Item description for Ice Tomb by Deborah Jackson...
The year is 2015. Deep within the Antarctic Ice Sheet a hotspot suddenly appears on satellite tracking. The US science team that is sent from McMurdo Station to investigate finds an icy graveyard. Minutes later, their transmission is cut off. The last sounds heard over the radio are their screams.
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 to lead a new team beneath the ice. Even worse, she's sent in blind. They told her about the thermal signature, but not about the bodies. Where did they come from? They don't belong to the missing investigative team, so what had become of her fellow scientists? Is the activity under the ice the remnants of an ancient civilization or is there a more sinister explanation? The answer could mean the very survival of the human race. To find out, Erica will have to join forces with the man she despises--a man who's on the moon.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Invisible College Press, LLC
ISBN 1931468192 ISBN13 9781931468190
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More About Deborah Jackson
Deborah Jackson received a science degree from the University of Ottawa in 1986, graduated from The Writing School in Ottawa in 2001, and is the author of several science fiction and historical fiction novels. She gives school presentations throughout North America as well as developing and teaching writing courses at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Deborah is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her novels include: Ice Tomb, an adult science fiction thriller and the Time Meddlers series for children, ages 9 - 14: Time Meddlers, Time Meddlers Undercover and Time Meddlers on the Nile. Articles about Deborah and reviews of her books have appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, MORE Magazine, RT BOOKclub Magazine, Canadian Teacher Magazine, SF Site, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine and many more.
Deborah Jackson currently resides in Bath. Deborah Jackson was born in 1961.
A good story that only gets worse and worse Aug 14, 2007
Ice Tomb was a difficult read, because once in a while I found it to be somewhat exciting while sometimes it was the exact opposite: boring, pointless, and last but not least completely uninteresting. It's a strange thing, how a book can shift between these two extremes. But not only strange. It's also annoying, but I'm one of those readers who never give up on a book once I've started reading it (which on a personal level can be pretty damn strange and annoying, too). Because you never know; the book in question might turn out to be just like a bottle of quality wine and become better in time. And it would truly suck to give up on a book and later hear from someone who endured to the bitter end that it had actually turned out to be something out of the ordinary.
Yet again, it can also be the opposite, instead of a bottle of wine it might turn out to be more like an opened bottle of milk: the longer it lasts the more it stinks.
And Ice Tomb is one very big bottle of milk.
In time, the stench becomes utterly unbearable. And expired milk doesn't smell very good. I guess you can, if you indeed finish the book, find some comfort in the fact that at least now you know. And it's never a good thing to live in uncertainty.
But wait, there's more! You see, Ice Tomb furthermore has one of the worst endings in the history of literature.
The story oscillate between two researchers, one female and one male, who become involved in mysterious happenings in Antarctica and on the moon, respectively. Atlantis, extraterrestrials, and miscellaneous other fortean matters are included in the story, but even if it's an interesting story in itself the read never ends up being more than almost exciting. And when the end finally appears, what was bad somehow manages to become worse.
The last section of the book is filled with so much sleaziness and cuteness that it really should have had Fabio on the cover. Yuk.
Poor Excuse for SF - more like Bodice Ripper SF Aug 11, 2005
I heard about this on-line and it looked good. I was intrigued about the hard SF (geology, vulcanology) set on the Moon and in Antarctica. It also blended archeology and the mystery of ancient civilizations with a mystery/thriller that had constructs under the ice and people disappearing. What a wonderful premise. (...)
All the characters are described like they are models, or porn-stars and the other characters are evaluating them with an eye to ripping off their clothes and jumping their bones. The main POV character, a woman, is one of the worst offenders and a disgusting stereotype of a women who only goes through life with one aim: trapping her man, while thinking with her anatomy. She acts and dresses like a bimbo, but then she becomes enraged when she garners male attention. Males are bashed as the root of all evil, for both sex, love, and practical matters.
Eventually the main character has wild quasi-public sex, and for a bit it seems like the story and the science mystery might gain the upper hand. But that is when more male bashing comes to the fore. The men who aren't bed-boys are arrogant, macho, and blinded by their own stupidity. The main character now has to protect science and scientists from murderous Marines. The mystery does pop up and get interesting again. (...)
Powerful/Fast-Paced! May 22, 2005
ICE TOMB By Deborah Jackson (The Invisible College Press ISBN 1-931468-19-2; $24.95)
A gripping page-turner for sci-fi buffs. But others just may be converted after reading this debut novel from Ottawa's Deborah Jackson.
From the bone-chilling ice caps of Antarctica to the strange ecosystem on the moon, Jackson takes the reader on a whirlwind ride that includes ancient earth mysteries and futuristic technology tossed in with a sensual interlude and a jaded romance. Jackson's characters move through this novel like a thunder storm on a hot afternoon-fast, powerful and captivating.
"...It wasn't until strange things started happening down here that NASA and the Pentagon became interested in those coordinates."
"Strange as in thermal activity or strange as in people disappearing?"
Erica Daniels heads up a scientific investigation, which leads to some unexpected findings and a surprise finale.
Jackson has researched well for this one; too bad the publishers didn't do the same, placing a polar bear in a purposed Antarctic landscape on the cover! Ah-well! Go with the old adage; "Don't judge a book by its cover." This one's worth opening up!
Intriguing tale of ice plains and moonscapes May 13, 2005
Erica Daniels is a brilliant volcanologist whose greatest joy is investigating live volcanoes and studying the crater valleys on the earth left from million year old impacts from meteors.
David Marsh is a man struggling with obsessive perfectionism, driven to lie, cheat, and steal in order to impress his overly ambitious father. Erica and David were lovers in college, until David steals Erica's thesis and presents it as his own, leaving her behind to make his own selfish climb up the NASA ladder of success.
Erica has never forgiven David, and becomes furious when she learns that David Marsh has beaten her out of the most coveted assignment to ever appear in her field, a trip to the moon's habitat station to study the craters and dead volcanoes there.
Instead, Erica is assigned to investigate a strange "hot spot" down in Antarctica, not far from the McMurdo Station. Even stranger is the accompaniment of highly trains Navy SEALS that travel with her, and the unscrupulous archeologist Allan Rocheford, once accused of stripping valuables from an Egyptian dig and selling the priceless treasures to private collectors.
Once in Antarctica, Erica is relieved to meet Cathy Jones, a guide assigned to the McMurdo Station, and a companion she can trust other than the SEALS and Allan. While Erica struggles to make sense of the strange occurrences surrounding her "hot spot", David finds himself in over his head when sent out to explore the Hadley Rille on the moon. Separates by more than just miles and space, David and Erica find that their explorations have strange similarities.
How could an explosion happen in the vacuum of space? Why is there bodies preserved in the ice of Antarctica? Are these new discoveries, or ancient remnants of lost civilization? The two explorers find themselves thinking of each other more and more often as events unfold that are beyond their expertise and understanding.
In spite of the intriguing storyline, there were too many flaws in the book to give it more than three stars. There are some editing/publisher grammatical errors that stood out too boldly to ignore, and I felt that the characters needed more development beyond their obvious lingering lust for each other.
Most disappointing was what was left unsaid and undone at the ending. Don't get me wrong, the ending was a great way to finish the book, but it needed more fleshing out to give me the lip-smacking satisfaction that I wanted. There were too many gaping wounds that were passed over, such as how the characters would fit in, and new policies to establish, who would become what and where would the future be leading. I can't say more without revealing too much of the book, but overall I would say that this is a great vacation read (I myself read it on vacation) or a beach read, but not a book to take too seriously. I do, however, look forward to more work from Ms. Jackson, as I believe she has talent. Enjoy!
laughable May 8, 2005
I'm sorry, Harriet Klausner, but the words "terrific" and "science fiction" can not be placed in the same sentence. NERDS! BALLS! RUBBISH!