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The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers ...more
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Published July 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2000)
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Debbie D. Bowman In my opinion, they are all good. They do write continuing stories though, and I recommend you start with the first in the series. The first in the…moreIn my opinion, they are all good. They do write continuing stories though, and I recommend you start with the first in the series. The first in the Pendergast series is "Relic."(less)
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Hans K.
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
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Red Heaven
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
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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!
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
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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
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Josh
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
Karen
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
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Nicole
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
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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
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Mike
Sep 22, 2010 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Susan Townsend
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
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Myles
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Amanda
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
Dee Dee Walker
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
Donna
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
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Cynthisa
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
Alison
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
Adam
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
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Amy
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
Tamonash
THIS IS AWESOME!!!!...The end is even better than I thought to be. It also keeps the reader fascinating about the story...what could be happen next. I really really hope for a sequel of this novel and if you read this you can think of many possibilities too. That is the marvel of the ending.

Don't miss this. Grab a copy and you will find a f**king breathtaking twisted fantasy thriller.

Fantastic recommendation by goodreades.
James Somahkawahho
This is one of the best Douglas Preston novels out there. The level of detail and research that went into this story is amazing. The world he builds around you will draw you in and take you along for the journey. Slowly, you will become uncomfortable, then anxious, then on the edge of your seat; resulting in you not being able to put the book down. Read this book.
Keith Christensen
For such a long time I've been looking for an author that combines science and plot into an exciting thriller just as Michael Crichton did.

This book was most similar to his style as I've been able to find so far. For the most part I thought this book was an excellent find!

First the Positives. I found the plot and the characters exceedingly interesting. The characters made the book engaging page by page while the overall plot made you want to read the book to the end.

One comment I have on the
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Arwen56
Ci casco sempre. Poi mi pento, ma intanto ci casco. Questo romanzo, acquistato e letto nel 2006, costava proprio una miseria, superscontato com’era: neanche 5 euro. Per questo l’ho preso.

Una marea di parole per non raccontare assolutamente niente.

Peggio per me, così imparo a essere così cretina.

Rose
Aug 14, 2007 Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action seekers
Shelves: adventure-action
This is one of these best edge of your seat action books EVER!!! I love this book and the main character (who shows up in other books by these authors) is one of my favorites. If you like action and a little bit of adventure, high-seas and science-fiction, this is for you!
Laura Ruetz
Wow...I loved this. What happens when an seemingly impossible engineering job has been tasked to the premier engineering company in the world...and it is at the bottom of the world, at the tip of Chile? You get a book like the Ice Limit. This book treads on the fringes of being supernatural but what you do get is a solid thriller, you never know what to expect or what will happen next. As always, the range of characters is vast, and we get a tiny glimpse of the persona of each through their acti ...more
Kristine Muslim
From the underwater treasure hunt in Riptide to the Quivira expedition in Thunderhead, and without counting their awesome series of Agent Pendergast novels, Preston and Child have long perfected the machinations of a great commercial novel. The Ice Limit, with its giant meteorite and being-chased-and-fired-upon-by-a-Chilean-destroyer-ship scenes, naturally makes for an entertaining read. The first casualty was a Filipino scientist, who got zapped by the giant red meteorite--which, for me, is a h ...more
Annimoli
I listened to the audiobook. Good story but annoying narration. Although I always like stories with ships and amazing adventures some parts in the book were missing credibility especially in the lines of command. I was also expecting more dialogue on the engineering level when the problems start hitting the fan. It was like some parts were missing.
Scott Brick did a great job on Ender's Game but this time his voice was too slow and dramatic. I turned up the speed a notch and that made it just bea
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Paula
This was a more interesting read than I thought it would be from the synopsis on the back. Palmer Lloyd, a very wealthy man has hired an expert on meteorites, Sam McFarlane to help put together a team to uncover and bring the largest meteorite ever found back to New Jersey for his new museum from a small island near Chile. He finds and hires EES, a company owned by Eli Glinn who takes on projects that no one else can do, and he never fails once he takes it on.

Once the project is taken on, from
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Donna
Self-contained tale of characters involved in an impossible engineering feat. Much time is spent delving into backstories of people who act completely out of character when pushed to the edge. Fantastical plot twists that are really not, to the engineer who designed the project. He seems to have any and every contingency planned for, no matter how outrageous.
This being said, I could not put it down until I finished it and like the hints that there might be a sequel.
A good book to read while w
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Moila
I can't decide whether to give this book four or three stars. I might change my mind after I've mentally processed it a bit. For now, I give it four because I still have chills (no pun intended) from the last paragraph of the book.

The world's largest known meteorite has been found on an island south of Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Billionaire Palmer Lloyd wants the rock displayed in his museum and he pays an astronomical amount of money to transport a handful of world class engineers, a doctor, a ma
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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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