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Terminal Freeze (Jeremy Logan #2)

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A breathtaking discovery at the top of the world . . .
A terrifying collision between modern science and Native American legend . . .
An electrifying new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child.


Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle lies Alaska's Federal Wildlife Zone, one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. But for paleoecologis

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 27th 2009 by Doubleday Books (first published December 24th 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was a little 'blah' for me. But I think I don't care for monster stories. I don't like twiddling my fingers and waiting for characters to be picked off by the monster. I also didn't like how predictable it was for who would die. It was like Child was mainly killing off the jerky characters. While I am not saying that I want to see likable characters killed off, it seems too calculated to establish a character as a putz and then kill them off. It was a bit sadistic of the author, quite frank ...more
Marvin
Jan 16, 2013 Marvin rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Lincoln Child is better known for the horror centered Pengergast series on which he collaborated with Douglas Preston. Terminal Freeze is one of Child's solo novels but is still dead center in the genre of modern techno-horror. It is a light read, aka supermarket bestseller, aka airplane novel, aka summer read, aka any somewhat derogatory label you want to give a book that is purely for entertainment value and will be forgotten about two days later. That's isn't to say it is not fun. It is the l ...more
Bettie☯
Apr 13, 2009 Bettie☯ rated it liked it


'Testost(erone) tosh' is self-evidently the male version of chick-lit and I must admit I much prefer the manly rubbish compared to the entirely unpalatable (IMHO) female polemic. This genre is always fast, furious, vicious and improbable - wonderful comfort reads.
Devon
Feb 10, 2010 Devon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, to-library
Holy macaroni, but this was a really good book. It happens in Alaska's Federal Wilderness Zone. They are studying the mounting effeccts of climate change at the base of a glacier when they discover an enormous pre-historic animal encased in ice. The local villagers (a fair ways away, actually) tell them not to disturb it, no, no, leave, you fools or you will die, die, aaaahhhaaaa.

But they don't leave. Many die. aaaahhhaaaa, And the afterthought is just.... creepy.
Lorrie
Jan 18, 2017 Lorrie rated it really liked it
This was my 2nd Jeremy Logan story, I think, maybe 3rd. Just the thought of being in a 20 degree below zero environment freaks me completely out--not to mention a thawed "thing". Jeremy didn't have a lot of time to think about his wife in this story!
itchy
Feb 21, 2017 itchy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
read this is a daze (had to travel a lot lately, plus multiple instances of waiting in line);
understood the general flow of the story, not enough to critique it, though;
i must say that logan chap's a lot less frisky than their (him and preston) other heroes

i do hope to see the aurora borealis for real someday
Brooke
Mar 03, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2009
After impressing me with Deep Storm last year, Lincoln Child sort of missed the boat with Terminal Freeze. While there was nothing bad about it, it suffered from being a retread of Relic, Child's thriller debut with Douglas Preston. He even seems to recognize this when he refers to Frock and his Callisto Effect theory. Swap out Relic's natural history museum for a military base in Alaska, change some character names and throw in a documentary team from a television channel, and you've got Termin ...more
Patricia Vocat
Dec 25, 2014 Patricia Vocat rated it liked it
Yes, I like stories that take place in the stone cold, eerie north. This book is reasonably well written.

There are many interesting and flawed, likable and unlikable characters.

But too soon it was all too easy to figure out, what was going to happen next. It was still entertaining to find out, whether I was right or not (Btw. I was.). Only the ending was aggravating: overwritten, and consisting mostly of blood and gore. Nothing wrong with that, but it left too many questions open.

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C.J.
Mar 16, 2009 C.J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
I am somewhat biased because I am a huge Preston / Child fan. Their prose really resonates with me and I enjoy the experience of reading their words.

This book was not my favorite of their works. The exploration of the arctic and the assembly of the documentary crew, the scientists, the military and the Tunit shaman made for an interesting cast of characters. I read this book more quickly than many other thrilers that I read and this is a huge gauge for me as to how much I enjoy a book. As much
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Dagny
Not a favorite of his, but a good enough read and action packed, especially near the end. It has an interesting premise and left the door open for a sequel.
Nikki
Aug 02, 2012 Nikki rated it really liked it
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Let’s take a journey, shall we? We’re going to the Alaska Federal Wildlife Zone, one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. Sound like fun? Maybe not for you but for a small band of scientists this is a rare opportunity. Evan Marshall and his fellow researchers are there to study the effects of global warming on a glacier; however, everything changes when they make the discovery of a lifetime encased in the ice. Ready capitalize on the find, the media co
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Andy
Nov 23, 2014 Andy rated it did not like it
This was pants. Truly crap. Basically Lincoln Child has re-written Relic, (a book I really like) his début with Douglas Preston but set in a frozen army base rather than the New York Natural History Museum. He's also sapped any sense of excitement, mystery or threat. Everything is telegraphed from miles away and there are no twists that catch you, no surprises, no subtlety and not much of interest. Purely a by the numbers creature feature wrapped up in some pseudoscience.

To add insult to injury
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Traci Haley
Apr 06, 2009 Traci Haley rated it really liked it
There's nothing better than a good adventure-horror-sci-fi novel... there's something comforting in the predictability of some of the plot points: Take a group of scientists, mucking about in something they shouldn't (in this case, unearthing a large creature frozen in ice and thawing it out), in a remote location (a remote Alaskan glacier), throw in something evil (large, man-eating creature, possibly prehistoric), a few stupid characters (a filmmaker who stops at nothing to get the perfect sho ...more
Annie
May 01, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Well, maybe not the best story from this author, but a fast and fun "take me away from politics" read nonetheless! Scientists studying global warming two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska's federal Wildlife Zone discover what they believe to be a prehistoric animal in a glacial cave under layers of ice. What they discover is something much more otherworldly. With the help of a Tunit Shaman, remnants of a film documentary crew, military personnel and Doctor Jeremy Logan they mana ...more
Jessie Frederick
Nov 28, 2016 Jessie Frederick rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Eh. Not great, not terrible. I've read a little out of order with this series, so I now only have one more book to read. I'll probably read it just to put the series to bed, but it's not like I'm really loving this series.

I think the big thing was listening on audio instead of actually reading a book. With Deep Storm, my only option was to do an e-book. Here and with The Forgotten Room, I opted for the audio option. I'm thinking with The Third Gate I might just do another e-book because this na
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David
Sep 13, 2016 David rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
Lincoln Child is very clever about settting up dangerous things in out of the way places. Of course, there is always the possibility that something will go wrong.. STRIKE THAT-- the probability. As a group of Scientists make a discovery of a beast of some sort (first thinking it is a Saber Tooth Tiger and later WISHING it was) a televison crew heads to their arctic base of operations and well-- things all go wrong from there.

The only spoiler I'll grant you is that it is NOT a Smiledon..

At mome
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Katia Arami
Jan 29, 2013 Katia Arami rated it liked it
to be honest i was disappointed with this book, i was hoping it would be frightening and a good thriller, but it frankly didn't. its not even comparable with the thrillers of micheal crichton but then again no books compare with micheal crichtons. based on the reviews i was hoping it would keep me up all night with excitement, but it didn't, although i did not put the book down it was merely cause i was bored.

some of the things this booked lack were real interesting characters, the main scientis
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L
Jan 28, 2010 L rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, horror
So there they are, up in the Alaskan Wilderness Zone--scientists, some military, and Hollywood. Wait, Hollywood? Yes. The scientists are there to take a look at the effects of global warming and Hollywood is there to do a documentary of same. The military is there because they're at a moth-balled base, left over from the Cold War.

The scientists find something in the ice. Hollywood decides to defrost it, with regular updates for viewers. Science says this is a bad idea, but Hollywood is footing
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Leonide Martin
Feb 07, 2014 Leonide Martin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of thrillers, horror, science mysteries
Recommended to Leonide by: My husband David
A paranormal thriller that takes you to the frigid arctic polar region with a team of scientists studying effects of global warming. They make a startling discovery of a creature frozen in ice for thousands of years, but sensationalist media co-opts science when they learn their grant gives rights to the sponsors for any finds. A team of egoic media journalists descend to film a live TV unfreezing of the creature, to the chagrin of a local native shaman who warns of dire results. Action intensif ...more
Mark
Mar 06, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of monsters and Preston & Childs
Recommended to Mark by: Preston & Childs awesome writing
Well I do admit after reading a few books with serial killers I was in the mood for soemthing different. And Lincoln Child did offer that with this book, at fist I was expecting something like the X-files episode soemwhere in the Artic North were an expedition find ancient parasites that become a problem and all is very dark, gloomy and isolated up in the cold winter. Alas no such luck, CHilds book remains a bit lighter and far more dramatic in an operatic style.

An scientific expedition studying
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Rob
Mar 03, 2009 Rob rated it it was ok
Lincoln Child could have a written a better thriller, but still it's not that bad. Not too much thinking involved in understanding the novel since the plot has been used in countless books with a little variation.
A group of scientists doing research in a secret army installation in the Arctic circle discovers a frozen animal entombed in the ice. They inform their financial backers, Terra Prime, a media conglomerate who decides to make the thawing of the animal into a media spectacle. Terra Prime
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Tom
Jun 01, 2009 Tom rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book was a fun read and it had a "Relic" kinda feel to it. I found it kinda cliche and a little predictable, hence the lower rating. I still love Lincoln Child as an author and think he is a fantastic novelist.

This book has a lot of good suspense and it does keep you on the edge of your seat. So in that regard it was a fun book to read.

Not Child's worst solo book, but not his best solo book either.
Toby
Apr 10, 2009 Toby rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
I first became acquainted with Lincoln Child (and his frequent co-author Douglas Preston) when their book Relic was being filmed at Field Museum. Their books do follow a pattern - some kind of supernatural element, a remote location, mysterious deaths - but they are fast and engaging reads that often make an appearance on best seller lists. It's not a book I need to own, but I enjoyed it, checked out of my local library.
Abraham Salas
Hay una parte donde Conti (el director de cine) está viendo una película vieja de Victor Mature y dice que es una mezcla de documental con drama. Luego dice que quiere hacer lo mismo con su documental.

Pues bueno, al parecer su libro es una mezcla de texto de divulgación científica y novela. Basta con leer los últimos capítulos donde a la vez que explica el desenlace, alecciona sobre temas científicos...pero con un desbalance a la hora de plasmarlo.

No me convenció.
Sheila Myers
Mar 10, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the first novel I read by Lincoln Child other than those he wrote with Douglas Preston. As an individual effort, I found the same exciting plot and interesting characters. Although the premise of the story is similar to others I've read before, Mr Child adds his own unique twists and produced a story that kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next.
Heather
Jun 20, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I thought it kept me interested and wanting to read more. This is the second book that I have read by Lincoln Child and I have liked them both. There are a bunch of bloody, gory scenes that don't bother me, but might bother some readers. I think Lincoln Child has a great imagination and seems to pull the reader into his world.
Sharon Michael
Dec 18, 2014 Sharon Michael rated it liked it
Good, standard action/adventure read. Liked the connection with the local Native American/ Eskimo shaman and the first half or 2/3 of the book actually better than the ending, which felt a bit 'scattered' in some way. Entertaining, easy read.
Jamie
Jan 05, 2017 Jamie rated it it was ok
My third in this series, and again I ask, why is this even a Logan book? Again it is like there was a pre-existing book and Logan was added on as an afterthought just so it could be in the series. That aside, the story was entertaining, if not a bit shallow.
Nelson Pahl
Apr 28, 2014 Nelson Pahl rated it it was amazing
Intelligent, well-plotted, unique, and captivating. I love Lincoln Child as simply "Lincoln Child," and he certainly doesn't disappoint with Terminal Freeze. I do wonder to where the cat ran off, though. :)
Alexander Draganov
Jun 25, 2012 Alexander Draganov rated it it was amazing
Awesome scifi horror novel, it reminded me of "The Thing".
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Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, which he still calls his hometown (despite the fact that he left the place before he reached his first birthday and now only goes back for weekends).

Lincoln seemed to have acquired an interest in writing as early as second grade, when he wrote a short story entitled Bumble the Elephant (now believed by scholars to be lost). Along with two dozen shor
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“Military-grade laser,” Conti said. “Very powerful, yet more precise than a jeweler’s file.” 0 likes
“Abruptly, another section of ice front calved off the glacier about half a mile south, collapsing in house-sized blue chunks at its base and throwing up a cloud of ice shards. Chen started violently, and Faraday covered his ears against the roar. Marshall grimaced as he felt the mountain shudder beneath his feet.” 0 likes
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