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Ice Station

(Shane Schofield #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  25,293 ratings  ·  1,103 reviews
Antarctica is the last unconquered continent, a murderous expanse of howling winds, blinding whiteouts and deadly crevasses. On one edge of Antarctica is Wilkes Station. Beneath Wilkes Station is the gate to hell itself...

A team of U.S. divers, exploring three thousand feet beneath the ice shelf has vanished. Sending out an SOS, Wilkes draws a rapid deployment team of Mari
Paperback, 513 pages
Published September 15th 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 1st 1998)
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Lobstergirl Yes. There's a lot of gory deaths, questionable ethics, and "fucking this fucking that," but most 7 year olds are already speaking that way.

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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
Henry Avila
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Antarctica, an American settlement the Wilkes Ice Station abandoned now, two U.S. scientists surface in an ice cave, 3,000 feet below sea level, their last moments breathing. Other divers are sent and are never heard from again. The American Marines arrive, amidst rumors of an alien spaceship found, silly notion, imagine such a thing occurring. Lieutenant Shane Schofield Recon Unit Commander, (nickname Scarecrow) has one great attribute, he never gives up. Mr. Schofield will need all that determ ...more
Nov 05, 2011 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
Jun 14, 2013 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
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The environment in Antarctica kicks the danger into overdrive. This is one of those action packed books that barely gives the reader time to catch their breath between thrilling scenes.
If the idea of a ufo hidden beneath the ice isn't enough, add to that secret government bad guys determined to lay claim to it. A few different secret governments. Lots of deaths in lots of creative ways.
Jun 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 rated it liked it
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
Trigger warnings: a metric shit ton of graphic violence. Like, so much violence. People get shot, stabbed, blown up, eaten by killer whales, and a bunch of other gory things. There's also a graphic description of eyeball trauma, which FUCK NOOOO. Miscarriage is also mentioned. Also animal death.

I love this book. It's like reading an action movie where everything is ridiculous and nothing quite seems plausible but you go with it anyway because deep down you kind of half buy the idea of
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Cameron Smith
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Ice Station, the first book in the Scarecrow series, is a must read for fans of action thrillers!

Matthew Reilly is amazing at blending fact with fiction into his stories, then pounding them with over-the-top action. This story is set in and around Wilkes Station on Antarctica. Scientists have found something 'alien' under the ice. Now, multiple countries and organisations are trying to take the station from the American scientists. Shane Schofield (Scarecrow) and his team are the first response.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
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,
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
Andrew Smith
Dec 17, 2014 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
Rory Eggleston
Apr 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Paul O'Neill
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it

I'll start with what I said on my journal a couple days ago: This is so ridiculous and balls-to-the-walls insane, like a dumb Hollywood action movie but in book form. The reviews panning it for being cheesy and over-the-top are totally missing the point: it knows exactly what it is, and it's dumb and it's fun. If you come into freaking ICE STATION expecting a ~literary tour de force~ then you have gone gravely wrong, my friend. There are explosions and motherfucking homic
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
 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
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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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. :)
Oct 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
Man, talk about junk. Not only does it use ignorance to pretend to be Sci-fi, it's HORRIBLY written. In one memorable chapter beginning, he starts three of four consecutive paragraphs with the name "Holmes", and the only reason it's not all four is because the second par of the four starts "George Holmes".

Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't like the fact the SAS are the bad guys in this book. They are the Worlds top fighting force.

The book is filled with inconsistencies. For example at one point our hero loses radio contact because he has lost his helmet, which has the radio attached. Then a moment later he receives a radio message through his earpiece! At another point he escapes from some handcuffs using some det cord the bad guys missed in a search and then pulls out a stun grenade and a crossbow that were still in his
Non vorrei offendere nessuno a cui per qualche motivo sia piaciuto questo libro, ma per me è semplicemente orribile, uno dei libri più brutti e insulsi che io abbia mai letto in vita mia. I personaggi sono ottomila già nelle prime 100 pagine, tutti ovviamente caratterizzati malissimo e con lo spessore di un foglio di carta velina, simpatici come un pugno in un occhio; è pieno dei soliti cliché, di scene che lascerebbero perplesso anche un bambino e privo di una trama sensata. È solo un insieme d ...more
Conor Lyons
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Matthew Reilly is a New York Times best-selling author of eight novels that have been published in eighteen languages in twenty countries. He has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.

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