Feb 192013
 
Review: Ice TombIce Tomb by Deborah Jackson
Published by Self published on Jan 5, 2012
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Format: eBook from Free Download
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Rating: three-stars

NASA lures volcanologist Erica Daniels to a conference in Houston by promising to consider her for their upcoming mission—establishing the first moon base. Instead, her archrival and ex-lover, David Marsh, gets the plum assignment, while she’s sent to Antarctica. An irritating British archaeologist and a brilliant Russian astrophysicist accompany her on a journey through unforgiving snowscapes, mysterious ice tunnels and a frozen graveyard. They present her with extraordinary suggestions for the origin of the hotspot. Along the way, Erica unearths scientific marvels that might just prove her own theory. But why is the ice sheet littered with bodies? Is the activity under the ice the remnants of an ancient civilization or is there a more sinister explanation? To discover the truth Erica will have to join forces with the man she despises—a man who’s on the moon.

This book had a little bit of everything from volcanos, a trip to the moon, a trip to Antarctica, Atlantean myth, romance and disappearing scientists. It seems like a wide variety, but it does tie together to form a cohesive story. Not exactly plausible, particularly the later part of the book, but it is certainly entertaining.

There were scientific explanations provided for everything that happened along the way. While this makes sense since the story has all scientist characters, it was a bit much at times. The full details did not need to be laid out every time; it just didn’t enhance the story.

The romance of the story was exciting, and a welcome break from all the science. The tension between Erica and Allen was great. They seemed to toe the fine line between attraction and hatred very well. David, Erica’s ex-boyfriend, who plays an active role in the book, was not one of my favourite characters. He was a stuck-up jerk who lied and cheated his way through life. It was impossible for me to like him, no matter how much he “seemed” to want to change. It just didn’t feel genuine given his past behaviour.

Overall, this was a exciting, conspiracy based story that sometimes delved a little beyond plausible. It contained some interesting mythology and theories, and it was fun to see everyone reacted to the intense action.

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