Thursday, November 11, 2010

Book #69 - Terminal Freeze

51SRBJ6boqL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_ I love the Pendergast/Relic series by Preston and Childs, and I’ve moved off to the other books by each author. I don’t think these are as good as the joint ones, but they’re not bad. I grabbed Terminal Freeze recently in an airport and have been reading it slowly during takeoffs and landings when I have to shut down my phone.

It’s an interesting story, a group of scientists studying global warming in Northern Alaska. They’re funded by a TV company that does documentaries. When they discover a frozen relic of what they think is a saber toothed tiger, things get crazy.

They’re at an old cold war base, minimally staffed, but suddenly overrun by a crew of TV people. Their plan is to melt the specimen and unveil it live to a large audience over TV. When the creature disappears, and people start dying, this is a perfect movie plot. Similar to Relic, we find there is a prehistoric creature of some sort that is killing people slowly.

Some leave with an ice trucker, bound for civilization, but some are trapped. As you can guess, it’s a fight for survival and full of all kinds of action and failed attempts to trap and kill the beast. Add in arrogant directors and pressure producers, and all kinds of bad decisions keep the story going. Not a great book, but an enjoyable read.

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