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Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  2,402 ratings  ·  223 reviews
When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing an enormous cave system, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained commandos, along with a team of scientists, are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong. Meanwhile, the alluring petrobiologist Aimee Weir is sent t ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2009)
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David Sven
1 Star!!! This book is ridiculous! The premise is just BS!

I mean, sure, I can imagine how having a bullet lodged in your head might unlock neural pathways so instead of using 10% of your brain (if you believe that myth) you're using a whole lot more and maybe that would be very useful as a soldier. Might even amp up the aggression so high you have to go around sniffing green apples to calm down. Yeah - green apples work...apparently. And maybe you could possibly call up enough adrenaline at will
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Let me preface this review by saying that one of my favorite books of all time is an action/adventure novel set in Antarctica. So I was trying so hard not to compare them. Trying hard (sighs dramatically)!

When you read a new author, there is always that 'getting to know each other' period that can at times be rough. With this book, it was a bit rough. Wasn't sure about the way he told his story. I couldn't get a feel for the characters. Some felt a little thin to me. I told myself to give it a c
En la Antártida, se ha estrellado una avioneta, descubriendo con su colisión un laberinto de cuevas ancestrales. Tras este suceso, un grupo de científicos, encabezado por Tom Hendsen, especializado en biología y combustibles fósiles, y 28 boinas verdes, se trasladan a la zona del impacto. Pero horas después se ha perdido el contacto con este grupo. Tras estos sucesos, el gobierno estadounidense decide enviar un grupo más especializado para determinar qué ha sucedido exactamente con los desaparec ...more
Its an okay adventure thriller, not bad, but nothing of greatness or even very good also. In the middle the story became a bit boring and one note for me, caving caving caving tracking tracking tracking... I had to almost steeled myself to finish it (I always try to finish a book after I started it). Although I have to say the climax was better than the middle parts which is why it was worth the time, and at least one unexpected death surprised me.

The various research-based and adventure-based
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গরেগ বেকের রিসারচবেজড ও অযাডভেঞচার বেজড সিকোয়েনসগুলো ভাল লেগেছে, কিনতু কযারেকটারাইজেশন আর ডায়লগ অতিশয় দূর
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This review is written to satisfy suggested guidelines for "Group Discussion" as a "Group Read" in the Action Adventure Aficionados Discussion Group. It may not conform to a review format that your used to.

1. What did you think of the beginning?

I felt the beginning was a bit rushed, and the sense of urgency whisked us off into the story without much information. That’s par for the course with action/adventure stories so that makes it par for the course. I would have liked more information on A
I have several complaints about this book. Firstly the author displays a severe lack of knowledge in regards to the technical detail he raises in the book. Second a complete lack of knowledge of military structure in regards to the relationship between different units and ranks. Third I found the writing style very start stop, with jarring pauses in the story for clumsy descriptive moments (think Fennimore Coopers last of the Mohicans). Fourth there were several pretty illogical leaps.

In terms
4.5 Stars

Well it is simple to say that this is a book that you should leave your skepticism checked at the door so that you can grab a hold and enjoy the ride. I loved this book.

After two books I am now a huge fan of Greig Beck. The fact that both novels featured giant squids with one being the great Cthulhu himself only made things better.

Beneath the Dark Ice is a thriller that is amped up by taking place in the inhospitable Antarctic. Crank things up even more by having the story be one gian
Darren Manson
I remember first looking for a new author and I read the back of under the dark ice.

Having been an avid reader of another Australian author I thought at first glance there were some comparisons to another book based in Antarctica and so, I put the book back on the shelf for about another 12 months or more.

Then out of intrigue I finally bought it. (well actually more boredom from no other books that interest me, but anyway.)

Wow. What a great first book. I quickly dismissed any previous assumption
Jean Sparrow
After a plane crashes into the Antarctic, Captain Alex Hunter and a squad of his elite soldiers, join a team of scientists on a mission to discover why the first rescue team lost contact, and also to allow the scientists to commence an analysis of an unidentified pool of liquid buried deep beneath the snow and ice. However what they find is a world of unimaginable horrors - ancient ruins of lost civilizations, and a prehistoric terror that has been dormant, possibly for thousands of years.
Barry Simiana
Oct 23, 2011 Barry Simiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of action/adventure
A good story, a ripping yarn. Clive Cussler meets Matthew Reilly. BY sheer coincidence, days after reading this i saw some news reports about lakes under the Antarctic ice and people trying to get to them. So he bases himself at the edge of reality. The story is written well, held my interest (which is a hard task lately) and was extremely enjoyable. so much so I bought his two other books. My obly gripe is the well worn supersoldier idea, not my favourite form of hero, but the overall read is w ...more
The story centres around Alex Hunter a specialist American soldier with almost supernatural powers due to a prior brain injury. He goes on a rescue mission with other soldiers and civilians to the Antarctic following a plane crash.

Upon their arrival the group find an ancient city and a monster or two plus a few fiendish Russians.

All in all a well written if not brilliant and fun romp through the snow and ice.

Not bad for a first book and worth trying out.

The only annoying factor is the cliffhange
Patrick Gibson
Although the super-soldier has been done by many, Beck's Alex Hunter manages to stand out from the rest.
A corporate jet has crashes in the Antarctic, revealing a vast underground system of caverns. A search and rescue party apparently disappears 24 hours after landing and reporting that a huge pool of petroleum may have been uncovered by the crash. A team of commandos led by Captain Alex Hunter is dispatched along with a group of scientists and cave experts to seek answers as to what happened t
William M.
Author Greig Beck's debut novel is a solid subterranean action/horror thrill ride in the vein of Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park" and Steve Alten's "MEG". What separates this from the others is the talents of the main character, Alex Hunter, who has nearly inhuman abilities after a bullet lodged in his head give him incredibly heightened senses, causing him to be faster and stronger than anyone on earth. Alex joins a diverse group of scientists on a rescue mission that goes badly and what you ...more
I'm not going into detail, I will just list a few things that really drove me a bit mad while reading:

- repeating things to make it obvious just HOW important those details are: First a character thinks about something, then he repeats it out loud (in the next sentence) to another character.
- not sure if it's a translation error or a author mess-up but I'm pretty positive a anticoagulant won't make your situation any better when you put it on a bleeding wound (to make it stop bleeding...)
- time
Super soldier capable of amazing feats of strength – check
Plucky attractive young woman as possible love interest for above soldier – check
Sleazy scientist who will endanger his fellow expeditioners but who will then meet a just and grisly fate? –check
Variety of brave “red shirts” – check
Sure there are tons of clichés in this book but the author makes them work partially in the use of the location his characters find themselves in, a vast underground system of caverns underneath the Antarctic. H
Ian Mellark
Un libro totalmente diferente a lo que había leído y lo ame! Me pareció alucinante toooodo lo que pasa!
Hay partes muy jaladas en la historia, pero en verdad lo disfrute mucho! Quiero leer mas aventuras de Arcadia! Alex Hunter es realmente un súper humano!
If you can disregard your sense of what is normal, then this book is an entertaining action/adventure tale. It begins as quite an ordinary story with a plane load of business executives crashing on, or should I say through, the Antarctic ice cap. The plane crash unearths a huge cavern, a rescue mission is mounted, but when the rescue party also goes missing it is decided that a smaller, but more advanced team should also be deployed to find out the answers.
This is a tailor made task for Alex Hu
Dave Edlund
Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter, #1) by Greig BeckAuthor Beck gives us some strong and interesting characters in Beneath the Dark Ice--Capt. Alex Hunter, code name Arcadian, and a strong-willed and very bright scientist named Aimee. It’s refreshing to see female characters portrayed as a figure one would look up to and admire. The plot is filled with action and doesn’t take long to get going. Once it does, I wanted to keep with it, although at times it felt like more of the same-o, same-o. There could have been more substance than a group of p ...more
A great book of discovery. Monsters, caves and chaos. Read it in two days, didn't want to put it down. Adventure stories like this make me wonder if there really aren't hidden worlds somewhere beneath us that all our 'modern' technology still can't find. If so, what secret wonders and horrors might that world hold? I suddenly find myself wanting to go caving.
Tamzin Ackers
I really enjoyed this book I finished it the day I brought it, was hanging out to see if the guy ended up with the girl and who lived etc. Easy to read and super interesting, would of been better if the characters were a bit more developed but other than that really, really good! Def will be getting Greigs new book Return of the Prophet as soon as poss.
I almost gave this book 3 stars...but then again I almost gave it 1. Let me explain: Ok, so this book started off well, and I thought I was about to read a good action adventure romp without campy dialogue and cliche characters. We have the rugged and handsome hero, the beautiful and intriguing female scientist, the annoying scientist, the tough as nails senior military guy who calls the shots from afar and thinks of the hero as his son - ok, so totally cliched on every level. But there were som ...more
Tyson Adams
Beneath the Dark Ice was on my Amazon recommendations list for ages. Clearly it ticked a lot of boxes for my likes and being written by a fellow Aussie was another big tick. Needless to say, when I was in a bookstore that hadn't been swallowed by a bank, I bought a copy.

For anyone who has read James Rollins' Subterranean, or drowned themselves in HP Lovecraft at any stage in their life, will see some similar ideas in this techno-thriller. Mix a super soldier and his team, his long time enemy, a
C.C. Thomas
When a plane crashes into Antarctica, a search team in sent in. When they also disappear without a trace, Alex Hunter, super soldier, is sent in with a team of scientists and commandos to find out what is going on and to retrieve any survivors. The scientists, who are along for experimentation, and the commandos have a very different agenda and the tension within the group adds to the tension of the plot.

When I say that Alex is a super soldier, that isn't an exaggeration. He has somehow been mut
"Beneath the Dark Ice" by Greig Beck is a thrilling underground adventure that fans of James Rollins and Matthew Reilly will enjoy.

A scientific expedition, led by Alex Hunter and his elite team of HAWC's (Hotzone Allforces Warfare Commandos), is sent to Antarctica to uncover information about a new possible oil reserve and find a missing group of scientists. What the expedition, Hunter, and his HAWC's find once they arrive boggles their minds. New flora and fauna, undiscovered caves, and a poss
When superhuman special forces soldier Captain Alex Hunter leads the second recovery team to investigate a new cave found under the Antarctic ice, he has no idea what he's getting himself into. The elite military squad he commands, along with several scientists and other civilians, thinks they're investigating a potential new petroleum resource. Little do they know that something altogether different awaits them in the deep caves ... Beneath the Dark Ice. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!) A few though ...more
Lisa P
This was my first book written by Greig Beck, and I can definitely say it won’t be my last. Alex Hunter made for a great action/adventure hero. His Special-Ops training and his “unique abilities” made him especially qualified to handle the dangers that awaited he and his team, under the ice. I always seem to be drawn to stories of unique worlds or civilizations hidden away from the rest of society, and this one was no exception. This wondrous and dangerous world was completely unexpected; and th ...more
When on the backsleeve I read words like "Antarctica" and "hieroglyphs" in one sentence, I'm basically sold. Somehow I'm thrilled by ideas about traces of an ancient civilisation hidden under the mile-thick icesheet on the Southpole. This book is an amusing action thriller with exactly such an idea, and it's basically nicely done. It reminded me of the better books of Clive Cussler, or at least the ones when I still read him. It's easy reading, sometimes exciting and sometimes coming close to ho ...more
I gave this two stars because it was just so very terrible, but it's like a B horror film that's bad in all the best ways. I still had to keep reading it and at the end thought it was pretty fun.

Just so awful as far as believability, sheer ridiculousness, baaaaad dialogue, unrealistic characters and motivation, etc. And yet...

And yet, you'll close the book with a snort of how silly it was and realize you have a smile on your face.

Even so, can't, in good conscience, give it more than 2 stars.

I have to admit that at first I wasn't really clear on the plot of this book. From the back cover, one might have thought that it was military espionage (a favorite genre of mine) but was better than that! I don't want to make comparisons to fellow Australian favorite, Matthew Reilly, but truthfully it's hard not to with this Greig Beck novel. This book has everything, a pumped-up, almost preternatural superhero, a relentless brute of a villian, and horrifying monstronsities that defy ...more
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I grew up spending my days surfing at Bondi Beach before entering a career in Information technology which took me around the world. After completing an MBA, i was appointed both an Austr
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