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Blood and Ice

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3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,077 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Journalist Michael Wilde—his world recently shattered by tragedy—has come to the South Pole looking for solace and a new lease on life. But what he finds on a routine dive in the polar sea is something else entirely: the bodies of a young man and a young woman, bound with chains and sealed forever in a block of ice. Beside them is an ancient chest filled with a sinister ca ...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2009)
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Miriam
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
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Nikoleta
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
Margery
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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
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Sharon
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
edifanob
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
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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
Hannah
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
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Having thoroughly enjoyed reading The Romanov Cross by this author, I was naturally looking forward to reading Blood and Ice. I was not in the least disappointed! While journalist, Michael Wild, is visiting an Antarctic research station in order to heal from a recent personal tragedy, he discovers two bodies frozen into a glacier. However, when the block of ice containing the bodies starts melting, the bodies disappear and what might have been a career making discovery for Michael turns into a n ...more
Rusty
Alrighty then. Where to start...

My dad lived in Antarctica for around a year, a few years before I was born. All I know about it kind be summed up pretty succinctly:

* It's really cold
* it's really dry
* 6 months of darkness, followed by 6 months of light (give or take)
* Its stupidly hard to spell

That's about it. I mean, there are other things, now that I think about it. Penguins live there. It's an actual continent, you know, with land and stuff under all that ice.

So my dad would always tell me
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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
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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
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Sarah
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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.
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Kelly
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
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Cheryl
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
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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
Elke
Als ich mit dem Buch anfing, wusste ich noch nicht, dass auch hier wieder mein Lieblingsthema aufgegriffen wird. Ich hatte vor allem einen Wissenschaftsthriller erwartet, etwas in der Art von Preston/Child oder Crichton. Der Vergleich mit Stephenie Meyer in der Presse hat mich allerdings schon hellhoerig gemacht, und bald war klar warum.

Leider verraet das Buch gleich zu Anfang im Prolog viel zu viel, so dass die "Entdeckung" fuer mich keine Ueberraschung mehr dargestellt hat. Es war natuerlich i
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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
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Cynthia
This book is almost inexplicably bad. It is bad in so many ways, that I'm not sure where to begin. Let's take the plunge. There are huge swaths of writing that are completely unnecessary, contribute nothing to the story, and have no drama or point whatsoever. For instance, the protagonist Michael journeys to the South Pole via ship then helicopter. Much time is spent on the ship, but absolutely nothing happens. It is simply an exceedingly long description of being on a ship heading to the South ...more
Robert
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.
Michele
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!
Jo
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.
Christa
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.
Lisa
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! :)
Megan
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.
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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
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