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Ice Limit (Ice Limit #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  14,282 Ratings  ·  518 Reviews
The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers ...more
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Kamas Kirian A sequel just came out, Beyond The Ice Limit. Many of the characters in the world that the authors have created appear in more than one novel,…moreA sequel just came out, Beyond The Ice Limit. Many of the characters in the world that the authors have created appear in more than one novel, sometimes as very minor characters, sometimes as major characters in their own right.(less)
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Hans K.
Aug 24, 2011 Hans K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read every book Richard Preston and Lincoln Child have written together, and this is the one that stands out the most. I feel like I can remember almost every detail. I still marvel at the impossibility of the task the Eli Glinn and co. face and tip my hat to the crew's ingenuity at every turn. I

I recommend Preston and Child novices start here, because although Relic, their first book is great, I don't think it has as strong or as sustained or as logical a plot as Ice Limit. As in any thri
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Doreen Dalesandro
I listened to the audiobook.

The plot of Ice Limit involves one man's aversion to failure, one man's ethics turned upside down, and two men's obsession with a very dense rock.

Hate to say it, but I am disappointed in this book. After reading Mount Dragon, I was expecting a thrill ride. Instead, the story is bogged down in character development (those pesky characters!). The best part of the story is the last 40 minutes!
Brian Steele
First, let me say that I LOVE Preston-Child's Pendergast Series. Insanely so. And this book would have had a 4 star review... right up until those last few chapters. I won't give anything away, except to say that I'm pretty sure that either the editors of the publishers started screeching about length/word count, and the duo just... well, wrote the worst ending I've read in years.

I can't even describe how far my WTF Meter went into the red. Five chapters that should have been ten, character acti
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Red Heaven
Mar 25, 2013 Red Heaven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although overall I enjoyed this book, I found it to be a tough read for the most part. It is severely hampered by being almost totally linear, and most of the book takes place in one setting, and that setting is the monotonous cold sea, snow and ice south of Tierra del Fuego. However, the plot did keep me interested enough to keep turning the pages, and the ending is a crackerjack of tension and excitement.

I found it helpful to visualize Palmer Lloyd, the extremely wealthy financier of the proje
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Bettie☯


Read by Scott Brick.

6hrs 37sec

Meteorites and diamonds and death in South America. Good enough to have on in the background.

#31 TBR Busting 2013
Adam Wilson
After reading this Preston/Child novel, my first reaction to it was that it would almost certainly make a pretty awesome movie. It would make an awesome movie only if

the movie had a very large budget to make the scenes look amazing and to put some actors in that everyone loves. I say this because in book form The Ice Limit seems to

lack a lot of things. I love Preston/Child, but this may be my least-favorite book of theirs so far. Please notice the three-star rating though. I am not saying it i
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Susan Townsend
Sep 19, 2011 Susan Townsend rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How much did I hate this audiobook?
......As much as I hate those sappy, overwrought personal interest stories they play on the sports channels when they run out of stuff to talk about. As a matter of fact, that's exactly what this audiobook sounds like, minus the violins. I usually like Scott Brick, but this is awful. Didn't like the story, either. It is a cheap knowckoff of Jurassic Park, rich guy funds a stupid self-aggrandizing project without regard to risk to others.

It isn't often I give
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Josh
A high-octane suspenseful story that will have you turning pages while the lasagna burns. The characters are relatively flat (although that is not unusual for the genre), and the plot is often predictable, but there are a handful of exciting twists and turns. If you're a fan of technothrillers, The Ice Limit is sure to please. My only complaint is that, instead of a proper ending, we are left with a half dozen fictional news articles intended to wrap up the story. It feels more like the first vo ...more
Heather
Jul 19, 2016 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Really more of a thriller than sci-fi. Some fun passages about engineering challenges. The characters were a little stereotyped and some were not very believable. There were a few original sci-fi ideas, but they were barely developed.
Mark King
Apr 26, 2016 Mark King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the Preston and Child duo.
Vera VB
Een ijzig avontuur waarbij zowat alles tegen zit en dan vooral het weer met de storm van de eeuw in een gebied waar uit zichzelf al veel wind staat en hoge golven, tussen Antarctica en Vuurland, niet de beste plaats om je met een schip naartoe te begeven.

Een steenrijke verzamelaar wil een meteoriet in handen krijgen om deze een prominente plaats in zijn museum te geven. Hij schakelt daarvoor een speciaal bureau in dat na een uitgebreide analyse van zowat alle factoren waarmee je maar rekening k
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Lady Ethereal Butterfly
I’m still so excited about this book that I can hardly form a coherent sentence about it. The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child follows a group of scientist and engineers on a journey in an oil tanker to a remote island off of Cape Horn. Their mission there is to locate and retrieve, in secrecy, the largest meteorite to ever hit the planet. Every last detail of this mission is planned out meticulously, but things start going wrong and people start mysteriously dying . . .

The Ice Li
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Nicole R
How far would you go to uncover the scientific discovery of the century? Perhaps the biggest discovery in the history of mankind?

Sam McFarlane is a renegade scientist - he finds and studies meteorites but refuses to conform to the typical research realm of academia and instead travels the world looking for evidence to support his theory of an interstellar meteorite. He has recently lost face with the scientific community, lost his research partner and best friend, and his marriage ended in divor
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Karen
Mar 09, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a thrill ride! This is my first Preston/Child book, and what a great one to choose! It was interesting from the first page and stayed very exciting until the last word.

I have read several of Richard Preston's book (Douglas's brother) and thought I would give the Preston/Child coupling a chance. I was rewarded. The plot was interesting, the characters realistic, the terror very real. Warning though, I do alright with violence and there was one scene that involved a fingernail which literally
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Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
This book started off really slow. Many would probably say that "nothing happened" until after the first 200 pages. Within those 200 pages was a lot of character introduction and descriptions of the scientific and technological theories and engineering solutions surrounding a ship voyage to recover a meteorite for a super-rich industrialist's museum. Since I happen to enjoy this sort of thing, I wasn't at all put off by the slow introduction.

Then of course, events began to unfold, though not wit
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Frank
Another good adventure/techno-thriller from Preston/Child. This is one of their earlier stand-alone novels involving the hunt for a giant meteorite on an island off of Cape Horn in the far-south reaches of the earth. Overall, a real page-turner with lots of action and great characters. These include Sam McFarlane, a geophysicist/meteor hunter; Palmer Lloyd, a billionaire who funds the expedition; Eli Glinn, the engineer who lays out the plan to move the heaviest object (400,000 tons) ever; Capta ...more
Donna
Oct 06, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A meteorite has been found in a remote area of the Cape Horn Islands. The mission: a team of experts is hired by a billionaire to excavate it, load it onto a retrofitted tanker & bring it to the U.S. so it can be the centerpiece of a very unique museum. But they quickly realize that this is no ordinary meteorite and it will take extraordinary efforts to complete the mission - that is, if they even survive.
I liked this novel, even though at times the naval and engineering jargon was a litt
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Dee Dee Walker
Jan 13, 2012 Dee Dee Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I loved this book! The reason I gave it four stars instead of five stars is because the ending will leave some readers annoyed. It sort of a cliffhanger. It's a bit of a shock and then THE END! Despite the ending I highly recommend it. I felt like the ending let the readers imagination run wild. Also, I always enjoy when a author throws in information or facts that I didn't know. These authors are always great with science and logic in the books they write. They did not disappoint in ICE LIMIT. ...more
Katie Marie
May 26, 2016 Katie Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Preston & Child! I didn't expect this book to be great since they wrote it 15 years ago. (Why would I think older books aren't good? I dunno). But it was awesome. I stayed up until 12:30am ON A SCHOOL NIGHT to finish it. And even though I knew what would happen at the end, not knowing exactly HOW it would all happen kept me intrigued.

Also, I'm shocked that the authors didn't think of writing a sequel until recently. The end is just BEGGING for a sequel! So, I'm glad they finally
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Amanda
May 24, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Douglas Preston but this book left me with an empty feeling at the end. The plot line was intriguing in the beginning. A nice mix of science, action, and mystery, but as the book progressed I found myself getting bored with it. I was convinced the 'mission' would fail and was just waiting to find out how (the only motivation to finish it I had). In the end I think the characters were what gave this book that empty feeling. Although it tried to be character driven you never actually bonded ...more
Cynthisa
At first promisingly scientific. At least enough so to make the potboiler conventions tolerable for a time: the opening scene in which "something" mysterious and ominous occurs -- but we're not told what (duh-da-DUHHHHH,); the various stock players with the obligatory "tragic" and/or "misunderstood" backstories; and, of course, the secret agendas.... When Creighton did it, he at least made it fun, in addition to using actually "plausible" science. This book is neither fun nor plausible. By about ...more
Tamonash
Feb 24, 2014 Tamonash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS AWESOME!!!!...The end is even better than I thought to be. It also keeps the reader fascinating about the story...what could be happen next. I really really hope for a sequel of this novel and if you read this you can think of many possibilities too. That is the marvel of the ending.

Don't miss this. Grab a copy and you will find a f**king breathtaking twisted fantasy thriller.

Fantastic recommendation by goodreades.
Arwen56
May 22, 2012 Arwen56 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzi
Ci casco sempre. Poi mi pento, ma intanto ci casco. Questo romanzo, acquistato e letto nel 2006, costava proprio una miseria, superscontato com’era: neanche 5 euro. Per questo l’ho preso.

Una marea di parole per non raccontare assolutamente niente.

Peggio per me, così imparo a essere così cretina.

James Somahkawahho
This is one of the best Douglas Preston novels out there. The level of detail and research that went into this story is amazing. The world he builds around you will draw you in and take you along for the journey. Slowly, you will become uncomfortable, then anxious, then on the edge of your seat; resulting in you not being able to put the book down. Read this book.
Rose
Aug 14, 2007 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action seekers
Shelves: adventure-action
This is one of these best edge of your seat action books EVER!!! I love this book and the main character (who shows up in other books by these authors) is one of my favorites. If you like action and a little bit of adventure, high-seas and science-fiction, this is for you!
Myles
Apr 14, 2015 Myles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jim
Jan 14, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great thriller for the Preston style technothriller reader. It has a thrill and stress a mile a minute as you move from one scientist to another going after the largest meteorite ever found in a off limits area with, oh well, you name it and it is there. Highly recommended.
Kate
Aug 02, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of twists and turns-fascinating idea. Didn't love any of the characters but they were interesting as a group. Pretty evenly paced-faster in the second half.
Martinw
Jan 02, 2017 Martinw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This story has various things going for it, for example some strong characters (Eli Glinn, Sally Britton, Sam McFarlane) and one with potential (Puppup), as well as an interesting scientific element (SPOILER: an element in the'island of stability' far up in the periodic table. END SPOILER), and it is written fairly suspensful, but it also has some flaws, some of which I had not expected from Preston and Child.

I was looking forward very much to the setting (southernmost landmass except the Antarc
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Megan Johnson
Jan 16, 2017 Megan Johnson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I hate this book and I loved this book. The entire time I was reading this book I was waiting, hoping, grasping for a climax. The plot was slow moving to a painful fault. Yet gave enough that it demanded me to push forward. But the worse and best part of it was the ending where you finally get a taste of the horror you were seeking through the whole book. The book seemed like an extended prelude I could have read the first 10 chapters and the last three and been ready to read the next book. I've ...more
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