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Matthew Reilly's Ice Station
25-11-2011, 07:41 PM (This post was last modified: 25-11-2011 07:46 PM by AloysiusKnight141.)
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Matthew Reilly's Ice Station
First review from my side, here it goes!

From the name the book sounds like one of those cheap paperbacks that you pick up at the airport when you're faced with a long flight. Granted, it's not spiritually enriching nor does it teach you anything. But man oh man, does this book keep you hooked 'till the very end!

The plot revolves around a remote US station in Antarctica, whose occupants have discovered an unidentified flying object buried deep beneath the ice. The UFO is buried in an underwater cavern and the scientists who swam in and subsequently found it never came back. The station radios for help on an open channel.

Enter Captain Shane Schofield, call-sign "Scarecrow". Dressed in white fatigues and sporting a pair of anti reflective silver sunglasses he cuts an icy figure that suits him. Accompanying him are his men and women. Part of a US recon team which happened to be near the ice station, they had been quickly briefed and told to secure the station and wait for the US Navy SEALs to arrive and escort them out. Or so it seems.

I won't say too much of the central plot nor will I reveal minor details, but suffice to say that the open channel broadcast was tapped by other interested parties who have the same idea as the US; capture the ship for themselves and harvest its technology. Schofield's men will face hell, from within and outside the station.

This book plays out as a Michael Bay movie, with a much better story. There are twists in every forty pages, explosions and gun fights in every few pages once the first couple of pages have been read, and a helluva scene which involves hovercrafts and rocket launchers and terrifyingly sharp drops into the water hundreds of feet below.

As with every fiction author, Matthew Reilly takes some liberties in describing technology and the equipment used by different militaries across the globe. I'm not complaining, as they are all cooler than the snow draped peaks of the Antarctic. For example, Schofield and his men have a grappling hook that can attach itself to magnetic surfaces.

Excuse me for not including enough plot bits to let you know whether this is a book for you or not. Here's a simple test; if you pass it, get the book asap: Have you enjoyed reading Dan Brown's books? Do you enjoy seeing larger than life scenes, like the ending of Angels and Demons? Do you like your action novels with enough twists and gun fights to impress Michael Bay? If the answers to all three were hell yes, then congratulations and welcome to the world of the Scarecrow Big Grin

There are four books in the Scarecrow series; Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow and Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. I've read the first three and I hope to get the fourth before the year ends. Get these books, you won't regret it. And you will be grateful that I didn't say too much of the plot here. Thanks for reading and I hope I've piqued your interest in this book!
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25-11-2011, 07:49 PM
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RE: Matthew Reilly's Ice Station
Nice review Biggrin

seen the movie also Big Grin

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25-11-2011, 08:13 PM
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Lolwut? They never made a movie on it Tongue I hope to do it someday, this thing has summer blockbuster written all over it!
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25-11-2011, 08:20 PM
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facepalm

I think I am confused with the book :ashamed:

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25-11-2011, 08:21 PM
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Read it then lol. Did you pass the test?
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25-11-2011, 09:13 PM
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^test ?

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25-11-2011, 10:31 PM
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" Here's a simple test; if you pass it, get the book asap: Have you enjoyed reading Dan Brown's books? Do you enjoy seeing larger than life scenes, like the ending of Angels and Demons? Do you like your action novels with enough twists and gun fights to impress Michael Bay? If the answers to all three were hell yes, then congratulations and welcome to the world of the Scarecrow"

You haz short term memory loss..
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25-11-2011, 11:17 PM
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Yes Yes Yes. Big Grin

Got it Tongue Thing tests are going on in my college also so I was wondering how the hell did u find out about it even though I didn't told u Tongue

and I am surely considering reading this. Smile

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25-11-2011, 11:21 PM
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Thanks again for the review. Needed some books to read & I think I found it Biggrin clap

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26-11-2011, 01:43 PM
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Weeeeeee! Do let me know if you liked it or not Big Grin
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