Sunday, 11 September 2011

FANTASY THRILLER REVIEW: Beneath the Dark Ice - Greig Beck

Release Date: 02/09/11



When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice in a violent storm, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost.

Captain Alex Hunter and his crack team of highly trained commandos are fast-tracked there to find out what went wrong, accompanied by an assortment of researchers, including petrobiologist Aimee Weir. Within the caves lies an unidentified – and unnatural seeming – substance. If it proves to be an energy source, every country in the world will want to know about it – some even kill for it.


If you love books where mankind faces the kind of things that haven’t been seen since the dinosaur era then this could well be the title for you as a plane crashes into Antarctica and into a subterranean cavern, the like of which has not been seen by human eyes before. It has some decent twists, feels partly like a Jules Verne type tale with a mix of The Thing (John Carpenters 1984 film) and a hint towards the first Alien vs. Predator.

All in, it is clever although a tad predictable and when you throw into the mix a super solider and a team of scientists you know that it’s going to get bloody fast with high octane action as well as combat. Add to this a story that is fun (provided you’re not going to sit there and poke holes into the tales inconsistencies) and it’s one that is a nice piece of thriller escapism. I’ll definitely read the next book by this author although I’m expecting the line “I’ll be Beck” to appear at some point. LOL

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