The Ice Limit

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The Ice Limit

The Ice Limit was my first introduction to the collaborative efforts of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, so I was not sure what to expect outside of the fact that the blurb sounded like something I would like reading.

I was very pleasantly surprised by the read and will most likely buy more of their books - both the collaborations and their individual works.

What I liked about the book, outside of the meteorite-hunting premise, is the mix of the science, both physical and engineering, and the reasons why certain types of people like to have certain types of things and how they go about acquiring them. The characters also spoke to me in that they come across as real, with real emotions, reactions, and facing their flaws.

From a character standpoint, my favorites are Eli Glinn, the head engineer in charge of meteorite recovery and Sam McFarlane, a meteorite-hunting scientist who is also part of the expedition and I like them for the same reason.  Both have had incidents in their pasts that affect their personalities in different ways. Eli has turned the incident into planning each job through meticulous research that factors in every aspect that is possible to factor into the job. Sam, meanwhile, has had issues with someone in the past that ruined a partnership through his own fault and has not, necessarily, found a way to deal with the guilt.  The expedition finds Sam dealing with his past in positive ways while Eli finds that even his analysis is not entirely infallible.

Book Blurb for The Ice Limit

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die. A frightening truth is about to unfold: The men and women of the Rolvaag are not taking this ancient, enigmatic object anywhere. It is taking them.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 4.00