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Eisiges Blut

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  1,026 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Nach einem schweren Schicksalsschlag übernimmt der Journalist Michael Wilde einen Auftrag, der ihn in die Antarktis führt. In der frostigen Einsamkeit hofft er Abstand zu finden, doch in die rationale Welt der Polarforscher bricht urplötzlich das Dunkle und Irrationale ein: Bei einem Tauchgang entdeckt Michael Wilde die beiden Körper eines Mannes und einer Frau aneinanderg...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Fischer (first published January 1st 2009)
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Bloat is increase in size without corresponding increase in density. I feel a little unfair characterizing Blood and Ice as bloated, because Masello clearly put in some serious research time on Antarctica and the Crimean War and photography and mountain-climbing and

But. Unless you want to read lengthy descriptions of frozen terrain or the rotting limbs of wounded brigadiers, about half the words in this book can be skipped. And the ones that you are left with aren't that great. There are some in...more
Γκουχου... γκουχου... ντρεπομαι που θα το πω αλλα ναι, το παρατησα στη μεση. Διοτι εχει τοσες αδιαφορες, ασχετες λεπτομερειες οι οποιες τρωνε τα δυο τριτα του βιβλιου που αμαν! Δεν με ενδιαφερει να μαθω για την μαρκα του ελικοπτερου που τους μετεφερε κ πως χρησιμοποιηθηκε εως τωρα επι μιαμιση συνεχομενη σελιδα, επισης ποσο κουραστικο ειναι που για 130 σελιδες η δραση ειναι στασιμη, ναι, δεν συμβαινει τιποτα, απλως ταξιδευουν...ουφ! Ισως πιο κατω να γινοταν ενδιαφερον αλλα δεν ηθελα να το ριξω στ...more
The Eleventh Hour
Ugh. Great, wonderful idea but BAD execution. This story suffered from some serious plot pacing and character problems which made this book a chore to read. When a book is still, on page 300, setting up atmosphere and introductory relationships... Really? I mean, come on. The book could have used some serious editing. I like lush prose as much as the next person (read: quite a bit), but not every single character action and thought needs to be described in meticulous detail. I don't need to know...more
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Jeannie Mancini
Jan 29, 2010 Jeannie Mancini rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all vampire horror fans
Love Enchained Through Time-

In 1856 the HM Brig Coventry, tossing in a wild maelstrom is thought to be cursed by two unwanted passengers. When an unusual bottle of wine is found by one of the crew members, the captain is hailed and warned that Mr. and Mrs. Copley are of evil nature. To save the ship from plummeting down to Davy Jones Locker, Sinclair and Eleanor Copley are bound in iron chains and with their sea chest of strange wine bottles, are tossed overboard to drown in icy seas.

In present...more
Aug 15, 2011 Sharon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sharon by: Mum!
Completely unputdownable! So this book has sat on its shelf for several months as I have become totally bored by the whole vampire/werewolf subject, I decided to give it a go yesterday and couldn't put it down...seriously, you know its a good read when you are cooking/cleaning/brushing teeth/driving whilst carrying this book pressed right up to your face (Ok so not driving) ...by 2.00am this morning and after telling myself 'ok, just one more chapter' about 3,678 times I finally gave in to sleep...more
I won this book at a bookspotcentral giveaway.

Anyway I could resist to start reading the book immediately and I didn't regret.

About the book
The title makes good in his promise. There is a lot of ice because most of the story takes place in the present Antarctica. And there is blood. We find a lot but it is important.

There are two story lines which converge after a while.
One takes place in the middle of the 19th century. We follow cavalry officer Sinclair Copley and the nurse Eleanor Ames.
The ot...more
Barbara ★
Michael Wilde has the chance of a lifetime to go to Antarctica as a photojournalist. He has many adventures and photo opportunities until he makes the biggest discovery of his career. While scuba diving in the ocean beneath Antarctica, he sees a woman frozen in the ice. A huge block of ice is cut around her and she is brought to the surface and put in a huge tank in order to melt the ice. The group of scientists leave her unattended while the ice melts. However when they return, the ice has melt...more
I feel like I'm being a little harsh by giving Masello two stars, because I appreciate the difficulty of the writing process and two stars? Really? Well, I did lose interest by the middle of the book and I had to hang on to get to the end. Why? After you realize what is going on, the balloon is deflated...there is nothing spectacular to keep the story moving forward at the same speed to sustain curiousity. On a brighter note, I did appreciate the historical aspect of the book and for those who e...more
Daniel Withrow
The conceit--vampires at the South Pole!--is ridiculous enough to be good trashy fun. John Carpenter's The Thing used a similar idea to make a kickass horror flick, after all. And the author's description of the Pole's scientific station is fun enough. But a central plot point is so stupid, so completely idiotic, that it ruins the whole book. Its presence in the book spoils it, so I don't feel bad about this spoiler.

Imagine a fish that contains some sort of antifreeze in its blood, right? So it...more
Andy Frankham-Allen
A wonderful read. For a start this is an intensely well written book, with superbly drawn out characters. The research that went into writing this book is clear on every single page, sometimes painfully so when Masello goes into a little bit too much detail - especially when describing the clubbing of seals and then pulping them for oil. I don't generally get squemish, but that was a little bit too much. Plenty of moments where the author focusses on what appears to be random elements, which lat...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
"Blood & Ice" is quite an original vampire story. It intertwines the past and the present day to give us two stories which run parallel to one another. The story of Sinclair and Eleanor in Victorian England and the other of Michael Wilde, present day photographer and journalist, who travels to a remote research station in Antarctica to write a story for a magazine.

I much preferred the present day and found the characters to be interesting. I liked the background to Michael, the main protagon...more
2.5 stars
If you're looking for some almost-tense, pseudo-horror escapism, look no farther than Blood and Ice by Robert Masello. This book certainly won't make you smarter, it won't change your life, but you'll be fairly well entertained and you might even be given a rudimentary history lesson on the Crimean War. For the history/wikipedia enthusiasts, you might even dig into a little more about "The Charge of the Light Brigade." Always fun to branch out into other areas of literature....more
Vampires in Antarctica? What an original premise! I'm in one of my periodic "sick of vampires" phases, but Blood and Ice sounded different enough to be worth my while. I was especially curious to see what Masello would do with the polar seasons; a vampire might have to lay low all through the summer, but could wreak havoc 24/7 in winter!

Unfortunately, Blood and Ice never grabbed me. I knew I was in trouble when I encountered the prose in the present-day chapters (which are interspersed with his...more
Michael Wilde is a journalist for Eco-Travel magazine. His boss offers him the chance to travel to the ends of the earth or pretty much close to it. He tells Michael that he has set it up where one reporter is being allowed to go to Point Adelie in Antarctica, near the South Pole. This assignment would be to take pictures of the Adelie penguins and write a report on them. Michael knows he can't pass up an opportunity like this, so he agrees to go.

While out on a diving expedition, Michael uneart...more
Alastair Rosie
"I picked up this book because it was an adult vampire book and as much as I loved the Twilight series I was 'thirsting' for an adult vampire book as I'm currently working on my own vampire book. Blood and Ice is very much a modern Gothic romance that revolves around Lieutenant Sinclair Copley of the 17th Hussars and his lover Eleanor Ames, a nurse attached to Florence Nightingale, who makes a few cameo appearances. The book is a bit hard to take for the first half as it lurches between 1854 and...more
Jevron McCrory
I wanted to like this a lot more than I ended liking it. The whole story feels like it's building then never really seems to hit it's peak. If you are looking for a 'vampire' story, this isn't it. This novel is far more concerned with ice, fish and snow than exploring what it means to live forever. There are some beautiful moments and some truly delightful touches but they are all too few and far between. All you are left with is a VERY slow story about the South Pole and it's wildlife. It's wel...more
Margaret Kearney
Such a brilliantly atmospheric and chilling (no pun inteneded) book.There were defintiley some parts that spooked me.The characters are well written and realistic.The descriptions of Antartica and life there were my favourite parts.An awe inspiring and isolated background.The take on the vampires isnt entirely unique but I loved the scientific explanation.The only really negative thing I have to say about this book is the ending could be seen a mile off.But that didnt deter me.I thoroughly enjoy...more
Liza Gilbert
I'm stopping this one at page 50. It actually was okay. The problem? It wasn't anything special. I took an hour break from reading to make some phone calls, and when I sat back down to write this e-mail I had to think hard to remember the content of the book.

Our protagonist, a photojournalist who is traveling to the Antarctic, is called Wilde. I wanted to gag. It reads like one would expect the stereotypical male adventure book to read, and actually better in some parts. I just couldn't get exci...more
Blood and Ice by Robert Masello. 5 stars. Has all the ingredients I like in a novel-historical fiction, hard-driving plot, literary references, exotic geography. HF=Crimean War; H-D P= Contemporary couple from Crimean War are resurrected in 2009; LR=Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade"; EG=Antarctica. Great action and be prepared to stay up night(s) reading.
This book started out great, ran into a litte trouble in the middle, got really weird towards the end and finished nicely. Wasn't my favorite read in the world, but enjoyable none the less. I found myself loving the life at "pole", but then really got turned off when the vampires arrived. I know that was the whole point of the story, but it just didn't work for me!
I gave up on this book so maybe I shouldn't have rated it. My rating is based on the fact that I couldn't get into it at all and I foundthe writing way too over descriptive and boring. It was more like the kind of writing you would find in a non fiction book about boats or something. I prefer more poetic writing.
This was a good vampire book. Since vampires are so popular right now, it's hard to find one that stands out and I think this one did. I liked the mix of present and past tense in the storyline. There were definitely some unexpected parts. I'll be interested to read more of Robert Masello's books.
I actually enjoyed the first half of this book, until I realized it was a vampire story. They never used the word, but that's what it was. I enjoyed the historical research about the Crimean War and also the description of life at the South Pole. But then it just got silly.
Carolyn Hayes
Just great..not your typical vampire book but it kept me on the edge of my seat and just couldn't put this book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes vampires but is getting tired of the usual ones... this one caught me by surprise! :)
Fun twist on the paranormal genre. When two bodies are found in the antarctic ice, we find out how they got there, and fear for the folks that found them, especially journalist Michael Wilde who came to the South Pole to escape his own painful past.
Well I liked the premise and there were parts that were just out of left field but still believable. Unfortunately Mr. Masello seemed to focus on the setting at the detriment to having fully developed characters. I just couldn't love or hate any of them. I really wanted to but, just when I thought it was getting good, a character would do something inexplicable. It just left me wondering why.

One thing that drove me nuts as a former Navy helicopter pilot. There are very few Ensigns who get their...more
B.L. Hewitt

Robert Masello has given us a great new slant to the traditional vampire tale. Wonderful storytelling and masterful integration of two timelines. Good historical research and page turning suspense.
His characters of Eleanor and Sinclair are exquisite, the double timelines between the power’s and present meshed beautifully with the provocative discovery of the lady in the ice. Both tales historically accurate, gave us not only of view into the carnage of early warfare, where the dashing Sinclair e...more
I read this book upon a recommendation from the local librarian at the library. It was definitely a well written book. Robert Masello is an exceptional author and even wrote books on how to write. He did very well at painting pictures with words and made me feel like I was actually there in the Antarctic with the characters. I was a little disappointed with the ending though. It seemed like the last 100 pages were rushed and I would have liked to have read more about what happened after they got...more
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Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, TV writer, and the bestselling author of many novels and nonfiction books. His most recent thrillers include BLOOD AND ICE, THE MEDUSA AMULET, and THE ROMANOV CROSS, all published by Bantam/Random House.
He is also the author of two popular studies of the Occult -- FALLEN ANGELS AND SPIRITS OF THE DARK and RAISING HELL: A CONCISE HISTORY OF THE BLAC...more
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