Terminal Freeze Author:Lincoln Child Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle lies Alaska's Federal Wildlife Zone, one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. But for paleoecologist Evan Marshall and a small group of fellow scientists, an expedition to the Zone represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study the effects of global warming. — Everything about... more » the expedition changes, however, with an astonishing find. On a routine exploration of a glacial ice cave, the group discovers an enormous ancient animal, encased in solid ice. The media conglomerate sponsoring their research immediately intervenes and arranges the ultimate spectacle -- the creature will be cut from the ice, thawed, and revealed live on television. Despite dire warnings from the local Native American village, and the scientific concerns of Marshall and his team, the "docudrama" plows ahead... until the scientists make one more horrifying discovery. The beast is no regular specimen -- it may be an ancient killing machine. And they may be premature in believing it dead.« 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.