Ice Reichby William Dietrich
It begins with a light plane caught in a murderous snowstorm with a body strapped to its underside. It spans a world war, three continents, and is infused with an extraordinary love affair. This first novel by a Pulitzer-winning journalist won global acclaim and was published in nine languages. The story begins when Owen Hart, a down-on-his-luck Montana cowboy turned… See more details below
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It begins with a light plane caught in a murderous snowstorm with a body strapped to its underside. It spans a world war, three continents, and is infused with an extraordinary love affair. This first novel by a Pulitzer-winning journalist won global acclaim and was published in nine languages. The story begins when Owen Hart, a down-on-his-luck Montana cowboy turned Bush pilot, is recruited in 1938 to fly for a Third Reich expedition (based on a true story) to claim a slice of Antarctica. The tale moves from Alaska to Germany to the cold southern ocean, where the explorers find a Norwegian whaling ship depopulated by disease next to a frozen volcanic island. Hart forms a partnership with biologist Greta Heinz to discover the cause in caverns below, but war and romantic rivalry separate the couple. Can Hart later find Greta in the fiery cauldron of bomber Berlin, and can the couple find their way back to Antarctica to thwart a desperate last-minute Nazi plan to win World War II?
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William Dietrich is the author of 15 books, including the popular Ethan Gage series set in the Napoleonic period. His work has sold into 28 languages. Besides his work as a novelist, he has served as a journalist, university professor, and non-fiction author of Northwest environmental history. He shared a Pulitzer prize for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill for the Seattle Times, and visited Antarctica twice in researching this novel.
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I found this to be really boring and the plot very predictable.
the plot was not convincing as possible and the characters were less than artfully created. Anything is possible but this work is contrived.
I thought the book started off a little confusing in the beginning but soon everything started to come into order. The book was a good look at something that could have happened since the Germans really did finance a mission to Antartica but nothing was found. I thought the characters were well thought out and they all had depth to them. At some points I got so into the story I could feel the blizzard as it battered the small expedition. I recommend that everyone read this book. I think it was once of the best books I've ever read.
A superb book that leaves you on the edge of your seat. With a brilliant sotryline and down-to-earth characters it's one of those novels that you just can't put down.