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Ice Hunt

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  8,239 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than seventy years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close—and something has been sight...more
Mass Market Paperback, 509 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Harper (first published July 1st 2003)
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Jeffrey Keeten
“Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.”

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The X Factor.

Matthew Pike, Alaskan Fish and Game Warden, believed the most he had to worry about was dodging angry Grizzly bears in the Alaskan wilderness until he watches a plane crash just miles from his location. He pulls a Seattle Reporter named Craig Teague out of the wreckage and before he can even process what is going on another plane flies over and drops Russian mercenaries with ice bikes on...more
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
You know that feeling you get when the roller coaster starts up that first hill? Not one of those magnetic shoot you out of a cannon starts, I mean a good old style wooden gravity driven roller coaster. You know what I mean, that feeling in the pit of your stomach that sees a thrill behind every gust of wind, and the butthead sitting next to you that likes to point out how he can see your car in the parking lot at the Walmart in the next county. And then, finally you get to the end of the line....more
This book has sat inconspicuously next to my computer desk on it's shelf for two years and I don't know what exactly propelled me to pick it up but I'm glad I finally did! I tend to collect adventure stories that reach all corners of the Earth, even go between the layers and I especially love all the ice stories such as this one. The good news is that this book is fantastic, it reads like a movie and sometimes goes in opposite direction of reality and belief but it makes for a heck of a read. Th...more
James Rollns is my go to thriller author and I have yet to be even mildly disappointed in any of his novels that I have read. Even among the embarassment of riches, this book stands out as one of my favorites. A political, race against the clock page-turner featuring buried secrets, government conspiracies and nasty things with sharp teeth. James Rollins is a terrific writer who creates big, anything goes plots and characters that really make you root for them. Fast pace doesn't adequately state...more
Pam (E.P. Scott)
This was the first James Rollins novel I’d read, recommended to me by a friend because I like Clive Cussler and he thought I might enjoy Rollins.

It was a great introduction and I’d found another author that writes a genre that I love so much.
Ice Hunt, from the get go, had me hooked, and in the end left me with great memories of the Alaskan wilderness, well written characters that I felt connected with and a story that was a wild and exciting adventure. Rollins takes the reader to remote ice cap...more
Jennie Leigh
I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. It is the second James Rollins book I've read, the first being "Subterranean." I was not especially impressed with that one, but liked the premise of this one, so decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. The characters were interesting, and I appreciated how Rollins wasn't afraid to kill off someone we'd had time to get to know a bit. The book does wind up with something of a predictable, cliched ending, but I don't mind that so much. Frankly, I avoi...more
What an exciting and enjoyable read! A hidden research station in the Arctic Sea certainly makes for a thrilling setting! Rollins’ characters are fully described and come to life within the book’s pages. The monsters add a lot of excitement - and Rollins balances the facets of his plot quite well. Of the varied cast of characters, a few really stand out - the deaf Amanda and the surprisingly sympathetic Russian admiral, in particular. Though, I think Bane, the wolf-dog, particularly stole the sh...more
Was hoping for another "Ice Station" but Rollins can't hold a candle to Matthew Reilly.
As I listened to this audiobook narrated by Ron Dryer, I couldn't help but think that Ice Hunt is modern day black ops meets Jules Verne. The book is full of action, intrigue, vehicle chases, and plot twists, and there are enough explosions and incendiary devices to melt the polar ice cap (which, well, was a distinct possiblity in this book). But wait, there's more! There are also intense life-and-death battles with angry Russians, unprincipled Americans, and Mother Nature in any number of guise...more
Kathy Jackson
Yes, I forged on with the book, finishing it this afternoon. Let me share what Goodreads says before I tear it apart:

Buried deep in the earth's polar ice cap - carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States - is a secret place, the site of a remarkable abandoned experiment that could have frightening ramifications for the planet. The brain trust of the former Soviet Union who created the seventy-year-old Ice Station Grendel would like it simply to melt from human memory....more
Sep 19, 2009 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
Recommended to Ed by: A fellow member of Goodreads.
There were times this story was very exciting and moved quickly and other times it was slow and boring. I almost gave this book away because I was so disappointed in Excavation. Fortunately, someone on Goodreads suggested I read it. I'm glad I did.

The action scenes, as unbelievable as they may seem, and the characterizations are the strongest parts of the story. Even the military types, who often get stereotyped in stories like this, are fully drawn here.

The weakest elements involve the number o...more
A very enjoyable book hard to put down. Yes, the plot is about the same thing as usual, and you won't find any psychological depth or philosophy or whatever but, let's admit it, a book can be highly amusing even without those :) When you feel like you don't want your mind to be overloaded with beautiful writing or complicated ideas, take a nice thriller like the ones that Rollins writes and just enjoy a whirl of action. It's not a novel - it's a text movie. One event after another, danger, death...more
Oct 04, 2010 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are interested in the polar icecap, underwater adventures, and prehistoric creatures.
I had a lot of fun reading Ice Hunt. I didn't notice the flaws that some people have reported; for example the football reference wasn't a metaphor, it was a code.

There was considerable discussion regarding unethical research with human subjects in recent history.

There was romance. There was suffering. There was personal growth.

All the action took place in the Alaskan wilderness or the Norther polar ice cap.

I had a little constant deja vu during reading; I'm hoping my new system of recording wha...more
Rollins writes many of his novels in the same fashion: group of scientists discover something, are attacked by creatures born of someone's worst nightmare, many scientists die horrible deaths, protagonist wins out against impossible odds, all is well. A curious distinction here is Rollins' inclusion of the idea that there are no "good" guys or "bad" guys. Just "greedy" guys. You don't want to be a greedy guy in one of these books. I read this while on the beach in the Dominican, and found it to...more
If you like action and adventure, this is the book for you. It takes place in the coldest part of the world, it's roof! There are russians, spies, intrigue, science, mystery, and action packed adventure. With that said, the characters themselves are mostly one-dimensional with exception to the 2 main characters in the novel. But if you want in-depth characters, don't read action. By the way, the last paragraph in the book is the worth the whole ride there.
I think this is possibly my favorite, so far, of all James Rollins' books, and I have read most of them. All his books are great fun and hard to put down. I read them voraciously. I can hardly wait to read the rest! His characters are strong and believable and so is the dialogue. I really enjoy that he puts so much research into each book, also love the science mixed with mythology.
This was my first James Rollins book and I crave more! This was a trills-a-minute book about a forgotten ice station buried in an underwater ice mountain that holds WWII era secrets and flesh-eating creatures that dwell in ice caverns. Don't know how else to explain it....exciting from cover to cover with a fanstastic cast of characters! I reccomend this one for sure!
My first James Rollins' novel, and one I would happily recommend. I wasn't sure that I would enjoy the military flavor of the book. It has a science fiction taste. It delves into the past actions of two countries that destroy the lives of an indigenous Alaskan Native American tribe, as well as, those involved in administering the scientific experiments. There is also the horror of the past and the animal kingdom converging on the present.

I liked learning about submarines and their purpose in bot...more
Good - fast action packed escapist stuff. There were a large number of characters, and so keeping track of who was doing what, and the many trips back and forth between the base and the station, got a little tricky towards the end. But the last page really just sent chills....
Cathy Shapiro
What an imagination James Rollins has! I picked this up while staying in Seaside in Florida and just couldn't put it down. The plot was complex, the characters compelling, the action was thrilling. What a fun book. It inspired me to read all of his work.
This book was great from beginning to end. Another great action adventure book by Mr. Rollins! Anyone who likes action adventure books should have this on the top of their to read list, if they haven't already read it! You won't be disappointed.
Jerry Booth
A fun read. How can you not like a story filled with a Russian military base built in an iceberg, prehistoric monsters and a plot to crack the arctic icecap and flood the world. Modern action/adventure pulp is Rollins' forte.
An excellent holiday read - action-packed and exciting like most of James Rollins books. i finished this book in a day, mainly because I found that I couldn't put it down.
Fun to read the earlier books and find out the origins of some of his recurring characters. Kowalski appears for the first in this book...and his personality is as big as always!
Great book looking for immotality,russians and americans going head to head in an ice station in the artic circle.grendels eating humans for survival.lots of deceits and lies.
Monty desai
This is my first James Rollins book. I heard that he writes a fast paced action thriller books. So I picked this one up ,and it didn't disappoint me at all.
It was the first non-"Sigma Force" book by Rollins that I read. I really liked it, many plots twisted, good combination of beliveable info and fantasy.
This book is great. Well-written and really exciting. It's rare to find adventure/mystery books that really keep you on the edge of your seat.
It's remarkable how Rollins makes the implausible seem not only possible but also real. Pushing the boundaries of reality would be completely destroyed by writers of lesser skill with the craft, Rollins however draws the reader in and makes them want to keep reading no matter how implausible we would usually see the content as. The novel is a great blend of dangerous beasts, thrilling action, well rounded engaging characters and a delicately crafted storyline which draws the reader with force an...more
There's a lot going on Ice Hunt, and things get off to the kind of start we expect out of genre thrillers -- dozens of plot threads, abounding mysteries, new characters to meet every few pages. The problem is that, about halfway through, you start to wonder whether Rollins hasn't painted himself into a corner and, in the last 50 pages or so, it's simply a delirium. He can't possibly tie up all the loose ends and he starts writing frantic, page-long scene shifts that eventually give you whiplash....more
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Action/Adventure ...: June Read: Ice Hunt by James Rollins *Spoilers* 15 21 Jun 28, 2012 04:41PM  
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JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins' knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by scores of millions of readers around the world.
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“Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.” 16 likes
“Guns, grendels, or nuclear bombs; take your pick.” 7 likes
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