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Publisher's Summary

When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir. Accompanying the team is an assortment of researchers, including petrobiologist Aimee Weir. If the unidentified substance proves to be an energy source, every country in the world will want to know about it - some would even kill for it. Once inserted into the cave system, they don't find any survivors - not even a trace of their bodies. Primeval hieroglyphs hint at an ancient civilisation, and an ancient danger. Spectres of the dead haunt the tunnels. Within hours, one of the party will die. To bring his team out alive, Alex will need every one of his mysterious abilities beneath the dark ice.

©2009 Greig Beck (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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goddamn best book

Greig Beck...Sean Mangan...what a team! Alex Hunter is an awesome and very likeable bloke.thank you

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A great book but something odd with the narration

The story was great, very gripping and combined many of my favourite mythological references however the narrator's voice adjusts about 3/4 of the way through and it is a bit off putting but you do get use to it if you speed that section up to 1.05x

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Left wanting to know more...

Narrator was great!
Storyline was really interesting....but I wanted more in the way of archaeological info/background. Felt it was too short.

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Dark Ice

This audiobook was a great read, I very much connected with the storyline. Another great Narration by Sean Mangan and once again doing top job with a good storytelling. This Audiobook is a very good listen and well worth purchasing.

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Excellent narration with powerful imagery

If you are a fan of horror novels, this Audiobook will not dissapoint! Loved it!

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Great Book

Really liked this book. Exciting and kept moving, great to listen to while driving. Cheers

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You will not be able to put this down

This was my first Greig Beck book, got me hook line and sinker. Get ready for a ride!

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Terrible

What a wast of money terrible story one dimensional characters. Save your money! A Mathew Railly try hard.

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A good mix and great pass-time

Greig Beck is fast becoming one of my favourite writers and this is a great example of why.
Great mix of action, thriller, horror and to top if all off he does plenty of research to make the story feel believable and not just a complete si-fi thing.

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Engaging storyline from start till end

Excellent storyline and narration. Will definitely get the rest of the books in the series.

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  • Tracy P.
  • 16-12-2017

Action Packed Amazement!!!

Would you listen to Beneath the Dark Ice again? Why?
I would absolutely listen again to this riveting, hold onto the seat of your pants masterpiece! The imagination involved in creating this thrill ride is unprecedented!

What did you like best about this story?
Enjoyed hearing how each character coped with the (never ending) unpredictability and fear . . Just when I thought nothing could possibly top the horror this handful of people have had to face. . . something ALWAYS does . . .

Which character – as performed by Sean Mangan – was your favorite?
I was fascinated by Alex Hunter's ability to keep his emotions at bay in the most stressful situations. His undaunted professional demeanor is the only thing which kept the scientists trudging along. His resolve was unflappable, and to say it was impressive is putting it mildly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I felt like I had butterflies in my stomach (similar to the feeling you get when peaking the top of the biggest drop of a rollercoaster) listening to all the nonstop, unrelenting "surprises" from this netherworld. Things completely unfamiliar to the world as we know it would suddenly appear and do the most ghastly, unimaginable things. These would make my heart race and I would root for the characters to "MOVE IT!"

Any additional comments?
Sheer genius! What a joy to listen... I am in awe of Mr. Beck.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
PS: This is NOT for the feign of heart. It will get your heart pumping from the beginning and it won't slow to the VERY end.... This one is a MUST LISTEN, and WILL NOT Disappoint!

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  • Bob
  • 01-02-2012

A fun and interesting read.

This was a very interesting take on an Antarctic find, and subsequent adventure.The narration was excellent! The story was not the normal 2 or 3 mixed sub stories that need to come together at the end. However, there are enough different things happening all within one story that keeps it interesting. There are a couple things that are quite unbelievable but then again, what do we really know about what's underneath Antarctica. It's a real page turner that keeps you wanting more. I highly recommend it.

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  • Matthew
  • 30-03-2012

Icy and unique

The Antarctic is all the rage for suspense stories these days, and this offering is one of the better ones. Abit gory at times, but overall a deft action/adventure/fantasy all wrapped up into one icy concept. Need more than a small amount of belief suspension, but overall an entertaining piece of suspense. The James Rollins appreciators will get this one !

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  • TRACI
  • 23-01-2020

Sorry but can’t recommend

The basic story was good with the hieroglyphics discussions, ancient civilization, and cave findings but the whole story centering around them outrunning the creature was boring and repetitive.

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  • James Goodreau
  • 18-09-2019

Don’t waste your credits!

Seriously this book is ridiculous, but not in a good way. Zero originality...reads like the Asylum version of a summer blockbuster. I was wondering when the Shark ado was going to appear.

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  • Elizabeth Koffron Eisen
  • 16-05-2015

Addictive

This thriller by Greg Beck is a fast-paced, edge of your seat journey into our primordial past. Enjoy it!

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  • Aaron
  • 24-04-2014

Jules Verne meets X-man.

I don't know when or why I purchased this audio book. I just found it in my library. ?

One fine day I started listening...

It started out (aside from unnecessary preface by author - I advise skipping that!), as a somewhat interesting adventure story with a fantastical creature element and a government agent back-story. All was okay until the last half when the story lagged and the narrator sounded like he was drinking.

By the end of the story I was no longer able to suspend disbelief (eg.,takes place Antarctica), and the plot held no more surprises.

Verdict: skip it.

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  • 1BookJ
  • 04-10-2012

For a debut this is certainly not a bad book, but

I had heard quite a lot of ranting about the Alex Hunter series and Greig Beck in general on different forums, and was really looking forward to this one, but it wasn't quite what I expected...sometimes boring and a little repetitive...NOT a good thing for a an adventure/thriller like this one. Beck also makes several factual errors about the military side of things, but it doesn't really ruin anything as the story actually has a decent pace and has likeable characters.

All-in-all not a 5 star effort, but a solid 3. I will certainly buy and read/listen to book 2, just to see if things improve enough for me to put the whole series on my reading lists...

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  • Kent C.
  • 24-01-2014

Waste of a Credit and Time

Would you try another book from Greig Beck and/or Sean Mangan?

I expect books like this to be improbable and have no problem with that. However, about 80% of this one ranges from ridiculous to impossible. The characters include a caricature of an arrogant scientist, a bunch of special operations soldiers that seem to be slightly less competent than Gomer Pyle and a main hero who can do everything short of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. The instances that the author violates the laws of physics and the other sciences are too numerous to count.

Save your credit and spend your time on better books. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Dead Eye by Mark Greaney.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator did an acceptable but not super job given the drivel he had to read.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beneath the Dark Ice?

Pretty much all of them.

Any additional comments?

I'll be seeking a refund for this one.

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  • Dee Dee Walker
  • 01-01-2012

A Fun Adventure!

What made the experience of listening to Beneath the Dark Ice the most enjoyable?

Narration is fantastic! Couldn't ask for better!

What did you like best about this story?

This is a new genre for me. Action, thriller with a bit of the supernatural thrown in. I really loved the discriptions of the underworld. The secondary story is very interesting. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the ancient world.

Which character – as performed by Sean Mangan – was your favorite?

Sean Mangan did a terrific job in narraration! I was never confused on who is speaking. Each character is developed and unique. I cared about them all!

Any additional comments?

To be fair, there are parts of this story are really absurd. The main character has superhuman strength due to a bullet lodged in his brain. There were other things as well that were unrealistic. I was able to overlook these faults because I really enjoyed the story and found the characters lovable. You really have to suspend your disbelief for this book but if you can do that then you will really enjoyed this book. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys books like the Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincolin Child.

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  • Nautilus
  • 04-08-2016

kids stuff

if you are twelve then this is for you, the dialogue is lame and the story very predictable

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  • Rob
  • 31-03-2017

Very enjoy

I really enjoyed this book. It kept me gripped from start to end. Well written and well read.

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  • John
  • 14-01-2016

worth a read, but not a favourate

the writing style was pretty basic. the character building only centered on a very limited cast and could have gone deeper and into others, the narration was basic without any attempted voice alteration for different characters so I found it pretty one dimensional. but, it was still a good yarn and I got to the end so couldn't of been that bad!

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  • Pen Name
  • 08-01-2016

gripping

wasn't sure about choosing this originally, as i'm not really one for science fiction - but do like to try new things, especially from new writers. It had everything, gripping from the beginning. Will definitely be waiting for more from this new author.

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  • Chris Gordon
  • 03-10-2019

Promising but couldn’t finish due to narrator

The premise of the story was intriguing and I desperately wanted to carry on and finish but I listen as I drive and the narrator has no depth or characterisation and my apologies for sounding rude, but was very dull. The main character I expected to be assertive and strong sounding but he sounded droll as though he would fall asleep at any point... something I was in danger of doing several times

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  • L
  • 06-01-2013

Marvellous

Thought provoking and very well read by Sean Mangan. Stretches the imagine. What if? Enjoyed it.

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