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Beyond the Ice Limit

(Gideon Crew #4)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,691 ratings  ·  687 reviews

Warning: BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT is the sequel to THE ICE LIMIT. While BEYOND is a stand-alone novel, we want to warn potential readers that the copy below contains serious spoilers for THE ICE LIMIT, for those who wish to read that book first.
That thing is growing again. We must destroy it. The time to act is now...
With these words begins Gideon Crew's latest, most dangerous
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
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John Mcmahon It's legit. I'm even warming up to Gideon Crew's character even more. I'm a few chapters in and it's amazing how much of Ice Limit I'm recalling…moreIt's legit. I'm even warming up to Gideon Crew's character even more. I'm a few chapters in and it's amazing how much of Ice Limit I'm recalling without having to run to the shelf as scrape references out. That to me is a strength of the P&C team writers, to subtly weave the last story into the new one. Pretty good so far!(less)
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Patrick That's correct, however this book seems to retcon most of the additional detail at the end of the audio book version of the "The Ice Limit"

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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I haven't read any of the previous books in the Gideon Crew's series, despite being a long-time fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child nor have I read Ice Limit, the book that this is a sequel too. However, I did find that it was very easy to get into this book because the past events that happened in the Ice Limit are explained in the beginning of this book.

I did, however, find that I was struggling somewhat with the story when I started the book. A group of men trying to stop what was thoug
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Gideon Crew series just keeps getting better and better, and BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT blew me away!! It's actually a sequel to the long ago published THE ICE LIMIT. This novel is a super scientific thrill ride in the tradition of THUNDERHEAD and RIPTIDE. One of my favorite reads of 2016.
Finally, the sequel we've all been waiting for -- BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT! Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have already proven repeatedly that they know how to come up with a smart, believable thriller -- just take a look at their long-running Pendergast series and their large library of standalones (even more counting their solo novels!). This one is no exception. While there were a few things that were a little predictable upfront, the resulting chaos caused in the story certainly made that lit ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
The Ice Limit Sequel...

Sometimes I just get in the mood for a little fun and entertainment and no one does it better then Preston & Child! Years ago when I first came across them, I devoured all of their individual and their combined books, one right after the other because I just couldn't get enough! They are that good & I've yet to come across a book of theirs that I haven't liked. Now some I rave over a little more then others of course, but every single book of theirs have been solid
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book rocked! I had forgotten how good the Crew books are, it's been a long while since I've read Gideon's Sword and Corpse. And even longer since I've read The Lost Island, as I've read these out of order.

But The Ice Limit was a perfect techno-sci-fi thriller, and I enjoyed its sequel just the same. This was a different book than The Ice Limit, though. The goal has changed, and the stakes became higher. And I feel that Preston and Child pushes the envelope a bit when it comes to gore and
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Although I'm a big fan of the author this audio presentation really dragged so I gave up on the second audio CD.

Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read perfectly as a stand alone novel although technically it is a sequel. I absolutely loved it! I was afraid it would be too scientific in its language but I was thankfully wrong:)
BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is the long-awaited sequel to their outstanding novel, THE ICE LIMIT. (I was one of the many fans pestering them for a sequel)! The one thing I did not count on, was the involvement of their newer, recurring character, Gideon Crew. Having read a couple of novels staring Crew, I garnered enough knowledge to realize that I did not like him as a main character, whatsoever. I was--apprehensive--to say the least, about his inclusion in the seq ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-series
Love this book! Better than 'Ice Limit #1,' though I enjoyed that, too.

Gideon Crew makes his appearance in this book, the enigmalogist/adventurer is enlisted to help destroy a giant meteorite on the ocean floor near Antarctica. Apparently it's no ordinary rock - it might be alive! It might be a giant SEED! It is def. alien, whatever its purpose here.

This book carries on from the first book, in which an expedition goes to the tip of South America to retrieve a giant meteorite for a billionaire's
Michael Hicks
The Ice Limit was one of my earliest and fondest-remembered books from Douglas Preston an Lincoln Child, so when I learned of the sequel, Beyond The Ice Limit, I was on this sucker like white on rice. As it happens, Beyond The Ice Limit also acts as Book #4 in their Gideon Crew series. I’ve not read any of the previous Crew books, but still felt at home in this novel.

I will admit, though, that it took me a little bit of time to warm up to Beyond The Ice Limit. The first twenty percent or so of t
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, firstreads
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

I had never read anything by Preston and Child before, but have heard great things. Because of this I found myself powering through when this was slow to catch my attention. By the middle of the book I was hooked. There was an odd mix of real and sci-fi that just worked. The beginning was a little slow and the end dragged a little, otherwise it was a fantastic book. This is part of a series and is a sequel to a previous tome, but can
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, overdrive, dnf
After reading the first Gideon Crew book in the series I swore that I would never read another one and I should have stuck to my guns. Nothing happens for the first 10 chapters of this book and I didn't care for the narrator of the audiobook, but my main problem is Gideon. I don't buy him as a scientist or even as an adult male and I hated the obligatory flirty thing he had with one of his colleagues. I decided not to waste my time on any more of him and the alien plant monster.
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Welcome to the new frontier—the Screaming Sixties where the 60th parallel south is nothing but sea and unfettered winds. Preston and Child take us Beyond the Ice Limit to where southern seas meet the Antarctic ice pack.

Five years ago, Eli Glinn failed in his mission to retrieve and deliver a meteorite to a museum on the Hudson River. His ship, the Rolvaag, larger than the Empire State Building, was ripped apart in a storm and the glowing, twenty-five thousand ton piece of space junk was dumped
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
I would probably rate this a star lower had I read the original. While I own the first novel for some reason I just couldn't absorb myself in the story. Little did I know this aversion may have been beneficial with regard to completing its sequel.

I was onboard (pun intended) with BEYOND for the first 2/3's of the trip. The introduction of the life form growing from the sea floor, the personal vendettas of the characters, the merge of the Glinn background with that of Gideon's--all of this set t
Ingrid Hardy
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Currently reading the free preview - the first eleven chapters are available. After reading Gideon's Sword, I'd decided the character of Gideon Crew was not for me, but this book builds on a previous book I liked (Ice Limit), so I thought "what the hay". So far, the preview is quite good, and I'll tell you a secret: it helps a lot if you imagine Benedict Cumberatch as Gideon. Makes many things forgivable. *wink wink nudge nudge*


EDIT: Done with the preview, and I'll likely get the who
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Zedsdead by: Next in series.
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Crap technothriller sequel. I made it halfway through, and I only got that far because I foolishly failed to bring backup reading on my road trip. It was either keep plugging away at Ice Limit and pray it gets better or stare out the window at OHIO for 9 hours. Not quite Sophie's Choice but not fun either.

Childs and Preston can't seem to decide what their monster is going to be. (view spoiler)
May 16, 2016 marked it as to-read
*I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I will read and review this book when I receive it.*
You could really tell while reading this book that the authors weren’t that interested in writing it. The whole story was lifeless and unengaging, despite there being an action sequence every few pages. The whole thing is just…emotionless. I’ve read books before that I knew were objectively bad, but I still found compelling because I’d made an emotional connection with the characters. This book is so completely devoid of emotion that there’s nothing to grab on to. Even though the characters are ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Preston & Child
Starting this review I will honestly admit that the writings of Monsieurs Preston & Child are blind buys, even if this particular series is not my favorite. This series of books feels as if they were written with playing Tom Cruise in the lead, the stories do not need much work changing them into working scripts.

This book is a sequel to an earlier novel, which I will admit honestly have not read and probably will not do so after reading this particular novel. Gideon Crew finally finds out wh
This has been a long time coming.

The sequel to The Ice Limit, last seen as a fictional book-within-the-book in one of the Pendergast stories (Still Life With Crows, if I remember correctly), is finally a reality - and as part of Gideon Crew's adventures too!

Without a doubt, Beyond the Ice Limit is one of Gideon Crew's best stories yet, especially given how much the previous installments in the series have all been building up to this one. None of those earlier books, however, can match the alien
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I always loved "The Ice Limit" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and often what happened after the book concluded. I enjoyed the brief sighting of Eli Glinn in their other books but wanted more. With "Beyond the Ice Limit" I got more Eli Glinn, Gideon Crew and a very satisfying conclusion to the story. The superior writing skills of Preston & Child kept my mind occupied and afraid to succumb to the sleep my body craved. "Beyond the Ice Limit" is not just a sequel or Gideon Crew novel but ...more
I won this novel in a goodreads drawing.

A good, readable sequel to The Ice Limit, which I read years ago.

It seems the meteorite that sunk way back when was an alien seed that is growing, and will eventually destroy the earth. Gideon Crew is part of the crew that must stop it, because they are the only ones that know it's there.

Very fun in a Quartermass sort of way.
A brilliant scifi thriller. At first I wasn't sure if I'd like it, not a scifi reader and never read Gideon Crew nor the first Ice Limit. But wow, the authors are great. The writing makes this book like a stand alone. A pure page turner.
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Gideon Crew is back with a good story full of suspense.
I admit that I am partial to the Pendergast/Constance novels, but this was a fun read.
I love these authors. So anything they write, I read. Together or solo.

What makes this book particularly interesting is that it's a followup to one of their stand alone books. They incorporate it into the new Gideon Crew series seamlessly.

The original book, The Ice Limit, was very good because just what the heck is this asteroid??

Now we go back several years later.... but it's been busy while the humans have been gone.

If the first book had dipped it's toes into the realm of speculative and/or
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a long awaited to sequel to their book, The Ice Limit. The good thing is, it works well as a stand alone book. Five years ago, in the midst of a very bad storm, a boat sank, taking with it what was thought to be a very big meteorite. Over a hundred people were killed. Then, it was discovered that this was not a meteorite at all, but an alien seed pod.

The alien seed pod has had five years to sprout and grow. Now, a group of survivors from the first ship are going back to kill it. It
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. It had a lot of intrigue. It continued the story of the Ice Limit, but does not depend on having read that as it does a good job of filling you in on where that left off. The scientific hypothesis explored in this story is valid, I think. So all in all it made for a good read.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
what a ride

this duo doesn't disappoint;
i never thought a sequel could be properly pulled off after dropping that a-bomb in the ending

p159: his ridiculous doc marten boots made an unmistakable sound on the steel plating of the ship.
Jane Russo
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Not my favorite! Started it 3 times before actually reading. Had a very slow start but towards the end it was good.
Beagle Lover (Avid Reader)
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more

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Gideon Crew (5 books)
  • Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew, #1)
  • Gideon's Corpse (Gideon Crew #2)
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“Gideon,” he said, “think for a minute about the qualities that a leader—even a co-leader—is required to have. He’s a team player. He’s good at inspiring others. He’s able to hide his true feelings, put up a false front when necessary. He projects confidence at all times—even if he doesn’t feel confident. He can’t be a freelancer. And he’s certainly not a loner. Now, tell me: do any of these qualities describe you?” 2 likes
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