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Ice Station

(Shane Schofield #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  31,957 ratings  ·  1,310 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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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 determina ...more
✘✘ 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 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 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emma by: Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Oh BELIEVE I’ll be writing a review for this...


Sometimes you just have to say FUCK subtlety. Piss off nuance. I do not require you. What I need is ACTION. Something with non-stop combat, batshit crazy energy, and enough baddies that you're tripping over the little bastards every time you turn around. I'm not even going to tell you about the plot because IT DOESN'T MATTER. What's important is that Lieutenant Shane Schofield is ready to SORT IT. And he's going to do it in mirrored shades, no
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
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
TS Chan
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TS by: Eon ♒Windrunner♒
I don't usually write nor post reviews for thrillers, but Ice Station was way too entertaining and exhilarating for me not to put it out there. 

I've been getting hooked on thrillers of late, and the Agent Pendergast series by Preston & Child is my current favourite of this genre.  They are the perfect morsel of a fast-paced and addictive read that I need when I needed a break from heavier reads (which includes SFF given the worldbuilding that's typically involved). Thanks to my awesome co-bl
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.
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


THIS WAS SO FUN. Reading this is literally like watching an action movie, but BETTER.

Also, Mother might be one of my new favourite characters of all time, apart from Wendy the seal of course xD

trigger warnings: literally everything you can think of. be warned.
Gore, murder, death, blood, gun violence, killer whales literally eating people, you name it, this book’s probably got it.
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.

Is it ridiculous? Yes. Is it weirdly comforting in a global pandemic? Also yes. Is Lianne wrong in disliking this book? Very much yes.

I love this book. It's like reading an action movi
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,
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
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
Terence M
7 October 2021
I read "Ice Station" as a paperback in about year 2000, after much hype about this newly-emerging Australian writer. I was under-whelmed because of the necessity to totally ditch my 'believability' and 'plausibility' veils and ultimately I thought the book was pretty stupid.
I did admire Aussie Matthew's writing effort and his great success as a popular writer.
This 'review' is being written because Audible Australia has offered "Ice Station" as their free book for the month of Octo

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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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. ...more
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.
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
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
Mar 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
James Bond on speed! If you want to travel to Antarctica, to be shot at with pistols, rocket launchers and crossbows and wrestle with killer whales and (navy) seals, this is the book. Hilariously over the top. A total page turner. Action, action, action from the very first page and it never stops until the end. I kept thinking, this can not be topped and then something else crazy happened... I kept giving sound bites to my fellow travellers in the minibus in the morning and they just thought I w ...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
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
Paul O’Neill
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It’s like a Hollywood action movie only without the popcorn…and for the duration of the “movie” the impossible and unlikely becomes your new reality. I’m not a real big sci-fi fan but I find these books to be absolutely brilliant. If you want to just escape for a few hours, or days, or weeks…take Matthew Reilly’s Shane Schofield with you…and remember that it’s only fiction.
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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. :)
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 Stati
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Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at university studying law.


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