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Ice Hunt

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  14,881 ratings  ·  511 reviews
Ice Hunt will make your toes curl and your free hand clutch the armchair as you speed through the pages.”

Tampa Tribune


A classic adventure from James Rollins, the author of The Doomsday Key, The Last Oracle, The Judas Strain, Black Order, and other pulse-pounding, New York Times bestselling thrillers, Ice Hunt carries readers to the top of the world, where nothing can su
Paperback, 656 pages
Published April 27th 2010 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 on
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
সালমান হক
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 thriller
Jennie Leigh
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Христо Блажев
В айсберга на смъртта миналото заплашва бъдещето:

Романът е далеч от нов – от 2003 г., така че ще си позволя да разкрия част от сюжета: сред леда са открити изчезнали в други части на света хищници, наречени грендели, които умеят да се хибернират за векове (подобна идея, но по-подробно и с вампири, развива Питър Уотс в “Слепоглед”). Точно тайната на тяхната хибернация провокира руснаците да създадат базата и да изследват тази полезна за военни цели адаптац
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Paul Coyne
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
2.5 stars
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.
Tim The Enchanter
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
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!
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
Review to come...
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Was hoping for another "Ice Station" but Rollins can't hold a candle to Matthew Reilly.
Kathy Jackson
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Action/Adventure ...: June Read: Ice Hunt by James Rollins *Spoilers* 15 29 Jun 28, 2012 04:41PM  
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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.” 37 likes
“Guns, grendels, or nuclear bombs; take your pick.” 9 likes
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