Karl Koefoed's Deep Ice is a techno-thriller that keeps things moving fast and furious. The comments been made (for both good and bad) that it would make a great movie. It would. It's got the action, the pace, and the mind-blowing visuals for a great summer blockbuster. It's also got enough character and use of language to please the reader in me. So, ignore the rumblings of those who disliked this book. If you're looking for a fun ride with some wild ideas behind it, then dig in and enjoy!
Hollywood Blockbuster is right Jan 29, 2004
I agree with the previous review of this book; it is definitely worthy of a Hollywood motion picture. Unfortunately, that's all I can say about the book that's good. And believe me, I suffered through it page by page!
I got the book from a friend (who spoke highly of it) and read it in two days. I plan putting Deep Ice in my closet and hope he forgets that he lent it to me, for I really don't want to discuss it with a friend.
The idea was great. Terrorists plant nuclear devices in the Ross Ice Shelf in Antartica and promise to denonate them if they don't get the cash they want (a few billion US dollars).
Here's the gist: (read this instead of the book, trust me!) The main character, Henry, works in Antartica studying the skies and whatnot with a team of sled dogs. One day he comes across some terrorists disguised as Norweigan workers or something and ends up getting shot (relax, he doesn't die). As it turns out, the Norweigans happen to be the terrosists planting the bombs and are led by a guy named Suarez who just so happens to be a gazillionaire and wants nothing more than to blow up Antartica and flood the coastal cities of the world. Of course, the mastermind would naturally accompany his hired hands on such a mission. Hey, Hollywood thinks so, remember Independence Day? The president of the United States was flying around in an airplane trying to kill the aliens for Christ's sake! That reminds me, I haven't finished the gist. After Henry leaves the frozen tundra, he's held by the US military on an aircraft carrier for a while, along with his sled dog, of course (for the reason that they are the only two witnesses on earth who can identify the bad guy, Suarez). The dog also goes with Henry whenever he leaves the ship to possibly identify the bad guys who are hiding out in South America. In Chile (I think it was Chile) Henry runs across the bad guy, Suarez, while eating dinner in an outdoor cafe. The dog growls (good thing he brought that dog). Then, Grimes, a Seal, (who was the best character in the book) and a friggin General head there to kill Suarez! Are you kidding me?! I didn't know Generals did their own dirty work. Oh, I almost forgot. While Henry is hanging out in a Chilean town with his lady friend (young FBI or CIA that he met aboard the carrier) he's under the guard of a limo driver that falls asleep and takes off work to attend his daughter's birthday party! How's that for protecting the sole link to the future of the world!
I'll be kind and give it a two word review: not terrible.
Come on already, write a screenplay! All kidding aside, it'd probably sell.
Chilling Oct 16, 2003
"Deep Ice" is an adventure worthy of a blockbuster movie. With an excellent writing style, Karl Kofoed creates a group of recognizable characters every reader will love. Not once does he lose the reader's attention.
It all starts with Henry, a meteorologist who lost his entire family, living a secluded life on Antarctica with the excuse that he's studying the aurora. When his radio breaks down, he goes looking for a replacement and runs into a group of Norwegians. However, when he discovers they don't even speak their native language, he gets shot and is left for dead.
His companion Shep, a malamute sled dog, gets him to the nearest town, where Henry is immediately approached by the military. Apparently, a group of terrorists has stolen some nuclear weapons and has buried them in the ice. They threaten to blow it up, causing huge tidal waves all over the world, if they don't get paid. Accidentally, Henry ran into them and is now the only person who can identify them.
This is the start of a race against time during which an average guy learns there's more to life than he ever imagined. This fast-paced adventure story takes you from the cold ice shelves to the high Chilean mountains, aboard sleds, helicopters and aircraft carriers. Action and a good sense of humor tell the tale of one man unwillingly becoming a hero and discovering a new love and a new goal in his life.