Terminal Freeze Author:Lincoln Child In this riveting, high-octane thriller from Lincoln Child, an ancient creature is inadvertently released to wreak havoc on the inhabitants of a desolate arctic landscape. — — Alaska's Federal Wilderness Zone is one of the most dangerous and inhospitable places on Earth. For paleoecologist Evan Marshall, an expedition to the Zone offers an once-i... more »n-a-lifetime opportunity to study the mounting effects of climate change. But once there, Marshall and his intrepid team make an astonishing discovery: an enormous prehistoric animal encased in solid ice. Despite repeated warnings from the local village, and Marshall's own mounting concern, the expedition sponsors want the creature cut from the ice, thawed, and revealed on a live television spectacular?But then the creature disappears and an unspeakable horror is unleashed.« less
The author took obvious delight in building up the impression that some revelations would never be made, but eventually he came through. The presence of one character seemed totally superfluous until the very end, when he made an observation that cast the whole story in a new light. A quick, fun read.
This was a fun read. A scary monster tale with enough cool science thrown in to make the experience seem possible. The final "haunted house" sequence got a bit tired but I did care about the resolution of the narrative. All in all a good beach read.
This book could have been the book on which "The Thing" was based - except that it post-dates the movei by almost 50 years.
Although it was still a good yarn, I can't call this Mr. Child's best work - especially since it borrows so heavily from "The Thing".
It so happens that i just watched the original version of "The Thing".
Everything from setting to plot to strategies used to defeat the monster come directly from the movie.
The side story - Film industry megalomaniacs and divas and their "daring" escape attempt failed to do much for me.
This isn't really the campfire tale from hell (to borrow an expression from Mr. Child's blog), it's more like a campfire tale from purgatory. I finished reading this book less than three hours ago, and now I can't remember some of the characters' names. The story doesn't really stay with you that much, and it's relatively slow for a thriller (the monster doesn't start eating people until about chapter 19).
I have noticed, though, that with this novel (as well as with Douglas Preston's "Blasphemy") the authors do try to include the spiritual as well as the scientific and that makes for some interesting dialogue among the characters.
Have you ever taken a drink of a soda that went flat? Little to no flavor and no carbonation? That's what reading this book is like. Child has written better, and I'd recommend "Utopia" or "Deep Storm" over this book any day.