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The Ice Limit – Preston & Child

July 17, 2013

Today’s Book: The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Published in 2001 by Warner Vision
Location: Take it or Leave it.

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So in my travels, I haven’t heard of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston, but I found a stack of books by the same two authors, so I thought I’d try them out.

The first book is The Ice Limit. This is a harrowing tale of a multi-billionaire who wants to build a massive museum of artifacts that is beyond compare. He has brought in a small pyramid, and many other one of a kind things. In his search for unique-ness, he has someone who has discovered a meteorite buried on an island off the coast of Chile. He hires a brilliant, er, engineering firm, to help him move this extremely large and heavy object to his private collection.

However this is no small feat. It must be carried out in secret, although it is legal, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the local government. The island has no services and residents, and of course like any good story, it has a cast of very unusual characters.

We are led down one path of what we might believe is in or where this meteorite has come from, but it is not until the very end, literally in the last few pages where we are part of the climax and as the wool is taken off our eyes, we all exclaim…. Okay, I’m not going to spoil it for you, suffice to say there is plenty of room for more books to follow this story-line. (And there may be, I haven’t checked it out yet.)

The story is brilliant and captivating as it is detailed. There is a large cast of characters to get to know, and we feel like we understand each of them and their goals. It takes place in multiple settings, although a substantial part of it is on the island. Surprises everywhere. I enjoy a very detailed plot where there is technology, there are things that haven’t been done before, where some motivations are clearer than others, where some are noble, and some are self-serving.

The book was incredible in that I couldn’t put it down, and I lost some sleep that caused me much chagrin over the next couple of days. Brilliantly written. Extraordinarily executed. These two authors have made me want to read the rest of their books – if only because they had to start from scratch, no characters to build on, no previous books in this timeline to help create the story.

And the language is clean, or pretty close to clean. Thanks for a very good read!

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