Beneath the Dark Ice: A Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 31, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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From debut thriller author Greig Beck comes Beneath the Ice, a mix of the scientific and the supernatural ...


When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing an enormous cave system, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost.

Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained commandos, along with a team of scientists, are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong. Meanwhile, the alluring petrobiologist Aimee Weir is sent to follow up on the detection of a vast underground reservoir. If the unidentified substance proves to be oil, every country in the world will want to know about it—even wage war over it. Or worse.

Once suspended into the caves, Alex, Aimee, and the others can't locate a single survivor—or even a trace of their remains. Nor is there a energy source, only specters of the dead haunting the tunnels. But soon they will discover that something very much alive is brewing beneath the surface. It is a force that dates back to the very dawn of time—an ancient terror that hunts and kills to survive...

 

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An expedition, consisting of scientists and military personnel, is sent to Antarctic in order to explore potentially enormous reserves of oil. However, something goes wrong and a rescue operation is launched consisting of even more experiences and hardened special operations units and a handful of scientists. What they encounter is very shocking, dangerous and unusual, and it may be connected to the ancient evil described in many pre-Columbian American myths and legends.
“Beneath the Dark Ice” is an entertaining and interesting thriller that combines the features of sci/tech genera, as well as all the elements of a good creature feature, with smatterings of geopolitical intrigue thrown in for a good measure. It is certainly a very interesting and somewhat original book, and will keep you intrigued till the end. However, in my mind what distinguishes a great thriller from just a very good one is the believability of the basic premises on which the plot hangs. And this is where “Beneath the Dark Ice” falls well short. You don’t have to have a Ph. D. in biology, ancient history, or even geology to know that many of the claims in this book are so ridiculously out of the sphere of what is possible, and these really put your suspension of disbelief to some severe tests. This is unfortunate, since I think that a much more reasonable set of parameters would have made this a truly great thriller. As it is, I think the author just went overboard with trying to incorporate too much in a single volume. It’s still a very good read, but there is enough material in here for at least two or three separate plotlines that in themself would have made very interesting novels.
 

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A hugely fun read by Mr. Beck - a fast paced story with instantly believable characters and an incredibly realistic storyline. This was a fantastic book - Mr. Beck has an uncanny way of drawing you in to the story and putting you in with the characters. I've also read Mr. Beck's other US released novel - Dark Rising - another very, very, very good book!! 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter One
7
Chapter Two
10
Chapter Three
14
Chapter Four
21
Chapter Five
34
Chapter SIx
42
Chapter Seven
56
Chapter Eighteen
159
Chapter Nineteen
168
Chapter Twenty
178
Chapter TwentyOne
186
Chapter TwentyTwo
198
Chapter TwentyThree
208
Chapter TwentyFour
217
Chapter TwentyFive
230

Chapter Eight
67
Chapter Nine
76
Chapter Ten
80
Chapter Eleven
87
Chapter Twelve
101
Chapter Thirteen
113
Chapter Fourteen
120
Chapter Fifteen
129
Chapter Sixteen
136
Chapter Seventeen
148
Chapter TwentySix
238
Chapter TwentySeven
246
Chapter TwentyEight
254
Chapter TwentyNine
258
Chapter Thirty
267
Chapter ThirtyOne
275
Chapter ThirtyTwo
281
Epilogue
290
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Greig Beck lives in Australia. Beneath the Dark Ice is his first novel.

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