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January 24, 2021

Book Review

Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

reviewed by Montzalee Wittmann



I have been a big Clive Cussler fan since the 70s and this book, although not completely written by the Master Adventurer’s own hand, is so close and lives up to his high standards.

In Fast Ice, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala first are just on a mission to find a missing researcher. The story quickly becomes an adventure through the Antarctica, frigid temperatures, and sinking ships.

On their quest to find answers they find more trouble. An ancient history of Nazi science that never came to fruition, which now could create a Snowball Earth scenario.

Nothing is easy for the adventurers, and chaos ensues as they are chased by deranged men and women, hyenas, and lions!

What I love about Cussler’s books is that the science is always so good. Also, we feel the impact of illegal hunting, fishing, endangered species, and climate changes. These are current issues every reader needs to pay more attention to.

The friendship and camaraderie between Kurt and Joe almost jumps off the page. The easy, witty banter and trust between the two is almost envious.

The adrenaline junkie reader will love this and all Cussler’s books. How much action can you cram in a book? Here we read about trekking through a blizzard in the Antarctica, careening about in snowmobiles, being chased in a wild animal park with the animals loose, sinking ships, flying in a small helicopter in the frigid air and low on gas, and being shot at by cultists, and so much more.

The bottom line: Well-developed characters, great plot, entertaining thrills, and high tech fun.

I want to thank Penguin Group Putnam and NetGalley for the uncorrected copy. The review is voluntary and all my own opinion.

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