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Beyond the Ice Limit

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

1447_m1t1w280q75v8897_BeyondTheIceLimit_-_FINAL_COVER1 By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The Short Take:

This is the sequel to a thriller the pair wrote in 2001. However you don’t need to read the original to either enjoy or fully understand this outing. Turns out what was once thought to be merely a massive and mysterious meteorite is much more dangerous — and alive. It’s two miles beneath the ocean’s surface in the treacherous south Atlantic, and it’s growing.

Why?

This is an entry in Preston and Child’s Gideon Crew Series, of which I am not a fan (though I greatly enjoy their Agent Pendergast books). However, this outing was an improvement, largely because the main female character was, thankfully, more than window dressing.

Preston and Child are thriller masters, but this book was solidly in the science fiction realm — weird alien life form, world-domination, that sort of thing. It was a fun read, but nothing awe-inspiring; a perfect choice for the beach, with plenty of thrills to keep you entertained.

The pair admits their fans continually pushed them to write this sequel. Making it a Gideon Crew novel probably killed two birds with one stone for them. However, the mash up doesn’t quite jell like one would like.

A Little Plot:

A handful of survivors from the catastrophe in the original thriller are intent on destroying the life form they once thought was a meteorite. To do that they need Gideon Crew’s nuclear weapons expertise. And, they have to do it fast before it dooms the whole planet.

For more about Preston and Child and their novels click here.

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