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…
I haven't read any of the previous books in the Gideon Crew's series, despite being a long-time fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child nor have I read Ice Limit, the book that this is a sequel too. However, I did find that it was very easy to get into this book because the past events that happened in the Ice Limit are explained in the beginning of this book.
I did, however, find that I was struggling somewhat with the story when I started the book. A group of men trying to stop what was thought of as a meteor, but turned out to be an alien organism from space? How exciting can that be I wondered? However, it turned out it could be quite exciting and as I found at around midnight when I had to put down the book after I had read around half of it.
What I liked about the story is that I could not predict what would happen, the turns the story would take and that one could never be sure who would love and who would die and the extent the alien life form would take to ensure its survival. I especially loved the part of the book when everything started to go to hell on the ship. This is the kind of book that I would love to see turned into a movie (or a miniseries since movies sometimes are way too short).
So, the book started kind of slow to me, I was a bit worried that I would not love it as much as I love Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Pendergast series, but I was sucked into the story and I ended enjoying the book far more than I thought when I started it. One definitely doesn't have to have read Ice Limit, but I do think fans of that book will love this book!
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Preston and Child are co-authors of the Agent Pendergast series as well as the Gideon Crew series. Their novels Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen in an NPR poll as two of the hundred greatest thrillers ever written. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie. Lincoln Child has published six novels of his own, including the bestseller The Forgotten Room.
Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child