magnetic shoot you out of a cannon starts, I mean a good old style wooden gravity driven roller coaster. You know what I mean, that feeling in the pit of your stomach that sees a thrill behind every gust of wind, and the butthead sitting next to you that likes to point out how he can see your car in the parking lot at the Walmart in the next county. And then, finally you get to the end of the line.

    You know that feeling you get when the roller coaster starts up that first hill? Not one of those magnetic shoot you out of a cannon starts, I mean a good old style wooden gravity driven roller coaster. You know what I mean, that feeling in the pit of your stomach that sees a thrill behind every gust of wind, and the butthead sitting next to you that likes to point out how he can see your car in the parking lot at the Walmart in the next county. And then, finally you get to the end of the line. The clanking noise from the chain drive and the ratchet sound of the gears slacks off then dies away and there is a little period of slack and the clatter of gears and chains is replaced by the roar of metal wheels rolling on rails. Lastly gravity goes from pulling you back in your seat, almost laying own to throwing you forward for a slack moment before the car takes off down the hill faster than you could possibly fall. Start Screaming NOW!

    This book is like that, except by the second chapter, your over the first hill, you just don't realize it. Then it's too late!

    This is a fun read. Four and a half stars! You name it, twisted multi-layered plot. Characters that ranged in complexity and differed in back story and motivation all thrown together against a greater force. Man against man, man against the elements, man against nature, man against the past... if there is a conflict, you name it, it's in the book. Like the roller coaster, there are flat spots where you think everything's okay, then, you realize that the coaster is just turning around to make an even wilder run back the other way.

    I liked the plot, I liked the pace. The story moves from fast, to faster. The scope of the plot from exciting to "who would have ever believed!" And, mixed in the plot a hint of cautionary tale that seeks to shatter our blind trust in nation and government. By the end, Heroes will be villains, then back to Heroes again, betrayers will be exposed and the world. And, the master shows how romance, and love can be worked into a story that is all about explosions and monsters (big fat scary hairless monsters with lots of teeth and...blow holes!

    I liked the characters. In a book so packed with action, it's hard to add depth to characters, it's even harder to add humanity. Jenny and Matt Pike have gone through emotional hell before the book starts, and ask the question, if lives have been shattered, can you forge a new life together, even if you can't find all the pieces? The Commanding officer of a small unit, do you turn back for the woman you love, or follow a larger mission and risk loosing her to any of several types of gory, painful death.

    Each character seemed to have their own cross to bear. Lots of times too many competing side stories can be distracting but these are folded nicely into the plot like Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits . A Deaf character with a major role, a female Sheriff, an ex-army Ranger, a powerful military man seeking answers for what happened to his family.

    ...And best of all, Joe Kowalski is here! No fancy back story for Joe, he's WYSIWYG all the way (What you see is what you get). My favorite Supporting Cast member who has roles in several Rollins books, (particularly in the Sigma Force books, where they allude to his past in the Navy and in the Arctic.) The best news is that Joey Kay is in this book.

    ...The bad news...His personality is intact and he's no different.

    Four stars and a renewed faith in the rip your heart our roller coaster action adventure that is every bit the Thoroughbred of action that Matthew Riely's Ice station is.

    Warnings (The Devil's in the Details--isn't it always that way?)

    1) There are some cruel or sad things that happen to children. None of them are the focus of any scene and most of them are things done in the past. I am hard pressed to think of how anyone might be turned off by these things as they appear during the course of the story. Rollins allows dignity and handles these situations with care. However, some people don't like even a hint of something foul happening around children. If your wone of them, just read on, it'll be okay.

    2) Violence - Hey, this is an action adventure story, espionage, the battles that nobody can talk about or officially recognize has happening. What did you expect. Bullets have never been designed to be pleasant when entering someone's body and bombs are not made for entertainment. If your reading this and "Shocked and Dismayed" by he violence. Pull your head out of the sand and stop spending money on books in this genre. Maybe your money is better spent on a riveting Jane Austen novel, or a Patricia Rowell Regency Romance. Rollins does not allow the violence to become gratuitous or self-validating. It's all well handled, bad guys stay bad guys, good guys act like good guys.

    3) This book is based on a fictitious event that mirrors other factual events where a powerful group of people assume ethnic superiority over what they perceive to be a lesser peoples. To say more would be to spoil, the spoilers so I'll stop here. I will add, that they are well handled within the context of the story. If you want to know how evil the people you grew up trusting can be, read the actual cases of crimes against humanity that Rollins categorizes as part of his research for the book.

    4) Even though I love the characters and the character development, and I find depth in the characters that I like, this is an action adventure, beyond the main diverse group(including villains), there are only two dimensional characters. Some might find the main characters a bit thin. If you do, BAHUMBUG to you! This is an action adventure, not a soul searching, deep philosophic melodrama classic novel. As this genre goes, these are better than most as far as character development verses character by rubber-stamp.

    5) Big scary monsters with lots of teeth. Lots of explosions and things that go boom! Arctic Weather at it's worst! there is some gore to be found, but compared to a good old fashioned kill the pretty college sorority girls movie, it's pretty mild. Very palatable and not used for shock value in a gratuitous way.

    6) Rollins stories tend to push boundaries into the inconceivable. Before you decide that this is too far fetched, impossible, or fiction, read the section at the end of the book where he details some of his research. Rollins books are about the best staffed of any in this Genre. He is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and very intelligent. He does a lot of research before he writes and he's very fair about telling us what he made up, what he stretched the truth on and what is dead on in his book. I find it extraordinary when people don't trust his research. Go on, check it out, go to the website, go to the source and find out?

    Bottom line--Great, exciting Action Adventure, Military, Espionage, Creature Feature. If it has teeth, it probably wants to eat you! If it has a gun, it's going to shoot you. If it can blow up, it will.

    Loved it.

  • Connor

    I really appreciate how much research Rollins does for his novels. Making certain that the science is plausible, that the schematics of places make sense, and that the cultures/ languages used are accurate all really suck me into his stories. I could really picture this happening all under society's nose. I enjoyed seeing the Inuit elements brought in and how they wove together with the plot. Matt and Jenny were certainly the two characters I cared about most in this book, and I loved that Jenny

    I really appreciate how much research Rollins does for his novels. Making certain that the science is plausible, that the schematics of places make sense, and that the cultures/ languages used are accurate all really suck me into his stories. I could really picture this happening all under society's nose. I enjoyed seeing the Inuit elements brought in and how they wove together with the plot. Matt and Jenny were certainly the two characters I cared about most in this book, and I loved that Jenny was really connected with her heritage. I was very into science in high school and my first couple of years at university, so I geeked out whenever the science elements of the novel began being explained.

    I read this as an audiobook, so all of the characters began to overwhelm me at parts. I unfortunately just picked out the ones I thought were important, and I ended up ignoring most of the others. It turned out to be an okay decision because most of the characters add very little to the story besides serving as punching bags. As a result, I wasn't as invested in this one as much as I was when I read Amazonia. As I said before, Matt and Jenny (Inuk) are fantastic. I also really liked Amanda who is deaf. It was really interesting to see her experience the trauma of this book without her hearing. She ends up feeling explosions rather than hearing them, and she has to keep up as people quickly make decisions and don't always remember to turn toward her so that she can read their lips. Her love interest was okay too, but I didn't really pick him out as important and didn't learn his name. I ultimately had a great time experiencing this novel, and I'm looking forward to reading more stories by him.

  • RedemptionDenied

    Yep, this was a pretty good.

    Matthew Pike is an Alaskan Game Warden who witnesses a plane crash and goes to investigate the site (first mistake). This is where he meets a reporter (Craig Teague), who he helps out of the wrecked plane. Another plane passes by that drops off a group of Russian Mercenaries - who are just a little bit inhospitable - they seem to want to put a few holes in the reporter (that must be a first); as they fire on Pike and his new friend. After Pike disposes of the trash;

    Yep, this was a pretty good.

    Matthew Pike is an Alaskan Game Warden who witnesses a plane crash and goes to investigate the site (first mistake). This is where he meets a reporter (Craig Teague), who he helps out of the wrecked plane. Another plane passes by that drops off a group of Russian Mercenaries - who are just a little bit inhospitable - they seem to want to put a few holes in the reporter (that must be a first); as they fire on Pike and his new friend. After Pike disposes of the trash; he seeks the help of his ex-wife (Jenny); she's an Alaskan native - and she's not too happy to see her ex-husband turning up on her doorstep, though she agrees to help him.

    This is the first book I've read by the author and I really liked it. It had the right mix of action, horror, adventure and suspense to keep me intrigued throughout.

  • Brenda H

    On a research mission in the Arctic Ocean, a US Navy sub discovers an “ice island,” an inverted mountain 1.4 miles deep. Inside is Ice Station Grendel, an abandoned Russian research station. When the Navy team and polar scientists open the station, they discover horrors that have been locked away for more than 70 years.

    Both the Russians and the US want what is locked in that station and the race is on. Caught between the 2 powerful factions are a couple devastated by a past tragedy,

    On a research mission in the Arctic Ocean, a US Navy sub discovers an “ice island,” an inverted mountain 1.4 miles deep. Inside is Ice Station Grendel, an abandoned Russian research station. When the Navy team and polar scientists open the station, they discover horrors that have been locked away for more than 70 years.

    Both the Russians and the US want what is locked in that station and the race is on. Caught between the 2 powerful factions are a couple devastated by a past tragedy, another couple experiencing new-found love and a man wanting to avenge a terrible wrong. While the US and the Russians are hunting for the secrets of the station – something is hunting them.

    The story is fast paced and very engaging.

    Rating: 4 Stars

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    Matthew Pike, Alaskan Fish and Game Warden, believed the most he had to worry about was dodging angry Grizzly bears in the Alaskan wilderness until he watches a plane crash just miles from his location. He pulls a Seattle Reporter named Craig Teague out of the wreckage and before he can even process what is going on another plane flies over and drops Russian mercenaries with ice bikes on top of him.

    Matthew Pike, Alaskan Fish and Game Warden, believed the most he had to worry about was dodging angry Grizzly bears in the Alaskan wilderness until he watches a plane crash just miles from his location. He pulls a Seattle Reporter named Craig Teague out of the wreckage and before he can even process what is going on another plane flies over and drops Russian mercenaries with ice bikes on top of him. Pike’s Green Beret training can only take him so far, but the Alaskan wilderness proves to be an even bigger weapon.

    The action lands Pike on his ex-wife’s doorstep. Jenny is not exactly glad to see him especially since he brought unwanted company. They manage to elude their pursuers in Jenny’s plane, but this only creates more questions than answers. Why are the Russians trying to kill Teague?

    They head to Teague’s original destination Ice Station Grendel, a recently rediscovered secret base built by the Russians during World War Two into an iceberg twice the size of the United States. A team of American scientists are there investigating the five steel encased levels of the base and they are marveling at the technology and are horrified by what resides on level four.

    Among the scientists is Dr. Amanda Reynolds an engineer who also happens to be deaf. As she explores the Station and the crawl space, a warren of tunnels behind the station, she finds things that shouldn’t be there. Creatures last alive 50 million years ago.

    I’d tell you more about these creatures, but it is just too damn scary. They call the creatures Grendel because they are as terrifying as that legendary monster was to the Norsemen.

    One thing that was really interesting for me was thinking about experiencing terror and being deaf. When the lights go out in the tunnel Amanda is not only deaf, but blind as well. This certainly added to her terror and to mine. At other times because she couldn’t hear she did not experience the same level of terror of the people that could hear the approaching danger. What we hear definitely escalates our terror and helps us make decisions to fight or flee or can also paralyses us somewhere in between.

    The Arctic wood frogs play a part in our plot. James Rollins usually manages to expose me to something I didn’t know before.

    Okay, what the heck?

    I thought maybe this was one of those moments verging on science fiction that Rollins sometimes sticks in his book. So tell me how is this possible Monsieur Rollins?

    Wait a minute, the frogs do freeze so doesn’t that still have the same devastating effect on their cells as frostbite?

    Now that sounds like the type of information that two countries involved in a cold war might possibly be interested in exploring further. Rollins includes a long list of known events where the U.S. government conducted illegal experiments on their citizens. I’ve shared a few of them in this review. Still into the 1990s those experiments continued.

    Our heroes are put through the ringer what with plane crashes, a demented Russian submarine commander, America Delta Forces that may or may not be there to save them, blizzard conditions, freezing waters, and don’t forget those vicious damn Grendels. It is all a web of lies with two governments trying to protect secrets that shouldn’t have ever existed in the first place.

    The interesting thing about James Rollins is he is a Veterinarian by trade who to escape the frustrations and stresses of his job would come home and write these adventure tales to entertain himself and to relieve some the strain of his daily life. He soon discovered that he would rather spend more of his time writing than he would practicing medicine. I don’t believe you can walk into an airport bookstore anywhere in the world without finding a James Rollins book.

    I used to read a lot of thriller books in this vein, searching for that same excitement I felt when I read

    for the first time. I can tap into it for a while. Rollins had me caught up in the convolutions of the plot for about half the book, but invariably I end up hitting a wall. I love the mixture of science, action, and always a bit of the science fiction element (reasonably plausible though) that he infuses in every book. I may not be the right reader for his books anymore, but I will still occasionally throw one in the reading queue hoping that this time he and I will hit on all cylinders... after all... he is one heck of a nice guy.

  • Richard Derus

    ICE HUNT is on my list, 5 Snowy Literary Escapes from this Summer of Climate Change Horror

    Get a blanket before starting this one. Seriously. #BeachReads

  • Jason

    Middle of the pack thriller for me.

    The novel was honestly a bit too long; James Rollins could have accomplished a lot of the plot in probably 200 fewer pages and have held a quicker pace. There are parts in there where it gets bogged down pointlessly with extra stuff, seemingly to pad the number of pages. Trim it up, boy!

    The novel has good points, though. I liked the opening, I was intrigued right off the bat with the newspaper clipping (which is a real event - check it out!), and the middle c

    Middle of the pack thriller for me.

    The novel was honestly a bit too long; James Rollins could have accomplished a lot of the plot in probably 200 fewer pages and have held a quicker pace. There are parts in there where it gets bogged down pointlessly with extra stuff, seemingly to pad the number of pages. Trim it up, boy!

    The novel has good points, though. I liked the opening, I was intrigued right off the bat with the newspaper clipping (which is a real event - check it out!), and the middle chunk of the novel is good as well. I'd have liked to see Rollins explore the idea from the opening more (the village gone missing) and run with that. The concept of the grendels was neat, but it could honestly have been its own novel - we've seen Crichton take ideas like this and churn out fairly exciting novels. I feel like the grendels could've been dropped. They didn't really add a lot to the plot; their only purpose seemed to be to add some kind of extra scare.

    I rolled my eyes a time or two at the classic cliché, which I saw coming right in the beginning. Spoiler alert, the two central characters fall back in love with one another in the end! Ugh, shocker...What ever happened to a good old Romeo and Juliet, or Rose and Jack scenario??

    As far as the writing is concerned, Rollins is competent, no doubt there. He's good, but not outstanding. Middle of the pack, just like this novel. I still plan on reading a few of his other novels because he seems to have a creative mind.

  • Faith

    This book is all about Americans and Russians chasing and shooting at each other. The introduction of a bunch of big beasties, who chase both Russians and Americans, doesn’t save it. The two lame romantic entanglements don’t save it either. If you are in the mood for nonstop, brainless action, go for it.

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