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Friday, July 8, 2011

Review – A Line In The Ice By Jamie Craig

A Line In The Ice

Title: A Line in the Ice

Author: Jamie Craig

Publisher: Carina Press

Buy Link: Buy A Line In The Ice Here!

Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell

Blurb:

Bloodthirsty monsters are emerging from the Antarctic ice, the same creatures that once stalked the battlegrounds of World War I. Back then, a group of soldiers valiantly fought off the beasts—and were never seen again. A century later, an elite military squad stands between civilization and the mysterious return of the enemy.

Captain Charlie Weller thinks she's seen everything—until a man crawls out onto the ice, barely alive and muttering about a place called Illyria. Lysander Davies claims to be the descendant of one of the missing soldiers. He insists the monsters are actually gentle creatures, under the control of beings far, far more dangerous...

Drawn to the stranger, Charlie believes his stories and agrees to help him. But they both know nothing can come of their feelings for one another, for the only way to save earth is for Lysander to return to Illyria and close the rift behind him, forever...

Review:

To the six man team sent to Antarctica, the desolate continent has become a hot bed of warfare. A rift in the ice has unleashed monsters heretofore unseen by human eyes. Massive, deadly, and impervious to the frigid conditions, if these monsters make it to populated areas, it could bring mass hysteria and bloodshed. When Captain Charlie Weller rescues what looks to be a human from the rift, the other members of the team are less than pleased. When the man turns out to be, a supposed descendant of Major Davies, a missing soldier from WWI, things start to come together. Lysander Davies is from Illyria, the world beyond the rift, and he may have the answers needed to save Earth.

This book would make an unbelievable movie. Full of action and drama, it would play out wonderfully on the big screen. I have to hand it to Carina Press, they are backing some tremendous talent. This book was a departure from my normal book du jour. Yes it had a strong romantic,(a very steamy romantic) element, but what held me captive was the actual story and the players involved. This is a very tension filled book and there is not a lot of down time for the reader to catch their breath. The pace is fast and filled with life or death situations. This is NOT a lighthearted read. This is a “can’t put it down” read. Jamie Craig combines the real world with fantasy so seamlessly that I did not feel as if I were reading a work of fiction. I loved the fact that Charlie is such an alpha female, she takes no guff from the male members of her team and is viewed as an equal on every level. Lysander’s world is much more primitive, having only anecdotal tales of Earth culture. It leads to a very interesting dynamic between Charlie and Lysander. The other members of the team, Julius, Soren, Lisa, Theo, and Eduard are distinct individuals who lend a necessary element to the story. Because of the enforced closeness, this became more of a family than a work situation. Each member protective of the other, with some sibling rivalry thrown in for good measure. I became quite attached to the team members and was glad they were such an integral part in the book. If you’re a fan of good writing regardless of the genre, try A Line in the Ice on for size. I guarantee you will not regret it.

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