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The arctic night is endless. The fear is numbing. Screams freeze in the throat. Death arrives in shades of white. Cold-blooded murder seems right at home....the chill of the grave.
Mass Market Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1976)
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Destiny
I honestly could not put this book down from start to finish. This book was a bit different than many of Koontz's books in that it had no horror or no bizarre characters that he writes so well. Instead, it was just flat out non-stop suspense from beginning to end. Wow! It really was incredible.

I love Dean Koontz, but this book surprised me in a good way. I was just blown away.

It is definitely worth reading. Give it a try, and if you like this one, read Intensity by Dean Koontz next.
Maciek
Originally published as "Prison of Ice" in 1976, "Icebound" is an extensive rewrite from 1995.

From the blurb:

"Conducting a strange and urgent experiment of the Arctic icefield, a team of scientists has planted sixty powerful explosive charges that will detonate at midnight. Before they can withdraw to the safety of the base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks loose the ice on which they are working. Now they are hopelessly marooned on an iceberg during a violent winter storm. The bombs beneath...more
Wendy
I enjoyed reading Deception Point so much that I thought I'd delve into my first Dean Koontz book. I really enjoyed the thrill of this book too, and couldn't believe how the story reeled me in and kept me turning the pages.

A group of "scientists" are in the Artic Circle somewhere near Greenland give or take a few hundred miles. While trying to experiment on the possibilities of floating icebergs to the United States to supply more fresh water for farms and homes and such, catastrophy strikes in...more
Maerhys
Not as good as NIGHT CHILLS which I also finished today but a damned good new-to-me read that was better than I expected. I always like Koontz's novels which deal with a married childless couple, often working together. It's probably why I love Bobby and Julie, Dusty and Martie, Travis and Nora*, and Odd and Stormy* because I am married and childless, although I wouldn't want to star in a Koontz novel. Harry and Rita were definitely the highlight although I enjoyed George's storyline, much more...more
Anchor
I hate Dean Koontz. In my opinion he writes down to his readers. He gives them a very interesting premise but then writes like he's writing for a five year old. His idea of foreshadowing is hitting the reader over the head with a sledgehammer. I have not finished books he has written, because his writing irritates the hell out of me. I have read Strangers and Phantoms as well, both of which could have been good if they were written by someone else.

Icebound is good because, as Koontz says himself...more
Caitlyn
This was the first Koontz book I ever read! It is different from his other books, this is more action/adventure. No sci-fi stuff. But I liked it a lot and thought the suspence was good. I enjoyed it,even though it is a little different than his other books.
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
My opinion prior to 2014: I do not like this book :-(
I recommend Deception Point by Dan Brown - it is so much more better imho
Deception Point by Dan Brown

2014: I finally succeeded in reading Icebound after three previous attempts. I was surprised to find myself enjoying the story. It is the only book like this written by Dean Koontz. Dean writes in the afterword: "...this is the only book of its type I've written, and if readers wanted another, I'd have nothing to offer...."

I enjoyed hearing about one character who is abl...more
Johnny
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Uri
Jul 23, 2014 Uri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes books about action and adventure
Recommended to Uri by: No one, I found it at thrift store and bought it because I like dean Koontz books
I really liked this book, but I think that it is a great action/adventure book, nothing less, nothing more.

To be honest, I had heard so many negative things about it that I probably had the lowest of expectations and thus ended up liking it. In my humble opinion this book got more interesting and exciting as I turned the pages over.

Probably it helped me to know that this book is written in a totally different way than the other traditional Koontz books. He wrote this book trying to write an act...more
Jen
I really enjoyed this story. It was fantastic! Suspenseful and thrilling, it kept me guessing right up to the end. :-) My only complaints, and they are huge ones in my opinion, are that we found out what happened to everyone after the rescue except Brian! Really?!?! Why was he, the intended victim of a maniac, left out of the summation? My other complaint was that the Russian Captain, Nikita Gorov, referred to his son as "Nikki." I'm being nit-picky about this only because I lived in Russia once...more
Amy
The lives of a diverse team of scientists working on the Edgeway Project in the Arctic become endangered as an earthquake causes the icecap they are working on to separate, becoming an iceberg. A nearby Russian submarine on an espionage mission decides to come to their rescue. There are multiple bombs within the iceberg, set to go off at midnight, so time is ticking. Meanwhile, it is discovered that a psychopath is amongst the team, intent on killing one of the them. Will they figure out who it...more
Kaykay Obi
Having dropped the last Dean Koontz book I read, I became a bit skeptical when choosing another book from him. Then I realized something: I love his old books more than the recent ones. By old books, I mean the ones written before the 2000s.

I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to put down while I started reading it. Its suspense got me hooked from two directions: kept me wondering whether the expedition team would make it out of the berg on time; also kept me wondering who among them looked l...more
Monica
Mar 05, 2008 Monica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Koontz!
Recommended to Monica by: Suzy
Icebound by Dean Koontz: Another classic by Dean Koontz. It was the third selection for our book club, and actually it was my pick. A science team is working on a glacier in the Arctic to help stop droughts in the United States by planting bombs along the glacier. During a violent storm, part of the glacier broke off. The team is stuck on the iceberg with all of the bombs, that will be detonating in twelve hours. There's a Russian submarine intercepting their cries for help. Will the Russians he...more
Jeremy Kohlman
This is a review of the audio book. (books on CD)

This was probably the most enjoyable audio book I've listened to, to date.

I've also never read Dean Koontz, so this one was definitely new to me. Fascinatingly suspenseful story. Genuinely interesting characters. Amazing setting. I'd actually still go and actually read this one, even after having listened to the whole thing. I most definitely recommend it for others to read.

Not the typical sci-fi/horror that Koontz is known for, but he does a mira...more
Corey Tardif
It's been so long since I've read anything by Dean Koontz, so I decided to go with Icebound, it was pretty interesting, a different turn for Koontz, I didn't really consider it a horror book like his other books. The only thing about this book is it didn't seem to have that Koontz feeling to it, but all in all it was a good book.
Shawnee Bowlin
I enjoyed IceBound, but I confess to skipping around in the book rather than reading it word for word. The in-depth writing about the conditions and scientific information just didn't interest me much. I also felt Mr. Koontz should have included more in the story about the character in question(don't want to spoil it for anyone).
Meghan
This book kept you reading. After I finished it I found out that Koontz wrote this under a pen name since it was his first spy/suspense style of book and since re-released it under his name. It is definitely different than his usual style and there are no crazy supernatural type of creatures as is his norm, but good all the same.
J.M.
I used to read a lot of Dean Koontz, back when he still used the R. in his name, but I haven't been too big a fan of his newer stuff. That said, this was an interesting book, fast-paced, and well-written. It kept me riveted until the end.
Nora aka Diva
Not your usual Koontz read but still a good one it's own way. The story starts a little slow but builds with each page, leaving wondering what will happen to the poor souls trapped on the ice.
Andreas
A very very unlikely scenario, but not badly executed. Sitting and reading in the burning hot sun, I just found it a little difficult to feel sympathy for these people.
Dani
Wow, didn't see that coming.
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
f all Dean Koontz books I've read this one is the worst. No horror, no suspense, nothing. The main characters made me sick. I felt no sorry for them and if I could I would have killed them both. So perfect it made me sick. This is one of dean koontz main faults in almost all books... he makes too darn good characters. they are like angels. Well at least this book didn't had a dog.
In the end all ends good but I wished them all killed. What we learn? Nothing. If this was the first book I've read f...more
Lelia Taylor
Icebound
Dean Koontz
Read by Paul Michael
Random House Audio, 2007
ISBN 0739341413
Unabridged Audio Book

A scientific team in the Arctic icefield is conducting an experiment and has just finished laying sixty explosive charges, scheduled to detonate at midnight, when a completely unexpected tidal wave hits and breaks off a huge piece of ice. Unfortunately, the scientists are marooned on this newly-birthed iceberg with the explosives counting down and, to make matters worse, an attack on a team member...more
Joanne
What a page-turner! A group of scientists are in the Arctic exploring the possibility of harvesting part of the polar ice field for a fresh water supply for drought-stricken areas. To this end, they have set explosives to break off a chunk of the ice field to see if it can then be taken to be used. When an underwater earthquake causes a tsunami to break off the part of the ice field they were setting explosives on, they are trapped on what is now a floating time bomb. With a severe storm coverin...more
Philip
This is the first Dean Koontz book I've read. As I understand, it's different from his more orthodox output, but even when considering this I'm not tempted to explore his works further.

I don't normally read books of this type. I guess you'd call it a "thriller", although I didn't find it particularly thrilling. The premise is reasonable enough, and big points go to Koontz for writing a well-researched book. The story felt real and grounded in reality. Likewise, the characters are believable, lik...more
Angela~twistedmind~
This action-adventure is very un-Koontzlike. Still, even though he takes a giant step out of his preferred genre, Icebound rates a solid 4 stars. My thoughts were validated when I read the author's note at the back of the book and the man himself states this is the only book of this type that he has ever produced. Mr. Koontz did an excellent job in this never before explored genre, however I will admit it starts off a bit slow.
Have you ever imagined being set adrift in a violent inhospitable wor...more
Gabi
Although I have not read an awful lot of books by Dean Kootz I knew that this one was perhaps a bit different to those he is most famous for.

However I did really enjoy it. It is your typical suspense/thriller plot. There were a few twists and turns but not really as many or as detailed as I would like.

I won't give away the ending but it wasn't really a surprise and the end seemed very sudden and rushed to me.

It is still an easy enjoyable book to read, perhaps there could have been a bit more...more
Rhonda
this was my 3rd try to like dean koontz ( didn't like the 1st two, but i was told that they weren't his best, so i tried to keep an open mind). this one was much better - not a horror - rather, an action suspense. i'm a sucker for the arctic thing, so that helped. i thought the climax was getting exciting, but it ended abruptly and without finesse. koontz doesn't have the knack ( or didn't , anyway - this is an old one that was re-released under a new title). he could take a lesson from james ro...more
Kerry
'Icebound' is a great quick read, and if you like fast-paced action thrillers to entertain you on a long bus or train journey, then it's probably a book for you. Still, if I'm to be critical about the quality of the literature, it's complete trash. The characters are extremely thin and at times difficult to distinguish from one another, and there's little room for dramatic action, with most of the excitement spanning across no more than 10 pages in the final part of the book. The dialogue is app...more
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