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Terminal Freeze

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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

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Doubleday Books (first published December 24th 2008)
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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
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
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...more
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.
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...more
Jan 28, 2010 L rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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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...more
Traci Haley
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
Nelson Pahl
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. :)
A bit better researched than "The Third Gate" and a little more credible. The fictional story of an encounter with a Bigfoot-type creature who has been in suspended animation (cryogenically frozen and restored to life) and wreaks havoc with researchers at an Arctic station.

It is well written with a lot of details that make you feel the confusion and terror experienced by everyone in the novel.

There is science fiction which is totally unbelievable, but there is also science fiction based on expe...more
Leonide Martin
Feb 07, 2014 Leonide Martin rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Matt Wells
As others have mentioned in their reviews, I enjoyed this book for what it was: a sci-fi horror thriller that didn't pack much of a punch in the way of twists, turns, or surprises, but rather simply kept me entertained all the way through.

Imagine John Carpenters 'The Thing' told in the format of 'Relic.' A creature feature for the mind, complete with plenty of blood, guts, and splattering. Toss in just enough science and a modern-day issue (global warming) to keep it relevant, intertwine an anc...more
Apr 21, 2009 Toby rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
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.
I'm in the mood for cheese
simply because I've read too much
and reality is beginning to intrude
Dallas Moesker
This guys books are like adrenaline for your eyes. Can't wait to crank my next Lincoln Child novel.
Alexander Draganov
Awesome scifi horror novel, it reminded me of "The Thing".
Good, quick read. Similar to other Childs books.
A familiar style from the author....... the "pre-historic monster" kind of critter seemed a bit over the top, but gets tied in with the Tuit peoples view on it, and adds some dimension. An easy read, and one I read consistenly, so it kept my attention fairly well.

Alaska's Federal Wilderness Zone…two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle…one of the most remote places on Earth. But for a group of scientists sponsored by a major media conglomerate, an expedition to the Zone represents the opport...more
Jim McGowan
Once again Lincoln Child has managed to make a story that sounds far fetched and a little corny into an engaging thriller: Stranded at a remote Alaskan outpost, a group of scientists, soldiers and documentary makers are hounded by a big, evil beastie.

The setup is similar to Child's previous novel, Deep Storm in that the characters is stuck in their hostile situation, unable to escape to civilization for what seem like contrived reasons. However once the setting is established, this contrivance i...more
Бранимир Събев
Първото ревю за 2011-а на блога ще бъде на една книжка, чиято тематика отлично пасва на студения зимен пейзаж навън. След близо година и половина търпеливо изчакване на специалния ми рафт за непрочетени книги в библиотечката дойде реда и на "Зоната".
Позачудих се защо оригиналното заглавие на романа "Terminal Freeze" е преведено по такъв начин, но накрая махнах с ръка, свих рамене и се зачетох. Признавам, за пръв път подхващам книга на Линкълн Чайлд, досега ми бе известен само като име, което тво...more
3.5 Star Rating

A couple days ago I finally was in the mood to give this book a try. I'm a big fan of the Pendergast series that Lincoln Child co-authors with Douglas Preston and I've been curious to see how his standalone novels that he writes alone would turn out to be and I knew when I read the summary of this one that it would be a good place to start.

Terminal Freeze turned out to be a very quick read which I wasn't expecting at all. I was expecting it to be written at the same pace as the ab...more
A group of scientists are at a remote Alaskan decommissioned radar base conducting research into global warming and studying a fast melting glacier. In the course of their investigation the discover a newly uncovered cave, a lava tube that leads them to a larger chamber where they discover animal frozen in the ice. Speculation from what they can see is that it is a smilodon or saber tooth tiger. Back at the base they have some visitors, several members of a small native tribe lead by their shama...more
This was an awesome thriller!

What I liked most about it was the atmosphere Lincoln Child created. There were some pretty predictable elements in the story but it didn't matter because it was so thrilling and the story kept me reading one.

A great pageturner!!

*** German Review ***

Lincoln Childs neuster Thriller ist das, was man von ihm erwartet: spannend, blutig, wissenschaftlich recherchiert und mit Mythen ausgelegt.

Die Geschichte spielt in einer abgelegenen Militärbasis, in der ein Forschungste...more
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Matt Schiariti
There's something about a hostile, desolate environment that makes for great thrillers.

In Child's last book it was the deep of the ocean, in Terminal Freeze it's nearly at the roof of the earth.

A team of scientists funded by a media conglomerate who wants to shoot a documentary are researching the effects of global warming in the frozen tundra that is Mount Fear. They find what they think is a fantastic prehistoric discovery. And then bodies start to pile up!

That more or less summarizes Terminal...more
Paleoecologist Evan Marshall is part of a scientific team studying the effects of global warming in Alaska’s Federal Wildlife Zone. Exploring an ice cave, the team discovers a mysterious animal frozen in ice. When their sponsor, a media conglomerate, learns of this, they send a film crew to the Zone to film a documentary about the unthawing of the animal. But once the unthawing begins, the animal disappears. The film’s director suspects the scientists have something to do with it, which they den...more
Jun 20, 2009 Maggie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maggie by: Costco Connection
Shelves: june-09
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Well, I usually quite enjoy the novels of Lincoln Child, as well those of his writing partner Douglas Preston, and I especially enjoy the ones they write together, but this book was missing that certain je n'est ce quoi that makes a thriller, well, thrilling. The premise was excellent but the characters were rather dull and uninteresting. The elderly Eskimo shaman was underutilized; he spent most of his time casting the runes (so to speak)and muttering prayers, without much effect. I felt like t...more
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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...more
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