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Ice Hunt

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  15,753 ratings  ·  529 reviews
Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than seventy years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible.

But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close – and something has been sigh
Mass Market Paperback, 509 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Harper (first published July 1st 2003)
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Yep, this was a pretty good.

Matthew Pike is an Alaskan Game Warden who witnesses a plane crash and goes to investigate the site (first mistake). This is where he meets a reporter (Craig Teague), who he helps out of the wrecked plane. Another plane passes by that drops off a group of Russian Mercenaries - who are just a little bit inhospitable - they seem to want to put a few holes in the reporter (that must be a first); as they fire on Pike and his new friend. After Pike disposes of the trash;
Jeffrey Keeten
“Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.”

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The X Factor.

Matthew Pike, Alaskan Fish and Game Warden, believed the most he had to worry about was dodging angry Grizzly bears in the Alaskan wilderness until he watches a plane crash just miles from his location. He pulls a Seattle Reporter named Craig Teague out of the wreckage and before he can even process what is going on another plane flies over and drops Russian mercenaries with ice bikes o
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
You know that feeling you get when the roller coaster starts up that first hill? Not one of those magnetic shoot you out of a cannon starts, I mean a good old style wooden gravity driven roller coaster. You know what I mean, that feeling in the pit of your stomach that sees a thrill behind every gust of wind, and the butthead sitting next to you that likes to point out how he can see your car in the parking lot at the Walmart in the next county. And then, finally you get to the end of the line. ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middle of the pack thriller for me.

The novel was honestly a bit too long; James Rollins could have accomplished a lot of the plot in probably 200 fewer pages and have held a quicker pace. There are parts in there where it gets bogged down pointlessly with extra stuff, seemingly to pad the number of pages. Trim it up, boy!

The novel has good points, though. I liked the opening, I was intrigued right off the bat with the newspaper clipping (which is a real event - check it out!), and the middle c
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book has sat inconspicuously next to my computer desk on it's shelf for two years and I don't know what exactly propelled me to pick it up but I'm glad I finally did! I tend to collect adventure stories that reach all corners of the Earth, even go between the layers and I especially love all the ice stories such as this one. The good news is that this book is fantastic, it reads like a movie and sometimes goes in opposite direction of reality and belief but it makes for a heck of a read. Th ...more
I really appreciate how much research Rollins does for his novels. Making certain that the science is plausible, that the schematics of places make sense, and that the cultures/ languages used are accurate all really suck me into his stories. I could really picture this happening all under society's nose. I enjoyed seeing the Inuit elements brought in and how they wove together with the plot. Matt and Jenny were certainly the two characters I cared about most in this book, and I loved that Jenny ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
James Rollns is my go to thriller author and I have yet to be even mildly disappointed in any of his novels that I have read. Even among the embarassment of riches, this book stands out as one of my favorites. A political, race against the clock page-turner featuring buried secrets, government conspiracies and nasty things with sharp teeth. James Rollins is a terrific writer who creates big, anything goes plots and characters that really make you root for them. Fast pace doesn't adequately state ...more
Brenda H
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a research mission in the Arctic Ocean, a US Navy sub discovers an “ice island,” an inverted mountain 1.4 miles deep. Inside is Ice Station Grendel, an abandoned Russian research station. When the Navy team and polar scientists open the station, they discover horrors that have been locked away for more than 70 years.

Both the Russians and the US want what is locked in that station and the race is on. Caught between the 2 powerful factions are a couple devastated by a past tragedy, another coup
Richard Derus
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it
ICE HUNT is on my list, 5 Snowy Literary Escapes from this Summer of Climate Change Horror Get a blanket before starting this one. Seriously. #BeachReads
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Yes, Mr. Rollins ~ u have finally done it. Congratz!! U have made it to my all time favourite authors' list. :D

Now, about the book? U DIDNT GET IT YET? All of his books are awesome!! This book was no exception. It was a roller coaster-- no!! Rocket coaster ride from the beginning. U get every thing in the book- just name it. Action, adventure, love, betrayal, friendship, mad scientist, techno, black ops, blood, terrifying creatures- what's not there to make it a 1st class action packed thrille
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This book is all about Americans and Russians chasing and shooting at each other. The introduction of a bunch of big beasties, who chase both Russians and Americans, doesn’t save it. The two lame romantic entanglements don’t save it either. If you are in the mood for nonstop, brainless action, go for it.
Jennie Leigh
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. It is the second James Rollins book I've read, the first being "Subterranean." I was not especially impressed with that one, but liked the premise of this one, so decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. The characters were interesting, and I appreciated how Rollins wasn't afraid to kill off someone we'd had time to get to know a bit. The book does wind up with something of a predictable, cliched ending, but I don't mind that so much. Frankly, I avoi ...more
Paul Coyne
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book by James Rollins I have read yet. It is either this or Subterranean another great book. I loved every moment of this book especially the ending. It got me through those long periods after PARCC was over. It is a great story about redemption, revenge, dehumanization, and cruel experiments. The Arctic is a cruel book, but how cruel can it be? Read the book to find out more.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Publishers Weekly was quoted as saying "If Cussler is the gold standard, then Rollins is the silver." I take massive issue with that. Rollins surpasses Cussler by an order of magnitude. Particularly with this book, whereby Rollins surpassed all the other books he's written!
This was an extremely good book. A stellar example of its genre.
The plot unfolded beautifully with plenty of unexpected twists and turns right up till the end. The action was written so skillfully, I found myself hold my bre
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
is it me or do some lines repeat themselves?
it was like having a deja vu feeling all over the book

that sno-cat performing a wheelie, though!
and a scene before that, where the cat's driver used the backstreet boys' music as a threat...

p24: then the small male cub--if you could call a a hundred-and-fifty-pound ball of fur and muscle smal--finally noticed the stranger nearby.

p68: she realized she was speeding too fast.

p126: hues of orange and crimson rippled across the blue skies.

p156: once everyon
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure-action
If you like action and adventure, this is the book for you. It takes place in the coldest part of the world, it's roof! There are russians, spies, intrigue, science, mystery, and action packed adventure. With that said, the characters themselves are mostly one-dimensional with exception to the 2 main characters in the novel. But if you want in-depth characters, don't read action. By the way, the last paragraph in the book is the worth the whole ride there.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. A very enjoyable all-action adventure book set in the frozen north. Great political intrigue with a bit of an historical backdrop. Events that happened in the past come back to haunt both the US and Russia. Throw a threat to existence on earth and creatures that add an extra threat and you've got a roller coaster adventure. James Rollins does it again!
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun to read the earlier books and find out the origins of some of his recurring characters. Kowalski appears for the first in this book...and his personality is as big as always!
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
A very enjoyable book hard to put down. Yes, the plot is about the same thing as usual, and you won't find any psychological depth or philosophy or whatever but, let's admit it, a book can be highly amusing even without those :) When you feel like you don't want your mind to be overloaded with beautiful writing or complicated ideas, take a nice thriller like the ones that Rollins writes and just enjoy a whirl of action. It's not a novel - it's a text movie. One event after another, danger, death ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an exciting and enjoyable read! A hidden research station in the Arctic Sea certainly makes for a thrilling setting! Rollins’ characters are fully described and come to life within the book’s pages. The monsters add a lot of excitement - and Rollins balances the facets of his plot quite well. Of the varied cast of characters, a few really stand out - the deaf Amanda and the surprisingly sympathetic Russian admiral, in particular. Though, I think Bane, the wolf-dog, particularly stole the sh ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm struggling to finish this. I can usually finish a book in a few days. A week or two if I'm sidetracked somewhere else. When I do have time, I'm rarely drawn back into this book. It has an interesting start, but the more I'm into it, the less interested I am. I don't care for the characters, the plot is taking an all to familiar twist that anyone can see coming from a mile away.
The writing flows enough to keep the reader going, and there's enough action to keep it mildly entertaining.
Edit: Fo
Tim The Enchanter
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I went back and added a star to this book's rating. I had read it quite a few years ago but it stands out as one of my favorite of all of the James Rollins novels. You have an extreme environment, animals that have fallen off the evolutionary ladder and plenty of running and death. What is not to love!
Brad Davide
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story but did have some difficulty with the visuals. Without giving any spoilers I would just say that what was often being described and a major point of the story, I never really could "see" it. Other than that the story moved well and had a good mix of plot/action. I'm new to Rollins but liked to see the addition of another Dog in this story, big fan of the canine action partner!
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
An excellent holiday read - action-packed and exciting like most of James Rollins books. i finished this book in a day, mainly because I found that I couldn't put it down.
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Was hoping for another "Ice Station" but Rollins can't hold a candle to Matthew Reilly.
Aaron Daniels
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The third book I have now read of James Rollins and my reaction to Ice Hunt is, ok. This book centers around the discovery of a research station in the Artic that holds massive secrets that the Russian's and American's want to hide. Sounds pretty interesting so I picked up the book and began reading. And honestly the first half of this book was a let down for me. The main reason why the first half was a let down was because of all the time focused on the main characters Matt and Jenny in the Ala ...more
Kathy Jackson
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Yes, I forged on with the book, finishing it this afternoon. Let me share what Goodreads says before I tear it apart:

Buried deep in the earth's polar ice cap - carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States - is a secret place, the site of a remarkable abandoned experiment that could have frightening ramifications for the planet. The brain trust of the former Soviet Union who created the seventy-year-old Ice Station Grendel would like it simply to melt from human memory.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
This one was a struggle to get through. I wanted to stop multiple times but i hate leaving a book without knowing what happens. The ice whales were ridiculous there was way too much happening in the book. I loved Map of Bones and was excited to read more by this author. Ill try one more book but this one was not entertaining.
As I listened to this audiobook narrated by Ron Dryer, I couldn't help but think that Ice Hunt is modern day black ops meets Jules Verne. The book is full of action, intrigue, vehicle chases, and plot twists, and there are enough explosions and incendiary devices to melt the polar ice cap (which, well, was a distinct possiblity in this book). But wait, there's more! There are also intense life-and-death battles with angry Russians, unprincipled Americans, and Mother Nature in any number of guise ...more
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James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages, with more than 20 million copies sold. The New York Times says, “Rollins is what you might wind up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together,” and NPR calls his work “Adventurous and enormously engrossing.” Rollins unveils uns ...more
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“Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.” 38 likes
“Guns, grendels, or nuclear bombs; take your pick.” 9 likes
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