Beyond the Ice Limit (Gideon Crew Series #4)

Beyond the Ice Limit (Gideon Crew Series #4)

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by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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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,


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...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Preston and Child's exciting fourth Gideon Crew novel (after 2014's The Lost Island) satisfactorily resolves the cliffhanger with which they ended their 2000 thriller, The Ice Limit. Previously, eccentric billionaire Palmer Lloyd learned that the largest meteorite ever known had been found on an uninhabited island at the very tip of South America. The expedition he funded to retrieve it, under the leadership of Eli Glinn of Effective Engineering Solutions, ended with the sinking of the ship meant to bring the highly unusual meteorite back to New York City. Most of the expedition members perished, and the meteorite sank to the ocean floor. Six years later, Crew, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, agrees to accompany a second mission with the objective of destroying the thing with a nuke. That challenge is heightened when evidence emerges that it's actually a sentient alien. The bestselling authors maintain suspense throughout, and they throw in some original ideas that offset some familiar action tropes. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. (May)
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"Preston & Child take all of the various elements from classic horror and sci-fi films and novels and spin them together to write what begins as an action adventure, but soon delves into paranoid terror ... scary good fun."—Associated Press

"The always sensational duo is back with a work that is as exciting and intriguing as it is fast-paced."—Suspense Magazine

"This duo is magnificent. Preston and Child are incredibly smart writers; technically they are perfect. There's never an errant word or situation. [BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT] moves fast but with purpose and you know that everything is precisely researched...And a lot is at stake-namely Earth as we know it. That's not an overstatement."—Sunday Star-Ledger

"Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are no strangers to breaking new ground, but the shovel they use for the beautifully conceived BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT is tipped with gold. Forget thrill on every page - this book seems to have one in every paragraph, starting with "That thing is growing again. We must destroy it."....BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT is pure fun, its wildly imaginative premise and take-no-prisoners plotting making this reading entertainment of the highest order."—Providence Sunday Journal

"Relentless mayhem ... [a] thrill-a-minute read. Science fiction as action adventure, the sort of book primed for screen treatment."
Kirkus Reviews

"The Lost Island, the third novel to feature master thief and brilliant scientist Gideon Crew, is another clever and compelling tale from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child....The stellar writing that readers expect from Preston and Child is still in abundance, and they balance the line between page-turning suspense and ancient history."—Associated Press on The Lost Island

"Sparkling...Gideon refreshingly doesn't fit the superhero mold, and the enigmatic Amy is more than his equal in daring and intelligence."—Publishers Weekly on The Lost Island

"The ever-reliable Doug Preston and Lincoln Child are back with typical aplomb in the splendid The Lost Island. Preston and Child have been in the business of keeping secrets for years now and simply no one's better at knowing just how long to keep them... wildly entertaining and lightening paced... impossible to put down."—Providence Sunday Journal on The Lost Island

"When it comes to novels by this famous duo, the things all readers can expect are excitement, intrigue, and a story that will not soon be forgotten...The 'Crew' stories move at a super-fast pace and never leave the reader wanting...[This is] yet another perfectly unforgettable Preston & Child creation."—Suspense Magazine on The Lost Island

"The action zigzags like an out-of-control rocket toward a double-deceptive conclusion."—Kirkus Reviews on Gideon's Corpse

"Gideon, an engaging fellow from the get-go, lives up to his initial promise, demonstrating an intelligence and resourcefulness that should endear him to adventure fans."—Booklist on Gideon's Corpse

"Like Michael Crichton, Preston and Child weave their stories at a thrilling pace...Preston and Child never fail to entertain. And Gideon's Corpse is a thriller that ranks high among their many co-authored offerings to date."—

"A rollicking tour-de-force. The eponymous Gideon Crew would be equally comfortable smack in a Ludlum tempest or striding onto the set of the Ocean's Eleven franchise. Preston and Child have crafted an electrifying, riveting thriller on which I could continue to heap praise, but instead I will just offer this: Read the book! And we can all look forward to the next appearance of Mr. Gideon Crew in the not-so-distant future."—David Baldacci on Gideon's Sword

"Fast-paced and action-packed, Gideon's Sword is a clever, high velocity read."—Kathy Reichs

Library Journal
Preston and Child take a break from their "Agent Pendergast" series to offer the fourth title featuring Gideon Crew. Featuring some of the characters that appeared in The Ice Limit, a stand-alone that the publisher will redistribute with a teaser chapter from the current book; with a 200,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
Effective Engineering Solutions' chief honcho, Eli Glinn, is out of his wheelchair, walking and ready for revenge after his agent Gideon Crew discovered a "restorative, health-giving lotus" on his last adventure (The Lost Island, 2014, etc.). Years ago, Glinn was nearly killed (thus the wheelchair) when his ship, the Rolvaag, sank two miles below the sea in the Hesperides Deep near the South Pole ice limit. The Rolvaag was transporting a 25,000 ton meteorite—"the largest meteorite in the world"—that EES had been paid to remove from nearby Isla Desolación by billionaire Palmer Lloyd. Now Glinn has learned the sunken meteorite has begun to grow into a treelike form, nicknamed "the Baobab" because of its shape. Glinn believes it's an extraterrestrial life form, an alien seed that will destroy the Earth. He wants Crew to destroy it with a nuclear device. Thus begins relentless mayhem, another thrill-a-minute read. Piloting a Deep Submergence Vehicle, Crew snips a piece of Baobab. Aboard ship, the segment mutates into wormlike creatures that drill through the nasal passages and into the brains of sleeping crew, who thereafter run amok at Baobab's bidding. Series readers will see a new side of the enigmatic Glinn. Crew remains the standard angst-driven hero. There's the requisite slovenly, boorish, yet brilliant computer genius and a less memorable supporting cast. New readers will struggle with minimal references to EES's raison d'être and its fabled Quantitative Behavior Analysis. There's diving lore, a précis on assembling a nuke, and a short, dense dissection of "endoplasmic reticulum" and "Golgi bodies" to conjecture a "carbon-hydrogen-silicon-oxygen form of life" that seems to have no purpose other than the biological imperative. Science fiction as action adventure, the sort of book primed for screen treatment if a producer can find a sufficient F/X budget.

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Grand Central Publishing
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Gideon Crew Series , #4
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6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

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Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Place of Birth:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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Beyond the Ice Limit (Gideon Crew Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the Pendergast novels are a definite favorite, Beyond the Ice Limit was nerve-wracking, exciting, filled with action and dynamic characters, all that a Preston-Child novel is known for. Would highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
20 pages in and hooked again!
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JBronder 6 days ago
The Gideon Crew has been called in to recover the meteorite that was really an alien lifeform. It seems the meteorite was not a rock but more of a seed and it has been growing in the bottom of the ocean. This thing is a great threat to the plant and needs to be stopped. But it is not going to be an easy fight, some won’t make it, but if the Gideon Crew doesn’t succeed there won’t be much left of our planet. I have not read the other books in the Gideon Crew series or The Ice Limit. I know, as a fan of Lincoln and Child this is a travesty. But, I had no problem jumping right into this story. Having said that, the beginning was a little slow as everything was getting built. But once you get past that, you are off to the races trying to keep up with the break neck pace. Beyond the Limit is a great mix of science fiction, fantasy, and thriller. Lincoln and Child keep you on your toes and when you think it might be over, bam, you are off and running again. I really enjoyed Beyond the Limit. I will definitely be reading The Ice Limit and others in the Gideon Crew series. I received Beyond the Ice Limit from the publisher free of charge. This does not influence my opinion of this book.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Great read!!! Though I enjoyed TIL, BTIL was byfar more enthralling. From the minute I picked it up I was hooked. Thanks again Gents! Next, countdown to The Obsidian Chamber.....
Anonymous 4 months ago
Gideon crew almost like a superhero that he's bringing him along even though she is a that is innovative imaginative and able think out-of-the-box. A must read
MasonCanyon 7 months ago
You might say this story is a bit like Alien mixed with a sinister form of The Abyss. The suspense is high, the unknown incredible, and the mission extremely dangerous. Put these elements together and you have one unbelievable adrenaline-fueled thriller enhanced by the narration of David W. Collins. His mannerisms and cadence is spot on. He gives unique voices to each character. Collins boosts the suspense with his vocalization. This is an enjoyable mix of science fiction and adventure with tidbits of science mingled in. It gives you pause to wonder, ‘what if.’ Through the authors’ vivid descriptions, you feel like you’re on the ocean as the characters ride the waves to race again time. The story moves at a fast pace, but holds you spellbound all the way. The suspense is high as twists and turns keep you fearing the worst. The characters are well-developed and realistic. They are a mix that you find likable and love to hate. BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT is a stand-alone story even though it’s a long awaited follow up to a story. New readers/listeners won’t be left in the dark as the authors’ provide enough background details to make the story flow smoothly. This is a pulse-pounding thriller you don’t want to end. Preston and Child may have delayed 15 years in writing this sequel to THE ICE LIMIT, but it was well worth the wait. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Scruffie52 10 months ago
After the Ice Limit, I wanted more. After many years and letters, they finally wrote this. I read it in one day. I literally could not put it down. The characters all came back to life and adding new to this wonderful, suspenseful and creative book. I won't give anything away...but this is great to the very last page. Thank you to Preston and Child for this wonderful gift of a wonderful ending!!
Loves_to_readLF 11 months ago
Not impressed. I read lots of books. I felt like I was thrown into the middle of a conversation for the first 70 or so pages. I skimmed over a lot of this book because, well, it was boring. I don't particularly like this partnership and think maybe they need to hire someone to tie everything together. The whole premise and resolution was not well written. I like the individual authors but won't read another book created by both of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A definite must read.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
At the conclusion of The Ice Limit, the suspected meteorite sank to the ocean floor. Now Eli Glinn has talked Gideon Crew into joining their latest expedition to find out if it is an alien life form. As Gideon and Alex Lispenard are suspended in the submergence vehicles, they view the object which resembles a large tree with roots branching out across the ocean floor and a mouth at the top of the tree. When Alex gets too close, her sub is sucked into the thing and the crushed sub is then spewed back out. Eli tells Gideon he was brought on as a nuclear expert and all the makings of a bomb are on the ship. It is up to Gideon to build a bomb to destroy the alien before it destroys our planet. I was disappointed in the followup. The book had a good story line but too much scientific technical jargon had me skimming over a lot of it. This distracted from the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every Preston & Child novel has its good points and bad points. IMO, this book was a good read, but you have to read a sample and judge for yourself.
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Every book they write together, aside from the Pendergast novels, gets progressively worse.
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