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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  11,971 ratings  ·  292 reviews
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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Phrynne
This is a very early Dean Koontz originally published under a pseudonym and it is unlike his normal books. Apparently his inspiration was Alistair MacLean and this book is certainly an adventure written in that style. The story is very exciting and very tense. It all takes place in less than a day and the suspense is racked up as each chapter is labelled as a count down to an explosion which will probably end everyone's lives. It was all most entertaining and I enjoyed it very much.
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.
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
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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
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Jennifer
This was a perfectly fine action/adventure/thriller. The little blurb tells you all that you need to know. Nope not much deep character development and all that jazz. Simply a solid, seat of your pants kinda thrill. A good quick read for an in between kinda reading funk. You all know what I mean!
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.
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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Rebecca McNutt
Not one of Koontz' best novels, but it was entertaining and chilling - literally. This novel uses ice and murder to haunt its readers in a very effective way, and it's definitely worth reading.
Roger Weston
The pages of this book flip over as if driven by an Arctic wind. The novel delivers suspense that builds and reaches its icy arms around the reader. Written in the tradition of Alistair MacLean, Koontz delivers action, suspense, and entertaining characters. This is his only adventure story that I know of, and I wish he would write some more. Although I don't read a lot of Koontz's books, I enjoyed this one.
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.
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.
Johnny
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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
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
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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
Joel
I'd read a number of Koontz novels and I'd never accuse him of being a brilliant writer though sometimes his characters and twists hover on that descriptive. But he's usually a solid writer, someone you can rely on with even the thinnest of narratives. Over the new years break, I read his Darkest Evening of the Year which was just outright bad, in my estimation. But based on that review, another Goodreads user recommended Icebound so I gave it a shot.

And it's good. A very solid, suspenseful page
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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).
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.
Toni Salyers
I've read this book four times, and it never loses its excitement or intensity. I love Dean R Koontz. He is an amazing writer.
Dani
Wow, didn't see that coming.
Kate Gentry
This definitely isn't typical Dean Koontz and it isn't a horror book, but more a thriller/suspense novel. It is a quick read, decently paced and suspenseful enough to keep me turning pages, but doesn't present anything new or groundbreaking in the genre. Though updated by Koontz in the mid 90s, from its original publication in 1976, the book inevitably feels a bit dated for 2015. Koontz does a great job of setting the scene and immersing the reader in the dangerous, icy, desolation of the Arctic ...more
Brenda
Por qué María pensó que me iba a gustar este libro?
Sherman Langford
Christmas gift from Matthew. It was a interesting read that moved quickly, was well paced and suspenseful. I think a fairly standard entry into the adventure/suspense genre. Koontz says in end note its his only foray into the genre, so may not well represent his other stuff. And it was just recently republished, having been out of print for awhile. A good holiday break read. Characters pretty "cardboard cutout" and the writing itself wasn't fantastic. But it was an enjoyable diversion, the setti ...more
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