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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

If You Like The Movie The Thing, You Are Going to LOVE This Book!!

This is a tantalizing, thrilling, scary story you would not want to read alone in the dark. It reminds me of two movies, The Thing From Another World made in 1951 and the remake of the movie by John Carpenter called The Thing made in 1982. The best part is that the bo...
This is a tantalizing, thrilling, scary story you would not want to read alone in the dark. It reminds me of two movies, The Thing From Another World made in 1951 and the remake of the movie by John Carpenter called The Thing made in 1982. The best part is that the book's plot is much better than either of these movies. It is just not a typical monster plot that happens to be set in the Arctic, but it is an exciting suspense thriller, that has a government conspiracy twist, and it is creepy and scary. The setting makes the mood of the story even more deadly. It takes place in a government owned facility that has little lighting, plenty of old dark rooms tht have not been used in years, and it located in deep in the Arctic region. The characters are scientists who accidently find something in a cave while researching the Arctic region. Naturally they are warned by the local Native Americans to leave it alone. Will they do that? No, there wouldn't be a great story is they did.

This book has good characters you care about and some you just don't like at all. Don't worry though because the jerky characters get their just desserts. The atmosphere is creey, dark, and cold. Mr. Child sets the story like a roller coaster ride. He does not weigh down the story with a lot of description. Once the creature is found, the story just surges to the end. It is what I describe as a "guilty pleasure" book. I read it quickly, and it was just pure fun!!!! There is a twist at the end that makes the book even more clever. The twist will give you "food for thought" about the ending. I don't to tell you to much about the plot as it would spoil it for you.

It is my favorite of Lincoln Child's books. Read his other books as they are good too. If you love fast moving stories that are scary, chilling, thrilling, and have little twists and turns in them, this book you will love.

posted by Aki on March 17, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Terminal Bore

Flat characters, contrived plot, unexplained storylines. Had to force myself to finish. Save your time and money - not worth either!

posted by 1033876 on February 25, 2009

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Terminal snooze is more like it...

    CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT!
    I guess, based on the other reader's reviews, that my take on this effort by Child is not universal. The premise is great! The setting is perfect, reminiscent of The Thing but I found the story itself to be absolutely ludicrous. The discovery of the creature is an excellent lead-in for scary happenings but the whole idea of the site being taken over by that coincidentally insane? film maker and network exec to be preposterous. And then, the creature itself is not very well developed and the demise of the camp inhabitants is dull and predictable. And the local native guy served in the US Military there, at the camp? Uh huh... The lab experiments at the camp in the years gone by were unrelated to the appearance of the creatures? And, oh by the way, in the last few sentences Child introduces the idea that the creatures were from space, left here many years ago...

    Sorry but Child is much better than this... this was one of the lamest executions on a great concept that I've read...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2009

    NO,NO,NO...

    I was very disappointed in this book. The plot has been done and re-done too many times, no more please! Lincoln let me down on this story but that doesn't mean I won't read his next book! I'll just pretend this book never happened.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

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    If You Loved "Deep Storm" You'll Only Just Like "Terminal Freeze"

    The barren and frozen tundra of Alaska, which establish the setting of "Terminal Freeze", help set the feel for Lincoln Child's latest thriller. Like the vast deserts of ice, Child's latest novel feels a little empty and distant, like it requires something more compelling. After his terrific "Deep Storm" I'm afraid to admit that "Terminal Freeze" is a rather cold and lifeless follow-up. The story begins at Mount Fear (which would sound more realistic if it were a roller coaster), where a team of scientists have been given a research grant overseen by a Fox Corporation-like conglomerate. Studying the effects of global warming, the scientists discover an ancient creature encased in ice, although the details of exactly what it could be is never quite understood. After reporting the find, their facility is flooded with a production crew determined to turn their discovery into a reality-show media event. The goal is to thaw the creature out live in front of audiences world-wide, but if Mount Fear's name wasn't foreshadowing enough, you'll guess things don't go quite according to plan.

    If you've read "Deep Storm" then all the elements of "Terminal Freeze" will sound quite familiar: the spunky and innocent protagonist, the epic stage setting removed from society, the various supporting characters with anonymous personalities, and even the slight on-going mystery. The problem with "Terminal Freeze" is that it's a less compelling version of "Deep Storm". Child's originality this time is a more bland mix of his signature elements, from his characters to his setting to his plot. "Deep Storm" had a fast-paced excitement to its story, creating a terrific page-turner. With "Terminal Freeze" I wasn't as compelled to read onto the next chapter even after I promised myself to go to sleep. The total result is a novel that's interesting because of Child's trademark style but bland in its development. I guess what I'm really trying to say is: if you Loved "Deep Storm" than you'll only just like "Terminal Freeze".

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