86. Ice Hunt (James Rollins)

Saturday, March 14, 2009
From the author's website:

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 has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law. And now, as scientists, soldiers, intelligence operatives, and unsuspecting civilians are drawn into Grendel's lethal vortex, the most extreme measures possible will be undertaken to protect its dark mysteries - because the terrible truths locked behind submerged walls of ice and steel could end human life on Earth.

Meh. As with his other books, I found a great deal of what Rollins submits the reader to unbelievable. However, that didn't stop me from continuing to read and eventually finish the book. While his books tend to read like really bad, Dean Cain-starring, B-rated action adventure movies, he's got what it takes to keep you interested. To be honest, if this HAD been a really bad, Dean Cain-starring, B-rated action adventure movie...I would have turned it off after about the first 1/2 hour (unlike my brother who loves really bad Dean Cain-starring, B-rated action adventure movies).

If you can get past the questionable science, the slightly Jurassic Park-inspired plot, and the sometimes convoluted story, you might enjoy it. Ice Hunt could actually have been a pretty good political thriller with a bit of science thrown in - I found myself comparing it to The Hunt for Red October and hoping that the reanimated prehistoric walking killer land whales weren't a part of the story. Alas, it fell short and I had bizarre dreams of massive, man eating fish sticks with Russian accents chasing me down the hallway.

Read it or Skip it, it won't make a difference one way or the other.


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