I was in the mood for something different, after reading A LOT of fantasy and romance, so when I stumbled across The Ice I knew I wanted to read it.
I have ALWAYS been fascinated by the North Pole – It’s such an interesting place, right!?!? A bleak, cold and desolate landscape where humans are not welcomed by mother nature.
So I jumped straight in…
The fight for the North Pole has begun
A CRY FOR HELP
Anna Aune is on a scientific expedition to the North Pole, when the pitch black of the polar night is lit up by a distress flare.
A VISION FROM A NIGHTMARE
At a nearby research station Anna discovers a massacre – mutilated bodies strewn about the base. Then, a fierce Arctic storm blows in, cutting off any possibility of escape.
A KILLER LOOSE ON THE ICE
Anna races to find the murderer before they get to her, but she discovers a secret lurks under the ice – one that nations will kill for…
Great sounding blurb! I instantly thought this was going to be an adventure, a James Bond sort of romp through the cold and I wasn’t disappointed.
I enjoyed The Ice, it held my attention, it was well written and the descriptions brought to life the cold and isolation of the artic – I just didn’t love it. I liked it. BUT that’s ok as I don’t think I was the intended audience. When I read it I wanted it to be less of a blockbuster and more of a science heavy, detail fuelled science adventure. I love, love, love details in my fiction.
The Ice was a movie in book form – NOT a criticism. It was an action packed romp around the north pole with shoot outs, some gruesome deaths and a plot worthy of 007.
I liked it, it just wasn’t quite for me. I wanted more about the setting, more about the scientific explorations of the Dragon base – I wanted MORE details, more substance and less action. But that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a good read or a decent thriller. I just felt that at times The Ice read more like a padded out movie – again not a big criticism. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it.
Not every book needs to be a 5 star read and that’s ok, I was entertained from the very first page. The Ice was well written with super short and snappy chapters (which I LOVE) that flew by and there was never a dull moment.
If you are looking for an artic blockbuster of a story then look no further!
I received a copy of The Ice by John Kåre Raake from the publisher, via NetGalley for review – Thank you!