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Review: Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

September 26th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: May 17, 2016

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Series: Gideon Crew #4

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

That thing is growing again. We must destroy it. The time to act is now…
With these words begins Gideon Crew’s latest, most dangerous, most high-stakes assignment yet. Failure will mean nothing short of the end of humankind on earth.
Five years ago, the mysterious and inscrutable head of Effective Engineering Solutions, Eli Glinn, led a mission to recover a gigantic meteorite–the largest ever discovered–from a remote island off the coast of South America. The mission ended in disaster when their ship, the Rolvaag, foundered in a vicious storm in the Antarctic waters and broke apart, sinking-along with its unique cargo-to the ocean floor. One hundred and eight crew members perished, and Eli Glinn was left paralyzed.
But this was not all. The tragedy revealed something truly terrifying: the meteorite they tried to retrieve was not, in fact, simply a rock. Instead, it was a complex organism from the deep reaches of space.
Now, that organism has implanted itself in the sea bed two miles below the surface-and it is growing. If it is not destroyed, the planet will be doomed. There is only one hope: for Glinn and his team to annihilate it, a task which requires Gideon’s expertise with nuclear weapons. But as Gideon and his colleagues soon discover, the “meteorite” has a mind of its own-and it has no intention of going quietly…

My Review:

The Gideon Crew series has been an interesting phenomena for me. They’ve all had several issues that have irked me and the stories are beyond believable but they have all been utterly addictive.

I didn’t realize this one actually returns to events from the earlier book, Ice Limit, which I honestly can’t recall if I’ve read before or not. I need to go back and flip through it to see if it sounds familiar. Either way I didn’t feel too lost reading this one.

The one pattern I’ve been seeing in this series that irks me is the constant romantic entanglements that Gideon gets himself into. I really feel they are unnecessary and are solely there so something can happen with the woman that gets Gideon all riled up. So the romances themselves see out of the blue, unbelievable and a bit irritating. I wish there was some other way to get Gideon to react especially since it’s the same old “I have less than a year to live so I shouldn’t get involved with someone to ohhh, she’s pretty, must have sex to I think I’m in love…” in every book. I’m really hoping we don’t see this same pattern in the next book.

For the story itself it was interesting to see the cracks in Glinn and the concept around the alien life form was something I don’t recall ever reading before. It made following their exploration of the alien object fascinating to follow.

The ending seemed rushed and I’m not exactly sure how it succeeded but again it was an addictive read so I have to say it was an enjoyable read.

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