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Blood and Ice

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,770 ratings  ·  305 reviews
When journalist Michael Wilde is commissioned to write a feature about a remote research station deep in the frozen beauty of Antarctica he is prepared for some extraordinary sights. But on a diving expedition in the polar sea he comes across something so extraordinary to be almost unbelievable - a man and woman chained together, deep in the ice. The doomed lovers are brou ...more
Paperback, 495 pages
Published July 22nd 2010 by Harvill Secker (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bloat is increase in size without corresponding increase in density. I feel a little unfair characterizing Blood and Ice as bloated, because Masello clearly put in some serious research time on Antarctica and the Crimean War and photography and mountain-climbing and

But. Unless you want to read lengthy descriptions of frozen terrain or the rotting limbs of wounded brigadiers, about half the words in this book can be skipped. And the ones that you are left with aren't that great. There are some in
The Eleventh Hour
Ugh. Great, wonderful idea but BAD execution. This story suffered from some serious plot pacing and character problems which made this book a chore to read. When a book is still, on page 300, setting up atmosphere and introductory relationships... Really? I mean, come on. The book could have used some serious editing. I like lush prose as much as the next person (read: quite a bit), but not every single character action and thought needs to be described in meticulous detail. I don't need to know ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose, thriller
Alrighty then. Where to start...

My dad lived in Antarctica for around a year, a few years before I was born. All I know about it can be summed up pretty succinctly:

* It's really cold
* it's really dry
* 6 months of darkness, followed by 6 months of light (give or take)
* Its stupidly hard to spell

That's about it. I mean, there are other things, now that I think about it. Penguins live there. It's an actual continent, you know, with land and stuff under all that ice.

So my dad would always tell me
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sharon by: Mum!
Completely unputdownable! So this book has sat on its shelf for several months as I have become totally bored by the whole vampire/werewolf subject, I decided to give it a go yesterday and couldn't put it down...seriously, you know its a good read when you are cooking/cleaning/brushing teeth/driving whilst carrying this book pressed right up to your face (Ok so not driving) 2.00am this morning and after telling myself 'ok, just one more chapter' about 3,678 times I finally gave in to sleep ...more
Barbara ★
Michael Wilde has the chance of a lifetime to go to Antarctica as a photojournalist. He has many adventures and photo opportunities until he makes the biggest discovery of his career. While scuba diving in the ocean beneath Antarctica, he sees a woman frozen in the ice. A huge block of ice is cut around her and she is brought to the surface and put in a huge tank in order to melt the ice. The group of scientists leave her unattended while the ice melts. However when they return, the ice has melt ...more
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2009-reads
I won this book at a bookspotcentral giveaway.

Anyway I could resist to start reading the book immediately and I didn't regret.

About the book
The title makes good in his promise. There is a lot of ice because most of the story takes place in the present Antarctica. And there is blood. We find a lot but it is important.

There are two story lines which converge after a while.
One takes place in the middle of the 19th century. We follow cavalry officer Sinclair Copley and the nurse Eleanor Ames.
The ot
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely made a bad choice when I decided to read this book. Yuk.
Jeannie Mancini
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all vampire horror fans
Love Enchained Through Time-

In 1856 the HM Brig Coventry, tossing in a wild maelstrom is thought to be cursed by two unwanted passengers. When an unusual bottle of wine is found by one of the crew members, the captain is hailed and warned that Mr. and Mrs. Copley are of evil nature. To save the ship from plummeting down to Davy Jones Locker, Sinclair and Eleanor Copley are bound in iron chains and with their sea chest of strange wine bottles, are tossed overboard to drown in icy seas.

In present
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I'm being a little harsh by giving Masello two stars, because I appreciate the difficulty of the writing process and two stars? Really? Well, I did lose interest by the middle of the book and I had to hang on to get to the end. Why? After you realize what is going on, the balloon is deflated...there is nothing spectacular to keep the story moving forward at the same speed to sustain curiousity. On a brighter note, I did appreciate the historical aspect of the book and for those who e ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new goodreads friend reminded me of this book and I remembered I adored it! What can I say? I love every thing with an accurate description of Antarctica and it was awesome !
Hannah Polley
I mostly enjoyed this book although the storyline is ridiculous. The book sets itself up as quite scientific and is based on a journalist going to spend 1 month at a research station at the South Pole.

During a diving expedition, the journalist discovers a man and a woman chained together and frozen in ice. They are brought up to the surface and it turns out they are vampires and some people end up getting murdered and also turned into vampires.

It seems that Eleanor had fallen out of love with
Carolyn  Storer
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
"Blood & Ice" is quite an original vampire story. It intertwines the past and the present day to give us two stories which run parallel to one another. The story of Sinclair and Eleanor in Victorian England and the other of Michael Wilde, present day photographer and journalist, who travels to a remote research station in Antarctica to write a story for a magazine.

I much preferred the present day and found the characters to be interesting. I liked the background to Michael, the main protagon
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: don't read anything on the back cover or any author blurbs. They contain huge spoilers. Fortunately, I didn't read the back of the book until I'd already figured out what the blurbs spoil, but still, that is very frustrating. Any spoilers in my review will be hidden, so you're safe reading on. I will only mention what is covered in the Goodreads description.

This is a good book that should have a higher rating on Goodreads. Perhaps other readers did not appreciate the author's detailed r
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
If you're looking for some almost-tense, pseudo-horror escapism, look no farther than Blood and Ice by Robert Masello. This book certainly won't make you smarter, it won't change your life, but you'll be fairly well entertained and you might even be given a rudimentary history lesson on the Crimean War. For the history/wikipedia enthusiasts, you might even dig into a little more about "The Charge of the Light Brigade." Always fun to branch out into other areas of literature.
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
Having thoroughly enjoyed reading The Romanov Cross by this author, I was naturally looking forward to reading Blood and Ice. I was not in the least disappointed! While journalist, Michael Wild, is visiting an Antarctic research station in order to heal from a recent personal tragedy, he discovers two bodies frozen into a glacier. However, when the block of ice containing the bodies starts melting, the bodies disappear and what might have been a career making discovery for Michael turns into a n ...more
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Wilde is a journalist for Eco-Travel magazine. His boss offers him the chance to travel to the ends of the earth or pretty much close to it. He tells Michael that he has set it up where one reporter is being allowed to go to Point Adelie in Antarctica, near the South Pole. This assignment would be to take pictures of the Adelie penguins and write a report on them. Michael knows he can't pass up an opportunity like this, so he agrees to go.

While out on a diving expedition, Michael uneart
Alastair Rosie
"I picked up this book because it was an adult vampire book and as much as I loved the Twilight series I was 'thirsting' for an adult vampire book as I'm currently working on my own vampire book. Blood and Ice is very much a modern Gothic romance that revolves around Lieutenant Sinclair Copley of the 17th Hussars and his lover Eleanor Ames, a nurse attached to Florence Nightingale, who makes a few cameo appearances. The book is a bit hard to take for the first half as it lurches between 1854 and ...more
Andy Frankham-Allen
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
A wonderful read. For a start this is an intensely well written book, with superbly drawn out characters. The research that went into writing this book is clear on every single page, sometimes painfully so when Masello goes into a little bit too much detail - especially when describing the clubbing of seals and then pulping them for oil. I don't generally get squemish, but that was a little bit too much. Plenty of moments where the author focusses on what appears to be random elements, which lat ...more
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Vampires in Antarctica? What an original premise! I'm in one of my periodic "sick of vampires" phases, but Blood and Ice sounded different enough to be worth my while. I was especially curious to see what Masello would do with the polar seasons; a vampire might have to lay low all through the summer, but could wreak havoc 24/7 in winter!

Unfortunately, Blood and Ice never grabbed me. I knew I was in trouble when I encountered the prose in the present-day chapters (which are interspersed with his
Sherri F.
Audio version: 3.5 This has such an interesting mix of genres and it surprisingly (to me) works. Considering my primary reason for picking it was the Antartica setting (for a GRs Challenge) & the mystery, thriller & suspense tags, but wary of the historical, fantasy & vampire tags (just not my thing), I enjoyed it more than expected. I really enjoyed the characters and general storyline. Really, my main deductions were based on personal preferences/dislikes: historical (1800's) conte ...more
Daniel Withrow
The conceit--vampires at the South Pole!--is ridiculous enough to be good trashy fun. John Carpenter's The Thing used a similar idea to make a kickass horror flick, after all. And the author's description of the Pole's scientific station is fun enough. But a central plot point is so stupid, so completely idiotic, that it ruins the whole book. Its presence in the book spoils it, so I don't feel bad about this spoiler.

Imagine a fish that contains some sort of antifreeze in its blood, right? So it
Jevron McCrory
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this a lot more than I ended liking it. The whole story feels like it's building then never really seems to hit it's peak. If you are looking for a 'vampire' story, this isn't it. This novel is far more concerned with ice, fish and snow than exploring what it means to live forever. There are some beautiful moments and some truly delightful touches but they are all too few and far between. All you are left with is a VERY slow story about the South Pole and it's wildlife. It's wel ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was, at 1st, excited at the prospect of a south pole quirky sci-fi story. i wasn going along just fine and then suddenly we had vampires. ugh. i'm all for them in the right setting - foggy london or transylvania - and some other century. this just seemed weird and out of place, but i went along with it. it was pretty good, but i have a feeling that, despite the fact that masello's writing wasn't bad, this story oculd have been better in the more capable hands of james rollins or preston and ch ...more
Margaret Kearney
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Such a brilliantly atmospheric and chilling (no pun inteneded) book.There were defintiley some parts that spooked me.The characters are well written and realistic.The descriptions of Antartica and life there were my favourite parts.An awe inspiring and isolated background.The take on the vampires isnt entirely unique but I loved the scientific explanation.The only really negative thing I have to say about this book is the ending could be seen a mile off.But that didnt deter me.I thoroughly enjoy ...more
Liza Gilbert
I'm stopping this one at page 50. It actually was okay. The problem? It wasn't anything special. I took an hour break from reading to make some phone calls, and when I sat back down to write this e-mail I had to think hard to remember the content of the book.

Our protagonist, a photojournalist who is traveling to the Antarctic, is called Wilde. I wanted to gag. It reads like one would expect the stereotypical male adventure book to read, and actually better in some parts. I just couldn't get exci
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave up on this book so maybe I shouldn't have rated it. My rating is based on the fact that I couldn't get into it at all and I foundthe writing way too over descriptive and boring. It was more like the kind of writing you would find in a non fiction book about boats or something. I prefer more poetic writing.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood and Ice by Robert Masello. 5 stars. Has all the ingredients I like in a novel-historical fiction, hard-driving plot, literary references, exotic geography. HF=Crimean War; H-D P= Contemporary couple from Crimean War are resurrected in 2009; LR=Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade"; EG=Antarctica. Great action and be prepared to stay up night(s) reading.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good vampire book. Since vampires are so popular right now, it's hard to find one that stands out and I think this one did. I liked the mix of present and past tense in the storyline. There were definitely some unexpected parts. I'll be interested to read more of Robert Masello's books.
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out great, ran into a litte trouble in the middle, got really weird towards the end and finished nicely. Wasn't my favorite read in the world, but enjoyable none the less. I found myself loving the life at "pole", but then really got turned off when the vampires arrived. I know that was the whole point of the story, but it just didn't work for me!
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Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, TV writer, and the bestselling author of many novels and nonfiction books. His most recent thriller, entitled THE EINSTEIN PROPHECY (47 North), hit the # 1 spot in the Amazon Kindle store. Previous books include BLOOD AND ICE, THE MEDUSA AMULET, and THE ROMANOV CROSS, all published by Bantam/Random House.
He is also the author of two popular studies
“Regardless of how black the page, he had always managed to turn it and move on to a new chapter in his life.” 14 likes
“People are always doing things for my sake and strangely enough, I'm the one who suffers for it.” 14 likes
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