#BookReview: The Ice by John Kåre Raake #ProvidedForReview #ShouldBeAMovie

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…

Book Blurb:

The fight for the North Pole has begun

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.


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.

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!

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  1. 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.


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