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Terminal Freeze

(Jeremy Logan #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  16,260 ratings  ·  873 reviews
A breathtaking discovery at the top of the world . . .
A terrifying collision between modern science and Native American legend . . .
An electrifying new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child.

Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle lies Alaska’s Federal Wildlife Zone, one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. But for paleoecologis
Published February 24th 2009 by Random House Audio (first published December 24th 2008)
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Nick Borrelli
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lincoln Child is my go-to author for techno-thrillers now that Michael Crichton is no longer with us. The guy can simply do not wrong in my eyes. Fast-paced, tight story, archeological mystery, it's all there. This one was no exception. A saber tooth tiger is found frozen in the ice on a military base in Alaska. The fun just takes off from there. Great stuff and I devoured it in three days. ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was a little 'blah' for me. But I think I don't care for monster stories. I don't like twiddling my fingers and waiting for characters to be picked off by the monster. I also didn't like how predictable it was for who would die. It was like Child was mainly killing off the jerky characters. While I am not saying that I want to see likable characters killed off, it seems too calculated to establish a character as a putz and then kill them off. It was a bit sadistic of the author, quite frank ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Lincoln Child is better known for the horror centered Pengergast series on which he collaborated with Douglas Preston. Terminal Freeze is one of Child's solo novels but is still dead center in the genre of modern techno-horror. It is a light read, aka supermarket bestseller, aka airplane novel, aka summer read, aka any somewhat derogatory label you want to give a book that is purely for entertainment value and will be forgotten about two days later. That's isn't to say it is not fun. It is the l ...more

'Testost(erone) tosh' is self-evidently the male version of chick-lit and I must admit I much prefer the manly rubbish compared to the entirely unpalatable (IMHO) female polemic. This genre is always fast, furious, vicious and improbable - wonderful comfort reads.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ha-tbr-2017
Reminded me a little bit of The Thing. Fun creature feature. Loved the ending.
Freda Malone
Top of the world, Alaska. Scientist and military make a base for an experiment 50 years ago, find the creature 'it', science team gets brutally mutilated, base shuts down. 50 years later, another science team re-opens the base, finds 'it' AGAIN and the science teams gets picked off one by one again, or until someone figures out how to kill 'it'. Yada, yada, yada. Jeremy Logan was NOT the main character in this one and it was like 'huh'?? His reason for being at the base went way over my head and ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was pants. Truly crap. Basically Lincoln Child has re-written Relic, (a book I really like) his début with Douglas Preston but set in a frozen army base rather than the New York Natural History Museum. He's also sapped any sense of excitement, mystery or threat. Everything is telegraphed from miles away and there are no twists that catch you, no surprises, no subtlety and not much of interest. Purely a by the numbers creature feature wrapped up in some pseudoscience.

To add insult to injury
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, to-library
Holy macaroni, but this was a really good book. It happens in Alaska's Federal Wilderness Zone. They are studying the mounting effeccts of climate change at the base of a glacier when they discover an enormous pre-historic animal encased in ice. The local villagers (a fair ways away, actually) tell them not to disturb it, no, no, leave, you fools or you will die, die, aaaahhhaaaa.

But they don't leave. Many die. aaaahhhaaaa, And the afterthought is just.... creepy.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
I had a sense of deja vu while reading. I think I may have listened to this years before I started on GRs? Maybe not. Maybe it sounded like another story? IDK

All I can say is I never felt that thriller on the edge of your seat moments. So I must have read. It’s not the story which was good.

I’m not really sure why this series is named after Logan. His presence was fleeting.

Overall, good read.

The narrator was really good but hardly modulated his voices for men and women making it hard to tell who
Michael Adamchuk
Scientists studying global warming at a remote outpost in the Arctic discover an animal frozen in the ice. When they inform the media company that is sponsoring the research, the execs take control. they want to thaw it out in a controlled environment on live TV. The scientists and a local Shaman who was involved in earlier exploration at the same base a warning against it. When the animal thaws out, their fears are realized. A quick read, pretty predictable, but enjoyable.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my 2nd Jeremy Logan story, I think, maybe 3rd. Just the thought of being in a 20 degree below zero environment freaks me completely out--not to mention a thawed "thing". Jeremy didn't have a lot of time to think about his wife in this story! ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
read this is a daze (had to travel a lot lately, plus multiple instances of waiting in line);
understood the general flow of the story, not enough to critique it, though;
i must say that logan chap's a lot less frisky than their (him and preston) other heroes

i do hope to see the aurora borealis for real someday
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preston-child
Not a favorite of his, but a good enough read and action packed, especially near the end. It has an interesting premise and left the door open for a sequel.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't bad. I gave it four stars instead of three because I didn't want to discourage a fan of this author from reading it. This reads a bit like any arctic monster story ever written, and is more plot driven than character driven. Jeremy Logan almost seems like background material rather than a main character. He appears, wanders around bit, gives some opinions, but doesn't really involve himself much at all.
The characters that are new are fairly well developed despite the size of th
Mar 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, thriller
After impressing me with Deep Storm last year, Lincoln Child sort of missed the boat with Terminal Freeze. While there was nothing bad about it, it suffered from being a retread of Relic, Child's thriller debut with Douglas Preston. He even seems to recognize this when he refers to Frock and his Callisto Effect theory. Swap out Relic's natural history museum for a military base in Alaska, change some character names and throw in a documentary team from a television channel, and you've got Termin ...more
Patricia Vocat
Yes, I like stories that take place in the stone cold, eerie north. This book is reasonably well written.

There are many interesting and flawed, likable and unlikable characters.

But too soon it was all too easy to figure out, what was going to happen next. It was still entertaining to find out, whether I was right or not (Btw. I was.). Only the ending was aggravating: overwritten, and consisting mostly of blood and gore. Nothing wrong with that, but it left too many questions open.

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Traci Haley
There's nothing better than a good adventure-horror-sci-fi novel... there's something comforting in the predictability of some of the plot points: Take a group of scientists, mucking about in something they shouldn't (in this case, unearthing a large creature frozen in ice and thawing it out), in a remote location (a remote Alaskan glacier), throw in something evil (large, man-eating creature, possibly prehistoric), a few stupid characters (a filmmaker who stops at nothing to get the perfect sho ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I am somewhat biased because I am a huge Preston / Child fan. Their prose really resonates with me and I enjoy the experience of reading their words.

This book was not my favorite of their works. The exploration of the arctic and the assembly of the documentary crew, the scientists, the military and the Tunit shaman made for an interesting cast of characters. I read this book more quickly than many other thrilers that I read and this is a huge gauge for me as to how much I enjoy a book. As much
May 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terrible-books
Whoa, what a terrible book! It reads like he was expecting someone to make a movie of the week out of it. But with a really low budget. The monster isn't even partially described until near the tedious long drawn out end of this silly story. "It plays with you! It PLAYYYSSS with YOUUUUU!!!" WTF? Seriously?! Cuz it doesn't. No where in the book. And what was up with the ice road trucker part of the story? It wasn't even part of the story. Just tossed in there because even this ridiculous monster ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Well, maybe not the best story from this author, but a fast and fun "take me away from politics" read nonetheless! Scientists studying global warming two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska's federal Wildlife Zone discover what they believe to be a prehistoric animal in a glacial cave under layers of ice. What they discover is something much more otherworldly. With the help of a Tunit Shaman, remnants of a film documentary crew, military personnel and Doctor Jeremy Logan they mana ...more
Nelson Pahl
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent, well-plotted, unique, and captivating. I love Lincoln Child as simply "Lincoln Child," and he certainly doesn't disappoint with Terminal Freeze. I do wonder to where the cat ran off, though. :) ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Really enjoyed the concept and the Arctic setting, but the characters fell a little flat for me to feel much for their struggles. Still, it's a cool series, and I'll read on. ...more
Full Review at Foil the Plot

Let’s take a journey, shall we? We’re going to the Alaska Federal Wildlife Zone, one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. Sound like fun? Maybe not for you but for a small band of scientists this is a rare opportunity. Evan Marshall and his fellow researchers are there to study the effects of global warming on a glacier; however, everything changes when they make the discovery of a lifetime encased in the ice. Ready capitalize on the find, the media co
Katia Arami
to be honest i was disappointed with this book, i was hoping it would be frightening and a good thriller, but it frankly didn't. its not even comparable with the thrillers of micheal crichton but then again no books compare with micheal crichtons. based on the reviews i was hoping it would keep me up all night with excitement, but it didn't, although i did not put the book down it was merely cause i was bored.

some of the things this booked lack were real interesting characters, the main scientis
Jessie Seymour
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Eh. Not great, not terrible. I've read a little out of order with this series, so I now only have one more book to read. I'll probably read it just to put the series to bed, but it's not like I'm really loving this series.

I think the big thing was listening on audio instead of actually reading a book. With Deep Storm, my only option was to do an e-book. Here and with The Forgotten Room, I opted for the audio option. I'm thinking with The Third Gate I might just do another e-book because this na
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of Child and Preston books, I thought I would try this one out. It did not let me down.
At the edge of northern Alaska a team of scientists are on a sponsored study of global warming near a glacier covered mountain/volcano. They make a startling discovery inside of a recently uncovered cave. A prehistoric animal, they think is a saber-tooth tiger, frozen in glacier ice. Upon returning to the military base they are using as a lab they find a group of native people telling them that they are in danger and need to leave. They ignore them and call in their find. The group sponsoring th ...more
Lee Child's books are the equivalent of literary fast food - you know it's not really good for you, but it's so comfortable and familiar, you know exactly what you're getting, and sometimes you just have this craving for it that needs to be satisfied.
The story is outrageously unlikely, the characters are the same cast that appears in pretty much every novel of this ilk, the outcome is predictable - and with a happy sigh you settle in, pull the blankets up and prepare to be thrilled, scared and
Aaron Cochrill
This was a decent story, but the author seemed to have to have forced a way to fit in his character Jeremy Logan. This story could have stood on its own without the far-fetched appearance and back story from this character. It also had a slow start that took me a little bit to get into the groove. I guess I'll have to read the next one before I pass judgement on the series. ...more
Alisha White
Fun adventure with a prehistoric horror

In perfect Child fashion, the adventure book is a great escape for summer break. Suspenseful, but a little bit predictable.
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Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, which he still calls his hometown (despite the fact that he left the place before he reached his first birthday and now only goes back for weekends).

Lincoln seemed to have acquired an interest in writing as early as second grade, when he wrote a short story entitled Bumble the Elephant (now believed by scholars to be lost). Along with two dozen shor

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