Once the story really started to unfold, after all the background set up, I couldn't put this book down. The story takes place at a former military base/scientific research station located in Alaska Federal Wilderness Zone (Arctic,) present day. It has been more or less empty for 50 years after a scientific expedition at that time mysteriously and abruptly terminated. All files regarding that expedition are highly classified and effectively buried.
A group of scientists are now at the base conducting climatology experiments. After the glacier calved a large section, an ice cave was revealed at the base of Fear Mountain. The local natives have warned the scientists to leave the cave alone, that great danger from "spirits" lurks there. Of course the natives' warnings of death and doom are dismissed and the scientists explore the ice cave. They make an astonishing discovery.....what appears to be an unknown prehistoric beast totally encased in ice.
They report the find to their financial backers, a film company, Terra Prime, who then arrives with a star andÂ full production crew to expedite a documentary that they are sure will make their fortunes. The minute the film company arrives, the scientists lose control of the site, their find and any chance to complete their climate research. Terra Prime cuts the fearsome frozen beast out of the ice cave and puts it in a portable vault. The plan is to thaw the beast and film the opening of the vault on live TV. This is where the horror begins. Somehow the beast disappears from the vault, through a big hole in the vault floor that was CLEARLY made from the inside out. A search ensues of the entire base. But....people start dying, horribly. Inexplicably. Shredded and bloody. Where is the beast? Who or what is mangling people? Nowhere is safe. No ONE is safe. The plot continues to thicken; the horror elements expand quickly.I could have finished the book last night but I was gripped by such suspense that I had to put it aside to finish this morning, in the light of day.It would make a great horror movie. I couldn't watch it, of course, but it would be great.
Really readable "science" thriller. First of his books I've tried . will need to try some more.