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The Ice Limit (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 2001

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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.

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"Compelling...Riddled with subplots, treachery, and betrayal...Packs a series of surprise wallops."―Toronto Star

"Their most expertly executed entertainment yet...a big-boned thriller, one that will make a terrific summer movie as well as a memorable hot-day read."―Publishers Weekly

"Opens with a bang....with increasing momentum, budding romances, raging storms, and sinister mysteries clash, collide, and hurtle toward an explosive climax....Mystery and suspense are what we are looking for, and Preston and Child deliver."―Portsmouth Herald (NH)

"An ultra action-packed adventure that will thrill with its non-stop action. Preston and Child put the pedal to the metal....A real kicker."―Midwest Book Review

"Chock-full of cliff-hanging surprises and unexpected twists....If nonstop thrills and a genuinely satisfying adventure are what you're after, then look no further."―Providence Sunday Journal

"Things grow heated in Preston and Child's thriller...stamped with their trademark fearsome imagination."―Poisoned Pen

"Breathtakingly tense throughout...for lovers of The Perfect Storm."―Kliatt

"A great read...a techno-thriller of a high order, with believable technology and an excellent sense of character development."―Rapport -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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Ein mysteriöser Meteorit von ungeheurer Größe wird auf einer Insel im Süden Chiles entdeckt. Ein exzentrischer Milliardär beschließt, ihn zum Glanzstück seines neuen Museums zu machen und finanziert eine kostspielige Expedition, die den Meteoriten bergen soll. Bereits bei der Ankunft auf der chilenischen Insel läuft jedoch nichts mehr nach Plan..und es wird noch schlimmer..
Eigentlich ein guter Stoff für HiTech-Action mit SciFi-Schlagseite-leider machen die Autoren nicht das Beste daraus. Zu viele ausufernde Beschreibungen, unnötige Nebenhandlungen lassen in der ersten Hälfte des Thrillers oftmals Langeweile aufkommen. Erst im letzten Drittel nimmt der Roman richtig Fahrt auf, um dann vollkommen abrupt zu enden.
Alles etwas unausgegoren und nicht zu Ende gedacht-da hat das Powerduo Lincoln & Child schon Besseres hingekriegt. Trotzdem ein recht lesbarer Thriller, daher vier Punkte.
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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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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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Ist, glaube ich, dass 3. oder 4. Buch, das ich mir von Preston/Child gekauft habe. Ist immer noch eines meiner Lieblingsbücher (nach 'Cabinet of Curiosities). Ein wenig technisch, aber ein tolles Buch. Wie immer spannend geschrieben, wollte es nicht mehr weglegen. Kann ich nur empfehlen.
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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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