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Ice Hunt

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,980 Ratings  ·  400 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 sigh
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
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
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
Jul 03, 2010 Kasia rated it really liked it
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
Mar 04, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
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)
May 07, 2013 Pam (E.P. Scott) rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, adventure
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
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Yes, Mr. Rollins ~ u have finally done it. Congratz!! U have made it to my all time favourite authors' list. :D

Now, about the book? U DIDNT GET IT YET? All of his books are awesome!! This book was no exception. It was a roller coaster-- no!! Rocket coaster ride from the beginning. U get every thing in the book- just name it. Action, adventure, love, betrayal, friendship, mad scientist, techno, black ops, blood, terrifying creatures- what's not there to make it a 1st class action packed thriller
Jennie Leigh
Mar 07, 2011 Jennie Leigh rated it really liked it
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
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.
Paul Coyne
Mar 26, 2015 Paul Coyne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book by James Rollins I have read yet. It is either this or Subterranean another great book. I loved every moment of this book especially the ending. It got me through those long periods after PARCC was over. It is a great story about redemption, revenge, dehumanization, and cruel experiments. The Arctic is a cruel book, but how cruel can it be? Read the book to find out more.
May 17, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
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
Martin Hill
Dec 11, 2014 Martin Hill rated it really liked it
Beneath the Arctic ice, an experimental American submarine makes an astonishing discovery—an ice island hiding a long-lost WWII Russian ice station and the remains of its personnel. Within weeks, the U.S. establishes control of the aging Ice Station Grendel and begins unlocking its dark secrets, which include human experimentation and the discovery of an ancient Arctic predator. At first both the U.S. and Russia play nice, but each country has secrets to keep about Grendel, and on the frozen Arc ...more
Mar 26, 2009 Caroline rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
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
Jan 08, 2012 Kathy Jackson rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 19, 2009 Ed rated it liked it
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
Jul 06, 2010 Leah rated it it was ok
My first Rollins was The Doomsday Key, which fast-paced--really lame passages in parts, but fast-paced nonetheless. Ice Hunt moved more slowly, contained more lame passages: "...the assassin smiled, feral. Perfect white teeth. Whoever the man worked for, they had a good dental plan." Wtf?! Who cares about his teeth? He's an ASSASSIN, ready to kill the bizarrely observant victim. And there was a baffling extended metaphor about a football right in the middle of a passage about explosives and scar ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
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
Riju Ganguly
Sep 25, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it liked it
Conspiracy thories have always had a certain allure, whose roots perhaps lie in the very first act of betryal that mankind had suffered from. This novel, apart from being a rollicking good adventure (nothing unusual for fans of James Rollins) is also a conspiracy thriller. The basic plot of the novel is simple: beneath the polar ice cap in the North, a secret scientific facility is discovered that had been apparently developed by the USSR, and now there is a race among the US & Russia to rea ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  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
Rory Williams
Jun 02, 2012 Rory Williams rated it it was ok
I wasn't terribly impressed with this one. It felt like there was an overflow of action, and very little plot. I suppose I prefer thrillers to be more subtle, relying on plot twists or suspense to impress the reader rather than nonstop action scenes.

There were two plots here, one with the monsters (Grendels) trying to eat them and another with the Americans and Russians trying to destroy them and the ice station.I found the monster story to be more exciting than the political side of things, an
Dec 08, 2015 David rated it liked it
Some good pulp-fiction. Fun Cold War story, some vague basis in reality, and overall a fast and enjoyable read. I'll probably check out this author again if I want some geopolitical intrigue with a science-fiction bent.
Nov 05, 2015 James rated it it was ok
I'm struggling to finish this. I can usually finish a book in a few days. A week or two if I'm sidetracked somewhere else. When I do have time, I'm rarely drawn back into this book. It has an interesting start, but the more I'm into it, the less interested I am. I don't care for the characters, the plot is taking an all to familiar twist that anyone can see coming from a mile away.
The writing flows enough to keep the reader going, and there's enough action to keep it mildly entertaining.
Edit: Fo
Feb 27, 2011 William rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, mystery, paperback
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
Ivan Santry
Apr 27, 2015 Ivan Santry rated it it was ok
OK plot but the book should have ended at about 60%. Got really bored of people running around ice corridors. Lacked depth.
Gloria Piper
May 15, 2016 Gloria Piper rated it really liked it
This plot driven thriller begins at a run, turns into a sprint, and, as impossible as it seems, flies into the climax.

Matthew Pike, an Alaska Fish and Game warden, saves Craig Teague, reporter for the Seattle Times, from a plane crash. They barely emerge from the plane when foreign ops attack them. They flee to the home of Matt's ex-wife, Jennifer Aratuck, sheriff and expert pilot, thereby sweeping her into the action. The chase continues as Jennifer attempts to fly Craig to the station where h
Jan 06, 2015 K115987 rated it did not like it
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Jeremy Miller
Not only does James Rollins write the amazing SIGMA FORCE series, he also writes great standalone books. Ice Hunt is one of them. This book was a lot longer than I anticipated, but each page has a great read. The book starts off a lot like the SIGMA Force series does with an except from an event in the past and then BOOM! the story resumes modern day in intense fashion.

The characters in this book are likable, and believable. If you like military conflict, science and technology gone wrong, secre
Jan 14, 2010 Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure-action
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.
Apr 07, 2016 Stephen rated it liked it
Shelves: pop-lit, suspense
This is a reasonably fun novel, but I think it suffers a little from having too many groups of characters competing in, around, and amongst each other. The plot is a little fantastic but straightforward, but it is difficult to recall who is in which group, where they are, and what their roll in plot is. Also, this novel does what a lot of novels set in a polar waste land do, they downplay the fact that the characters are dealing with horrifically dangerous conditions from the cold, snow, and ice ...more
Rhett Konneman
Feb 06, 2016 Rhett Konneman rated it it was ok
The premise for this book sounded awesome. Science Research Station hidden in a block of floating ice, somewhere in the hidden mounds of icy tundra in Antarctica. Evil Russians. Sneaky Delta Force Black Ops. Submarines. Ice monsters. Secret Hallways. Government conspiracies. It sounded like my type of book. What I got was an average thriller. There were some very slow parts in the beginning. At other times I felt like Rollins was a bit cheesy in how he wrote his 2 romantic story lines. Which is ...more
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James Rollins is a #1 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 has a knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality that has been hailed by critics and embraced by millions of readers around the world.
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