Ice Hunt

Ice Hunt

by James Rollins

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ISBN-13: 9780061965845
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 121,634
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

James Rollins is the author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.


Sacramento, California

Date of Birth:

August 20, 1961

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

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Ice Hunt

Chapter One

Blood Lure

April 6, 2:56 P.M.
Brooks Range, Alaska

Always respect Mother Nature ... especially when she weighs four hundred pounds and is guarding her baby.

Matthew Pike faced the grizzly from fifty yards away. The massive she-bear eyed him back, chuffing into the breeze. Her yearling cub nosed a blackberry briar, but it was too early in the season for berries. The cub was just playing in the brambles, oblivious to the six-foot-two Fish and Game officer standing, sweating, in the afternoon sun. But the youngster had little to fear when watched over by his mother. Her muscled bulk, yellowed teeth, and four-inch claws were protection enough.

Matt's moist palm rested on his holstered canister of pepper spray. His other hand slowly shifted to the rifle slung on his shoulder. Don't charge, sweetheart ... don't make this day any worse than it already is. He'd had enough trouble with his own dogs earlier and had left them tethered back at his campsite.

As he watched, her ears slowly flattened to her skull. Her back legs bunched as she bounced a bit on her front legs. It was clear posturing, a stance meant to chase off any threat.

Matt held back a groan. How he wanted to run, but he knew to do so would only provoke the she-bear to chase him down. He risked taking a single slow step backward, careful to avoid the snap of a twig. He wore an old pair of moosehide boots, hand-sewn by his ex-wife, a skill learned from her Inuit father. Though they were three years divorced, Matt appreciated her skill now. The soft soles allowed him to tread quietly.

He continued his slow retreat.

Normally, when one encountered a bear in the wild, the best defense was loud noises: shouts, catcalls, whistles, anything to warn the normally reclusive predators away. But to stumble upon this sow and cub when topping a rise, running face-to-face into Ursus arctos horribilis, any sudden movement or noise could trigger the maternal beast to charge. Bear attacks numbered in the thousands each year in Alaska, including hundreds of fatalities. Just two months ago, he and a fellow warden had run a tributary of the Yukon River in kayaks, searching for two rafters reported late in returning home, only to discover their half-eaten remains.

So Matt knew bears. He knew to watch for fresh bear signs whenever hiking: unsettled dung, torn-up sod, clawed trunks of trees. He carried a bear whistle around his neck and pepper spray at his belt. And no one with any wits entered the Alaskan backcountry without a rifle. But as Matt had learned during his ten-year stint among the parks and lands of Alaska, out here the unexpected was commonplace. In a state bigger than Texas, with most of its lands accessible only by floatplane, the wildernesses of Alaska made the wild places of the lower states seem like nothing more than Disney theme parks: domesticated, crowded, commercialized. But here nature ruled in all its stark and brutal majesty.

Of course, right now, Matt was hoping for a break on the brutal part. He continued his cautious retreat. The she-bear kept her post. Then the small male cub -- if you could call a a hundred-and-fifty-pound ball of fur and muscle small -- finally noticed the stranger nearby. It rose on its hind legs, looking at him. It shimmied and tossed its head about, male aggression made almost comical. Then it did the one thing Matt prayed it wouldn't do. It dropped on all fours and loped toward him, more in play and curiosity than with any aggressive intent. But it was a deadly move nonetheless.

While Matt did not fear the yearling cub -- a blast of pepper spray would surely stop it in its tracks -- its mother's response was a different matter. The pepper spray would be no more than a tenderizing seasoning when her pile-driver strength pounded down on him. And forget about a head shot, even with his Marlin sport rifle. The bear's thick skull would only deflect the bullet. Not even a shot square through the heart was a safe bet. It would take ten minutes for such a shot to kill a bear, and the shooter would be bear scat by then. The only real way to kill a grizzly was to aim for the legs, bring her bulk down, then keep on shooting.

And despite the personal danger, Matt was loath to do this. The grizzlies were his personal totem. They were the symbol of this country. With their numbers dwindling to less than twenty-five thousand, he could not bring himself to kill even one of them. In fact, he had come to Brooks Range on his own personal time to help in the cataloging and DNA mapping of the parkland's population of awakening grizzlies, fresh out of winter's blanket. He had been up here collecting samples from hair traps stationed throughout the remote areas of the park and freshening their foul-smelling scent lures when he found himself in this predicament.

But now Matt was faced with the choice of kill or be killed. The cub bounded merrily in his direction. His mother growled in warning -- but Matt was not sure if she was talking to him or her cub. Either way, his retreat sped up, one foot fumbling behind the other. He shrugged his rifle into one hand and unholstered his pepper spray.

As he struggled with the spray's flip top, a fierce growl rose behind him. Matt glanced over his shoulder. On the trail behind him, a dark shape raced at him, tail flagging in the air.

Matt's eyes grew wide with recognition. "Bane! No!" The black dog pounded up the slope, hackles raised, a continual growl flowing from his throat ...

Ice Hunt. Copyright © by James Rollins. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Ice Hunt 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 200 reviews.
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
This book has sat inconspicuously next to my computer desk on it's shelf for two years and I don't know what exactly propelled me to pick it up but I'm glad I finally did! I tend to collect adventure stories that reach all corners of the Earth, even go between the layers and I especially love all the ice stories such as this one. The good news is that this book is fantastic, it reads like a movie and sometimes goes in opposite direction of reality and belief but it makes for a heck of a read. The bad news, it's long, well only 505 pages but Rollins could use a good editor and chop off about a hundred because he loves to write about ever single step everyone takes, especially when it comes to fighting and explaining how to maneuver submarines, helicopters and all sorts of vehicles. Maybe it's a dude thing, maybe if I was a guy I'd love it little more, not sure, but I am patient and still enjoyed the book because the main idea was excellent.

Most of the story revolves around an ice island that has frozen over and over in the Earth's polar ice cap, sharing waters with Alaska, Russia, Finland, Canada and Greenland. Scientists and naval powers haven't seen it in decades but life is being brought back to the island, all because a shape that has moved and caught on the submarine's sonar, all within the abandoned ice station inside, named Ice Station Grendel. Those who read enough and watch fantasy movies will be familiar with the name, but the author has planned more than a cool name for a station, it's not as much of a moniker as a foreshadowing what caused its demise and what will bring terror back into the icy waters. The station looks like an upside down cone, spiraling levels with labs, a cave and even a submarine gate, all encased in clear blue ice, with people running though it once again. I loved reading how the tunnels in an ice island felt like, the eerie cold and quiet one felt when alone, probably the loneliest place to be, deep under water, but not really alone, there's something else down there...

There are good guys, bad guys, and those who simply cannot make their minds up as the reader is catapulted into a journey of fighting governments, secret project cover ups and tons of action. My head was spinning from the armaments and mental battles going on and I felt like I was reading a movie, it was an amazing experience, but like I said little lengthy. After reading Ice Hunt I'm ready to tackle more of Rollins, but after my toes unfreeze, I feel as if I have been dipping them in ice water the whole time, because that's all there is.

Great ending, lots of twists and turns and some nasty surprises crawling throng those quiet tunnels. Those who love action, science and adventure with a little mystery threw in will enjoy this tremendously. What starts of as a scientific mission turns into a tale that takes a bite out of the reader, a rather good bite too, so enjoy and watch that only appears safe.

- Kasia S.
Grandpa More than 1 year ago
Mathew Pike, an Alaska Fish and Game warden (and much more), Jennifer Aratuk, sheriff for the Nunamiut and Inupiat tribe (and more too), along with Craig Teague, reporter for the Seattle Times (so he tells you).Stumble upon a stunning discovery that was made on the Polar ice cap. A Russian secret laboratory containing discoveries that could change the world. Both the Americans and Russians will literally do anything to get their hands on this discovery, and dispose of those who know about it. So begins a bang slap story that will be hard to put down. WARNING you must read all the way to the end, there is a final scene that will give you goose bumps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book definitely keeps you turning the pages. He lets the plot build as you go and doesn't reveal what's really up until the end when it all comes together. If you like a well written fantasy journey with some impossible situations for the good guys to get out of, you'll enjoy reading this. Other books by this same author are equally well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love a bit of history, mixed with thriller/si fy/mystery/ will love James Rollins. It does not matter if you start reading any of his individula novels, such as Ice Hunt or Amazonia or if you prefer to read his Sigma can't go wrong with James Rollins. He is and will always be one of my very favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Rollins came thru for me! This novel was EXCELLENT!! Set in the Arctic region, characters were strong and well developed. The plot was non stop action. It does jump from one place to another each chapter, so need to get used to that. It had a complete ending, no wondering what happened. And a good Epilog explaining how he developed the plot, what he created and what were really accurate facts. I highly recommend this chilling, exciting page turner to anybody who likes exotic locations, lots of action, and creepy creatures! TEN STARS!!! Vallie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has the creepy adventure that i love in books. And for those dingdongs who are having numbnut conversations on here go away , do it on facebook or something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rollins weaves a good yarn with plenty of action and interesting creatures, characters, suspense etc. My only complaint is that after 300 pages there isn't much new or different that can happen, you know the good guys are going to save the world and enough people have died, revealed secrets, blah, blah that anything 'new' isn't. I started another book before forcing myself back to the last 80 pages. I'll read more Rollins novels hoping they're not too long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Rollins combination of actual events mixed with imaginaion and science makes for interesting and stimulating reading. Add in a terrific ability to create interesting characters and nonstop challenging situations and you have great reading!
harpua on LibraryThing 1 hours ago
This is a book I just could not get into. I'm not sure if it was just something I wasn't ready to read yet, perhaps it was the fact I was reading this during the coldest and snowiest period of the year so far, or if it just wasn't that great of a book. I like James Rollins, this is the first book of his I just did not enjoy. It just took way too long to develop for my liking. I was over 200 pages in and it just didn't seem like much of anything really happened. Oh sure, there were action sequences from the beginning and individually they were well written and entertaining, but they just didn't seem cohesive to the whole story and seemed to be in place just to fill pages. It all made sense in the end, but just seemed way to difficult to get to that point. I give this book two stars, one for the action sequences that when isolated were enjoyable, and the second just because he's James Rollins and I know he writes good books. This was just not one of them for me.
van_stef on LibraryThing 28 days ago
So, I have to say that while this book was very interesting and I did like it, this was my least favorite James Rollins book. But once you get a ways in, it gets better. I love the plot that dates back to World War Two and the ending is my favorite part of the book.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing 28 days ago
James Rollins writes the classic mainstream adventure novels that are equivalent to Indiana Jones in the theater. If you don't mind reading, and you like adventure/suspense, this book comes highly recommended--even from people I know who aren't much on reading in general. The characters are real and the plots are interesting, but everything is balanced, and the writing is engaging. I'd recommend all of Rollins' works, and this one towards the top.
thewere8472 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
An interesting story but a secret Russian base an research into extreme cold survival - though not as thrilling as Rollin's other books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book . It captivates from start to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, I find very little fault with Rollins' books, but this one was quite tedious. We are actually past page 200 before any real action begins that is pertinent to the main focus of the novel. It got boring enough that the last half, the part with the action, couldn't quite make up for it. In my opinion, the story should have been compressed into far fewer pages to avoid this. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book after the rest of the Sigma Force series (to date), and it was interesting to see Kowalski as a young man, having already seen a great many of his later adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great novel by James Rollins. This book kept my attention from page 1 to the end. Lots of unexpected twists and turns.
Meg64MW More than 1 year ago
Great book. Lots of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your chair. Another great book by James Rollins
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Breseis More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, it is lengthy, but coming from a science and engineering background I welcome every bit of every detail. The story is great and the moments leading to every scenario are tied together really well. There were many times where I couldn't believe what I was reading or wasn't expecting in the turn of events. I highly recommend this book if you love science and ficttion... or both.
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