Terminal Freeze

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lee on 02-25-09

a gourment meal for us lovers of horror fiction

Lincoln Child always delivers. A great story taking place in an arctic environment, which always adds gothic overtones, you can't beat that.
The Reader is excellent, too.
I listened to it overnight in less than 20 hours. In the wee hours, I had to turn it off because when you get sleepy you start to miss the story. So I turned it off, even though I did not have the will to, by myself. I think it was about 4am.
If you are a horror fan, or a fan of Douglas Preston and Child's "Penderghast" stories, you will love this one, too.
Audible has a good number of their audiobooks. Unfortunately a good number of them are 'abridged', which I will not buy. No one should buy abridged audiobooks. Why only get 'parts and pieces of the story?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob on 04-04-09

Like it better than most of these reviews

I agree that is a redo of the monster/arctic outpost story, I enjoyed it. It's completely different than the Pendergast series. I don't think an author HAS to write all the same types of stories. As usual, Scott Brick does his usual excellent job. Although I don't think this is one of Child's best, I did enjoy it and am glad I bought it.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 07-15-09

Child's poorest effort

Lincoln Child suffered from writers' block when he penned this poor example of a SciFi novel. I've read all his books including many he coauthored with Douglas Preston... all of which were thrilling page turners. This book, however, fell far short of his usual excellent plots and interesting characters. This time around you're offered a choice of protagonists who when they inadvertently get in the way of the monster, elicit not as much as a yawn from the survivors (or you dear reader). The "monster" is an equally silly creature (or apparition?) that exists (or doesn't?). The conclusion offers a ridiculous SciFi channel ending which might have been salvaged if everyone had died. But one bad effort from Lincoln Child should be excused. I'd give him an overall rating of 4+ for his past efforts. Deep Storm is noteable in this regard.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Barry on 04-10-09

I normally like this author, but...

I really like the Pendergast novels written by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston, but I never enjoyed their "solo" books quite as much. But some of Child's books are pretty good, and worth a listen.
But not this one. I didn't really like anything about this book. Even the narrator, Scott Brick, who I usually like, is beginning to get too dramatic with his readings.
Plot: Monster is frozen in ice. Monster is unthawed from ice and begins to reak havoc.
I've read and watched this plot before, but since I normally like stories in this genre, I downloaded "Terminal Freeze", hoping I'd enjoy it.
The other reviewer who called it "trite" is right on the money. The writing is childish and the phrasing is cliche, written with a surprising lack of maturity, like I would expect in a novel written by a 13-year old. Not something I'd expect from Lincold Child, who is an obviously intelligent author.
I wanted to like this book. I just couldn't get past the immaturity and patent cliches of the writing. After about 4 hours, I couldn't take it any more, and abandoned the story. I probably didn't miss much.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By W on 04-08-09

So corny

I'm struggling with this story. I've read other child books, but this one seems like a made for tv movie for the sci fi channel. there is no character development, and the characters have no personality.

I wouldn't be surprised if this one is ghost written. I'll give it another hour or so, then move on to something else.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Emiko on 08-10-09

Good SciFi

I learned to truly enjoy the SciFi channel while I was in college (they always had movie marathons when I should have been studying). If you are like me, and enjoy watching the SciFi channel- you should like this book. I have really enjoyed Child's other books and though I was a bit hesitant to buy this one with all the mixed reviews- I'm glad that I did. I thought it was a good book. Not my absolute favorite, but I was entertained and will definitely listen to it again.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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