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Ice Station (Shane Schofield #1)

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Hardcover: 390 pages
Publisher: St Martins Pr (September 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312205511
ISBN-13: 978-0312205515
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published September 27th 1999 by St Martin's Press (first published 1998)
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Roger Peterson It is one of Scarecrow's major reasons for surviving the attacks that occurred at Wilkes Ice Station.
Darren Stapleton Hi Sri.
I enjoy Matthew Reilly's books too.
If you like action, then you could try David Morrell- I think you would like 'Creepers' and 'First Blood'.…more
Hi Sri.
I enjoy Matthew Reilly's books too.
If you like action, then you could try David Morrell- I think you would like 'Creepers' and 'First Blood'. 'The Fifth Profession' was also a good read.
Alistair Maclean also wrote fast paced military thrillers that you might enjoy. Dean Koontz wrote 'Icebound' which you may like.

I hope these are useful to you. Or you could always download my book 'Blood On Borrowed Wings' on Amazon, but then, of course, I would say that.... Good luck in your quest.(less)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Overstressed? Overworked? In need of a change in scenery? Looking for relaxation and a well-deserved rest? Why not visit Antarctica, the last unconquered continent? Its virgin, untouched landscapes and friendly, innocent wildlife make it the perfect holiday spot for those wanting to escape modern life and human drama!

» Make one with beautiful nature, bask in the sunshine, and experience inner peace while exploring gloriously preserved, snow-covered sceneries.

» Encounter fascinating, affectionate
Nov 07, 2011 Szplug rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why read a book called Ice Station, are you having flashbacks to the days of Alistair MacLean and those commando ops that thrilled with the killing of lousy Krauts, except this one is by Matthew Reilly some wanking Aussie young'un with Coke-bottle specs, an older and more reedy version of Mr. Peabody's Sherman with a shoeblack pomade, it's a nice sleek white and promises cheap merc entertainment so why not, it's not like you have thousands of award-winning, globally-lauded, literature-defining a ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adrenaline junkies
Recommended to Lynda by: Juliana




What the hell just happened?

I'm a member of the GR group A Good Thriller and in October this year they started a concept called "Book Pal". The key purpose of Book Pal is to help members attack that overwhelming "To Be Read (TBR)" shelf by assigning a random partner each month to choose a book for you to read from that shelf. This month I was teamed with Juliana from the UK who had just st
Dirk Grobbelaar
Killer Whales? Seriously? Even in a society desensitized by the escapades of James Bond, this kind of thing seems rather excessive in an action thriller, although I must say the scenes in question were pretty scary in a “Jaws” kind of way. Oh, and of course, giant seals. Par for the course in this kind of fiction, eh?

The book’s pacing is frenetic, which helps, since all the “not so good” bits flash by so fast that you almost don’t realise they’re even present. Just how over the top is this book
Jun 16, 2011 Ethan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book! And then...

I put it down!

And then -

- I. Picked. It. Back. Up.


Just to see how it ended!


I couldn't actually finish the book. Gave up on page 500. The beginning was great, but things rapidly dissolved into stupidity. This calls for more than suspension of disbelief. Maybe a pre-frontal lobotomy. Or maybe a time machine. I could travel back in time and give this book to my 14-year-old self, who would probably enjoy it. Though a pre-frontal lobotomy might still b
Nov 26, 2007 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps the single most ridiculously over-the-top book I've ever read. This is a story in which the author has modern special forces armed with magneto-grappling-hooks and crossbows. Crossbows! Seriously?

The cool thing about (early) Tom Clancy was that it was so plausible. The earnest, macho tone of Clancy's stories fit the grim Cold War setting really well. Now you have a generation of writers writing in that same earnest, macho tone about people having high-speed hovercraft battles, s
I couldn’t believe the pace of this book - it seemed like there was hardly a moment to breathe for the first 200 pages (1/3 of the book)! And how Matthew Reilly thinks of all these different sub-plots and can weave them all together is beyond me!

And all I can say is, I know this scenario probably isn’t typical US Marine Corp work (based on something that was said at the end), but I guess their work is generally kind of similar situations, so I’m glad I’m a dietitian!

I know this sort of book shou
Henry Avila
Jan 18, 2012 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Antarctica,Wilkes Ice Station, two U.S. scientists surface in an ice cave, 3000 feet below sea level,their last moments breathing.Other divers are sent and are never heard from again.The American Marines arrive, amist rumors of an alien spaceship found.Lieutenant Shane Schofield Recon Unit Commander,(nickname Scarecrow)has one great attribute.He never gives up.Schofield will need all that determination to survive.Technological supremecy is the big prize and no one has any friends.With a dozen me ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book was incredible. It was literally like watching the most awesome action movie you've ever seen. Each chapter ends with a crazy cliffhanger. But the glue that held this book together was its hero, Shane Schofield. This guy is awesome. He is so endearing to me, he could be a romance novel hero. If you want a book with a thrill a minute, a great hero, and lots of blood and guts, read this book.
Jan 12, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was without a doubt a crazy, insane, action packed, shout out loud, blood curdling, bullet ridden thrill ride! Blood and guts galore and definitely not for someone unable or unwilling to suspend disbelief. It really did feel like I was watching a summer action flick. I knew this going in and I got everything I expected and more.

The hero was awesome and indestructible and just when you think he's not going to make it (besides the fact that there's a Shane Schofield #2!) he comes up with som
Andrew Smith
Jan 28, 2015 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re going to read this, be prepared for a testosterone-fuelled ride that won’t let you take a breath until you read the very last line. You’d better be in the mood for guns and bullets and other techno military paraphernalia – not to mention killer beasts lurking below the surface of the ice-cold water. Oh, and bring some imagination along for the trip – some of what you’re about to read will stretch believability to the limit (and beyond). But do this, with a six-pack of your favourite be ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Okay, where do I start? "There be Whales in there sir!"

Actually, there are whales, but that's not important right now. Shane Schofeild has worse luck than that guy who played James Bond in between Sean Conery and Roger More (Her Majesty's Secret Service). His best line of the movie was "How come this doesn't happen to those other guys?"

Shane Schofield, alias "Scarecrow," has a tough job. Go rescue some hot babe scientists in one of the remotest parts of the world. He and his team of Marine spec
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 09, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I think to enjoy this I would have needed to unhook my higher brain functions first. Of course, that might have made reading impossible. If you look at the reviews for the book, the word used the most, even in the positive reviews, is "over the top." It's as if Reilly took every single cliche to ever grace a Steven Segal film then shook it up and poured.

This is primarily set in and around an American Ice Station in Antarctica. One of the harshest, most fascinating settings on earth, and Reilly,
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Apr 17, 2012 Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of thrillers
4.5 Stars

Wow! Matthew Reilly knows how to write a thriller that kept my heart pounding to the very end! Yes, there are a couple improbable plot twists, but Reilly makes you believe all of them. His characters are wonderful: Scarecrow, Gant, Mother, Book, et al are remarkable and memorable. Wendy was simply adorable. An adorable character in a military thriller? Yup, you just love this little fur ball. She’s as brave as the leathernecks who respond to an SOS call to the American Wilkes Ice Statio
Jan 29, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread this last week and I upgraded my rating to a five star rating. I kind of don't know why it was a four in the first place. Maybe it was one of those GR querks that nobody can explain. I know this review isn't very helpful, but I'm too lazy to write a proper one. Suffice it to say that when I die and I get cremated,I'll ask for this book to get cremated with me. My family will then go to Antarctica to scatter my and the book's ashes. "My and the book's ashes" isn't even grammatically correc ...more
May 19, 2013 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Lieutenant Shane ("Scarecrow") Schofield, leading a crack team of U.S. Marines is rushed to an ice station in Antartica to secure the station's discovery of what may be an extraterrestrial spaceship. However, French special forces and then British SAS troops attack to secure this prize. Meanwhile, there are traitors everywhere, also working against Schofield and his team's efforts. This is truly pulp fiction, where belief has to be suspended. Schofield and a small pup seal named Wendy are the hi ...more
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
One of my favourite books and heroes of all time.

I picked this up at the airport when I was about 17, flying from Australia to New Mexico to see my godmother. She had cancer and it was really progressing and my mum and I knew we were going over to say goodbye so it was a really sad time. Sort of happy as well because we were getting the chance to say goodbye to someone, which most people don't get but, of course, sad too. Sometimes in these moments, the right book can be the perfect medicine and
Mark Hebwood
Part 2 in a four-book review of Matthew Reilly's novels

Contest -> Ice Station -> Temple -> Seven Ancient Wonders

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... found an engaging read again! I liked the story - a simple mystery about an alien artefact found lodged thousands of feet underneath the Antarctic ice shelf. There is an excellent turn half way through (which I will not reveal) that keeps the plot believable, and the novel more tight as a thriller. It is - for a lesser part - well written and Matthew keeps
Rory Eggleston
Apr 06, 2013 Rory Eggleston rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, first things first: SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS. Not that there's much plot to give away.

Well, I saw this book on the library shelf the other day and picked it up. I'd been feeling like some brainless action for a few days, and this seemed to fit the bill, so I happily sat down and started reading. And, at first, it was great stuff. Not in any cerebral sense, of course, but entertaining enough. I mean, come on: Antarctic research stations, mysterious metal things buried in 400 million year
Conor Lyons
Jul 22, 2012 Conor Lyons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the type where you can honest not put it down, i found my self on numerous occasions racing this book for hours on end. Written by a former student of St Aloysius, this book was very exciting and always a had a sudden twist around the corner. For the first 100 pages there was action, but as i continued into the later stages of the book it was non stop action, which for many people might be a bit overwhelming but personally i loved it. The characters such as Scofield was excellent h ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Cora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atención James Bonds, Ethan Hunts, Chuck Norrises, Rambos y MacGyvers ha llegado el nuevo héroe: Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield!!! sois todos unas abuelitas a su lado, ja!
Qué bien lo he pasado leyendo este libro, adrenalina a tope, acción en cada párrafo, apenas he tenido tiempo para respirar. Que la acción es rocambolesca, descabellada, increíble, imposible y poco realista?? pues tal vez sí, pero está tan bien contado y explicado que yo no he parado un segundo en pensar si los hechos se sostenían
Sep 14, 2007 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six stars out of five I think. My favourite Matthew Reilly novel and my first. I highly recommend it. The pace just never stops. People die in the sentence they're introduced. There's killer whales, mutant radioactive seals and Reilly disses Australians.

Bloody good.
Riju Ganguly
Sep 21, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People talking fondly about the writers of the golden era Science Fiction (1940-s & 1950-s) often state that their single biggest skill was to make people willfully suspend disbelief. If you are looking for something in the similar vein, this is THE book for you. It has everything: alien artifact being "discovered" buried under the ice in Antarctica, mysterious & shockingly violent death of the discoverers with very little to know about what is/are killing them, an overt mission to retri ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually don’t like beat-‘em-up, fast action, special forces type books but this one drew me in. Although it’s about a US Marine special Recon force, it was written by an Aussie and I think that’s what made the difference. (The only way I could tell it was an Aussie writing was the one use of “aeroplane” for airplane.)
US Marine Lieutenant Shane Schofield, Scarecrow, and his team answer a distress call from a US ice station in Antarctica and find themselves in the midst of a maelstrom. The Ameri
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I would lyk to write a detailed review. But u knw....... :p

Frankly, if u r a ura-dhura action adventure fan then there is no reason u will not like it. The main charecter is a likable one. From beginning to ending there is a spring like tension working on the plot and boom boom action which follows it is kind of Super Humanly, but hey!! its Reily!! He is famous for this kind of things, right?

Gonna read the next books. Wish i could find this kind of books more in Bangladesh. :)
Apr 26, 2012 Veeral rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for over-the-top action, this is the book for you.

(Though I should confess that "Seven Deadly Wonders" proved a little too much for me and I abandoned it after 45-50 pages.)

But "Ice Station" is the best book by Matthew Reilly IMHO. Thriller fans won't be disappointed by this book.
Wow! That was one crazy action-packed ride! Non-stop mayhem for 500+ pages. Although somewhat stretching the bounds of credibility, this was fun in the mid-summer blockbuster kind of way. Grab some popcorn and cheer on the indestructible hero Marine Shane Schofield (The Scarecrow) and his team.
Tim The Enchanter
Liked it better than the Jack West series. Quite enjoyed the killer whales and massive seals. It was Matthew Rielly channelling his inner James Rollins. It had plenty of action and adventure without going too over the top.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This is a military action story set in Antarctica. It’s a long story, full of twists and reveals, so it’s hard to talk about much of it without spoilers.

The main character Shane Schofield, aka “Scarecrow”, is a youngish Marine leader who specializes in high risk situations. He’s a cool, slightly mysterious character, and a lot of his history remains underexplained in the story. He’s a competent leader, and while a bit aloof, he’s quite respectable. Most of the other characters are underdeveloped
Patrick Gibson
May 26, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hesitate to put this on the library shelf after struggling to finish another one of the author’s witless action yarns ‘Seven Deadly Wonders.’ But my favorite flea market bookshop had a shitload of Reilly’s books and while admiring the artistic style with which they were stacked like iambic columns (I know, there is no such thing—but if there is Doric then why not Iambic? In my world there would certainly be a few) I had a wild hair thought, ‘maybe they all aren’t as bad as I think.’ And damn, ...more
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