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The Ice Limit

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,204 Ratings  ·  465 Reviews
Billionaire Palmer Lloyd is accustomed to getting what he wants--and what he wants for his new museum is the largest meteorite on earth. Unfortunately for Lloyd, it's buried on an inhospitable Chilean island just north of the Ice Limit in the most brutal, unforgiving seas in the world.

Like Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's earlier collaborations (Relic, Thunderhead, and

Paperback, 491 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2000)
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Apr 24, 2016 Jaksen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my fav. Preston/Child book by far.

I kept picking up and putting down this book for over a week. I'd read a few chapters - they're all very short - then lose interest and set it down. This resulted in a daily 'where's the book I'm reading hunt?' as I went off to find where I last was reading it. It would be on the banister, then the odd chair in the living room, then on the bar - yeah we drink a bit - then on the kitchen table and I never knew exactly where it was. But I did read the darn th
Hans K.
Aug 24, 2011 Hans K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read every book Richard Preston and Lincoln Child have written together, and this is the one that stands out the most. I feel like I can remember almost every detail. I still marvel at the impossibility of the task the Eli Glinn and co. face and tip my hat to the crew's ingenuity at every turn. I

I recommend Preston and Child novices start here, because although Relic, their first book is great, I don't think it has as strong or as sustained or as logical a plot as Ice Limit. As in any thri
Doreen Dalesandro
I listened to the audiobook.

The plot of Ice Limit involves one man's aversion to failure, one man's ethics turned upside down, and two men's obsession with a very dense rock.

Hate to say it, but I am disappointed in this book. After reading Mount Dragon, I was expecting a thrill ride. Instead, the story is bogged down in character development (those pesky characters!). The best part of the story is the last 40 minutes!
Red Heaven
Mar 25, 2013 Red Heaven rated it really liked it
Although overall I enjoyed this book, I found it to be a tough read for the most part. It is severely hampered by being almost totally linear, and most of the book takes place in one setting, and that setting is the monotonous cold sea, snow and ice south of Tierra del Fuego. However, the plot did keep me interested enough to keep turning the pages, and the ending is a crackerjack of tension and excitement.

I found it helpful to visualize Palmer Lloyd, the extremely wealthy financier of the proje
Brian Steele
First, let me say that I LOVE Preston-Child's Pendergast Series. Insanely so. And this book would have had a 4 star review... right up until those last few chapters. I won't give anything away, except to say that I'm pretty sure that either the editors of the publishers started screeching about length/word count, and the duo just... well, wrote the worst ending I've read in years.

I can't even describe how far my WTF Meter went into the red. Five chapters that should have been ten, character acti
Adam Wilson
After reading this Preston/Child novel, my first reaction to it was that it would almost certainly make a pretty awesome movie. It would make an awesome movie only if

the movie had a very large budget to make the scenes look amazing and to put some actors in that everyone loves. I say this because in book form The Ice Limit seems to

lack a lot of things. I love Preston/Child, but this may be my least-favorite book of theirs so far. Please notice the three-star rating though. I am not saying it i
Heather Thurmeier
Apr 11, 2016 Heather Thurmeier rated it really liked it
As entertaining as I expected from this pair of authors! Love their stories. This one was easy to read, and page-turning that kept me reading too late and carrying my book around the house. If you like Preston/Child books, then this is another good one.
Mar 26, 2012 Josh rated it liked it
A high-octane suspenseful story that will have you turning pages while the lasagna burns. The characters are relatively flat (although that is not unusual for the genre), and the plot is often predictable, but there are a handful of exciting twists and turns. If you're a fan of technothrillers, The Ice Limit is sure to please. My only complaint is that, instead of a proper ending, we are left with a half dozen fictional news articles intended to wrap up the story. It feels more like the first vo ...more
Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
This book started off really slow. Many would probably say that "nothing happened" until after the first 200 pages. Within those 200 pages was a lot of character introduction and descriptions of the scientific and technological theories and engineering solutions surrounding a ship voyage to recover a meteorite for a super-rich industrialist's museum. Since I happen to enjoy this sort of thing, I wasn't at all put off by the slow introduction.

Then of course, events began to unfold, though not wit
Mark King
Apr 26, 2016 Mark King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the Preston and Child duo.
Another good adventure/techno-thriller from Preston/Child. This is one of their earlier stand-alone novels involving the hunt for a giant meteorite on an island off of Cape Horn in the far-south reaches of the earth. Overall, a real page-turner with lots of action and great characters. These include Sam McFarlane, a geophysicist/meteor hunter; Palmer Lloyd, a billionaire who funds the expedition; Eli Glinn, the engineer who lays out the plan to move the heaviest object (400,000 tons) ever; Capta ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
What a thrill ride! This is my first Preston/Child book, and what a great one to choose! It was interesting from the first page and stayed very exciting until the last word.

I have read several of Richard Preston's book (Douglas's brother) and thought I would give the Preston/Child coupling a chance. I was rewarded. The plot was interesting, the characters realistic, the terror very real. Warning though, I do alright with violence and there was one scene that involved a fingernail which literally
Sep 30, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
How far would you go to uncover the scientific discovery of the century? Perhaps the biggest discovery in the history of mankind?

Sam McFarlane is a renegade scientist - he finds and studies meteorites but refuses to conform to the typical research realm of academia and instead travels the world looking for evidence to support his theory of an interstellar meteorite. He has recently lost face with the scientific community, lost his research partner and best friend, and his marriage ended in divor
Lady Ethereal Butterfly
I’m still so excited about this book that I can hardly form a coherent sentence about it. The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child follows a group of scientist and engineers on a journey in an oil tanker to a remote island off of Cape Horn. Their mission there is to locate and retrieve, in secrecy, the largest meteorite to ever hit the planet. Every last detail of this mission is planned out meticulously, but things start going wrong and people start mysteriously dying . . .

The Ice Li
Sep 22, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I've read some other books by the authors separately and as a team. This one has all of their usual hallmarks: imaginative, lots of details, decent length, and a multi-layered plot.

While I might have wished for a different set of outcomes at various junctures (because you either do or do not bond with the characters), I was not disappointed in the book. To the contrary, I enjoyed their premise and the way they crafted the story. Like most of their collective work, this is not a breezy beach book
Susan Townsend
Sep 19, 2011 Susan Townsend rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How much did I hate this audiobook?
......As much as I hate those sappy, overwrought personal interest stories they play on the sports channels when they run out of stuff to talk about. As a matter of fact, that's exactly what this audiobook sounds like, minus the violins. I usually like Scott Brick, but this is awful. Didn't like the story, either. It is a cheap knowckoff of Jurassic Park, rich guy funds a stupid self-aggrandizing project without regard to risk to others.

It isn't often I give
Apr 14, 2015 Myles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 24, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Douglas Preston but this book left me with an empty feeling at the end. The plot line was intriguing in the beginning. A nice mix of science, action, and mystery, but as the book progressed I found myself getting bored with it. I was convinced the 'mission' would fail and was just waiting to find out how (the only motivation to finish it I had). In the end I think the characters were what gave this book that empty feeling. Although it tried to be character driven you never actually bonded ...more
Bill Powers
Apr 10, 2016 Bill Powers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw that Beyond the Ice Limit was coming out soon, I read Ice Limit. You can tell it's an earlier Preston & Child. The writing is not quite as crisp as now, but it's still a damn good story. Now can't wait for Beyond the Ice Limit...
Dee Dee Walker
Jan 13, 2012 Dee Dee Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book! The reason I gave it four stars instead of five stars is because the ending will leave some readers annoyed. It sort of a cliffhanger. It's a bit of a shock and then THE END! Despite the ending I highly recommend it. I felt like the ending let the readers imagination run wild. Also, I always enjoy when a author throws in information or facts that I didn't know. These authors are always great with science and logic in the books they write. They did not disappoint in ICE LIMIT. ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A meteorite has been found in a remote area of the Cape Horn Islands. The mission: a team of experts is hired by a billionaire to excavate it, load it onto a retrofitted tanker & bring it to the U.S. so it can be the centerpiece of a very unique museum. But they quickly realize that this is no ordinary meteorite and it will take extraordinary efforts to complete the mission - that is, if they even survive.
I liked this novel, even though at times the naval and engineering jargon was a litt
At first promisingly scientific. At least enough so to make the potboiler conventions tolerable for a time: the opening scene in which "something" mysterious and ominous occurs -- but we're not told what (duh-da-DUHHHHH,); the various stock players with the obligatory "tragic" and/or "misunderstood" backstories; and, of course, the secret agendas.... When Creighton did it, he at least made it fun, in addition to using actually "plausible" science. This book is neither fun nor plausible. By about ...more
May 15, 2016 Sonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The largest meteor ever discovered is auctioned off and obtained by a billionaire who wants it for his grandiose museum. There is a problem though. The meteor weighs four thousand tons and is located on a frozen, desolate island in a region known as The Ice Limit, waters extremely dangerous to ships. The billionaire hires an expert team of “problem solvers”, a disgraced captain, and a meteorite hunter to help him retrieve his prize. Of course, nothing goes as planned. The crew battles dangers wi ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and action packed book from Preston and Child. I had already read much of their other works prior to reading this book. My main interest was because of the upcoming Gideon Crew book that serves as a somewhat sequel. Ultimately this is not my favorite novel by these guys since the writing skipped around POV's too much. But the story did drag me in until the very end.

Note: If you want to avoid spoilers read this before reading any of the Gideon Crew books! Also- read this before you read the
Daniel Rudge
Aug 26, 2015 Daniel Rudge rated it really liked it
When Preston and Child team-up, their novels become high-energy, high quality page turners that mix technology and thriller elements with satisfying results. Ice Limit is no exception, with the pair of authors mixing high-tech engineering with scientific mystery surrounding a meteorite found on the southern tip of Chile. A wealthy New Yorker, Palmer Lloyd, is building his own museum and wants the meteorite as the showpiece. The problem is that the meteorite weighs over four thousand tons and see ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read a summary of the book before reading it, and thought it might be another Pendergast story which I thoroughly enjoy. So the opening pages surprised me, still expecting Pendergast to appear. Maybe that's why the book started out slow for me, but finished in a sprint. You know from reading the synopsis the story is about the largest meteorite found and the effort to bring it to a museum. The story is filled with engineering techno-speak but well worth reading every word. In some respe ...more
Mar 20, 2015 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG, Science-Geekout paradise! Where 'Crichton' meets 'Hamilton' is pure adrenaline-rich nitro with credibility backed up by wicked immersive research ... Preston and Childs takes us to that awesome place! TIL is a marvel mash-up of sci-fi, high-tech, puzzle-filled adventure, hard-science, and psychology that had me engrossed (addictively!) since the first chapter! Jeez Louise!

There's a milieu of amazing personalities presented ... Conflicted planetary-geologist, obsessive billionaire, precision
May 07, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. - Robert Frost

I thought I'd read this book when it was first published - in 2001 - 15 years ago. But I decided to read it again to refresh my memory before starting the Advanced Reading Copy I have of BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT, coming out soon. And as I started reading it I realized I had never read it before. And I'm glad because it was so much fun delving into it now.

I don't know why I read so many books about cold regions because I HATE being c
Gary Knoke
Sep 20, 2015 Gary Knoke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first 4 Pendergast novels first, and have now tackled 4 non-Pendergast tomes: Thunderhead, Riptide, Mount Dragon, and Ice Limit, in that order. Now I'm on Brimstone, the next in the Pendergast series. The most obvious thing to me is the difference in tone between the Pendergast books and the others. Riptide et al are straight thrillers, but the Pendergast series has frequent light overtones, soft humor, funny scenes, tongue-in-cheek, whatever you want to call it, that tell me that the ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
This is a very tense, involved thriller. I already knew I liked Preston & Child's writing style. I thought this book started out a little slow, in spite of that. However, I'll admit that everything we learned in those early chapters was important to the plot. There were a lot of characters coming together in this adventure and a lot of factors involved in the seemingly-simply plot of retrieving a meteorite. The further you read though, the more intense and engaging the story becomes. I won't ...more
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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