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Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Grand Central Publishing; Auflage: Reprint (1. Juli 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0446610232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446610230
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,5 x 2,9 x 17,1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 78.349 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Der 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, geborene Autor Douglas Preston studierte in Kalifornien u. a. Biologie, Chemie, Physik, Geologie und Englische Literatur. Nach dem Examen arbeitete er am "American Museum of Natural History" in New York - mit seinem riesigen Dinosaurierskelett in der Eingangshalle die ideale Kulisse für einen Thriller, wie Preston fand. So entstand der Roman "Relic - Museum der Angst", den er zusammen mit seinem Koautor Lincoln Child schrieb und der 1996 in Hollywood verfilmt wurde. Gemeinsam mit seinem Landsmann schrieb der Amerikaner weitere Bestseller wie "Riptide - Mörderische Flut", "Thunderhead - Schlucht des Verderbens" oder "Fever - Schatten der Vergangenheit". Douglas Preston lebt mit seiner Frau und den drei gemeinsamen Kindern im US-Bundesstaat Maine.

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Billionaire Palmer Lloyd is accustomed to getting what he wants--and what he wants for his new museum is the largest meteorite on earth. Unfortunately for Lloyd, it's buried on an inhospitable Chilean island just north of the Ice Limit in the most brutal, unforgiving seas in the world.

Fortunately for Lloyd, he knows people--people like Eli Glinn, the hyper-focused president of Effective Engineering Solutions, Inc.; Glinn's nonconformist, genius of a mathematician, Rachel Amira; and the uncannily able construction engineer, Manuel Garza. Lloyd's also tapped the brilliant but disgraced meteorite hunter, Sam McFarlane, and the exceptional supertanker captain, Sally Britton, whose career was unshipped by intemperance and a reef. Of course, such a team has a hefty price tag:

Lloyd's broad features narrowed. "And that is... "

"One hundred and fifty million dollars. Including chartering the transport vessel. FOB the Lloyd Museum."

Lloyd's face went pale. "My God. One hundred and fifty million... " His chin sank onto his hands. "For a ten-thousand-ton rock. That's... "

"Seven dollars and fifty cents a pound," said Glinn.

EES's plan is to obtain mining rights to the island, secure the allegiance of various Chilean functionaries via blinding sums of money, disguise a state-of- the-art supertanker as a decrepit ore rig, mine the rock, slip it into the ship, and zip back to New York to thunderous notoriety. Unforeseen, however, are a rogue Chilean naval captain, seas to make Sebastian Junger boot, and a blood-red meteorite of undetermined pedigree and a habit of discharging billions of volts of electricity for no apparent reason.

Like Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's earlier collaborations (Relic, Thunderhead, and others), The Ice Limit tools along swiftly, blending nicely drawn characters (excepting, regrettably, the book's true protagonist, the meteorite), a reasonably exciting narrative, and enough graspable science and plausible-seeming theories to bring readers happily up to speed and keep them climax-bound. Not the authors' best effort, certainly, but a fine diversion nonetheless. --Michael Hudson -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

Synopsis

In the desolate regions of Chile, a remarkable discovery has been made. It is a massive meteorite whose existence will change science and mankind forever. An expedition sets out to recover it, but what should be a straightforward undertaking becomes dangerous, and the bizarre artefact may not be what it seems. When a raging storm drives the tanker beyond the dangerous Antarctic latitude known as the Ice Limit, superstition, egos, and the unknown clash in a stunning finale that will risk the lives of everyone on board.

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Lynn Harnett am 4. Juli 2000
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Lots of ice and plenty of farfetched suspense make for perfect summer escapism with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's latest adventure thriller.
The book opens with a bang as a lone scientist on a desolate island just north of Antarctica makes the discovery of a lifetime, which promptly incinerates him. Cut to the seventh richest man in the world, American businessman Palmer Lloyd, who throws his financial weight around at a Christie's auction, much to the humbled participants' disgust and admiration, then flies off to the Kalahari to buy a prominent meteorite hunter.
Lloyd is building the world's greatest natural history museum and the meteorite hunter, Sam McFarlane, is going to help him acquire his centerpiece - the world's largest meteorite - found by Sam's former partner on that Chilean Antarctic island. Lloyd also acquires an engineer to plan the expedition, a humorless perfectionist who prides himself on his flawless success record. Eli Glinn plans for every contingency, human nature included. The party sets out on a state-of-the-art tanker, disguised as a rustbucket on an ore mining job. Like Glinn and McFarlane, its dignified female captain has been made wiser by a career-blighting error.
The expedition attracts the attention of a bitter and suspicious Chilean destroyer captain, whose powerlessness is matched by his tenacity. And then Glinn, who thinks of everything, allows Sam to bury his former partner's body without inspecting it. Uh oh. But the initial digging of the meteorite goes off without a hitch. Palmer Lloyd jumps down on the surprisingly red rock and presses his cheek to it without ill effect.
Still, the thing is strange.
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Winter Wren am 20. Juli 2000
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Preston and Child have yet again written a novel which will keep you glued to your seat for hours. A mixture of science, adventure, drama and intrigue combine to make "The Ice Limit" a fabulous read. Each character is carefully developed and any reader will find them not only likeable, but also quite believable. I'm a great fan of the way women are depicted in their novels as a whole, and this one in particular. The women are strong, intelligent and not sidelined to unimportant roles. As always, the authors have chosen interesting locales and described them so well that you feel like you're actually there.
If you have never read a Preston Child novel, this would be a great one to start with. Then go back and read their others ("Relic" is the absolute best). You won't be disappointed.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Roy E. Bode am 7. Juli 2000
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Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs have been magnificent, edge-of-the chair storytellers from their very first collaboration, Reliquary. But their writing skills have been honed in every subsequent novel, giving their characters greater substance and sharpening their plots. If this story seems familiar, it is. Its key elements are variants of a somewhat standard storyline for these writers: Another rich eccentric teams up with some Indiana Jones-type scientists and engineers and everyone sees again that money can't buy everything, Mother Nature can be nasty, some mysteries loom beyond today's knowledge, and pushing the scientific relm might be risky. You'll know the major characters in here: Same people, same conflicts as in the earlier P&C books wearing different names. But why tamper with success? The formula works. This is another book that will keep you turning pages long past your bedtime. As in Thunderhead and their others, Preston calls on his background at New York's American Museum of Natural History to provide some scientific underpinning to this tale -- enough so you may even collect a little stray knowledge of meteorites and supertankers. Take it to the beach or a summer hammock. No Pulitzers here; no National Book Awards. But thrilling fun!
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Thomas Memleb am 15. August 2005
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I finished this one last night ... started it the night before. Really gripping stuff, well-paced, hard to put down. Suspense until the very end.
Easily as good as "Relic" and "Thunderhead" (my favourite, so far, by the authors), better than "Reliquary", much better than "Riptide" (their weakest in my opinion). Preston and Child stick to the main storyline and avoid unnecessary sidelines (unlike "Brimstone"); and they are getting better at making their characters less two-dimensional - although that seems to me to be their weak point throughout their novels.
But what the heck, it's still a good story. Go and get it - and keep wondering until the last page what this meteorite thing is all about.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von ALu69 am 25. Mai 2008
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Billionaire Palmer Lloyd wants the largest meteorite on earth for his new museum in New York. Too bad that this meteorite is extremely large, very heavy and on top of that buried deeply on a Chilean island just north of the Ice Limit surrounded by the brutal forces of nature. Luckily with enough money Lloyd can hire the best: Eli Glinn (president of Effective Engineering Solutions), Rachel Amira (mathematician genius) and Manuel Garza (construction engineer) as well as Sam McFarlane (brilliant meteorite hunter) and Sally Britton (supertanker captain). As soon as the salvage mission begins, the team must battle various obstacles, as well as defend their lives.

I am a huge fan of the writer duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. So far all of their former books were entertaining, thrilling and also a bit scary. Overall always a great mixture between mystery and science. As a result their books are way above the average. At least until I read this one.
This is about the planning of the salvage, overcoming the (technical) obstacles, about developing a romance and the forces of nature. The initial idea is ok and the book starts well but the story development is slow and the tension is not constantly rising. As a result the whole story lacks pace and suspense. On top of that there is no real mystery and no horror at all. It is more an adventure story than anything else. Too bad it is neither really thrilling nor entertaining. Therefore this is the first Preston/Child book that did not keep me glued to my seat and made me want to read for hours.
The best part of the book is the very last sentence. Here the book stops with a BANG! The ending gives the whole story a completely new twist. Now I wished to read more but exactly when the story finally gets intriguing the book ends.
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