William Morrow, July, 2003.
Hardcover, 397 pages.
Matthew Pike is a former Special Forces operative who now lives a solitary life in Alaska as a Fish and Game Warden. But when he rescues a passenger from a downed plane, he gets more than he bargained for. Soon, he finds himself, the stranger and his Inuit ex-wife on the run from mysterious commandos who don't want to stop to discuss the situation rationally. When they finally end up at a top-secret Russian research station that has been abandoned since World War II, things really get scary. For the top secret research the Russians were doing could have world-wide ramifications. And both the U.S. and Russian governments seem intent on making sure that no one gets out of the Artic alive to tell the tale of what went on at the station.
Thrill junkies and James Rollins fans, who are probably barely recovered from his last heart-pounding adventure, Amazonia, can strap themselves in for another top-notch adventure with Ice Hunt. Rollins, who is clearly poised to move in on Michael Crichton and Clive Cussler's territories, serves up another outrageous, action-packed and terrifying story, this time set in the frigid Artic. Rollins' descriptions are so good, you can practically hear the wind howling, feel the bone-numbing chill and hear the terrifying footsteps of something that's hiding just around the corner, ready to make you into dinner. Rollins' characters are always vivid and he has the knack of putting you right next to them as they face threats, both man-made and nature-made. Rollins is the real deal: it doesn't get any better than this if you're looking for a high-action, push the envelope adventure.
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This review was published in the September-October, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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