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Publisher's Summary

At a remote ice station in Antarctica, a team of U.S. scientists has made an amazing discovery. They have found something buried deep within a 100-million-year-old layer of ice. Something made of metal. Led by enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a team of crack United States Marines is sent to the station to secure this discovery for their country. They are a tight unit, tough and fearless. They would follow their leader into hell. They just did...
©2002 Matthew Reilly (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Some of the wildest and most sustained battles in an action thriller in a long time...non-stop action, lots of explosions--and a little bit of conspiracy." ( Chicago Tribune)

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good story cringy military descriptions

good story but the military refrences were very "i used google" and everytime he describes a weapon anyone who knows better will cringe. doesnt break the book but it does hurt it especially with very similir books out there that are written by ex servicemen or at least consulted. one big props is to his accuracy with the science side of things but bieng a military man myself the previously mentioned did wreck parts of the book for me.

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what is that accent

I actually loved the story, but can't handle the accent. It is an Aussie with American "r" sounds. I only just managed to drag myself through it as the story is quite compelling... which is a testament to the story really.
I would actually love to buy the rest of the series, but I seriously can't put up with the accent. Which is a shame as the timbre of his voice is nice, just he needs to pick a continent.

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Great book, narration is kinda weird

I've read the book before, its solid and Sean Mangan does a reasonable job of the narration, however, there are quite a few skips and the recording is filled with the sounds of Sean stopping to take a gulp of water. A bit offputting.

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Do some research if you're writing a novel!

Anyone with a basic grasp of diving, underwater optics, explosives and GPS signals will be frustrated with the inaccurate scenarios depicted in this story.

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Great story! Action packed! Never bored.

Amazing novel by such a talented writer! The story is great and seems very accurate scientifically. Reilly must have put so much research time in for the writing of this book! Ice Station is absolutely full of action and it flows beautifully, so you're never bored. Matthew Reilly has done an amazing job. Great book mate!

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Great action book

I loved this book. The only problem is that the recording skips on some words at various times during the entire reading. The pace of this story is fast and exciting. Because of this book, I have read most of the other books written by Matthew Reilly. I highly recommend it.

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Amazing

I had read this story many years ago and this performance added a lot.

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A great book - for 14 year old boys

I only got to 2 hours in, and that was because I was working outside and couldn't be bothered going in to get a new book.
Cliche riddled nonsense.

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Over the top and very silly

The narration could have been cut to around 8 hours if the repetitive action scenes had been edited. I kept thinking I'd jumped back a couple of episodes - but no, just the same action happening in various parts of the boat or ocean.

I got the feeling the book was written with a movie in mind.

Now I've read the reviews I wish I hadn't just downloaded the audio book on the author's reputation alone - although to be fair I now realise the book was released 10 years ago so that may account for the stereotypes and gnarly story line.

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Completely over the top

The most utterly implausible book you'll ever read, but a fun ride. It's hard to give examples without spoiling the plot but this makes The Fast and the Furious franchise look like non-fiction.

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  • Advo
  • 01-04-2021

This is a dumb book.

While the premise is reasonably interesting, the plot is dumb and super-contrived. From man-eating animals that are in reality not man-eating, to about a hundred crudely set-up "coincidences", it just made me cringe.

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  • Barbara
  • 20-05-2019

Highly Recommended

Nonstop action! Intelligent and unexpected plot twists. A great read/listen! My first Matthew Reilly, but it won't be my last!!!

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  • Ian
  • 22-12-2016

Great fun

perfect action packed audio book for long drives in australia. keeps you alert and hanging for the next twist.

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  • James
  • 22-07-2014

Explosive, fast-paced, Matthew Reilly.

This an explosive fast-action story set in Antarctica. This is Matthew Reilly' s first story featuring the character Simon "Scarecrow" Schofield. It is read by Sean Mangan who reads most of Matthew Reilly's books and gives his usual polished performance. Scarecrow and his team are sent as the forward team to secure an Ice Station in Antarctica and help rescue a research team. They find a lost secretly built stealth plane and have to fight for their lives against Killer Whales and Elephant Seals and corrupt army, navy seals and SAS teams that want to get their hands on the plane and to keep it's secrets for themselves. This is an excellent listen that I recommend to anyone who loves a good action novel.

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  • Damian
  • 18-06-2014

Terrible writing

After 10 minutes of listening to this book, you'll want to punch the author in the face every time you hear "suddenly".

"Suddenly, Mark looked at his watch. Suddenly, Karen asked what time it was. Suddenly, Mark responded with the current time. Suddenly, Greg announced that the football game was about to start. Suddenly, Karen decided to order some pizza. Suddenly, the pizza showed up, everyone ate their fill, and the team they were rooting for won the game. Suddenly, Greg went home because he had to get up early for work. Suddenly, Mark fell asleep on the couch after one too many bourbons. Suddenly, Karen decided that she should go to sleep too. Suddenly, everyone slept."

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  • Dale
  • 26-11-2012

Great narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I enjoy reading Matthew Rielly, but Sean mangan adds another level. I own all Matthew Reilly's read by Sean mangan.

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  • Greg
  • 13-01-2012

McGyver strikes again

Would you try another book from Matthew Reilly and/or Sean Mangan?

I probably won't try another book from this author. The hero is more of a McGyver type rather than a credible character, & there were too many common technical errors in the action for my liking.

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  • Ron
  • 24-06-2009

The action never stops

I was really looking forward to reading this after I had finished Reilly's first book "The Contest". I must say, he lives up to his fast paced reputation with this one. But I didn't like it as much as his first. I didn't get what I thought I would. Scientists discover an alien spaceship under an ice shelf in the antarctica so they send in the army to inspect it. Throughout the whole book I was just waiting for the aliens to come out and start killing people. Alas this never happened, and it just turned into a battle to see which country could claim it. The Hero of the book Scarecrow seems almost superhuman with his ability to sustain injuries and keep killing everyone. He does some unbelievable things, but you move on anyway just to see how he'll get out of his next problem. It was like everything was against him, Killer whales, Sea lions, submarines, fighter jets, hovercrafts, navy seals, SAS and even his own country!! Reilly does have a great imagination even if it sometimes gets away from him. But he manages to sort of string it back to reality in the end. And his typical narrator Sean Mangan does the job we all appreciate him for, the voice of Matthew Reilly's stories. Well done to him. So the whole thing was just slightly too far fetched for me but it was lots of fun, it got straight into the action and never stopped. I look forward to Reilly's next one, "The Temple".

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  • Michael
  • 30-07-2008

Ice Station

Great Travelling story, keeps the pace up, unbelievable (really fantasy stuff) action makes it all great fun.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-2008

James Bond move over

Not the calibre of Robert Ludlum or Vince Flynn but still enjoyable and hard to put down. Very action orientated and some feats of the hero Scarecrow are rather far fetch, but hey, so what - its entertainment. Narrator is OK but not superb - sometimes have difficulty distinguishing different characters. Will definitely "read" the other Matthew Reilly books.

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  • Simon
  • 25-10-2015

Madly Marvellous Mayhem

Having just finished this book I'm almost lost for words about how to describe it. If you take Rambo and cross him with Bourne, partner him with a Disney child hero, stir in some Jaws and even add a twist of Lassie you'll probably get as close as any description I can give you. This book is high octane, devil may care, non-stop action and there is no pause for reality checks or attention to the principles of physics.

I tend to be pretty forgiving about authors pushing the bounds of credulity but Matthew Reilly called my flexibility and raised it by the house limit. This is not a book for those who want gritty realism or even the vaguely realistic but it's a hugely fun adventure and to be fair the author makes it fairly clear what you are getting from the outset.

Sean Mangan brings it all to life in fine style so if you want a fun, hard hitting adventure with lots of action and don't mind the author taking a lot of liberties with his story's credibility you'll find it a lot of fun. If you're a stickler for detail and accuracy then abandon hope if you enter here.

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  • Stuart Munn
  • 24-07-2020

Wow

I never leave written reviews, but after listening to approximately 100 audiobooks I have to say that this is, without doubt, the worst. The narrator did the best he could with the material he had, but the story is just awful. Terrible science, riduculous extension of belief, deus ex machina aplenty, contrived plotting, etc. It feels like it was written by a teenager. There is a hovercraft action sequence that I cringed through, purely for the number of repetitions of the word 'hovercraft'. Basic writing mistakes, constant hyperbole, completely over-the-top set pieces... It makes Lee Childs Jack Reacher series look like Shakespeare.

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  • Nicholas
  • 03-01-2009

Innacurate but Entertaining

Well, Yes, But...
I found this a very entertaining tale of action and daring do, hence the rating, BUT it was marred in my mind by either innacurately described or totally unfeasible technology. An author can probably get away with magic in a Sci Fi or Fantasy novel but there are so many good Action stories which are plausible or well researched that Matt Riellys lack of realism was a disappointment.
Putting aside the odd grating innacuracy the story drew me in. I could have done with a map of the Ice Station to follow the action round and I was tempted at one point to pick up an Atlas and find the station and follow the escape across the Ice. I was left wanting more.

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  • Coinneach
  • 13-06-2019

I love Scarecrow!

Ice Station was the second Matthew Reilly book that I ever listened to and I fell in love with the characters.
If you're looking for a great action adventure series featuring larger than life characters then Ice Station is a great introduction.

Based in and around an Antarctic research station where Shane Schofield (Scarecrow) and his team have been sent in to provide assistance after an emergency signal was received.

The book is action packed and full of twists and turns that the first-time reader doesn't see coming. I've listened to this book several times and I don't see some of them coming, even now.

Spaceships, multi-national military forces, diving bells, killer whales and more all feature in this book.

I have just finished listening again and I'm waiting patiently on book 5 in the series.

Sean Mangan's narration is perfect. His characterisations just fit so well.

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  • Fred
  • 29-06-2015

Ice Station - nonstop action

Non stop action, edge of seat. Couldn't wait to get back to it. This is one extremely lucky guy though. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • tylercorben
  • 29-07-2016

All action adventure

Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, albeit in a guilty-pleasure kind of way. Reminded me of The Survivalist series.

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  • Richard Way
  • 31-12-2015

Great book, not a great production.

Excellent story. Taken from CDs which is disappointing it ruins the flow at one point.

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  • Cloister
  • 17-11-2015

A fantastical special ops thriller

If you could sum up Ice Station in three words, what would they be?

Fantastical (some stuff is clearly make believe but never feels over the top)
Thrilling (moves along at a good pace, never felt bored)
Intriguing (lots of twists and turns)

What other book might you compare Ice Station to, and why?

I've not read any of the others by this author.
The special ops/military aspect is less serious than an Andy McNabb or Chris Ryan book but may appeal if like me you enjoyed them but were a bit sick of back to Afghanistan.
The pacing reminds me of Dan Brown's books, but the lead character doesn't come off as so smug.

What does Sean Mangan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He does a good job with all the different accents and each character felt different.
His delivery is entertaining. Though at one point he has to read a long list of names, twice, which I expect works better in print.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nope, I did grin at the arrival of a team half way through the book and the innovative but sadly it seems fantastical weapon they brought with them.

Any additional comments?

This references events which I assume took place in the authors book Temple. I haven't read that and don't feel I was kept in the dark but now I have no plans to go back to read it. If you have a urge to read that book, read it first.
Otherwise an entertaining read and I have downloaded the next book with Scarecrow in.

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  • D. Carver
  • 08-06-2015

Now where did I put that crane?

Why a crane? Because if you are going to read this book you need something seriously powerful to help you suspend your disbelief. So much so that it cost the book a couple of rating stars. There are so many staggering coincidences that a couple of times I actually laughed out loud.
Still, if you can put these (and a host of other similarly astonishing implausibilities) to one side it's an enjoyable enough piece of action escapism. It gets a bit sloppy (careless rather than schmaltzy) at the end which is unfortunate because it left me without any desire to read more by the author.

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