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Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,502 Ratings  ·  296 Reviews
From debut thriller author Greig Beck comes Beneath the Dark Ice, a mix of the scientific and the supernatural ...

When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing an enormous cave system, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost.

Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained commandos, along with a team of scientists, are fas
Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2009)
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Steve Wells I would try Matthew Reilly. His Scarecrow series are great fun, and get more action packed with each novel.
I also really like the Oregon Files Series…more
I would try Matthew Reilly. His Scarecrow series are great fun, and get more action packed with each novel.
I also really like the Oregon Files Series by Cussler. 1st 2 were a bit slow, rest are great(less)

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Ninoska Goris
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leido-2017
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El jet privado de un millonario cae en el Antártico y abre una entrada a una cueva subglacial de millones de años. Un grupo va a rescatarlo, pero también a investigar las posibilidades de que exista petróleo dentro. Todos desaparecen sin dejar rastro.

Al designar al personal del nuevo grupo eligen a los mejores en sus áreas y para dirigir la expedición se ha elegido no menos que a Alex Hunter, nombre en clave Arcadia.

Al adentrarse en la cueva Alex Hunter se da cuenta que no está
David Sven
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
1 Star!!! This book is ridiculous! The premise is just BS!

I mean, sure, I can imagine how having a bullet lodged in your head might unlock neural pathways so instead of using 10% of your brain (if you believe that myth) you're using a whole lot more and maybe that would be very useful as a soldier. Might even amp up the aggression so high you have to go around sniffing green apples to calm down. Yeah - green apples work...apparently. And maybe you could possibly call up enough adrenaline at will
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, sci-fi, 2017-shelf
Technothriller gun-porn for people who like ancient monsters.

Does it sound like it's up your alley? Then good, this one's pretty decent at what it does. Plenty of action, some political commentary, but what it really has a lot of is super-competence and/or super-powers for its main character.

Alex is a freak of nature thanks to that bullet in his brain. Woo!

Now let's keep him in charge of his team of crack commandos and watch as the scientists they're protecting die in horrible ways deep in the i
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Let me preface this review by saying that one of my favorite books of all time is an action/adventure novel set in Antarctica. So I was trying so hard not to compare them. Trying hard (sighs dramatically)!

When you read a new author, there is always that 'getting to know each other' period that can at times be rough. With this book, it was a bit rough. Wasn't sure about the way he told his story. I couldn't get a feel for the characters. Some felt a little thin to me. I told myself to give it a c
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy. 2.5 stars, very generously rounded up
People who know me and my reading habits a little also know that I started liking military thrillers / military scifi as soon as I gave the genre a chance. This was largely thanks to Matthew Reilly, an Australian author who likes his action a liiiiittle over the top but still manages to create cool treasure hunts or fun fighting sequences.
I was told that Greig Beck is like Matthew Reilly and together with the premise of this book (ancient ruins under

Are you in need of an adventure story? Well, this first novel relating Alex Hunter's exploits should hit the spot. We have thrilling action scenes, each more convoluted than the previous one, extreme conditions, and danger lurking everywhere.

Beck obviously loved the old classics from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with a pinch of Lovecraft, and used all of this, adding a little sprinkling of scifi/horror and a lot of military story. It creates an explosive mixtu
En la Antártida, se ha estrellado una avioneta, descubriendo con su colisión un laberinto de cuevas ancestrales. Tras este suceso, un grupo de científicos, encabezado por Tom Hendsen, especializado en biología y combustibles fósiles, y 28 boinas verdes, se trasladan a la zona del impacto. Pero horas después se ha perdido el contacto con este grupo. Tras estos sucesos, el gobierno estadounidense decide enviar un grupo más especializado para determinar qué ha sucedido exactamente con los desaparec ...more
This is a fast action thriller that if you are going to enjoy you must remember that it is fiction not science. When a group of scientists and special ops officers go missing in the artic while on a discovery mission, another and the next best crew are sent after them on a rescue/recovery mission.

What starts out as a rescue quickly becomes an adventure of survival miles under the ice cap. The scientists and soldiers alike are amazed and horrified by the entities they encounter, many who may hav
Its an okay adventure thriller, not bad, but nothing of greatness or even very good also. In the middle the story became a bit boring and one note for me, caving caving caving tracking tracking tracking... I had to almost steeled myself to finish it (I always try to finish a book after I started it). Although I have to say the climax was better than the middle parts which is why it was worth the time, and at least one unexpected death surprised me.

The various research-based and adventure-based
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This review is written to satisfy suggested guidelines for "Group Discussion" as a "Group Read" in the Action Adventure Aficionados Discussion Group. It may not conform to a review format that your used to.

1. What did you think of the beginning?

I felt the beginning was a bit rushed, and the sense of urgency whisked us off into the story without much information. That’s par for the course with action/adventure stories so that makes it par for the course. I would have liked more information on A
Jan 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
I have several complaints about this book. Firstly the author displays a severe lack of knowledge in regards to the technical detail he raises in the book. Second a complete lack of knowledge of military structure in regards to the relationship between different units and ranks. Third I found the writing style very start stop, with jarring pauses in the story for clumsy descriptive moments (think Fennimore Coopers last of the Mohicans). Fourth there were several pretty illogical leaps.

In terms
মোটামুটি, খারাপ না। তবে খুব অসাধারণও কিছু লাগে নাই। মাঝখানে অনেকটাই বোরিং হয়ে গেছিল, কেভিং কেভিং কেভিং টরযাকিং টরযাকিং টরযাকিং। কিছুটা গায়ের জোরেই পড়ে শেষ করলাম (বহুদিন পরে এমন জোরপূরবক বই শেষ করতে হল! আমি আবার যে বইটা ধরি সেটা না শেষ করে ছাড়ি না)। যদিও কলাইমেকসটা বেশ ভালই ছিল মধযবরতী অংশের তুলনায় তাই শেষে এসে পোষায় গেছে কিছুটা, অনতত একটা পারশবচরিতরের অপরতযাশিত মৃতযু আমাকে চমকে দিতে পেরেছিল।

গরেগ বেকের রিসারচবেজড ও অযাডভেঞচার বেজড সিকোয়েনসগুলো ভাল লেগেছে, কিনতু কযারেকটারাইজেশন আর ডায়লগ অতিশয় দূর
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Meet Alex Hunter! The new Super-genetically-modified-soldier who leads a super secret rescue-cum-scientific mission across (and beneath) the Antarctic ice.

I must say that this book borrows elements - good ones - from a plethora of great action/adventure books I've read (James Rollins' books come to mind) , and amalgamates into one mostly-entertaining ride. Considering it was the Writer's first book, I'll give him leverage that despite several points where I just wanted to give up, I never did a
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
4.5 Stars

Well it is simple to say that this is a book that you should leave your skepticism checked at the door so that you can grab a hold and enjoy the ride. I loved this book.

After two books I am now a huge fan of Greig Beck. The fact that both novels featured giant squids with one being the great Cthulhu himself only made things better.

Beneath the Dark Ice is a thriller that is amped up by taking place in the inhospitable Antarctic. Crank things up even more by having the story be one gian
Patrick Gibson
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Although the super-soldier has been done by many, Beck's Alex Hunter manages to stand out from the rest.
A corporate jet has crashes in the Antarctic, revealing a vast underground system of caverns. A search and rescue party apparently disappears 24 hours after landing and reporting that a huge pool of petroleum may have been uncovered by the crash. A team of commandos led by Captain Alex Hunter is dispatched along with a group of scientists and cave experts to seek answers as to what happened t
Freda Malone
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This is my first Greig Beck novel. I've been faithfully reading the James Rollins, Sigma Force series and between the two, Rollins is my favorite. I think this is because Rollins' creations are written with the clarity of possibilities and factual evidence. However, I believe I might have found another author to read should I get bored enough.

Set in the middle of the Antarctic, deep within the ice caves, there are things that live there. Whether they have evolved or simply hibernated
Darren Manson
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I remember first looking for a new author and I read the back of under the dark ice.

Having been an avid reader of another Australian author I thought at first glance there were some comparisons to another book based in Antarctica and so, I put the book back on the shelf for about another 12 months or more.

Then out of intrigue I finally bought it. (well actually more boredom from no other books that interest me, but anyway.)

Wow. What a great first book. I quickly dismissed any previous assumption
Jean Sparrow
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
After a plane crashes into the Antarctic, Captain Alex Hunter and a squad of his elite soldiers, join a team of scientists on a mission to discover why the first rescue team lost contact, and also to allow the scientists to commence an analysis of an unidentified pool of liquid buried deep beneath the snow and ice. However what they find is a world of unimaginable horrors - ancient ruins of lost civilizations, and a prehistoric terror that has been dormant, possibly for thousands of years.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-shelf
The story centres around Alex Hunter a specialist American soldier with almost supernatural powers due to a prior brain injury. He goes on a rescue mission with other soldiers and civilians to the Antarctic following a plane crash.

Upon their arrival the group find an ancient city and a monster or two plus a few fiendish Russians.

All in all a well written if not brilliant and fun romp through the snow and ice.

Not bad for a first book and worth trying out.

The only annoying factor is the cliffhange
Barry Simiana
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of action/adventure
A good story, a ripping yarn. Clive Cussler meets Matthew Reilly. BY sheer coincidence, days after reading this i saw some news reports about lakes under the Antarctic ice and people trying to get to them. So he bases himself at the edge of reality. The story is written well, held my interest (which is a hard task lately) and was extremely enjoyable. so much so I bought his two other books. My obly gripe is the well worn supersoldier idea, not my favourite form of hero, but the overall read is w ...more
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great book of discovery. Monsters, caves and chaos. Read it in two days, didn't want to put it down. Adventure stories like this make me wonder if there really aren't hidden worlds somewhere beneath us that all our 'modern' technology still can't find. If so, what secret wonders and horrors might that world hold? I suddenly find myself wanting to go caving.
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Author Greig Beck's debut novel is a solid subterranean action/horror thrill ride in the vein of Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park" and Steve Alten's "MEG". What separates this from the others is the talents of the main character, Alex Hunter, who has nearly inhuman abilities after a bullet lodged in his head give him incredibly heightened senses, causing him to be faster and stronger than anyone on earth. Alex joins a diverse group of scientists on a rescue mission that goes badly and what you ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I'm not going into detail, I will just list a few things that really drove me a bit mad while reading:

- repeating things to make it obvious just HOW important those details are: First a character thinks about something, then he repeats it out loud (in the next sentence) to another character.
- not sure if it's a translation error or a author mess-up but I'm pretty positive a anticoagulant won't make your situation any better when you put it on a bleeding wound (to make it stop bleeding...)
- time
Kelly Roll
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Super soldier capable of amazing feats of strength – check
Plucky attractive young woman as possible love interest for above soldier – check
Sleazy scientist who will endanger his fellow expeditioners but who will then meet a just and grisly fate? –check
Variety of brave “red shirts” – check
Sure there are tons of clichés in this book but the author makes them work partially in the use of the location his characters find themselves in, a vast underground system of caverns underneath the Antarctic. H
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is 290 pages or so and felt like the final 290 page climax of what should have been a 500 page book. This book is all action with at least a dozen characters who you learn very little about. Build up is what this book lacks but I'll throw in three stars out of respect for the people who hate character development and long drawn out setups before the excitement picks up. This book has a superhero-ish hero, a supervillain-ish villain, a lot of military jargon and some monsters. If that's ...more
Tamzin Ackers
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book I finished it the day I brought it, was hanging out to see if the guy ended up with the girl and who lived etc. Easy to read and super interesting, would of been better if the characters were a bit more developed but other than that really, really good! Def will be getting Greigs new book Return of the Prophet as soon as poss.
Ian Mellark
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro totalmente diferente a lo que había leído y lo ame! Me pareció alucinante toooodo lo que pasa!
Hay partes muy jaladas en la historia, pero en verdad lo disfrute mucho! Quiero leer mas aventuras de Arcadia! Alex Hunter es realmente un súper humano!
Jonathan Wilson
4.25 Stars
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book. It's fast paced action, with lots of imagination. The main character Alex Hunter is interesting with his biological enhancements, how they came about and how he deals with them. Great storyline for what it is - action/thriller - so read it (or in my case listen to the audiobook) and enjoy.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I almost gave this book 3 stars...but then again I almost gave it 1. Let me explain: Ok, so this book started off well, and I thought I was about to read a good action adventure romp without campy dialogue and cliche characters. We have the rugged and handsome hero, the beautiful and intriguing female scientist, the annoying scientist, the tough as nails senior military guy who calls the shots from afar and thinks of the hero as his son - ok, so totally cliched on every level. But there were som ...more
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Excellent book. 5 28 Sep 21, 2014 05:21PM  
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Hi GoodReaders, I’m an Australian author residing in Sydney with my wife, son and oversized black German Shepherd named Jess. My novels are now available globally, also in Large Print and now in full AUDIO format.

I grew up spending my days surfing at Bondi Beach before entering a career in Information technology which took me around the world. After completing an MBA, i was appointed both an Austr
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