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Ice Station a novel by Mathew Reilly

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The Next Die Hard Movie?

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Reading this book I couldn't help but think if Die Hard 4 were to be made as a prequel, this could be the story. The main character is so "John MacCleanish" that this could be MacClean's story in the Marines.

The main character, Schofield heads a small batallion of marines to a scientific research station in Antarctica. The scientists have discovered "something" that must be secured until the proper authorities get there. What is not realized is several other supposed "ally" nations also know about the "something" and send their own military contingents to secure the same place. What follows are battles where people hang from hovercrafts, duck futuristic grenades, do battle with killer whales, and have to deal with a new species of killer seal that is bigger and deadlier than the whales.

Action fans will love this book. Those who like pure science fiction will be greatly disappointed. The action, though totally absurd at times, kept me riveted.

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After a team of American scientists at Wilkes Ice Station discover what seems to be a spaceship in a four-million-year-old cavern below the ice, two of the divers disappear while checking out the craft. Lt. Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield and his highly trained team of Marines respond to the scientists' distress signal. By the time the leathernecks reach Wilkes, three days later, one of the scientists has killed another, six more members of the Wilkes team have disappeared in the ice cave and eight French scientists from a nearby station are for some reason at the U.S. base. Would the French government kill Americans to capture a frozen UFO? Probably: six of the French "scientists" turn out to be the members of the French special forces. From that discovery onward, this first novel offers nonstop thrills as Schofield and his team fight for their livesAand for those of the remaining American scientistsAagainst French and British commandos and a secret American spy group; against killer whales and strange aquatic mammals; and against time, for both the French and British commandos harbor "eraser" plans to wipe out all survivors in case of mission failure. Reilly's debut evokes a host of predecessors, including Jaws, The Andromeda Strain, The X-Files and the combat novels of Tom Clancy. It also echoes the work of Ian Fleming, as the outrageously heroic Schofield comes off as less a real Marine than a fantasy action figure on a par with Bond. There's not...
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ISBN-10: 0312971230 (MM pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780312971236 (MM pbk.)
Author: Matthew Reilly
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Date Published: September 15, 2000
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