This is a fast paced book that is easy to read, however you have to suspend all belief in reality to do so. It started reasonably well but as the storThis is a fast paced book that is easy to read, however you have to suspend all belief in reality to do so. It started reasonably well but as the story progressed Shane "Scarecrow" Scofield got himself into ever increasingly impossible situations from which to extract himself. In the end the scenarios became ludicrous.
This has been the second Matthew Reilly book I have read, the other being Contest. I read Contest because it was his first book, written when he was only 19, and originally self-published. I was interested to see how this book had kicked off his writing career. Contest was also a very fast paced action book, but in the sci-fi genre. The situations the main character found himself to be in were also highly improbable, but more tolerable as he was fighting aliens.
My main disappointment with Ice Station was that it was a very close copy to Contest. Both books were set in a confirmed environment, the New York State Library for Contest and the Wilkes Research Station in the case of Ice Station. Both stories had an action hero that could get out of any impossible situation and they both had the responsibility of caring for a young girl. Both had an alien element to them. In Contest the hero was battling aliens creatures and with Ice Station there was what appeared to be an alien space craft. The only difference being with Ice Station was that the hero was fighting British and French SAS troops.
If Matthew Reilly's other books are all drawn on the same confined canvas I will not be reading any more.
A good book if you like to disengage your brain when you are reading....more