Book Review: The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Sunday, January 29, 2012

Upon reading the first few chapters of the book, I was a bit concerned that it was starting out a bit slow and very very mysterious. I was reading about two characters that I was guessing to be main characters in the book. I was making a guess which one. Then when the entire mission (in which the story would revolve in) was revealed, the story began to pick up. Just in the nick of time too because I would have shifted to another book altogether if it still dragged on. Fortunately my amusement with all the Filipino and Tagalog references in the book kept me reading on.

The blurb on the book jacket:

The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

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The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die. A frightening truth is about to unfold: The men and women of the Rolvaag are not taking this ancient, enigmatic object anywhere. It is taking them.

What I liked about the book

When I was still in my early teens, I managed to find an old beat-up Geology workbook at home. I had guessed that one of my cousins probably left it behind when they were still living with us. The meteorite-hunting and Geology discussions in the book reminded me of that long-forgotten interest. I used to collect rocks too.

As usual, the characters were once again written with very exceptional and identifiable traits. Their personalities were very distinct and the authors introduce them into the story where it feels like you’re getting to know them in person. Each chapter reveals more and more about their characters and how they fit into the plot of the story. Eli Glinn was my favorite. I read about him when he appeared in one of the Pendergast books that I read last year. Glinn was a master in his craft in risk assessment and cooking up brilliant strategies to make the mission a success. I was always eager to find out what he’s been up to and how his plans will be carried out.

The book had a very compelling and engaging plot. At the end of it, it felt like a wild adventure that can last for one lifetime. So much stuff happened, so many obstacles to overcome and so many twists that I couldn’t second-guess. Once again, the masters wrote a very informative book. No technical term was left unexplained and it was obviously well-researched.

I think the book would make a very good movie. In fact, that’s how I read it - like a movie playing out. If you’re in the mood for an adventure that sets out as meteorite hunting, then this book would keep you entertained til the very last chapter.

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