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(Dr. Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson Thrillers #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  4,874 ratings  ·  571 reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B01557MW80.

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Archaeologist Leah Andrews stumbles upon something inexplicable in southwestern New Mexico: inside a dark cavern lies an undiscovered, Native American cliff dwelling abandoned
Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published September 20th 2015 by Three Dog Publishing (first published September 8th 2015)
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Kevin Tinto Hi Kim!

Yes! ICE is a 4 book series. The prequel, ARK, should hit Amazon in March 2016. The sequel to ICE is entitled ICE GENESIS. We're working toward…more
Hi Kim!

Yes! ICE is a 4 book series. The prequel, ARK, should hit Amazon in March 2016. The sequel to ICE is entitled ICE GENESIS. We're working toward December 2016 for IG.

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Kevin Tinto Hi! This is Kevin Tinto, the author of ICE!

The next book out will be a prequel entitled ARK. It is nearly ready to go, and should hit Amazon in March.…more
Hi! This is Kevin Tinto, the author of ICE!

The next book out will be a prequel entitled ARK. It is nearly ready to go, and should hit Amazon in March.

The sequel to ICE, continuing the story line is entitled ICE GENESIS! Our target date is December, 2016. (less)

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Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 *. Dr. Leah Andrews, Archeologist, is searching for undiscovered cliff dwellings which may provide clues, as to why the Anasazi/Mogollon cliff dwellers disappeared some 800 years ago without a trace. Leah must tread carefully while exploring in the Gila National Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico as she has been banned from the area, and consequently lost her job as archeologist for the Bureau of Land Management. What she soon discovers will take her to central Antarctica to join her ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
4 Stars

Ice by Kevin Tinto is an action filled adventure that spans the globe. Ice is worth your time and your money. From mountain climbing to spelunking, from ancient flying planes to what could be an unidentified flying object. Ice is an epic thriller from start to finish. This is Dr. Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson book number one. Make no mistake this story centers on Jack even though all things happen because of Leah. Jack is a "Climber" and a master survivalist. He is an instructor and a
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
From start to finish, "Ice" takes the reader on an incredible journey. It's been a while since I've read a book that took me totally by surprise. The twists and turns were extremely original and well written. One bonds with the characters and roots for them throughout the novel. I love the author's twist on what happened to the Anasazi. We have explored the Gila Cliff Dwellings and to be inserted into a thriller that takes you on a journey that you will NOT see coming.. is beyond pleasurable! ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG thank God this book was free. I have never read such rubbish in my life and what horrified me a reader left a comment saying they believed in this utter conspiracy theory touted in this book. Spoilers The story is about a disgraced archaeologist who comes across the remain of an extinct Native American tribe, she finds a mineral that only exists in Antarctic so she and her husband and friends head over to the Antarctica with Navy Seals and all the Presidents men chasing them, there this ...more
The Cats’ Mother
I should've loved this - action adventure, tough female lead, Antarctica... but instead found it boring (it's taken me 2 months to finish - every few chapters I found myself doing something else) with a ridiculous plot and few likeable characters. Leah is an archeologist specialising in Native American history. Trespassing on Navajo land, she finds an ancient cliff dwelling with evidence that the inhabitants had been in Antarctica 800 years before, so for no reason other than to satisfy her own ...more
Laurie Hanan
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In general, I am not a huge fan of action thrillers. But the premise of this book was intriguing enough that I bought a copy and started reading right away. The story starts with a grueling account of mountain climber Jack Hobson leading his billionaire client in an ascent of Mount Everest. It’s clear the author knows of what he writes. I enjoyed the love/hate relationship between Jack and his almost-ex-wife Dr. Leah Anderson after she calls him for help with a harrowing archaeological ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story.

Archaeological findings in the Gila Forest takes Leah and Jack to Antarctica. They discover chambers build 800 years ago, containing frozen Native Americans. Politics, Russia and Chile all in this story. Story had predictable ending. Won't be reading the next book.
Dave Edlund
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Good plot, very original. The characters develop well. The end seemed rushed and a bit contrived for my taste. This is the first of a series that really need to be read in order.
Aug 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No Thrills in this Adventure Tale

The worst thing about this is the fact it takes more than half the book before the characters reach their destination - Antartica. Up to that point the plot is all exposition and character building without anything exciting happening.
The discovery of a stone unique to Antartica in the caves of long dead Indians here in the US takes anthropologist Dr. Leah, adventurer Jack Hobson and a small team of associates on a long, drawn-out journey to a remote spot in
William Liggett
I read ICE slowly—one or two chapters before going to sleep at night. It was a good escape adventure. The impression I was left with was it has too many settings (New Mexico, Mount Everest, Antarctica, and inside various aircraft) and too many points of view (Leah, Jack, and others) to tell a smooth, continuous story. It ended so abruptly and with loose ends that it seemed to be crying for a sequel (which was apparently planned, Ice Genesis, but I can't tell it was ever published).

I found the
Pat Stanford
Starts out well...ends unfinished book!

First I will say I gotta stop downloading free books. There is a reason they're free. Most lately are thrown out there to get you to like the first book so you'll buy sequels and are either poorly written or even more poorly edited.

The author praises his editor at the end, but the editor needs an editor. Still many mistakes. I looked beyond them at first because the story was engaging (at the beginning) then became absurd (space aliens kidnapping
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
The beginning had such promise and I probably would have rated it 4 stars if it had continued. But once they got to Antarctica things began to make a lot less sense. It began to feel that things started rushing because the book had to end by a certain page. Big happenings were not explained or given the time to develop that they deserved. I'm all for alien adventures, but there needs to be more build up and explanations along the way.
Pedro A. Ribeiro
This was a great book to read. It has a faced paced action, good characters and a great story behind, transporting our imagination to one of the Earth's isolated locations, Antarctica. The sense of adventure, really grabs our attention during the characters trip.
It seems to be a great start of a series, and I look forward to read the next one.
Tony Parsons
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New Mexico, NM. Dr. Leah Andrews (Archaeologist, PhD, UNM; archelogy) expedition crew consisted of: Jack “Mr. Thunder Bumper” Hobson (Leah’s separated husband/climbing guide), Garrett Moon, Juan Cortez, & Marko Kinney.
Gila National Wilderness. Dr. Andrews had a premonition that there is a Native American cliff dwelling close by.

Artifacts of Navajo, Hopi, Anasazi, Mogollon, Apache, Pueblo, & Mimbres Indians were found.
The various tribes had lived in/on this cliff dwelling 800 yrs. ago.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book from this author and I must say it was quite the ride. There are so many sub-plots going on at once that it is sometimes hard to keep up. The author has done his research on climbing and piloting, although as I read his bio he does all the things his main character does. Definitely an asset.
The premise of the book is the discovery of a rare element inside an ancient cave dwelling in New Mexico that is only found in Antarctica. This leads our intrepid team on an expedition
Elaine Ivey
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay one of the best novels I have ever read!!

This was a thriller but so much more. It was also science fiction, a little romance and hair raising adventure. There are a few editing glitches but it was negligible and didn't rank enough to matter in the over all plot and fluidity of the novel. Found a new favorite author...seriously you have to read this book. Support indie artists.
Pat Armstrong
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating Read

Interesting plot and group of main and supporting characters. Stretching from the American Southwest to Antarctica to solve the mysterious disappearance of the cliff dwellers with the involvement of Navy Seals, Russian troops and ALIENS. Add in an American billionaire determined to salvage a WWII airplane on the ice against the desires of both POTUS and Russia as well as enhanced secret nuclear bombs and the threat of WWIII...what's not to love! For all the action, the novel does
louise botts
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The best book I've read. It grabs, and holds you. It has cost me a little sleep. Couldn't put it down. I feel that I know Leah and Jack as personal friends.
David Edgren
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read with enjoyable characters, intense action, and a great sci-fi twist!

I rarely finish fiction books because my imagination is better than the author and I get bored. ICE kept me guessing and enjoying the creativite choices.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
it started off good. but then too much info that could have not been put in. too much detail not needed.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More, please!

Great read. If you are a Greg Bear fan, ("Blood Magic", "Radio", "Forge of God" to name a few), you now have another author to enjoy for like stories. Can't wait to start the next in the "Ice!" series.
Russ Hallmark
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really entertaining

It starts slow but builds up to capture your imagination and I am looking forward to the next thrilling chapter
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital

I started feeling like some of it was becoming absurd but I kept reading anyway so it evidently had me hooked.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I did skim, but mostly on what I felt was too much information. I like the mystery and supernatural of it. I will definitely read the next book in the series.

Rating: R (violence, profanity)
Language: use of deity, some profanity
Recommend: Yes

Mark Donovan
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I fully enjoyed "Ice". It had everything I like in a thriller. It had a great story/plot, traveled to the far reaches of the globe, and was action packed. If you like "Indiana Jones" type stories, then you'll love "Ice". I particularly enjoyed all of the mountain climbing and aviation scenes in the book. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series when it comes out.
Mar 05, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
I've read around 80 pages of this and I was just bored, the writing was bad, the characters bland.
Aug 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Paul Cookson
This book starts as a fairly conventional thriller with a decent enough cast. Take a beautiful archaeologist with a disdain for the rules who specialises in native American cultures and her handsome, rugged, mountaineering ex-husband. Add in a rather formulaic cast of sub characters including the multi-millionaire businessman, the easy going, good natured student and the nasty government official with bad intentions and no morals and a hidden agenda and you have the makings of a decent character ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I absolutely loved this book. I'm a huge fan of anything related to archaeology and this book sucked me in and didn't let go until the end! I really enjoyed Kevin Tinto's style of writing and hope he'll write more books in this genre. This book has it all, it grabbed my emotions and I seemed to go through everything that happened with the group of explorers. The twists and turns kept me up well into the night. Well, several nights. :) I'm thrilled to see that there will be more to come in the ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this title because it was described as a thriller and in that regard it met my expectations - a gripping plot with well developed characters. As for whether or not it's a realistically believable plot I'm not so sure but it was entertaining and that is critical in my opinion. The reason I only gave it 3 stars was because of the sloppy editing - a pet peeve of mine. Way too many dropped/missing words and numerous instances of incorrect verb tense. Editor, Ed Stackler should consider ...more
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I'm based in Tiburon and Lake Tahoe, California. I write for for the San Francisco Chronicle, Reno Gazette Journal, Bike Transamerica, Scuba Diver Magazine and more.

Jack Hobson clone. I'm an avid mountaineer, skier, scuba and free diver, Private Pilot and adventurer.

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