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Terminal Freeze
by Lincoln Child
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Doubleday, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Having written sixteen novels (a dozen with Douglas Preston and four on his own), Lincoln Child offers up another pulse-pounding adventure in Terminal Freeze.

The non-stop action begins when a research team from a Massachusetts university stumbles upon a bizarre discovery in a cave at the remote (and transparently named) Fear Base in northeastern Alaska.

The team's study of climate changes and retreating glaciers slows down, though, after their discovery of what they first believe to be a saber tooth tiger frozen in the glacial ice.

And when a cable channel film crew shows up - having planned to shoot a documentary about the team's research - all attention shifts to the thing that the nearby indigenous natives most dread: the thing in the cave.

Well, quicker than you can say global warming, whatever was permanently and safely encased in a coffin of ice is suddenly no longer there. Instead, it is roaming around Fear Base, and as the body count begins to rise, everyone at the site is justifiably terrified and confused.

However, three things are immediately obvious to everyone: (1) whatever was once in the cave is certainly not a harmlessly dead feline; (2) it is extremely angry and bloodthirsty; and (3) there seems to be no way of stopping it.

Part science fiction, part horror tale, part native American myth, and one hundred percent entertainment, Terminal Freeze is a first-rate thriller.

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