Ice Station

Ice Station➥ [Epub] ➟ Ice Station By Matthew Reilly ➯ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk At a remote ice station in Antarctica, a team of US scientistshas made and amazing discovery They have found somethingburied deep within the coastal ice shelf Something trappedinside a million year o At a remote Ice Station in Antarctica, a team of US scientistshas made and amazing discovery They have found somethingburied deep within the coastal ice shelf Something trappedinside amillion year old layer of iceSomething made of metalIt is the discovery of a lifetimeA discovery of immeasurable valueA discovery men would kill forLed by an enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a team ofcrack United States Marines is rushed to the station to securethis discovery for their country They are a tight unit Toughand fearless They would follow their leader into hellThey just didIn a land without boundaries, the only law is survival. Overstressed Overworked In need of a change in scenery Looking for relaxation and a well deserved rest Why not visit Antarctica, the last unconquered continent Its virgin, untouched landscapes and friendly, innocent wildlife make it the perfect holiday spot for those wanting to escape modern life and human drama Make one with beautiful nature, bask in the sunshine, and experience inner peace while exploring gloriously preserved, snow covered sceneries Encounter fascinating, affectionate Overstressed Overworked In need of a change in scenery Looking for relaxation and a well deserved rest Why not visit Antarctica, the last unconquered continent Its virgin, untouched landscapes and friendly, innocent wildlife make it the perfect holiday spot for those wanting to escape modern life and human drama Make one with beautiful nature, bask in the sunshine, and experience inner peace while exploring gloriously preserved, snow covered sceneries Encounter fascinating, affectionate fauna Meet the very friendly and ever welcoming local population Enjoy one of the many on site activities Swim the refreshing waters Play indoor paintball games Go on restful hovercraft rides Have some grappling hook fun Experiment with fun, new toys Discover unexplored underwater expanses Admire the unique fireworks Antarctica is the world s 1 wellness destination It beats any spa holiday you will ever take You do not know what being pampered in luxury means until you have visited the South Pole So what are you waiting for Call 1 800 I Have A Deathwish, pack your bags, and go Tiny disclaimer 1 don t bother with a return ticket One way should do just fine. Tiny disclaimer 2 before embarking on what might possibly be the most relaxing adventure of your life, we sort of kind of advise you to consult with your doctor, or any other qualified health care professional Just in case You never know Better safe than sorry and all thatAnd the moral of this non review is YES, this book is on the OTT side and takes suspension of disbelief to a whole new level But man, it is the most roller coaster ridish yes, there is such a thing , delightfully exhausting, unputdownable, entertaining book I ve read in a looooonnnggggg time And the other moral of this non review is and it is thus that Eon the Awesome lifted the Boredom Curse from Hell that had befallen me since the beginning of 2016 Eon, I thank thee kindly and shall be ever full of grate.PS Shane Schofield is mine So back the fish off, everyone Antarctica, an American settlement the Wilkes Ice Station abandoned now, two U.S scientists surface in an ice cave 3,000 feet below sea level, their last moments breathing Other divers are sent and are never heard from again The American Marines arrive amidst rumors of an alien spaceship found, silly notion imagine such a thing occurring Lieutenant Shane Schofield Recon Unit Commander, nickname Scarecrow has one great attribute, he never gives up Mr Schofield will need all that determina Antarctica, an American settlement the Wilkes Ice Station abandoned now, two U.S scientists surface in an ice cave 3,000 feet below sea level, their last moments breathing Other divers are sent and are never heard from again The American Marines arrive amidst rumors of an alien spaceship found, silly notion imagine such a thing occurring Lieutenant Shane Schofield Recon Unit Commander, nickname Scarecrow has one great attribute, he never gives up Mr Schofield will need all that determination to survive this unprecedented situation Don t need to state the lethal conditions here, an ice desert which kills, bone chilling temperatures can freezes a man s soul the great blizzards, the relentless massive winds that will blind, and crevasses they might eventually doom any traveler ignorant enough to walk on its surface unprepared Technological supremacy is the big prize and no one has any friends any, no surprise greed always prevails With a dozen men and women, Shane has to defend the ICE STATION AGAINST ALL THE ATTACKERS, so called allies become deadly enemies, even his own men can t be trusted A solar flares causing a communication blackout, Scarecrow will get no help from anyone, they will have to deal with all hoping their limited resources are enough to win After the marines defeat friendly nations soldiers, Shane needs to get to the mysterious cave Killer Whales or no Killer Whales swimming around, he has a job to doBack in the U.S Washington Post reporters get a tip from Andrew Trent, a U.S.Marine hiding in New Mexico, about a secret military group which unbelievably even kills its own people, in order to preserve American superiority in the world On the South Pole, Scarecrow with the assistance of Wendy, an Antarctic seal the kind with flippers gets what s left of his friends to the cavern However with the diving bell destroyed there is no way out, still not the immediate problem for now Strange new sea creatures also are inhabiting that space under the sea, both kinds of animals can t live in the same area though, something has to giveAnother difficulty well two, bombs are about to go off on top and a nuclear missile is racing in the air and getting closer and closer to the ice station, Scarecrow better think of something quick This is like an action movie all credibility is thrown out the window in order to entertain the public, just relax and enjoy the trip some clever happenings take place Why read a book called Ice Station, are you having flashbacks to the days of Alistair MacLean and those commando ops that thrilled with the killing of lousy Krauts, except this one is by Matthew Reilly some wanking Aussie young un with Coke bottle specs, an older andreedy version of Mr Peabody s Sherman with a shoeblack pomade, it s a nice sleek white and promises cheap merc entertainment so why not, it s not like you have thousands of award winning, globally lauded, literature defining a Why read a book called Ice Station, are you having flashbacks to the days of Alistair MacLean and those commando ops that thrilled with the killing of lousy Krauts, except this one is by Matthew Reilly some wanking Aussie young un with Coke bottle specs, an older andreedy version of Mr Peabody s Sherman with a shoeblack pomade, it s a nice sleek white and promises cheap merc entertainment so why not, it s not like you have thousands of award winning, globally lauded, literature defining authors on the shelves now, is it, this one should prove a quick one while the brains away, holy fuck this intro is really bad, Reilly sounds like a dingbat, good God, do we really have a squad leader named Scarecrow with knife scars slashed across his beady eyes, fuck right off with this shit Reilly, whoops, here we go, Frog commandos springing a oily trap armed with mega technological crossbows, that s aces, now Yanks are dropping like flies, take that French to Freedom Fry butt plugged aresholes, oh, come on, did Reilly just spring some cheesy seal pinging around like a pinniped version of Flipper, now what the hell, mutated walruses and killer whales chowing down on humans like regular bizness, what the fuck are divers and seals doing one mile down in freezing black Antarctic ocean waters, fuck Reilly, your acrobatic seal and SEAL poltroons would implode like my fucking liver did in 2002, why don t you just include a fucking mermaid pleasuring her half scaly self with a tubular iceberg for Christ s sake, now what, my God a badass Marine she bitch named Mother who cracks walnuts via clenched butt and clears the shell casings with an impressive rooster tail, let me guess, she harbors a deep and abiding shemale manlove for Scarecrow who doesn t know and won t reciprocate and nevertheless secretly dreams of a romantic date with the dude in an Afghan foxhole where they ll dine on grenades and toast each other with gasoline, I can t take this any, what, hovercraft colliding and dinging each other with the abandon of the patrons at the Fraser Arms when one o clock rolls around and only one toilet is functioning while Marines leap back n forth killing freckled Tommy SAS chump change wearing berets and sporting Nietzschean staches with a well placed elbow or frozen penguin carcass, Reilly you blow massive chunks, escapist, brain dead thrills are one thing but this happy go fucky bullshit is an insult to the output of Mack Bolan, I can t take it any you cliche ridden, one thousand words for machine pistol but only one for a knife to the throat plagiarizer of Cassell Military Paperbacks OK, Goddammit, I slopped coffee all across this cap popping deadweight, me and my Maxwell House elbow fucking shaking like a Juan Valdez rummy, damn carpet used to be nice, that does it, this one goes directly into the garbage and NOW finally can we get to something better, well I ll be, here s another on the shelf by Reilly called Hover Car Racer, now that sounds promising Oh BELIEVE I ll be writing a review for this Sometimes you just have to say FUCK subtlety Piss off nuance I do not require you What I need is ACTION Something with non stop combat, batshit crazy energy, and enough baddies that you re tripping over the little bastards every time you turn around I m not even going to tell you about the plot because IT DOESN T MATTER What s important is that Lieutenant Shane Schofield is ready to SORT IT And he s going to do it in mirrored shades, no Oh BELIEVE I ll be writing a review for this Sometimes you just have to say FUCK subtlety Piss off nuance I do not require you What I need is ACTION Something with non stop combat, batshit crazy energy, and enough baddies that you re tripping over the little bastards every time you turn around I m not even going to tell you about the plot because IT DOESN T MATTER What s important is that Lieutenant Shane Schofield is ready to SORT IT And he s going to do it in mirrored shades, no less Now he s the kind of warrior that should make every action lead you ve ever seen blush in shame for being such a wet lettuce A pathetic, lazy waste of space But not the Scarecrow Oh no Even death can t stop him And he s got a heart of gold What A Man.My good friend and the hero responsible for bringing this book back to my attention, Eon, called this Mission IMPOSSIBLEST, but the impossiblest thing is putting this book down I only meant to read a few chapters and then all of a sudden it was over There are bodies and bullets flying from the get go There are assassins and conspiracies and enough chompy sea creatures to make Jaws look like a picky eater.I cannot believe I only gave this 4 stars first time round Youthful Emma clearly did not know how to have fun This book gives zero shits about anything other than entertaining the fuck out of the reader Every time you think it couldn t get anybonkers, it does It is EXCEPTIONAL.I will not be listening to any alternative opinions at this time Thank you and goodnight WOW WOW WOW THE PACE WAS FRANTIC EDGE OF THE SEAT STUFF A TOTALLY GRIPPING, ACTION PACKED THRILLER What the hell just happenedI m a member of the GR group A Good Thriller and in October this year they started a concept called Book Pal The key purpose of Book Pal is to help members attack that overwhelming To Be Read TBR shelf by assigning a random partner each month to choose a book for you to read from that shelf This month I was teamed with Juliana from the UK who had just st WOW WOW WOW THE PACE WAS FRANTIC EDGE OF THE SEAT STUFF A TOTALLY GRIPPING, ACTION PACKED THRILLER What the hell just happenedI m a member of the GR group A Good Thriller and in October this year they started a concept called Book Pal The key purpose of Book Pal is to help members attack that overwhelming To Be Read TBR shelf by assigning a random partner each month to choose a book for you to read from that shelf This month I was teamed with Juliana from the UK who had just started to read Ice Station and, given this had been sitting in my home library unread since 1999, we thought it was an excellent opportunity for me to read it as well OMG What an amazing experience I haven t been so entertained like this for a long time I was neck deep in this book from start to finish It did not disappoint This is not my usual line in escapism, but Reilly s talent for coming up with ingenious new twists on every page is awesome I kept telling myselfI ll get to the end of this chapter and then I ll go and do Xbut damn it, every chapter finished on such an adrenaline high, I simply had to read the next one to find out what happened All the various plot pieces revealed throughout the story were seamlessly woven together by the end, and Reilly s dastardly collection of marines, psychos and sadists were so astutely portrayed that I felt like I personally knew every one of them.The story begins at Wilkes Ice Station, a US research facility about nine hundred miles from McMurdo Station, Antarctica Wilkes Ice Station is essentially a great, big, vertical cylinder that has been bored into the ice shelf It dives five storeys straight down, all the way to sea level Indented at regular intervals on the walls of the cylinder are metal catwalks which run around the circumference of the cylinder Branching out from each catwalk, burrowing into the icy walls themselves, are a series of tunnels which form the different levels of the station Wilkes Ice Station from the insideAfter two diving teams at Wilkes Ice Station are killed following their discovery of what appears to be an alien spacecraft, the station sends out a distress signal A team of eleven United States Recon Marines, led by thirty two year old Shane Scarecrow Schofield, is dispatched to secure the station Upon arriving they find that French scientists from a nearby French research station have already arrived But all is not what it seems and some of the French are revealed as soldiers, who are also after the alien spacecraft discovery A bloody and gruesome battle ensues whereby all of the French soldiers are killed, and Schofield loses three members of his team, with a further two seriously injured So much for both countries belonging to NATO, ehInternational alliances are not about friendship They are about advantage If friendship brings advantage, then friendship is desirable If friendship does not bring advantage, then perhaps merely civil relations may be all that is necessarySchofield decides to send a marine dive team of three down below the ice to find the supposed alien spacecraft They are also joined by one of the scientists from Wilkes Station But all hell breaks loose once they re gone One of the two injured marines is killed, Schofield himself is shot and left for dead, and the second injured marine is also set upon There is a traitor in Schofield s team, a member of the Intelligence Convergence Group ICG , whose sole purpose is to infiltrate elite American military units to keep tabs on them and make sure they re doing what they re supposed to be doing Once the job is complete however, the ICG infiltrator is then tasked with erasing or wiping out the unit such that no knowledge about the assignment is leaked As if this wasn t enough, the team learns of a pending nuclear attack by the French, as well as a land attack by the British SAS Everyone wants to secure the spaceship discovery for their country.And so the battle begins One of Schofield s team peers through the window from a hovercraft vehicle, as troops do battleThroughout this book Reilly delivers cliff hangers galore The laws of science are sometimes shunted aside to make way for improbable weaponry and impossible situations, but that s just part of the fun One thing s for sure I now know I want an Armalite MH 12 Maghook for christmas Read the book and you ll know why I LOVED THIS BOOK DEFINITELY AN AUTHOR I WANT TO READ MORE OF.A solid 5 stars About the AuthorMatthew Reilly was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1974 He is the international bestselling author of twelve novels Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Hell Island, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves and The Tournament Matthew ReillyPublished in late 1998, Ice Station was an instant hit, delivering a new style of action thriller to Australian readers It was snapped up by major publishers in the US, UK and Germany.Matthew Reilly has been quoted as sayingIce Station was a direct response to Hollywood action movies I figured that when you make a movie, you are limited by your budget Put simply, it costs big dollars to make big action scenes But when you write a book, you can create the wildest and biggest action scenes you like and it doesn t cost you a cent The only limit is the limit of your imaginationLife hasn t always been happy for Matthew In early December 2011, while Reilly was in South Australia on a book tour promoting Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, his wife Natalie, who had suffered from anorexia and depression, committed suicide Matthew could not write for a very long time following this.An Australian TV program, Australian Story , caught up with Matthew in February 2014 to find out how he is doing Attached below is a link to a very moving 30 minute interview with Matthew, his publishers and his family friends.http www.abc.net.au austory specialPhotos Photo 1 courtesy of Clan McPherson Photo 2 courtesy of PC Power Play Photo 3 courtesy of Daily Mail Photo 4 courtesy of Mama Mia Killer Whales Seriously Even in a society desensitized by the escapades of James Bond, this kind of thing seems rather excessive in an action thriller, although I must say the scenes in question were pretty scary in a Jaws kind of way Oh, and of course, giant seals Par for the course in this kind of fiction, eh The book s pacing is frenetic, which helps, since all the not so good bits flash by so fast that you almost don t realise they re even present Just how over the top is this book Killer Whales Seriously Even in a society desensitized by the escapades of James Bond, this kind of thing seems rather excessive in an action thriller, although I must say the scenes in question were pretty scary in a Jaws kind of way Oh, and of course, giant seals Par for the course in this kind of fiction, eh The book s pacing is frenetic, which helps, since all the not so good bits flash by so fast that you almost don t realise they re even present Just how over the top is this book Ha Read it and see Shane Scarecrow Schofield might be a Marine, but he would not be out of place in a superhero comic, wielding his maghook with a finesse that will make Batman green with envy Ribs crack, blood spills and limbs are lost, but the heroes in this outing keep on coming back forOorah at some point in the proceedings I became aware of the fact that I was enjoying myself, even though all reason or common sense had long since fled You can t take a book like this too seriously, and that is perhaps a saving grace Stick with it, laugh, cringe, enjoy It sakin to playing a video game than reading a novel, but you might well end up buying the sequel too In the end I m not sure where to classify this book It s certainly an action novel, but there are smatterings of Science Fiction and Horror albeit of the B grade kind as well Conspiracy Theory Murder Mystery Hell yeah It was actually quite a bit of fun, all told Another plus the villains in this book aren t from Eastern Europe, Africa or the Middle East, which was kind of refreshing.This book is for people who like big explosions, ridiculous coincidences and a Chuck Norris approved protagonist Read it if you dare I ve been gradually getting hooked on thrillers, and the Agent Pendergast series by Preston Child is my current favourite of this genre They are the perfect morsel of a fast paced and addictive read that I need when I feel that a break from heavier reads is warranted this includes SFF given the kind of worldbuilding involved Thanks to my awesome co blogger, Eon, I picked up what he called a ridiculous over the top edge of your seat thriller And my gosh, he described this book to perfectio I ve been gradually getting hooked on thrillers, and the Agent Pendergast series by Preston Child is my current favourite of this genre They are the perfect morsel of a fast paced and addictive read that I need when I feel that a break from heavier reads is warranted this includes SFF given the kind of worldbuilding involved Thanks to my awesome co blogger, Eon, I picked up what he called a ridiculous over the top edge of your seat thriller And my gosh, he described this book to perfection Ice Station turned out to really great fun to read, and mainly in part to the OTT action involved The main character and eponymous hero, Shane Schofield, is a badass, handsome but scarred, Lieutenant of the US Marine Corp that earned loyalty from his team because he is also a good man In spite of all the action and there is A LOT of it I felt that Reilly still managed to provide some solid character development to Schofield as a person While we all know he won t die because he is the hero of the series, I sympathetised with him and all the horrible things he had to go through Now, on to what made this book ridiculously fun The practically non stop and insane action My goodness, the action in this book puts the Mission Impossible movies to shame If you look at the page count, you can see that this book is not short It is also really fast paced and full of intense action sequences which are fairly long as well Sometimes too many action scenes can start to get boring or messy, but not in this book Firstly, there s variety in the action to make it exciting Secondly, Reilly s writing is very cinematic It was really easy for me to visualise the action and have these scenes play out in the silver screen of my mind One annoying thing I have to mention though, and it s so usual in thrillers, is the obvious expository writing of what had happened A few lines would have sufficed most of the times, but to have passages of explanation of how this guy managed to trick the other person, etc etc, is something that I ve never enjoyed reading All in all, Ice Stationthan satisfied what I wanted to get out of reading a thriller and that s good enough for me The environment in Antarctica kicks the danger into overdrive This is one of those action packed books that barely gives the reader time to catch their breath between thrilling scenes If the idea of a ufo hidden beneath the ice isn t enough, add to that secret government bad guys determined to lay claim to it A few different secret governments Lots of deaths in lots of creative ways. I started reading this book And then I put it down And then I Picked It Back Up.Again.Just to see how it endedI couldn t actually finish the book Gave up on page 500 The beginning was great, but things rapidly dissolved into stupidity This calls forthan suspension of disbelief Maybe a pre frontal lobotomy Or maybe a time machine I could travel back in time and give this book to my 14 year old self, who would probably enjoy it Though a pre frontal lobotomy might still b I started reading this book And then I put it down And then I Picked It Back Up.Again.Just to see how it endedI couldn t actually finish the book Gave up on page 500 The beginning was great, but things rapidly dissolved into stupidity This calls forthan suspension of disbelief Maybe a pre frontal lobotomy Or maybe a time machine I could travel back in time and give this book to my 14 year old self, who would probably enjoy it Though a pre frontal lobotomy might still be necessary.Give credit where credit is due, though in the stupid action book category, Reilly is right up there on top He s got the mojo There is no other way to explain 3 million books sold and a 4 star rating, although this type of success is a mystery of the same caliber as crossbow wielding commandos, US marines shooting grappling hooks at everything that moves, and a guy who gets eye replacement surgery after having his peepers sliced in half during a razorblade torture session.My favorite part was when the hero falls off a cliff, swims through 40 foot frigid artic waves I believe at some point he s pummeled into a cliff by them and then somehow manages to blow up a nuclear submarine with some high explosives he had in his back pocket.Oh yeah, sorry, that was a spoiler But believe me, the plot is not the selling point of this book, so I didn t really ruin anything trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers THIS WAS SO FUN Reading this is literally like watching an action movie, but BETTER.Also, Mother might be one of my new favourite characters of all time, apart from Wendy the seal of course xDtrigger warnings literally everything you can think of be warned Gore, murder, death, blood, gun violence, killer whales literally eating people, you name it, this book s probably got it.

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  • Paperback
  • 611 pages
  • Ice Station
  • Matthew Reilly
  • English
  • 15 June 2017
  • 0330360892