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Salvation and annihilation meet at one degree.

One man's dream of providing clean drinking water for millions, tapped from the polar ice, sparks a conflict of humanity, science, big business, and environmental extremism.

But no one can foresee the true danger hidden deep within the ice-an enemy more deadly than any could imagine, and an apocalyptic horror mankind may not s...more
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Jove (first published September 30th 2008)
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Maicie
3.5 stars

I have no idea how this book ended up on my shelf. The jacket describes the book as a battle between greedy corporations, activists and ecoterrorists all fighting over who owns the earth's water sources. It also says something about an apocalyptic horror that could destroy mankind. Given my love of horror that's probably the reason I bought the book.

It's not horror but it is a fascinating read. I love a fiction book that leads to a Google search just in case some part of the novel is tr...more
Anand
I had never heard of the author, and when I saw the blurb calling her the next 'Michael Crichton', and also labelled as an eco-thriller, I immediately wanted to read this. I started in the evening, and finished reading in a straight sitting of 4 hours. The story is about an environmentalist, Ben, working for a business corporation that is attempting to cull fresh, drinking water out of the fast melting glaciers of Antarctic. The idea is to use high-tech satellite systems to throw concentrated be...more
Patricia
A story of a hope for the environment, corporate greed, and danger among the icebergs in a place where most people wouldn’t dare to go or be brave enough to face the obstacles found there.

Ben Maki has dreams of seeing clean drinking water for the thirsty people of the world. Ben is working for a large corporation and the head of that corporation appears to be backing Ben’s vision but when the truth is revealed that is not really the case.

From a breathtaking scene at St. John’s Newfoundland to L...more
David Proffitt
Access to clean drinking water is something that we take for granted, But what happens when it is in short supply? For some, water is a right, something that should be made available to everyone, for others, it is an inexhaustible revenue stream.

In Freezing Point, Karen Dionne brings these two sides together in explosive mix.

A team of scientists, working at a station in the Antarctic, find themselves at the centre of a conflict between environmentalists and big business. But there is something...more
Anne Trager
After a short lull at the beginning, I had a great time reading this book. It was believable, scary, and I wanted to know what happened next.
Ian
A fast-paced environmental thriller. Reminiscent of the late Alistair Maclean and guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.
Simon Jenner
I wasn’t convinced I’d stick with this book after the first few pages as the ship talk wasn’t really my thing, but then disaster struck and I was hooked. Freezing Point is packed with action and danger – from the bleak weather of the Antarctic, to a plague of killer rodents, deadly viruses and greedy corporate profit mongers – so there is never a dull moment that’s for sure. The bottom-of-the-world setting makes it all the more fascinating and the multiple points of view increase your affinity w...more
Adam
I love books about Antarctica and this one delivered. "Freezing Point" was AWESOME!!!
Cate
I’m not entirely sure how this book came to be in reading stack, as I’ve not heard of this Author before now. This is a different type of book insomuch as it is not only fiction but includes a lot of aspects of real world concerns within its pages. If you like a book that will make you think and question things, then you might like to pick this up. This is also a debut novel for this Author.

As much as I liked this book, I felt I could not rate it any higher than I did due to a number of things,...more
Michael Sherer
Okay, I'm all about promoting authors on social media. I'll talk up someone's book because I hope that others will talk up mine. But mea culpa, maybe we shouldn't be promoting someone just because others are. May be we should promote books we've actually read, or at least sampled. That way perhaps readers won't buy something on our recommendation that wasn't all that hot.

Case in point is Dionne's "Freezing Point." I bought into the hype without reading the fine print and purchased an e-copy. At...more
John Podlaski
Early on, Freezing Point appeared confusing when scenes jump around and different characters are introduced. However, it didn't take long to distinguish between the good characters and evil ones. The concept was fascinating - melting icebergs in Antarctica to provide drinking water for a thirsty world. Only everything that could possibly go wrong, does. The detonation used to prematurely break a piece of the main ice shelf causes a horror to be unleashed on the members of this expedition. Most o...more
Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
With climate change comes infinite possibilities for horror. We are creating a real-life nightmare across the globe as extreme weather conditions continue to wreak havoc. Environmental horror is just waiting for the right author to come along and tap into the growing fears and nightmares. Karen Dionne’s novel Freezing Point addresses the crisis in the polar region. Environmentalist Ben Maki wants to solve the growing water crisis by melting arctic icebergs. In theory, his solution makes sense, b...more
Anna Dye
I have enjoyed reading Freezing Point by Karen Dionne.
It is an intriguing tale of two different groups of people who find themselves in opposing roles but still connected to each other in the cold Antarctic. The one group collects icebergs to melt into water for the needs of the population in different parts of the world.
The other is a group of scientists that includes the diabetic wife of their leader together with two environmentalists who are not currently activists, yet are very much in tu...more
Joanne
This was a good science thriller, but I didn't really get into it until the middle/end. There was such a character dump at the beginning that I was literally just confused throughout that entire section, until the author seemed to have finally decided who we would be focusing on and then I could get into the story.

There were also some sections that were really confusing and made me think I'd managed to miss a few chapters because it appeared to have revealed something to the characters that I d...more
Jen
When the world is running low on safe, drinkable water, big business starts scurrying to find ways to tap the iceberg's resources. And where can they find the ultimate in iceberg resources but Antarctica? Soldyne Corporation has plans to use microwaves to melt the ice and transport the water back to the United States to sell it. However, they have to wait until a part of the ice shelf breaks off before they can begin their efforts.

Meanwhile, scientists are living and studying in Antarctica. They...more
Carrie Kilgore
Definitely some potential with this author, but this book has a few difficulties that make it less than what it could be. The setting is fascinating, as is the premise: using icebergs to get water where it's needed on the planet. This would have been far more effective without the rats to muddy the thrills and chills. Are humans not rats enough? (Conversely, the idea of rats in Antarctica is an interesting idea itself, particularly as to the changes that take place as they adapt...but would be b...more
Tyson Adams
For anyone not familiar with the Killer Thrillers group, Karen is one of many great authors who are on the list with Zoe Sharp, Sean Black and Boyd Morrison (to name just 3 off of the top of my head). They have a tag-line: Great reads - guaranteed. I think it holds true.

Anyway, Freezing Point is an eco-thriller that moves along at a cracking pace. Plenty of conspiracies, corporate greed, wacky environmentalists, scientists in the frozen wilds, idealists caught in a mess, and rats that have devel...more
Maria
The story is not dated but takes place in the not too distant future. The world is running out of water. Soldyne, a huge global company, buys an experimental technology from a Canadian fisherman for harvesting icebergs. A crew is sent to Antarctica to set up this new technology. A Navaho environmental group is working to stop Soldyne.

Meanwhile, a scientific research station on Antarctica is dealing with two problems, rats and a sudden illness that strikes most of their members. A storm blows up...more
Carolyn Rose
This isn't my usual reading fare, but it drew me in. Sabotage. Eco-terrorism. Corporate greed. A killer virus. Rats hunting in packs on the Antarctic ice shel. Intense cold. All of that kept me reading on even when things hit 11 on my can't-believe-this scale and I yearned for characters to become more well-rounded and break from their stereotypes.
Midge Bork
We've all heard the idea of lassoing an iceberg and pulling it to a place that needs fresh water. Well, have this idea pursued by a large corrupt corporation in it only for the money. Why wait for an iceberg to break off? We can just use explosives and blast a chunk of Antarctica off while we have a ship waiting. The main players are The Corrupt Boss, The Idealistic Underling, The Environmental Protesters and, of course, The Scientists ... and the rats. Sometime in the past rats had jumped ship...more
Janice Spina
Wow, I found this book to be riveting! It was filled with action, suspense and surprises. I don't want to give too much away because I think the readers need to experience it in their own way as they read. It was a fascinating story of life on an ice shelf and how scientists deal with the harsh environment while working there. There are frightening experiences while they are on this ice shelf that the reader needs to be surprised by as I did. I had a hard time sleeping, couldn't stop thinking of...more
Helen
If you like your suspense to be organic to life, not contrived the way some serial killer books feel, then read Freezing Point. As unique as the story is – using microwave beams to melt icebergs to get clean water – it feels as if it could be true. But the suspense is not in the melting of an iceberg, but what happens in the trying – and what could happen in the doing.

Freezing Point has suspense, action, unusual settings, believable characters, with environmental issues, scientific fact and theo...more
Michelle
Aug 13, 2012 Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: Kindle Author FB page
I'm not a great fan of suspense novels, but still couldn't put this down, though I guess that's the point, right? Mostly taking place in Antarctica, this book has an intriguing premise about using icebergs for drinking water, along with interesting characters, and was gripping from page one. Found the ending a bit abrupt compared to the pacing of the rest of the book, but otherwise enjoyable. Well, except for the hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach, sitting on the edge of the chair part. I t...more
Melissa Levine
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Sherry Boudreau
I enjoyed this book it was a bit scattered in the beginning but then pulled together nicely
Llona Cunningham
The basic plot is good creative fodder for a TV special. It's an action thriller with scientists trapped in nearly impossible circumstances (camped in Antarctica, winter approaching, a world running out of potable water, and war between big corporations and Eco terrorists). As a novel it seems to take too long and tries to cover too much, and hangs too hard on an implausible goal. But as a first novel it shows real creativity. I'll be looking for the next work by this author.
Abby
I enjoyed this story set mainly in Antarctica. A tale of corporate greed at the expense of the environment, with a killer twist.
Edward H. Busse, III
NO SPOILERS!! Overall, this was a good story with some thoughtful writing. The story itself is super original and the "villains" are evern more original - they're not at all what I expected. The characters are well written and their motivations are laid out clearly so the story is pretty seamless. If I could have given the book 3.5 stars, I would have. It's a solid story/book but for me, the ending was too quick and a little too clean.
Milton Moon Louie
What is this danger that threatens the world? You’ll be surprised. B
C. Clark
The setting was mastered beautifully. Such detail, and the action was spot on. Enjoyed the plot, and especially the thrills. Enjoyed questioning the motives of each of the characters. Felt Zo's character got a little inconsistent at one point, but it came around nicely. I liked it well enough to read the next book, and that's a big point.
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