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Nullpunkt by Lincoln Child
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A group of scientists undertake an expedition to Alaska's Federal Wilderness Zone to study the effects of global warming. The expedition changes suddenly when the group heads out on a routine foray into a glacial ice cave and makes an astonishing find.
Authors:Lincoln Child
Other authors:Detlef Bierstedt (Sprecher), Lincoln Child (Author), Detlef Bierstedt (Sprecher) (Author)
Info:Argon Verlag GmbH (2010), Edition: 1. (autorisierte Lesefassung), Audio CD, 6 pages
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Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child


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Definitely better than the first. a bit slow to start but got interesting pretty fast. ( )
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
This was an OK book. I did not find it particularly suspensful or frightening. I'm not sure why there were so many characters introduced in the book, since they really didn't seem to go anywhere or have much to do with the actual story.

I'm glad that it was a library book that I can promptly return. I suspect that I will not be remembering much of this story after a few days. ( )
  PamV | Mar 27, 2018 |
Child uses a hackneyed setting to tell an interesting story - I wish several of the more exotic plot points had been fleshed out more. Also, it feels as if one character is being set up as a franchise cornerstone - one I would look forward to reading more about. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
A team of scientists funded by a media conglomerate who wants to shoot a documentary are researching the effects of global warming in the frozen tundra that is Mount Fear. They find what they think is a fantastic prehistoric discovery. And then bodies start to pile up!

As with any book by Lincoln Child you're going to get great thriller moments, an interesting overall story subject and explanation that is just plausible enough but not to the point where it doesn't leave the reader asking questions at the end.
I enjoyed this one alot. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Sci-fi and global warming fans will love this Lincoln Child novel set in Alaska, a locale so remote it is north of the Arctic Circle. There is already a military facility there, though it is being maintained, so to speak, by a skeleton crew. In the 50's there had been a military research center there. A disaster led to it's closing, but the details of the disaster have largely been forgotten all these years later.

Meanwhile, a university research group has landed some funding to pay for a team to go onsite to study the alarming effects of global warming where the world is never supposed to thaw. What they find is glaciers that are calving off huge icebergs, accidentally uncovering a cave where the scientists find themselves face to face with a carcass of some unknown prehistoric creature, a creature flash frozen so quickly that it still has open eyes to stare into! Scary, to say the least...and then a small contingent of aboriginal people turn up to warn the scientists that this creature is evil and represents the revenge of the local gods, who do not want the environment to be disturbed. And you can bet nobody was scared away by that...

The team had been so glad to receive the grant to go to Alaska that they had not read the fine print of their agreement. Thus they find themselves at the mercy of a film crew which arrives in a flash with the intent of filming the thawing of the ice block containing the creature on live television. But the ice block thaws and the creature turns up missing. Who stole that carcass, and where did they hide it??

The only thing more ominous is how dead bodies start appearing at an alarming rate. It takes several bodies before the surviving folks quit blaming the hungry polar bears.

There is a lot more going on here and the quest to locate and eliminate the creature is involved and as scary as the harrowing journey of the folks who try to escape the military base via truck and trailer before the creature gets them.

The author offers up multiple theories of the source and psyche of the creature, including an extra-terrestrial origin, but there is no definite answer offered. Lots more fiction than science offered here, but it is a fun read. ( )
  vcg610 | Jan 9, 2016 |
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One of the unwritten rules of creating a good horror yarn is that the location your story takes place in has to be as frightening as your monster. The setting almost has to act an an extension of the bloodthirsty antagonist; a place that can more easily be seen as its lair than a place of human habitation. In Lincoln Child's latest novel Terminal Freeze that place is Fear Base, a rotting military facility shivering the the shadow of Fear Glacier, and it is stalked by something utterly horrifying.

Readers of The Relic, another horror novel penned by Child and his sometimes partner Douglas Preston, will feel right at home as they delve into Terminal Freeze. Fear Base is a dusty, dark, and labyrinthine place just as foreboding as the natural history museum in which Preston and Child's first hit novel was set. (Child's choice of setting also closely recalls that of John Carpenter's The Thing, based on the short story "Who Goes There?") A further similarity to the earlier work is that the story follows a diverse group of characters with a scientist, in this case paleoecologist Evan Marshall, as the hero.

The basic storyline is as follows; a group of scientists discover something frozen in the ice, a creature with two predatory, cat-like eyes. At first they think it is a Smilodon frozen in ice, but as more information comes to light they are less sure of their initial hypothesis. Such a momentous discovery soon grabs the attention of the people who underwrote the expedition, the Terra Prime documentary network, and soon the scientists are sidelined as the film crew turns the base into a media circus. . . .
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In the early part of the twentieth century the Beresovka mammoth carcass was discovered in Siberia. Nearly intact, the animal was found buried in silty gravel sitting in an upright position. The mammoth had a broken foreleg, evidently caused by a fall from a nearby cliff ten thousand years ago. The remains of its stomach were intact and there were grasses and buttercups lodged between its teeth. The flesh was still edible, but reportedly not tasty.

No one has ever satisfactorily explained how the Beresovka mammoth and other animals found frozen in the subarctic could have been frozen before being consumed by predators of the time. (J. Holland, "Alaska Science Forum")
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At dusk, when the stars rose one by one into a frozen sky, Usuguk approached the snowhouse as silently as a fox. (Prologue)
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