Ice Station (Shane Schofield, #1)Ice Station by Matthew Reilly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Suddenly I have a sudden urge to suddenly write a review of this book. Very sudden.

Shane “Scarecrow” Schofield has been dispatched to Wilkes Station after receiving their distress call. Some of the Wilkes science team have mysteriously disappeared after finding an unidentified “alien” craft deep under the ice. His crack team of Marines arrive to find they aren’t the only ones who responded. Clearly, more than one nation are interested in securing the craft, less so rescuing the scientists. With no support, and enemies coming from everywhere, Scarecrow will have to stay alive long enough to be in even more danger.

I can’t remember exactly when I first read Ice Station, but it must have been roughly a decade ago. It has been interesting to revisit a novel I enjoyed from an author who reinvigorated my love of reading. Some books lose their magic the second time around, and Ice Station, despite its fun and fast-paced narrative, wasn’t the novel I remembered.

Ice Station was still entertaining but the flaws stuck out this time. I found myself laughing a little bit every time Reilly used the word sudden or suddenly. I’m not sure if I’m being too harsh or too forgiving – I derided a book for using a phrase I saw in this book – so I’ll have to revisit all of Reilly’s novels to check.

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3 thoughts on “Book review: Ice Station by Matthew Reilly

  1. It’s funny how re-reads can be so disappointing. Because you’ve read it before, and you now have a critical eye, you catch all the flaws you didn’t when you were younger. That’s why I haven’t re-read anything (or gone back to any exes). Disappointment awaits. I’d rather remember the good things than the flaws.

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    1. I think part of it is that I originally read the paper version and this was the audiobook. So some things are going to be more pronounced. And I’m also older, so tastes have changed – matured is the wrong word – and I’m less impressionable – as Reilly is a very different sort of author.

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