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When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost.

Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast-tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir. If the unidentified sub...more
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Published January 10th 2012 by Bolinda Audio (first published January 1st 2009)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Let me preface this review by saying that one of my favorite books of all time is an action/adventure novel set in Antarctica. So I was trying so hard not to compare them. Trying hard (sighs dramatically)!

When you read a new author, there is always that 'getting to know each other' period that can at times be rough. With this book, it was a bit rough. Wasn't sure about the way he told his story. I couldn't get a feel for the characters. Some felt a little thin to me. I told myself to give it a c...more
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
This review is written to satisfy suggested guidelines for "Group Discussion" as a "Group Read" in the Action Adventure Aficionados Discussion Group. It may not conform to a review format that your used to.

1. What did you think of the beginning?

I felt the beginning was a bit rushed, and the sense of urgency whisked us off into the story without much information. That’s par for the course with action/adventure stories so that makes it par for the course. I would have liked more information on A...more
Ausjim
I have several complaints about this book. Firstly the author displays a severe lack of knowledge in regards to the technical detail he raises in the book. Second a complete lack of knowledge of military structure in regards to the relationship between different units and ranks. Third I found the writing style very start stop, with jarring pauses in the story for clumsy descriptive moments (think Fennimore Coopers last of the Mohicans). Fourth there were several pretty illogical leaps.

In terms...more
Jean Sparrow
After a plane crashes into the Antarctic, Captain Alex Hunter and a squad of his elite soldiers, join a team of scientists on a mission to discover why the first rescue team lost contact, and also to allow the scientists to commence an analysis of an unidentified pool of liquid buried deep beneath the snow and ice. However what they find is a world of unimaginable horrors - ancient ruins of lost civilizations, and a prehistoric terror that has been dormant, possibly for thousands of years.
Greig...more
Darren Manson
I remember first looking for a new author and I read the back of under the dark ice.

Having been an avid reader of another Australian author I thought at first glance there were some comparisons to another book based in Antarctica and so, I put the book back on the shelf for about another 12 months or more.

Then out of intrigue I finally bought it. (well actually more boredom from no other books that interest me, but anyway.)

Wow. What a great first book. I quickly dismissed any previous assumption...more
Barry Simiana
Oct 23, 2011 Barry Simiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of action/adventure
A good story, a ripping yarn. Clive Cussler meets Matthew Reilly. BY sheer coincidence, days after reading this i saw some news reports about lakes under the Antarctic ice and people trying to get to them. So he bases himself at the edge of reality. The story is written well, held my interest (which is a hard task lately) and was extremely enjoyable. so much so I bought his two other books. My obly gripe is the well worn supersoldier idea, not my favourite form of hero, but the overall read is w...more
Tamzin Ackers
I really enjoyed this book I finished it the day I brought it, was hanging out to see if the guy ended up with the girl and who lived etc. Easy to read and super interesting, would of been better if the characters were a bit more developed but other than that really, really good! Def will be getting Greigs new book Return of the Prophet as soon as poss.
Patrick Gibson
Although the super-soldier has been done by many, Beck's Alex Hunter manages to stand out from the rest.
A corporate jet has crashes in the Antarctic, revealing a vast underground system of caverns. A search and rescue party apparently disappears 24 hours after landing and reporting that a huge pool of petroleum may have been uncovered by the crash. A team of commandos led by Captain Alex Hunter is dispatched along with a group of scientists and cave experts to seek answers as to what happened t...more
William M.
Author Greig Beck's debut novel is a solid subterranean action/horror thrill ride in the vein of Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park" and Steve Alten's "MEG". What separates this from the others is the talents of the main character, Alex Hunter, who has nearly inhuman abilities after a bullet lodged in his head give him incredibly heightened senses, causing him to be faster and stronger than anyone on earth. Alex joins a diverse group of scientists on a rescue mission that goes badly and what you...more
J
I'm not going into detail, I will just list a few things that really drove me a bit mad while reading:

- repeating things to make it obvious just HOW important those details are: First a character thinks about something, then he repeats it out loud (in the next sentence) to another character.
- not sure if it's a translation error or a author mess-up but I'm pretty positive a anticoagulant won't make your situation any better when you put it on a bleeding wound (to make it stop bleeding...)
- time...more
Kelly
Super soldier capable of amazing feats of strength – check
Plucky attractive young woman as possible love interest for above soldier – check
Sleazy scientist who will endanger his fellow expeditioners but who will then meet a just and grisly fate? –check
Variety of brave “red shirts” – check
Sure there are tons of clichés in this book but the author makes them work partially in the use of the location his characters find themselves in, a vast underground system of caverns underneath the Antarctic. H...more
Bev
The story centres around Alex Hunter a specialist American soldier with almost supernatural powers due to a prior brain injury. He goes on a rescue mission with other soldiers and civilians to the Antarctic following a plane crash.

Upon their arrival the group find an ancient city and a monster or two plus a few fiendish Russians.

All in all a well written if not brilliant and fun romp through the snow and ice.

Not bad for a first book and worth trying out.

The only annoying factor is the cliffhange...more
Dave Edlund
Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter, #1) by Greig BeckAuthor Beck gives us some strong and interesting characters in Beneath the Dark Ice--Capt. Alex Hunter, code name Arcadian, and a strong-willed and very bright scientist named Aimee. It’s refreshing to see female characters portrayed as a figure one would look up to and admire. The plot is filled with action and doesn’t take long to get going. Once it does, I wanted to keep with it, although at times it felt like more of the same-o, same-o. There could have been more substance than a group of p...more
Chris
A great book of discovery. Monsters, caves and chaos. Read it in two days, didn't want to put it down. Adventure stories like this make me wonder if there really aren't hidden worlds somewhere beneath us that all our 'modern' technology still can't find. If so, what secret wonders and horrors might that world hold? I suddenly find myself wanting to go caving.
Josh
I almost gave this book 3 stars...but then again I almost gave it 1. Let me explain: Ok, so this book started off well, and I thought I was about to read an action adventure romp without campy dialogue and cliche characters. Ok, about the cliche characters - we still have the rugged and handsome hero, the beautiful and intriguing female scientist, the annoying scientist, the tough as nails senior military guy who calls the shots from afar and thinks of the hero as his son - still cliche but ther...more
Tyson Adams
Beneath the Dark Ice was on my Amazon recommendations list for ages. Clearly it ticked a lot of boxes for my likes and being written by a fellow Aussie was another big tick. Needless to say, when I was in a bookstore that hadn't been swallowed by a bank, I bought a copy.

For anyone who has read James Rollins' Subterranean, or drowned themselves in HP Lovecraft at any stage in their life, will see some similar ideas in this techno-thriller. Mix a super soldier and his team, his long time enemy, a...more
C.C. Thomas
When a plane crashes into Antarctica, a search team in sent in. When they also disappear without a trace, Alex Hunter, super soldier, is sent in with a team of scientists and commandos to find out what is going on and to retrieve any survivors. The scientists, who are along for experimentation, and the commandos have a very different agenda and the tension within the group adds to the tension of the plot.

When I say that Alex is a super soldier, that isn't an exaggeration. He has somehow been mut...more
TJ
"Beneath the Dark Ice" by Greig Beck is a thrilling underground adventure that fans of James Rollins and Matthew Reilly will enjoy.

A scientific expedition, led by Alex Hunter and his elite team of HAWC's (Hotzone Allforces Warfare Commandos), is sent to Antarctica to uncover information about a new possible oil reserve and find a missing group of scientists. What the expedition, Hunter, and his HAWC's find once they arrive boggles their minds. New flora and fauna, undiscovered caves, and a poss...more
Brendan
When superhuman special forces soldier Captain Alex Hunter leads the second recovery team to investigate a new cave found under the Antarctic ice, he has no idea what he's getting himself into. The elite military squad he commands, along with several scientists and other civilians, thinks they're investigating a potential new petroleum resource. Little do they know that something altogether different awaits them in the deep caves ... Beneath the Dark Ice. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!) A few though...more
Lisa P
This was my first book written by Greig Beck, and I can definitely say it won’t be my last. Alex Hunter made for a great action/adventure hero. His Special-Ops training and his “unique abilities” made him especially qualified to handle the dangers that awaited he and his team, under the ice. I always seem to be drawn to stories of unique worlds or civilizations hidden away from the rest of society, and this one was no exception. This wondrous and dangerous world was completely unexpected; and th...more
Ard
When on the backsleeve I read words like "Antarctica" and "hieroglyphs" in one sentence, I'm basically sold. Somehow I'm thrilled by ideas about traces of an ancient civilisation hidden under the mile-thick icesheet on the Southpole. This book is an amusing action thriller with exactly such an idea, and it's basically nicely done. It reminded me of the better books of Clive Cussler, or at least the ones when I still read him. It's easy reading, sometimes exciting and sometimes coming close to ho...more
Joyreader
I gave this two stars because it was just so very terrible, but it's like a B horror film that's bad in all the best ways. I still had to keep reading it and at the end thought it was pretty fun.

Just so awful as far as believability, sheer ridiculousness, baaaaad dialogue, unrealistic characters and motivation, etc. And yet...

And yet, you'll close the book with a snort of how silly it was and realize you have a smile on your face.

Even so, can't, in good conscience, give it more than 2 stars.





Mya
I have to admit that at first I wasn't really clear on the plot of this book. From the back cover, one might have thought that it was military espionage (a favorite genre of mine) but nooo...it was better than that! I don't want to make comparisons to fellow Australian favorite, Matthew Reilly, but truthfully it's hard not to with this Greig Beck novel. This book has everything, a pumped-up, almost preternatural superhero, a relentless brute of a villian, and horrifying monstronsities that defy...more
Andre Higgins
Wow..... This book was awesome. The Alex Hunter character is very nice and intriguing and I can't wait to read more of his adventures (yep, I'll most definitely be reading more Greig Beck books).
At some points through the book the little kid in me would surface and be awed. Made me go back to the thrills of reading all those Doc Savage books when I was very young. With a big dose of Edgar Rice Burroughs thrown in. I'm also a big fan of the James Rollins stand-alone books, and Greig Beck is a ser...more
Stoli
This book encompassed every horror caving movie and then some! Reenforcing my idea that anyone who goes spelunking is certifiable, the author's imagination of an underground "world" was amazingly terrifying. Don't get attached to any one character...chances are good they'll meet a bad end. From Russian bad guys to Star Wars reminiscent sand worms, the possibilities of ways to die gave me the creeps added to the claustrophobic darkness and unknown, I needed a Xanax before reading. And while you m...more
Mark Carver
A violent mash-up of Doyle's The Lost World, Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu, with plenty of B-movie monster cheese lathered on for good measure. A bit derivative and riddled with cliches, but bloody good fun that makes dissecting frogs in science class feel like having tea in a rose garden.
Alan Bratherton
I was in two minds as to whether I'd believe a book about a super hero type soldier, but it was well written and believable. I enjoyed it.
Ness Chino
Based on the reviews and the plot I had high expectations about this book. I must say the beginnig of it was quite good and got me interested especially when Alex Hunter was presented to us. His superhuman powers and the fact that he had a military preparation made him the perfect superhero for this book. I couldn't wait to go further into the action to see what he was capable of,imagining any sort of badass scenes with him fighting mosters, Borshov and saving the day but instead I got nothing o...more
Bob
This is an odd piece of brain candy. The ideas Beck works from are really excellent. The technical side of his work is somewhat lacking, however. The book feels rushed, like he was so driven to get to 'the good part' that he skimmed over the hard, boring stuff: character development and backstory.
Don't misunderstand; I enjoyed the book quite a lot. But I can see plenty of places where more descriptive language and more character development would have made it a much better book.
Daniel
On his website, author Greig Beck writes that he grew up reading Wells, Burroughs, and other classic writers; it shows in his first book, where he takes elements of the technothriller - gadgets and guns and the guys who use them - throws in the Antarctic, and then mixes it with heavy doses of big man-eating monsters and ancient mysteries. This is a neat adventure with neat ideas and a handful of exciting scenes. It's also short and to the point. I had fun.
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Hi GoodReaders, I’m an Australian author residing in Sydney with my wife, son and oversized black German Shepherd named Jess. My novels are now available globally, also in Large Print and now in full AUDIO format.

I grew up spending my days surfing at Bondi Beach before entering a career in Information technology which took me around the world. After completing an MBA, i was appointed both an Austr...more
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