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Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Review: Ice Station by Matthew Reilly


Ice Station by Matthew Riley is a fast-paced, edge of your seat thrill ride that will leave you gasping for air and begging for more. The characters are well developed and easy to associate with, the plot is plausible, and the action is fast and exhilarating. Reilly brings in a great setting, interesting characters and back-stories, and a great host of weapons that make you go "Wow". Prepare for adventure.....

The setting for this is unique to some of the books I have read lately because it centers on one locale, Antarctica (well, more specifically Wilkes Ice Station and a small area surrounding it), instead of traveling all around the globe. I was a little hesitant at first when I found this out but I decided to give it try anyways. It seems that an alien spacecraft may have been discovered at the Wilkes Ice Station in Antarctica and the US is sending a crack Marine Recon Unit (16) in to guard the station until reinforcements arrive. Lt. Shane Schofield, call-sign Scarecrow, leads this unit and finds out there is more going on than meets the eye. From dealing with French "scientists", a French paratrooper unit, a large British SAS force, possible aliens, and a secret US organization, Scarecrow and his team - Mother, Fox, Book, and more - will find out just how tough they are and whether they can complete the mission they've been assigned with.

The main characters are gripping and the depth and detail that Reilly gives to each of these main characters makes me feel as if I'm a part of Scarecrow's team as well. While some of the story dragged on for me, which I find to be an issue with single location settings anyways, there were enough surprises, edge of your seat moments, and just plain awesomeness to keep me interested and coming back for more. While many people have complained that a lot of the action is just to far out there, I have to say that it's always plausible and Reilly does an excellent job in making you feel like you are there in the middle of the action, ready to jump in and help at any time. I loved this story and can't wait to continue on in the series.

P.S. - I want a maghook. :-)


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