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Ice Fortress

A Jack Coulson Thriller
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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A high-octane, fast-paced, action-packed Jack Coulson thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense and an ending that will blow you away.

For over 70 years Hitler’s most fearsome weapon, Die Glocke (The Bell) has been entombed inside an icy fortress in the most inhospitable and unforgiving place on earth - the Antarctic.

When oceanographer Leah Anderson discovers a hidden WWII Nazi submarine base buried deep under the Antarctic ice shelf, she sparks a fierce battle to acquire "The Bell".

While Russian and American submarines clash deep below the ice pack, on the surface, a sinister force launches a ruthless assault to secure the infamous weapon they have been searching for since its mysterious disappearance in 1945. If they succeed, they will use it to change the course of history forever and ensure a Nazi victory at the end of the second World War.

Enigmatic covert ops soldier Jack Coulson has already been to hell and back for his country, but if he is to stop the resurgence of the Thousand Year Reich, he must enter the gates of hell one more time.

What Jack and his team don’t know is that the Allies already used "The Bell" to change the course of the war and history as we know it - a secret that must remain, like "The Bell" itself, buried at any cost.

For fans of James Rollins, Matthew Reilly, Michael C. Grumley, A.G. Riddle, Rob Jones, Jay J. Falconer, James D. Prescott, Brad Thor, Douglas E. Richards, Clive Cussler, and David Baldacci.

©2017 Robert B. Williams (P)2019 Robert B. Williams

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  • Sol
  • 17-07-2019

Arrangement of static ideas

For a thriller, this one is not attention grabbing and too constructed. The book follows the genre's rules but fails at breathing life into the story.

The mixing of ideas from various fields (conspiracy, secret science, Nazis) could have been interesting, but there is no hook story wise or character wise. The text itself is fluid but the ideas end up a lifeless, choppy arrangement.

Narration is good though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-2019

Wild adventure.

Ice Fortress is one heck of a rollercoaster ride, melding several genres, military thriller, historical conspiracy, and action adventure. The storyline is absolutely wild, pulling in a conspiracy dating all the way back to Nazi Germany and secret research that could give rise the a resurgence of the Third Reich. Featuring great characters, an intriguing and complex storyline, and a ton of action. I enjoyed the heck out of this one from start to finish. This would make a great summer action movie. I definitely hope there will be more books coming soon. Gary Tiedemann did a fantastic job with the narration.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Brian
  • 23-07-2019

A Fast-Paced Thriller

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While on vacation I needed a quick and intriguing read to capture my attention later at night while my dad was sleeping (I was usually up an hour or so later than him). Ice Fortress provided that and more. I ended up staying up later than I wanted because I needed to figure out what was going to happen.

Without giving too much away – Ice Fortress is a book that is set in the present with some… anomalies. A seemingly routine scientific mission is attacked and all hell seems to break loose from there.

The story itself was well written with good pacing. I found myself loving the back and forth timelines along with the back and forth of the dialogue between characters. Each character was developed but not overly so. Some of them surprised me later in the story (done on purpose) and I like that I didn’t have anyone pegged until the story completed.

Williams’ story was improved with Tiedemann’s narration. He really brought the story and Jack Coulson to life. As I said earlier the combination of Williams’ writing style and Tiedemann’s narration kept me up later than I should have numerous nights.

Overall, a great mashup of a couple genres – and if I go into some of the ones that it features – I may spoil the book a bit! I was given a free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 29-10-2019

Solid story.

This was a fast paced and entertaining read. The overall plot was solid and I really liked the twist that was added. It even had me googling some stuff while reading because I found it fascinating. Loved the back and forth with the timelines too. The characters were well written and I liked most of them. I did find some of them to be cookie cutter characters though, but it didn't bother me too much. Overall though, a good and thrilling read. Can't wait to see more of Jack in the future.

Gary Tiedemann is such a good narrator. He has plenty of tones and voices and I thoroughly enjoyed his narration.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Cycletrash56
  • 30-09-2019

Great Adventure Story

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Ice Fortress: A Jack Coulson Thriller by Robert B. Williams and narrated by Gary Tiedemann. This was an enjoyable and entertaining story. I listened to it every chance I could. Was a great story line with “what if” timeline that made for a great adventure. I am looking forward to future Jack Coulson Thrillers.

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  • Dan Taylor
  • 08-09-2019

A great read/listen!!

I really enjoyed this book - a unique spin combining WW2 and modern day storylines. I look forward to Robert Williams’ next book!!

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  • tearai
  • 03-08-2019

A great adventure featuring a new action hero

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from Robert Williams.

Being a fan of adventures that link historical fact into a modern day story, this was a tale I appreciated.

Williams does a great job of running this historic parts in parallel with present day, revealing enough information to keep the story moving forward without showing us too much to early.

The characters are realistic and engaging, the pace was perfect for me and there was a nice twist in there too.

Narration was done well by Gary Tiedemann who kept a great pace.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ryan Hooey
  • 02-08-2019

Weaving fact and fiction together

What a fantastic start to what could be a very great and intriguing new series. The best part about this book was how the author weaved fact and fiction to create a fictional story that kept me involved right from the very start. That, blended with the science-fiction and time travel element is super super awesome! I could not get enough of this book. I was invested in the characters, the plot and the physical landscape of the book. There were some military aspects of this book that went over my head but not enough to deter the fun and exciting ride. I cannot wait to see what is in store in the next book. The narration of this book was fantastic, there could not have been a more perfect voice for the story. The narrator sped up and slow down his delivery to add tension to some of the fight scenes which was really awesome and brought them more to life. The audio quality was superb and I would listen to this book again and again when typically I only listen to books ones. I love World War II faction books. I am definitely continuing on with the series so let’s hope the same person narrates the next book in the series. I was given a free copy of this audiobook by the publisher, author or narrator in exchange for an unbiassed review from audiobook Boom. This did not affect my opinion of this work.

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  • Daniel Delgado
  • 21-07-2019

Solid Story

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this title I was unfamiliar with both the author and the narrator. It is pleasing to report that both provided excellent work in this collaboration.

The story Robert B. Williams penned is both entertaining and engaging. He crafted credible characters, complete with authentic dialogue, and devised an intense conflict. Throughout the story I found myself wondering if this was a later book in a series, though upon completion it is clearly the first installment. That slight bit of confusion, when there are some allusions to Jack Coulson’s past exploits, is my only criticism.
The references were glossed over in a way that made it seem there was an entire earlier novel set around some of them. It appears that the references were a little too short for the type of mention they received, whereas a bit more detail may have provided more resolution to the past events. However, it is a tricky line when developing character backgrounds.
The story itself involves a sect of modern day Nazi loyalists. Their goal, of course, is to develop a new Reich, the Thousand Year Reich to be precise. The plan revolves around the famed Nazi Bell. If you are not familiar with it, google Die Glocka.
Gary Tiedemann provided distinct character voices and smooth storytelling. His accent work was credible, adding depth to the narration. The story flowed, and his performance added to the quality of the tale.
When the next story, Black Ice, is released I will definitely pick it up.

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  • CornerStone
  • 07-11-2019

After school special

Childish dialogue, reader wasn’t bad. Full of technical jargon, weak characters. Hope “Black Ice” is better.

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  • Rachel
  • 13-08-2019

Solid thriller

This is a pretty solid thriller. Took awhile to get me invested, but glad I kept going. Interesting settings and characters.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-09-2019

Your Black hole of death, destruction and mayhem.

This is one of those daring-do, action packed, impossible thrillers which still has the power to entertain. The synopsis gives an over full description of what to expect as far as the story goes so no need to rehearse that any further. The writing is of it's genre, and, like the main characters, somewhat cliche in use of language, as in 'Failure was not an option' and 'Multi million dollar killing machine'. But this does not distract from the enjoyable interaction between two of them, Sam and Jack, nor the 'nasty Nazi' images.

Sent in the singularly unpleasant environments (mostly) of the ice cold Antarctic sea, a submarine or beneath ice, the story cannot help but be chilling (sorry!); throw in past and present Nazi ambition, a carefully protected super weapon, a world wide super power, nuclear misiles, advice on how best to hurt people in close combat, friendship, fear and betrayal, and lots more, it becomes a fast and furious (sometimes for the protagonists, literally) action packed battle for survival, both personally and for the future of the world. Great fun and, read by Gary Tiedemann, a pleasure to hear. This narrator gave a fine performance, each character given their own differentiated voice and the text read with understanding and just enough emotion.

Certainly not fine literature, but not bad, a good plot, unusual and quick to read. One major problem with this audio version, however, is that, especially in the latter part, many of the chapters are very short and, given that the telling of the story moves through different places across the earth and jumps between the years 1945 and 2017, the introductory information of where and when this part is to take place, can be longer than the chapter itself ( as in Audible section 61, it takes up 21 of the 48 seconds, and in 63, it consumes 19 out of 24 secs.). This probably would not matter in a print or ebook, but in an audiobook, even one as well performed as this is, it distracts from the suspense of the story. A small matter, however.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of Ice Fortress, by the rights holder, at my request via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoys action thrillers and doesn't mind suspending disbelief. It was certainly intriguing, and I look forward to the next book in the series, Black Ice.