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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Not his best effort

    Lincoln Child is capable of writing a more engaging novel. The plot is intriguing, but the development of it is meandering and could be developed quickly. However as a book to pass the hours with, it does work.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    Pure Escapism

    Nothing deep or profound, but the usual action/science thriller Child and his cohort Douglas Preston do so well. As always, the unlikelihood of the underlying events (a prehistoric killing machine frozen in the ice for millennia miraculously thaws out and begins wreaking various and sundry forms of havoc on a scientific expedition funded by a news outfit) is disguised by a very realistic, jaded view of what makes today's society tick, and gives an air of credibility to a lot of whopping impossibilities. A fun read, not to be taken too seriously, but definitely entertaining.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

    Child Needs Preston (and Vice Versa)

    Like many others I am a big fan of the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child collaborations, especially the Pendergast series. Yet I find their individual efforts much less compelling. This is probably Child's best effort to date, definitely better than Death Match and Utopia. (I haven't read Deep Storm yet.) But it is still a fairly routine thriller with some scary scenes that never really builds to a climax. Part of the problem is that the characters are so one-dimensional I didn't care whether they lived or died. The other part is that we've seen it all before.

    Comparisons between this book and the movie entitled The Thing (the original Howard Hawks/James Arness version, not the one with Kurt Russell) are inevitable. A group of scientists at an isolated outpost in the Arctic Circle discover a strange creature that has been frozen in the ice for thousands (millions?) of years. They unwittingly let it thaw out, thereby (naturally) bringing it back to life. Mayhem ensues. They try to kill it with conventional weapons. More mayhem. Finally they use their brains. End of story. Except for an unnecssary epilogue which suggests THE THING might have been FROM ANOTHER WORLD! (Gasp!)

    OK. I admit I'm being a bit unfair. As I said, there are some genuinely scary moments. And there are some major differences from the movie too. Take the isolation, for instance. They may be isolated, but they manage to bring in a professor of medieval history who holds the key to the mystery. (I kid you not.) Which leads to an old Eskimo who knows more than he is telling. And then there is an entire documentary film crew (complete with an obnoxious artiste as director and an even more obnoxious diva as host/narrator) which shows up halfway through the book to provide more opportunity for mayhem. There is even an Ice Road Trucker.

    On second thought, rent the movie, skip the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Fantastic writer, familiar story

    Lincoln Child is a breathtaking writer. He molds words into pictures and never insults his reader by dumbing-down his language. I have read everything he's ever written. The plot in this one reaches back more than a bit into Relic which he wrote with Doug Preston (also a spectacular writer). Relic was a heckuva read and Terminal Freeze is a good read but too familiar. Read it because it's a ripping story and because Mr. Child is a real wordsmith. Put aside Relic and you'll love it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    could have been very scary turned out to be very silly

    could have been very scary turned out to be very silly

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    Good read

    Kind of a typical story but fun read . Monsters, government conspiracy, lots of people die.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Droppaw

    *He drops into the hunter's crouch, which he learned by watching older cats hunt. He sees a mouse scrambling across the ground. He pounces and catches the mouse. He kills it with one quick bite to the neck. He buries it next to him, and waits for another mouse. He sees another one and pads closer before dropping into the hunter's crouch. He accidentally steps on a twig. The twig makes a sharp "Crack!" sound and snaps in half. The mouse hears it and runs away. Droppaw keeps trying to catch mice until he has caught three all together. Then he carries all three mice back to the fresh kill pile on the third result.*

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Good escapism reading but nothing special

    Like all of Lincoln Child's books, they're good escapism reading but predictable and easily forgetable. Not the type of books you'd spend the money for in hardcover but paperbacks are ok. His characters are pretty sterotypical, there's always the element of good vs. evil (good ends up winning of course); a supernatural type of force; the good/likeable characters survive; the bad guys don't. His plots are basically all the same and interchangeable. Personally, I like his books done with Douglas Preston better, but Child does these escapism books ok and they're good for a long, rainy weekend.

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