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!
Thanks for the thoughtful and well-balanced review, Jules! You are so right about books and I love short chapters too!
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Oh wow this sounds absolutely fantastic! I’m definitely adding it to my wishlist straight away… Fab review! xx
an action packed romp around the north pole with shoot outs, some gruesome deaths and a plot worthy of 007.
I think I might be more target market than you Jules, the only problem is I suspect it is lacking in unnecessarily fast cars, not much call for them in the Arctic.
I will give it a go, thanks for the review.