From debut thriller author Greig Beck comes Beneath the Ice, a mix of the scientific and the supernatural ...
When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing an enormous cave system, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost.
Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained commandos, along with a team of scientists, are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong. Meanwhile, the alluring petrobiologist Aimee Weir is sent to follow up on the detection of a vast underground reservoir. If the unidentified substance proves to be oil, every country in the world will want to know about it—even wage war over it. Or worse.
Once suspended into the caves, Alex, Aimee, and the others can't locate a single survivor—or even a trace of their remains. Nor is there a energy source, only specters of the dead haunting the tunnels. But soon they will discover that something very much alive is brewing beneath the surface. It is a force that dates back to the very dawn of time—an ancient terror that hunts and kills to survive…
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Pretty good bubble gum fiction
Glad it wasn't more than 8 bucks, though. I ejoyed reading it.
Fast Paced Thru & Thru!
There was not a slow part to this book, whatsoever! I finished in less than two days- only because m a homeschool mom. I'm an instant fan and getting the next one.
My First Beck Novel...Will Not Be My Last!
Okay...so let's get the obvious out of the way first. Let's talk briefly about what this book isn't.
This isn't Hemingway. This isn't Verne. This isn't a biological thriller based on years of research or field work, nor is it an attempt to get a trained zoologist, biologist or geologist to sit up and take note of the terrifying plausibility of the story.
This IS fiction. Very good fiction.
A small jet falls to earth over Antarctica at terminal velocity, plowing through the thick ice cap...and through the roof of a complex cave system that had been sealed from the eyes of man for millennia...containing creatures that had been left to develop on their own for hundreds of millions of years.
A rescue party consisting of scientists and Green Berets is dispatched to search for survivors of the plane crash--and to investigate a possible signature of billions of barrels of oil, the presence of which was revealed by the plane's impact.
None of this first team is ever heard from again.
Enter protagonist Captain Alex Hunter, leading a team of Special Forces and a second team of scientists to find the missing search party. They're not alone, however. The possibility of that much oil lures others to stop the Americans from completing their mission. In addition, fantastic creatures with deadly intent await Alex and his group in the subterranean tunnels. One of these is a gargantuan monster of myth with a keen intelligence and a taste for human flesh.
The action is nonstop and very well executed. The pseudo-science is fantastical, but stops short of being outright ridiculous. The novel doesn't try to be a doctoral dissertation on extinct creatures, but neither does it have you stretching disbelief to the point where you're flung out of the story.
Paperback (and electronic) fiction is, by and large, one of the cheapest forms of entertainment. This aside, when I rate a book, the bottom line is this: does the book deliver enough fun for the cost of admission?
And with "Beneath", the answer is a resounding "YES".