Monday, April 13, 2009

Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child

Set in extreme Northern Alaska at a remote military base, Terminal Freeze is a horror novel that is fun to read if you are in the right mood for it. It reminded me of those old grainy black and white B-movie horror films from the 50's and 60's like The Blob and The Thing From the Black Lagoon. All that was needed was the creepy music in the background because all the other elements were there: scary Sci-Fi type monster, lots of screaming, and an unlikely hero.
In this case the hero is Evan Marshall who is a paleoecologist which means that he is studying ecosystems from the past to understand global warming. He and a few other scientists are doing a study in Alaska when they find a frozen prehistoric creature. This brings a film crew, a crazy director, and a shallow but beautiful host. All is going well until the creature inexplicably goes missing and people begin to die.
I enjoyed the book for the fun quick read it was even though there was no real depth to either the plot or the characters. There was some swearing but not too bad and violence, which was to be expected. Rated PG-13.

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