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Billionaire Palmer Lloyd is accustomed to getting what he wants--and what he wants for his new museum is the largest meteorite on earth. Unfortunately for Lloyd, it's buried on an inhospitable Chilean island just north of the Ice Limit in the most brutal, unforgiving seas in the world. Like Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's earlier collaborations (Relic, Thunderhead, andBillionaire Palmer Lloyd is accustomed to getting what he wants--and what he wants for his new museum is the largest meteorite on earth. Unfortunately for Lloyd, it's buried on an inhospitable Chilean island just north of the Ice Limit in the most brutal, unforgiving seas in the world. Like Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's earlier collaborations (Relic, Thunderhead, and others), The Ice Limit tools along swiftly, blending nicely drawn characters (excepting, regrettably, the book's true protagonist, the meteorite), a reasonably exciting narrative, and enough graspable science and plausible-seeming theories to bring readers happily up to speed and keep them climax-bound. Not the authors' best effort, certainly, but a fine diversion nonetheless. --Michael Hudson...

Title : The Ice Limit
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ISBN : 9780446610230
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Number of Pages : 491 Pages
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The Ice Limit Reviews

  • Matthew
    2018-09-14 00:02

    Bring your Dramamine for an action packed adventure on a tanker headed for The Ice Limit.By now, if you have been following my reviews, you know that I think Preston and Child can do no wrong. Well, after reading this, I stand by my conviction. I did this book on audio and the last two days on my commute to and from work I was holding my breath due to the suspense (not a wise thing to do when operating a vehicle!)From page one this book had all the elements of a great story. A mysterious meteor needs to be found and recovered.A wealthy collector of rare artifacts and scientific discoveries hires an agency - with a 100% success rate - to find it.But, not only does the meteor present challenges, they must face the evil comandante of a Chilean destroyer along the way.Again - action, mystery, suspense, cool technology, extreme climates, and peril at every turn. If all those things interest you, you should probably be headed to The Ice Limit right now.Oh, and (view spoiler)[there is a cliffhanger! I was not expecting this book to have one (not that you should expect it - kind of defeats the purpose) but I have always thought this was a complete stand alone with only a little overflow into the Pendergast series. I guess their recent book, Beyond the Ice Limit, really is a sequel.(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Ginger
    2018-09-13 19:03

    Wow!! I'm freezing just writing this review. 😉😂What a crazy end to an exciting adventure in the high seas off the coast of Antarctica!!Good grief, I'm going to need a blazing fire, a warm blanket and some Dramamine in order to get through this review. Some of the technical and science information went over my head at times but I still enjoyed the book immensely.The book starts off with a meteorite explorer finding the most scientific and amazing meteor ever discovered. Like on Earth! It's also down on this small island off southern Chili.This information gets back to his old meteorite finding partner, Sam McFarlane and a billionaire that's starting up his own museum. Palmer Lloyd, the billionaire who has too much time and money on his hands decides to hire an engineering firm (Effective Engineering Solutions, Inc.) to figure out a solution to get this meteor back to America. Eli Glinn, the president of EES has a 100% success rate on all difficult and dangerous missions.So let's go get a meteor boys!So now we have most of the players in the book and the plot but you'll have to read this for the wild ride of your life...on a tanker! Did I mention the meteor is not a typical one?! And it's COLD! Antarctica, freezing type of cold. Brrrrr....Let's throw in a fanatical Chilean Navy officer into the mix of the plot who hates Americans. He objects to all the bribes that are being accepted in his country and doesn't believe EES is mining for gold.This book felt like reading an action movie, mindlessly eating popcorn and not being able to take your eyes off the last 20% of the story!That ending. Really? A cliffhanger?! Damn you Preston and Child. Looks like I'll be reading Beyond the Ice Limit for the conclusion. *sigh*You hooked me again and good job on another stellar book by the two of you!

  • Jaya
    2018-08-23 01:02

    3.25 🌟While this was no Pendergast not even in the same league in terms of content and quality, still this was an extremely fast paced, adrenaline rush inducing and engaging read. B.U.T that ending? It left a lot to be desired.There is a sequel I see... not reading anytime soon.

  • Karl Marberger
    2018-09-15 19:45

    A good read and a nice cliff hanger!

  • ChopinFC
    2018-09-11 20:46

    5 Stars>full review...WOW! Astounded by how AWESOME this book really is! What I thought would be only a nice little 'thriller' along Antarctica, proved to be the most 'entertaining' thriller I've read in 2017! Imagine, you're a 'meteorite' hunter ('Sam MacFarlane') hired by one of the richest moguls in the planet ('Palmer Lloyd'), to recover a breakthrough scientific discovery near the heart of the Ice Limit in Antarctica! The discovery is a meteorite so expansive, and massive that it weighs a staggering 25 thousand-tons! The background ofThe Ice Limit is the 'Isla Desolacion' off the coast of Chile, in a nearly uninhabitable cold and desolate island filled with treacherous icy and rocky mountains, proving every physical barrier possible to uncover the meteorite. Along with a skeleton crew of 50, the billionaire mogul hires a high-end engineering firm, 'EES' to design and orchestrate the rescue mission of this massive meteorite. The book is expertly written, in a fast and dynamic prose, with sharp dialogue, infused with humor and lots of human emotions, that carry the story a long way. Characters are very unique and well developed. The level of tension is seen clearly, as top geologist, engineer, mathematician and sailor are required to join forces to accomplish this impossible mission. This is certainly considered a breed between an 'action' and 'techn0-thriller', with an amazing emphasis on detailed descriptions of the meteorite, the geology and science behind it. Another fascinating aspect is the creation of a massive, highly technologic ship, disguised as an 'oil tanker' used to haul this big-ass meteorite back to North America. The level of research both Preston and Child did for this book is ridiculous! And it pays off big time dividends! The realism created by their writing is really accentuated by the level of description and research effort. Oh, and did I tell you they have to sail amongst some of the gnarliest, meanest currents in the depths of planet earth to rescue this damn meteorite??What makes this book a true 'gem' is how the authors have created the main protagonist as the 'meteor' itself, not any other humans! There is non-stopping, jaw-dropping action scenes, and introduction of amazing memorable characters, including a deranged and obsessed 'Chilean General' that will do anything to stop the Americans from conquering the meteor. The Ice Limit is hands-down my favorite thriller that I've read in 2017! Its got unrelenting action, a narrative that is packed with fascinating characters and a meteor that is a time-bomb waiting to explode!5 Stars

  • Hans K.
    2018-08-30 20:14

    I've read every book Richard Preston and Lincoln Child have written together, and this is the one that stands out the most. I feel like I can remember almost every detail. I still marvel at the impossibility of the task the Eli Glinn and co. face and tip my hat to the crew's ingenuity at every turn. I I recommend Preston and Child novices start here, because although Relic, their first book is great, I don't think it has as strong or as sustained or as logical a plot as Ice Limit. As in any thriller, events occur in Ice Limit that seem to come out of thin air, but unlike other Preston/Child works, these incidents fit more neatly into the overall story and theme of the book.My only complaint is Preston and Child keep teasing us with a sequel. It started in Still Life with Crows, probably my favorite Agent Pendergast novel, and continued in Dance of Death. For the details, check out the authors' website. Their new character, Gideon Crew, is working for Eli Glinn. Is this just another tease or a sign of hope?

  • Terry
    2018-08-26 22:57

    Loved the science, mystery and action of this book immensely! Great characters and a great storyline overall. Everything I'm looking for in a good mystery/thriller/action story. Looking forward very much to reading the sequel.

  • Doreen Dalesandro
    2018-09-20 22:00

    I listened to the audiobook.The plot of Ice Limit involves one man's aversion to failure, one man's ethics turned upside down, and two men's obsession with a very dense rock.Hate to say it, but I am disappointed in this book. After reading Mount Dragon, I was expecting a thrill ride. Instead, the story is bogged down in character development (those pesky characters!). The best part of the story is the last 40 minutes!

  • Brian Steele
    2018-09-01 02:08

    First, let me say that I LOVE Preston-Child's Pendergast Series. Insanely so. And this book would have had a 4 star review... right up until those last few chapters. I won't give anything away, except to say that I'm pretty sure that either the editors of the publishers started screeching about length/word count, and the duo just... well, wrote the worst ending I've read in years.I can't even describe how far my WTF Meter went into the red. Five chapters that should have been ten, character acting completely, er, out of character, needless deaths, and a final paragraph that made me hurl the book against the wall. I'm only a few chapters into "Dragon Mount" and I'm hesitant to read any further. Sorry guys, epic fail on this one.

  • WendyB
    2018-08-28 00:13

    I'm reading the sequel to this book based only on its very last sentence. My impression is this isn't a bad book but it had so much filler... to the point that I'm thinking this entire novel could have been shrunk down to about 20 pages and used as a prologue to the sequel.

  • John Beta
    2018-09-01 20:06

    Needed a thrilling adventure, so tried a non-Pendergast Preston novel. Not exactly gripping, but good enough to keep me turning the pages. I enjoy stories that take me to the far reaches of civilization. I then research further and learn some cool things. In this case, Cape Horn.

  • J.K. Grice
    2018-08-23 02:04

    A scientific thriller set near the bottom of the world, THE ICE LIMIT delivers everything Preston & Child are known SPADES! Great characters that seem almost larger than life and a very compelling adventure to retrieve a mysterious giant meteorite from an island south of Cape Horn. A daunting task for the members of Effective Engineering Solutions (EES). P & C deliver again!

  • Red Heaven
    2018-09-13 20:06

    Although overall I enjoyed this book, I found it to be a tough read for the most part. It is severely hampered by being almost totally linear, and most of the book takes place in one setting, and that setting is the monotonous cold sea, snow and ice south of Tierra del Fuego. However, the plot did keep me interested enough to keep turning the pages, and the ending is a crackerjack of tension and excitement.I found it helpful to visualize Palmer Lloyd, the extremely wealthy financier of the project, as the Richard Attenborough character from Jurassic Park, even if the physical description given didn't match. There was that same sense of hopeless optimism and single-minded focus on the object of affection; here, a meteorite instead of a theme park full of cloned dinosaurs. I also pictured the Glinn character as Dr Halvorson from the 2011 prequel of The Thing. They seemed similar in their quiet demeanor and tight control over their domains.One thing that bugged me about Lloyd - in an effort to show how he has no objection to spending whatever it takes to get what he wants, the authors have him saunter into an auction and bid $100 million on an item whose highest bid wasn't even half of that amount. This just makes him a foolish businessman, which makes you wonder how he made so much money in the first place. It's an incongruity that I wish they had avoided altogether.

  • Bettie☯
    2018-08-21 17:57

    Read by Scott Brick.6hrs 37secMeteorites and diamonds and death in South America. Good enough to have on in the background.#31 TBR Busting 2013

  • Adam Wilson
    2018-09-14 20:08

    After reading this Preston/Child novel, my first reaction to it was that it would almost certainly make a pretty awesome movie. It would make an awesome movie only if the movie had a very large budget to make the scenes look amazing and to put some actors in that everyone loves. I say this because in book form The Ice Limit seems to lack a lot of things. I love Preston/Child, but this may be my least-favorite book of theirs so far. Please notice the three-star rating though. I am not saying it is bad, just that it felt a bit over-long, the characters weren't very interesting or likeable, and it seemed to have forgotten to get its vaccination against what I call the Crichton syndrome. By that I mean that the book tries to hold up a lot of scientific facts and procedure with a not-so-interesting plot so that, when things start to get cool, it all feels rather anticlimactic. Again, as a movie, they could get away with it. Other than that, I did enjoy the novel and it is very interesting to learn about how a crew might go about retrieving a meteorite and then trying to transport it back to the States, all with the government of Chile after them. In short, a fun story that didn't quite interest me like most of Preston-Child's work always seems to do.

  • Susan Townsend
    2018-08-28 00:05

    How much did I hate this audiobook? ......As much as I hate those sappy, overwrought personal interest stories they play on the sports channels when they run out of stuff to talk about. As a matter of fact, that's exactly what this audiobook sounds like, minus the violins. I usually like Scott Brick, but this is awful. Didn't like the story, either. It is a cheap knowckoff of Jurassic Park, rich guy funds a stupid self-aggrandizing project without regard to risk to others. It isn't often I give up and refuse to finish a book, but this one did me in. I did skip to the last few minutes to see how it ended -- which was pretty much as I predicted at the end of the first chapter. I gave it 2 stars because we can't give it zero and I know for a fact that there are a few books out there that are actually worse. Oh heck, I'm talking one of the stars away anyway!

  • Josh
    2018-09-16 00:04

    A high-octane suspenseful story that will have you turning pages while the lasagna burns. The characters are relatively flat (although that is not unusual for the genre), and the plot is often predictable, but there are a handful of exciting twists and turns. If you're a fan of technothrillers, The Ice Limit is sure to please. My only complaint is that, instead of a proper ending, we are left with a half dozen fictional news articles intended to wrap up the story. It feels more like the first volume in a multi-volume series. Fortunately, the authors have promised a sequel.

  • Rose
    2018-09-14 20:02

    This is one of these best edge of your seat action books EVER!!! I love this book and the main character (who shows up in other books by these authors) is one of my favorites. If you like action and a little bit of adventure, high-seas and science-fiction, this is for you!

  • Heather Thurmeier
    2018-08-31 20:49

    As entertaining as I expected from this pair of authors! Love their stories. This one was easy to read, and page-turning that kept me reading too late and carrying my book around the house. If you like Preston/Child books, then this is another good one.

  • Heather
    2018-09-15 20:07

    Really more of a thriller than sci-fi. Some fun passages about engineering challenges. The characters were a little stereotyped and some were not very believable. There were a few original sci-fi ideas, but they were barely developed.

  • Mark King
    2018-09-06 22:02

    My favorite of the Preston and Child duo.

  • David Bales
    2018-08-29 20:06

    Another complex, brilliant and somewhat exhausting novel by Douglas Preston, the Indiana Jones of fiction where you learn more about stuff from reading a fictional story than from ten non-fiction books. This thriller has to do with obsession for rare things as an expedition to remote Cape Horn Islands off Chile at the bottom of the world attempts to recover a precious and priceless "object" that will be the greatest scientific find in human history--if anyone lives to see it through. Throw in a disgraced planetary geologist, an obsessed billionaire, a details-oriented manager to whom failure is never an option, an obsessively nationalistic Chilean naval commandant determined to prevent them from "expropriating" his country's treasure and the usual female genius, (every Preston novel has one as a love interest of the male protagonist) a retrofitted tanker made into the most sophisticated ore carrier in existence, and the last full-blood member of the Indians of the Tierra del Fuego as a guide, (who speaks English perfectly well in a cockney accent) and you've got a pretty interesting story. Not a quick read, though; weighty and the drama is drawn out.

  • Natasha
    2018-08-23 19:57

    So not my favorite by the author. E.G. Seemed out of character from appearances in other novels and it bothered me- a lot. I value consistency and development of character and that was lacking for Glen. The female characters seemed underdeveloped as well. Especially the captain (who made such an impression I've already forgotten her name). I enjoyed the action of the plot. Too bad there weren't wonderful characters to tell it.

  • Larry Hamilton
    2018-09-08 23:54

    An exciting, thrilling adventure story featuring Eli Glinn and his company Effective Engineering Solutions (which readers of the agent Pendergast series will recognize) as they lead a major research and recovery exhibition at the southern tip of South America. You will be compelled to read book two, Beyond the Ice Limit to find out how the story ends.

  • Tami
    2018-09-06 02:04

    What a nail biter!! The way the chapters were written and titled built up tension as the story moved forward. The characters were very interesting and each flawed in their own critical way to add to the tension and work with or against the other characters. While the idea for the book was borrowed from a real event - it was completely unpredictable. Loved it! A mystery I couldn't figure out well before the end...thank you authors!

  • Janel Perez
    2018-09-08 19:50

    Love Douglas Preston but this book didn't do it for me. Was bored and tired of waiting for some sort of climax that never came.

  • LibraryCin
    2018-09-06 02:12

    Lloyd (this is his last name) is a super-rich guy who decides he wants to bring a giant meteorite back to the US to his museum from a small island off the coast of Chile, so he brings together a group of people to do so. Plenty of bumps and bruises along the way (apparently, people died, too!). Sorry for the poor summary. Was listening to the audio and as soon as it was introduced and I hear the narrator (Scott Brick), I thought “oh no”. He has a very nice voice, but it’s also very monotone and I tend not to pay much attention as he narrates. So, I missed much of what was happening (including anyone dying!). I hated that they referred to pretty much everyone in the book by their last name. Because of this (and my lack of attention), when I was paying attention, I couldn’t even remember who the lone female character was. Oh, look! As I read a summary, apparently there were 2 women characters! Who knew!? If only the authors had referred to them by their first names, I’m sure I, at least, would have caught that! The book was loosely based on a real giant meteorite, apparently.

  • Karen Helgesen Gurnavage
    2018-09-01 18:12

    Why isn't this book a movie!!!! WOW!!

  • Adam Sequoyah
    2018-08-31 19:59

    Some engineers are going to try to lift a boulder that's really, really, really heavy. Can they?! Also, it's cold out.

  • Booklover Butterfly
    2018-08-24 19:54

    I’m still so excited about this book that I can hardly form a coherent sentence about it. The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child follows a group of scientist and engineers on a journey in an oil tanker to a remote island off of Cape Horn. Their mission there is to locate and retrieve, in secrecy, the largest meteorite to ever hit the planet. Every last detail of this mission is planned out meticulously, but things start going wrong and people start mysteriously dying . . . The Ice Limit pretty much blew me away with all its scientific and engineering intrigue and suspense. The plot was unbelievable and without a moment of calm. Something new was revealed on practically every page, and every new revelation was significant in some way. The plot was reinforced with science so the novel didn’t feel like a “fluff” read. It felt substantial and intelligent. Readers will feel like silent observers on the journey because events and atmospheres are described with such clarity.Preston and Child are known for creating some very interesting characters, and The Ice Limit delivers on that front. Some of you may know of a character by the name of Eli Glinn from some of the authors other works. This is the novel where his story begins. Glinn is by far one of the most titillating characters I’ve come across in a long time. Preston and Child maintain his aloof, secretive nature throughout the novel, but they reveal little tidbits about Glinn just to tease the readers and make them even more curious. The other characters in the novel are enjoyable in their own way, but Glinn is definitely the one readers will focus on. Some of the characters are immediately likeable, but I found myself unsure of whether I liked or pitied most of them. The ending of this novel keeps the suspense high right up until the last sentence. I was blown away by the constant excitement and left wanting more. I still cannot believe the authors ended the story when they did. I’d highly recommend The Ice Limit to fans of Preston and Child and to those with an interest in science, specifically planetary science, or engineering.