Book Reviews of Icebound

Icebound
Icebound
Author: Dean Koontz
ISBN-13: 9780747247401
ISBN-10: 0747247404
Publication Date: 8/17/1995
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Headline Book Pub Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
Icebound is a departure from Koontz's horror genre. This is strictly a techno-thriller. The action is nonstop--never a dull moment, and all very, very well done. It is about a group of scientists who are carrying out an assignment in the arctic...very believable scenario, I might add. As a result of severe weather storm conditions and sub-oceanic quakes, a large chunk of ice breaks off and they find themselves stranded on an iceberg upon which they had implanted explosives scheduled to go off in 12 hours. There are no American ships that can rescue them because of their distance and the severe weather. Only a Russian sub on a clandestine mission is close enough and has the ability to possibly rescue the team of scientists.

The stories of the men, especially the submarine captain, make you really care about the outcome. Although Koontz, in his afterword, is humble enough to diminish his technological detail as compared with a Tom Clancy, I found the whole thing so real that I was there! I love submarine adventures and to me, this numbers with the best of them.
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Helpful Score: 3
Put a warm blanket over you, a LARGE cup of hot cocoa and turn the fire up. This one is a chiller.
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Helpful Score: 3
A very good book a chiller of a thriller.
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Helpful Score: 2
Suspense and intrigue filled with twists and turns in a world of ice, cut off from the rest of humanity. Koonts is full of surprises as always.
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Helpful Score: 2
A tidal wave of storms, cold, a psychopathic killer, sixty ticking bombs..A continuous and sometimes futile battle against nature.
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Helpful Score: 2
Hard to put down. I read in 2 days. Is just like the title states. A group of scientist get trapped on a ice-berg and you wonder will the make it out alive
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was different from what you'd expect of Dean Koontz, focusing more on man against nature instead of the supernatural, homicidal maniac or corrupt secret government branch. But it was very successful. An entertaining read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Picked this book up one day when it was slow at work and started to read it, could not put it down. Great thriller from a prolific and easy to read author. This is not the genre I am avid about reading, but have read it twice. That should tell you how great the story is. People are a glacier and a piece breaks off. They now need to be rescued but cannot be because of a violent storm. You will be amazed on how the story developes.
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Helpful Score: 2
Not your usual Dean Koontz, but an excellent read.
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Helpful Score: 2
A little different from many Koontz books, this one is very action oriented. Koontz's skill with a plot and energy to carry it forward at breathtaking speed is in full swing here.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed reading this book very much.
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Helpful Score: 2
Not one of my favorite Koontz'
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Originally published as Prison of Ice under the name "David Axton" in a much rougher form. The technological and cultural references have been updated in this version. This is the only book of this type that Koontz has written.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the action and suspense of Icebound. The whole plot of being trapped on a huge iceberg in the middle of the Artic with bombs set to detinate in 12 hours and you're awaiting rescue...how much more thrilling can it get? The description of the conditions on the iceberg and how the main characters react was great! Not to much detail to be boring yet you can easily picture the action. A great plot with fast paced action and a cool ending.
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I've been a Dean Koontz fan through all his novels, but this one just fell short. It wasn't particularly scary, nor was it involving or abstract. It missed his typical humor and grace and came up as a sort of devoid lost novel. I wouldn't suggest it.
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different then norm. more action instead
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This is different from Koontz's other books, but a fast-paced thriller that is hard to put down! It is a very cold book (aptly named). A great read.
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The Arctic night is endless. The fear is numbing. Screams freeze in the throat. Death arrives in shades of white. Cold-blooded murder seems right at home......made me SHIVER!
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Not to be read during a blizzard. Action packed with good characters
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A stunning and suspenseful thriller, about humanity's continuous and sometimes futile battle against nature from one of the most popular and bestselling authors in America.
Conducting a strange and urgent experiment of the Arctic icefield, a team of scientists has planted sixty powerful explosive charges that will detonate at midnight. Before they can withdraw to the safety of the base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks loose the ice on which they are working. Now they are hopelessly marooned on an iceberg during a violent winter storm. The bombs beneath them are buried irretrievable deep . . . and ticking. And they discover that one of them is an assassin with mission of his won. This is classic Koontz.
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One of his best.
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THE ARTIC NIGHT IS ENDLESS.
THE FEAR IS NUMBING.
SCREAMS FREEZE IN THEH THROAT.
DEATH ARRIVES IN SHADES OF WHITE.
COLD BLOODED MURDER SEEMS RIGHT AT HOME.

great book!!!!
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great book!
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Abridged. 4 tapes, approx. 6 hrs. Read by John Glover, a very familiar face and voice, who does a very good job.
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Loved it, as I do most of Koontz's writings. Great thriller!
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Scientists in danger with a killer thrown in to the mix makes this book an interesting read.
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A completely different book from what Koontz usually writes. This was originally realeased as "Prison of Ice" penned under David Axton
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My least favorite Koontz. More predictable than most with not nearly as many turns. However, it's still a good thriller for a cold day.
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A hard to put down, keep ya on the edge of your seat, good read book. Great for any Dean Koontz fan.........a must have.
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I found this book so compelling and the concept so intriguing. Only DK could make even the most innocent situations terrifying.
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An unlikely Koontz book. I had just finished Intensity and wanted another non-wierdo Koontz book. This book would have made a great 50s monster movie to watch with my grandma.

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I've read a lot of Dean Koontz books and this is one of the most suspenseful in my opinion. Good book!
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The artic night is endless.
The fear is numbing.
Screams freeze in the throat.
Death arrives in shades of white.
Cold- blooded murder seems right at home..
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good, early koontz-- good read
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Very good and exciting. Not one of his terror stories but an adventure.
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Synopsis
A stunning and suspenseful thriller, about humanity's continuous and sometimes futile battle against nature from one of the most popular and bestselling authors in America.

Conducting a strange and urgent experiment of the Arctic icefield, a team of scientists has planted sixty powerful explosive charges that will detonate at midnight. Before they can withdraw to the safety of the base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks loose the ice on which they are working. Now they are hopelessly marooned on an iceberg during a violent winter storm. The bombs beneath them are buried irretrievable deep . . . and ticking. And they discover that one of them is an assassin with mission of his won. This is classic Koontz.
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I really enjoyed reading this one. It was a departure from the usual Koontz "formula". The action in this one was fast-paced. The science believable and interesting. The story was a little bit too predictable but a very good read, nonetheless. It may not sound like it, but I am a Koontz fan.
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not as good as his other stuff
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My teenage son and I both loved this book! Very suspenseful, leaving you wondering what would happen next.
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Different then the usual for Koontz, but very enjoyable
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another excellant read by dean koontz
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I read this book,it was a interesting read...I'm hoping a dean kootnz fan would like to read this book also...
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Thoroughly enjoyable read!
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Another satisfying thriller
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a psychopathic killer in a stunning chiller...
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The arctic night is endless. The fear is numbing. Screams freeze in the throat. Death arrives in shades of white. Cold-blooded murder seems right at home....the chill of the grave
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excellent!!
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Great read.
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Koontz from the 70's in his best period of writting
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First of all, I'm a great Koontz fan. He is a superlative writer, and this early book--updated by the author--is an example of his extraordinary talent. FEW writers can combine great adventure and plot WITH excellent characterization. Koontz is a master of doing just this.
Icebound is a departure from Koontz's horror genre. This is strictly a techno-thriller. The action is nonstop--never a dull moment, and all very, very well done. It is about a group of scientists who are carrying out an assignment in the arctic...very believable scenario, I might add. As a result of severe weather storm conditions and sub-oceanic quakes, a large chunk of ice breaks off and they find themselves stranded on an iceberg upon which they had implanted explosives scheduled to go off in 12 hours. There are no American ships that can rescue them because of their distance and the severe weather. Only a Russian sub on a clandestine mission is close enough and has the ability to possibly rescue the team of scientists.

The stories of the men, especially the submarine captain, make you really care about the outcome. Although Koontz, in his afterword, is humble enough to diminish his technological detail as compared with a Tom Clancy, I found the whole thing so real that I was there! I love submarine adventures and to me, this numbers with the best of them.

Noteworthy is the graphic detail of what it must be like to work in such an extreme environment. The descriptions of the arctic and the weather conditions are awesome. Even the death scene where one man dies through drowning is so realistic I could imagine vividly what it felt like to die this way.

On top of the natural perils they face, there is a one twisted mind with them who is obsessively determined to commit murder. This portion of the story is also very well executed.

In short (I should have said this some paragraphs back!), I can find nothing negative to say about this story or writing style. I read it at breakneck speed because it was so riveting. I heartily recommend this book to not only Koontz fans but to anyone who enjoys a techno-thriller.

If you're looking only for a supernatural horror story, this is not the ticket. But...if you love Koontz's immense talent and want to read an exciting thriller, have at it!
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A good read. A++
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I absolutely loved this book. Such a shame Koontz does not write more in this style. The suspense makes the book a true page turner.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The clock ticks away as 60 bombs are set to explode at midnight. Can the American scientists escape their icy prison during a storm that rages over them?
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A little confusing since it's listed as a paperback and then in the description it says it's 4 cassettes read by John Glover.
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Exciting right to the end.
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"Jammed with the tensions of imminent disaster. The whole thing unfolds with the timing of a quartz watch."--Chicago Tribune

Excellent suspense/intrigue book by Koontz.
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My husband read this book and enjoyed it very much. It was a little different than most of Koontz's books, more of a techno thriller
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
A stunning and suspenseful thriller, about humanity's continuous and sometimes futile battle against nature from one of the most popular and bestselling authors in America.
Conducting a strange and urgent experiment of the Arctic icefield, a team of scientists has planted sixty powerful explosive charges that will detonate at midnight. Before they can withdraw to the safety of the base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks loose the ice on which they are working. Now they are hopelessly marooned on an iceberg during a violent winter storm. The bombs beneath them are buried irretrievable deep . . . and ticking. And they discover that one of them is an assassin with mission of his won. This is classic Koontz.
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Really enjoyed this icy thriller! Dean Koontz at his best!