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Ice Rift

(Ice Rift #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  607 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Action adventure sci-fi horror set in Antarctica.

Humans have always looked to the stars for signs of Extraterrestrials.
They have been looking in the wrong place.
They are already here, entombed in a spaceship beneath Antarctic ice for thousands of years.
The ice is melting and they will soon be free.

A huge rift in the ice is discovered in Antarctica that stretches
Kindle Edition, 419 pages
Published June 24th 2016
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Anomaly in the Ice Rift...

Ice rift is about an expedition team that is sent to the Pine Glacier Ice Shelf in Antarctica to determine the acceleration rate of the ice stream and also investigate an anomaly in the ice rift that's showing up on NASA's scans. When the team descends into the rift they discover a spaceship that evidently crashed and is now buried under the ice shelf. The team sees this as the opportunity of a lifetime to gain important invaluable information about their discovery so t
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-thriller
This book lived up to the amazing cover art. I was drawn to the book originally because of the cover and the blurb on the back cover. The story itself made me stay focused and nervous while the characters were being hunted in a hostile environment.

The writing was great, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the tension that Ben Hammott brought to the story and he kept at it until I was just sheer nervous energy. I appreciate NetGalley allowing me to read this book and am happy to provide
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it

Any At the Mountains of Madness type of story gets points from me. I didn't expect what it turned into by the end.

Why bother with the review when you have all the main themes conveniently listed in the book summary. I'll go through them then and check both the good and the bad.

Action - there's so much of it at one point you'll want to take a break. The moment it starts rolling, it's doesn't stop.

Adventure - what else you'd call a group of people going to the least hospitable environment to
Susan Hampson
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
They say that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but OMG with this one you should. The cover is stunning and the story inside is one of the best SciFi horror books that I have had the pleasure to read. For me it has been a cross between The Thing a 1982 film (which was being watched by some of the station's crew, nice touch) and The Hunger Games, without the games but the most weird and wonderful creatures but much more too, bigger and much more vicious. It all makes for a spectacular stor ...more
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
So another book set in a cold climate. This time the book, Ice Rift by Ben Hammond is set in the most cold and challenging climate - Antarctica. The book is described as "an action adventure survival horror set in Antarctica", which is actually a pretty good description. A group of scientists set out on a research trip. Asked to look at an unusual ice rift for NASA, bad weather drives the team into the rift and deeper into something wholly unexpected.

Ice Rift spends a significant amount of time
Sian Thomas
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Plot: Now this was an unusual read! I chose it off NetGalley because of the promise of a desolate Antarctic landscape, stranded scientists and something ancient – sounds like an awesome combination of things I love. It started off well, the expedition heading out to Antarctica and checking out the ice rift that’s formed with “anomalies” that NASA can’t figure out. Then it goes, well, a little crazy! Based on other reviews, I don’t thinking I’ll be spoiling it (stop reading now if you don’t want ...more
Laura Thomas
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

Horror and science fiction are a blend of genres I’m drawn to time and time again. Throw in a frozen environment and a group of people who are cut off from help and have to make their own way and it’s like icing on the cake. And discovering aliens is the sprinkles on top.

I was quickly drawn into the story. Formed a bond with one of the characters right away and soon met some others I liked. There was one that I had my doubts about. He did some stupid, selfish things when things started going wro

The author promotes one of his books!

This book starts with energy! From the first page you know you are reading an adventure thriller!

NASA notices an anomaly while flying over a gigantic rift in Antarctica, one of my favorite places.

A selection of British and American scientists are gathered to enter the rift and search for the anomaly.

After discovering a new cave, they become super excited when they realize that the cave contains a huge spaceship 🚀

They are eager to discover what’s in
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

I came into this book not really sure what to expect.
The prologue left me still unsure of what to expect.. it was a great introduction to Mimic, who turned out to be a fascinating character but left questions. Did suck me in though.

The book is set in present time, but has futuristic technology if that makes sense. Really, it's alien technology that humans stumble upon. Hammott manages to make it seem plausible. It's not hard to believe that any other race would be more advanced than humans a
Sheridan Lee
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
What happened? It started out so great...

About 45% of the way into the book it seemed like we had an author swap. Initially the characters had distinct personalities and the story flowed nicely. Then, bam, all the the characters dialogue sounded like they stepped out of a bad Jane Austen or Tolkein adaptation. At one point one of the characters literally says, "Flee you fools, flee!"

The story continues to flow nicely. Their situation is escalating so I kept reading in spite of the sudden corny c
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review**

I am completely obsessed with Antarctica. I think it's because it is one of the last wild, unpredictable, un-tameable places left on earth. Due to the temperature, it's dangerous just to be there, so my vivid imagination just revels in the sparkling, beautiful ice, the howling wind and the frozen, icy quiet that can kill your ass in minutes.

What better place to set a horror novel?

The basic concept is not new by
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
UPDATE March 3, 2017:

I just finished reading this book for the second time. I really hadn't meant to but I bought the sequel and wanted to refresh my memory. I didn't check my old review that I had written in 2016 before doing any of this because if I had I wouldn't have bought the sequel and surely wouldn't have started to re-read ICE RIFT. I am so glad it worked out this way though. The author has done a lot of work editing/proofreading the book and it really shows. I still did catch a couple
Misfits farm
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to review this book and am so very glad that I accepted. I am not the greatest fan of sci-fi but the plot of this one and being adventure/action intrigued me hence the read. This is a wonderfully entertaining book. Every “alien” you could ever imagine and more. I was going to say that I could imagine this as a film but think I might be hiding behind the sofa! Reading it however, the “monsters” come across as scary, colourful, imaginative characters exactly as they should in this scen ...more
Janette Fleming
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't really read much Sci Fi but was intrigued by the Antarctic setting and comparisons to The Thing and Alien films.

I thought the premise was excellent, scientists having gone to Antarctica to join a crew studying a massive rift that NASA had picked up in the ice.

What they find is the stuff beyond your worst nightmare but lets face it nothing good is EVER going to come out of ice thousands of years old. They should have know that and some of them even watched The Thing at Base Camp!

Sue Wallace
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ice rift by Ben Hammott is a horror and mystery and thriller read.
An action adventure survival horror set in Antarctica.
Something ancient dwells beneath the ice...
Humans have always looked to the stars for signs of Extraterrestrials.
They have been looking in the wrong place.
They are already here, entombed beneath Antarctic ice for thousands of years.
The ice is melting and soon they will be free.
“Events in Ice Rift makes joining Ripley aboard the Nostromo seem like a pleasant thing to do.”
What a
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Lots of action!

Good idea but somewhat inept writing. Enjoyed the novel anyway. I think it would make a great movie with the special effects.
Benny Wilkinson
The story opens with an alien capable of mimicking other lifeforms, then introduces an isolated team in Antarctica who discover a ship buried in the ice. There is one obvious influence, and Ben Hammott doesn’t shy away from it, having two characters early on watching The Thing on television. Despite that, the story isn’t as predictable as that influence suggests. Far from being about a team terrorised by a lone alien, Ice Rift fills its massive vessel with an entire world’s worth of creatures, a ...more
Bruce Perrin
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A ‘Slasher Film’ in Book Form

As I was reading Ice Rift, I kept thinking it had a number of similarities to a ‘slasher film.’ In particular, I was thinking of that scene where the so-to-be-victims are deciding if they should hide in the basement, when that is exactly where the psychotic killer does his thing. And you keep thinking, don’t go to the basement, don’t go to the basement…and of course, they all go to the basement. In this case, I was thinking, don’t go into that alien space ship with t
Rejena Bennett
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ice Rift by Ben Hammond is a wonderful read! It took three days to complete. And, at any given time, I had to make myself stop reading in order to maintain my tasks of life. During those times, all I could think about was getting back to the story. What a thrill!
Ice Rift provided believable characters. Likable, interesting characters. Throughout the journey, the reader explores the wonderful, and for me, unfamiliar territory of Antarctica's ice and snow terrain. The exploration of Ice Rift's c
Alex Castaneda
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Stock characters and storyline

Extremely derivative of Alien and The The Thing. Completely stock characters and plot line. Rugged hero, selfish guy who betrays people, female lead who is a scientist and weak but seems to only think about the rugged hero or her ex, even old wise scientist guy who is friendly and risk averse.
Alien ship trapped underneath the ice seems to be able to sustain life for tens of thousands of years. None of this Alien life ever makes it out on to earth's surface though e
Deb Miller
Oct 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
So far I've read to the blizzard scene, plane crash, and trip to the bottom of the rift cave. The characters in this book are in no way believable. Never have I seen a friendly boss ruffle the hair of an employee. How demeaning can you get? A plane flying through the rift is hit by a falling ice rover? Wow. What ridiculous bad timing. People talking to a jerk guy with childish, open insults in a group setting is stunningly off the mark. In one scene in order to get his co-worker scientist on the ...more
Simon Ford
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Forced myself to complete this as I seriously 'laffed' at these one dimensional characters and fervently wished them too die as fast and painfully as possible.
The entire feel of the story was like a teenager had written it for a school competition, and this was not the winner.
Lots of film/book pop culture references thrown in by various characters and the author even had one character reading one of his novels in this story.
Having said all of this negative feedback about the story/plot/characte
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book. Very much like the horror/thriller movies that come out, it is action from the get go. However, I did find myself shaking my head and asking the characters...Are you really that stupid? Are you sure that is a good idea?...this made my husband look at me since I apparently asked them out loud!!! This was a fun book to read with well thought out monsters. I will probably read the sequel.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alien Monsters!

If you enjoy reading Sci-Fi you're going to love this book! I don't normally read Sci-Fi, but I'm glad I read this one! It is well written and takes you into the depths of Ben Hammotts mind.
They way he describes what the scientists discovered in the Antarctica will blow your mind as you can clearly see them in your imagination!
This is a must read and a page turner with a wicked twist!
Philip Spick
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not for me

I am a mature reader with a history of reading. This book for me was OK but no incentive to buy any follow up. A book of adventure, with monsters, with spaceships, that crashed millennia ago and a crew member and monsters survive? I feel Ben tried to weave too many strands into the story. Although he gave explanations that were perhaps reasonable, it just didn't work for me.
Apr 09, 2021 rated it liked it
It was okay, the action was fast-paced and the characters were likable enough, but the ending didn't do it for me. I feel like it ended too quickly, even though this book is pretty long, and certain plot points in the end didn't get any pay off. The monsters were a hit or miss, some I thought were cool, but others were just there to pad out the story. Overall, an okay read that held my attention, I won't read it again though. ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Why have I never read a science fiction before? This had me gripped and scared. Was action packed never ending tumble of bizarre alien creatures all hungry . With out giving anything away there is one element that is left as a cliff hanger. So although technically a stand alone book I have downloaded the second book to find out what happens ,
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
to be continued.........

This author seems to have spent a long time contemplating the aliens and spaceship invented for this story. At times it was overbearing, so much action one thing after the other. Will I move on to the second volume?? I don't know yet, but it is in the back of my mind.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Monsters galore. Ending somewhat weird. There is a sequel out to continue the storyline if choosing to go "there". Entertaining enough in my mind to keep reading once starting. A little bit of the old movie The Thing. ...more
American Andriod
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully named the heir and I am very happy to be honest

“Why, thank you. Yes, I do look younger than my years.” He looked up when two of his crew appeared. “Let's load this thing up and get it back to the ship.”
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