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Deep Freeze

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Sub zero temperatures slice across the beaches of Santa Monica. A blinding blizzard whips through Hollywood. Swimming pools turn to solid blocks of ice. Roads are impassible. Cars have been abandoned. And as night falls, so does hope...
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Signet
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Chuck
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Author Thom Racina delivers a story strong on suspense and thrills, but lacking critical character development. This equals out to a fairly average book. Had he been able to elevate at least one major character to a degree we would care about would have made this a much stronger offering. As it is, story is a bit outrageous but fun to speculate about. It was over 100 degrees when I read it, so that was cool, lol! A good beach or pool read but that is about all!
Lynda
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Weatherman Michael Hanwell predicted a deep cold to hit Los Angeles, a polar air mass held in place for a week resulting in continuous snow. Usually well-respected in his field, jeers taunted Michael but he remained firm on his prediction. Soon everyone realized Los Angeles was not prepared for the wintry onslaught as the rain fell, temperatures dropped and snow accumulated at an alarming rate. The intensity of strong winds and blizzards stranded people and collapsed buildings. Devastation aboun ...more
Kate
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought this would be an appropriate book for January of 2014, with all the crazy weather we're having.

Deep Freeze is basically a disaster book. Extremely cold weather falls onto California. It starts with snow and ice storms and carries through with relentless cold, below zero Fahrenheit temperatures. The Californians are underprepared for this sudden chill. There is a dearth of warm winter clothes, snow plows, snow tires, ice scrapers, long underwear. Things that northern dwellers take for
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Randy Schultz
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Hmm. Racina isn't a bad author. This is my first book of his so I've no idea whether his earlier or later stuff is any good, assuming that either exists!

Deep Freeze is interesting. Of necessity Racina really has to focus on one family surviving the snowstorm which really doesn't become clear until far into the novel. That family is interesting but shallowly drawn, you never really get to like anyone as there is no main character that becomes the protagonist. I suspect Racina knew early on that t
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Oldnomad
Mar 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
The story is shallow and is 99% about personalities - none very deeply developed. The story line is fatuous: there are no complexities whatsoever, the only issue raised is the inequality of life in LA. Rarely is the reader left wondering about who is a goody or baddy, few questions are raised beyond who might or might not survive and even that is pretty obvious; there are no intricate interwoven themes. It simply goes on and on about the weather and people's attempts to survive. Yes, it's soap w ...more
Hillary
Aug 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense-mystery
Starts slow, the writing isn't great, but it actually grows on you and turns out to be a fairly good story.
Mark Muckerman
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Decent read.
Catastrophic event action story.
A little light on material action.
Worth the $3.20 in the used bin.
Read it at the beach and leave it behind.
Matt
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-it
Could not get in to this one at all. Made it about 100 pages and was not keeping my attention at all.
Kevin Chou
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
This novel served its purpose of providing a quick holiday read...
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Thom Racina hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin, went to school in Albuquerque and Chicago, where he got a MFA in Theatre Arts and Directing, lived in Los Angeles for 25 years, but now makes his home in Palm Springs, California. He's an accomplished pianist, loves to cook, and is a travel junkie—he's when he's in Row 3 on any American Airlines plane.

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