Allison Shaunessy is a woman on the edge. As an archaeologist with the Flinders Museum of Australasian Exploration, she and her team are racing against time to secure funding for an unprecedented excavation in Antarctica. Despite her best attempts, she despairs when she falls short of her financial goal.In America, Michela DeGrasse, a psychologist with the International SpAllison Shaunessy is a woman on the edge. As an archaeologist with the Flinders Museum of Australasian Exploration, she and her team are racing against time to secure funding for an unprecedented excavation in Antarctica. Despite her best attempts, she despairs when she falls short of her financial goal.In America, Michela DeGrasse, a psychologist with the International Space Research Institute, is involved with studying the interaction of humans in extreme environments. When Michela learns of the possibility of the Antarctic research, she attempts to join Allison's expedition but is met with resistance. Only the fact that she is able to provide the needed funding allows Michela to join the expedition to continue her studies.Allison and Michela instantly clash regarding the focus of the expedition and who should lead the team. They settle into a grudging working relationship that gradually deepens into a fragile friendship, but what they find at the expedition site defies all expectations. With hardship, extreme cold, and rivalry standing in their way, will the two women see past their own stubbornness long enough to allow their friendship to develop any further?...
|Title||:||Colder Than Ice|
|Number of Pages||:||276 Pages|
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Colder Than Ice Reviews
Good read! well researched,exciting,engaging and a very adventurous story with its believable and at times passionate characters..thriving ending for both leads (paperback!)
To be honest, I enjoyed this book - but inconsistent characterisations made it difficult at times to read.Allison is a highly-strung Australian archaeologist working at the Flinders Museum. The world's expert on (fictional) explorer Erik Finlayson, she wiles away her time at the museum with her slick fiancé Rick. Michela is an American, and a research shrink studying human responses to isolation in preparation for a manned mission to Mars.When a third researcher in Antarctica finds splinters of wood inside her ice core samples, the effect is electrifying - the fragments can only be from the lost (fictional) Finlayson expedition. Allison begs funding from the museum's ghastly patron to mount an excavation, but can only secure 3/5ths of the needed funding. Michela obtains the rest via a grant from her own institution and a hefty grant from the wealthy Finlayson family. Together, they must gather their team and head to the Frozen South, uncovering the lost expedition; they must also negotiate the burning tension between them, which is much more complicated than it sounds.Alright; there are two elephants in the room. One of those big lunks won't be so egregious if you're not an academic, but if you are... you're in for a treat. The archaeologist somehow did her dissertation using history methodologies. The research psychologist gets 100,000 from her institution overnight, and just by verbally asking for it. Said psych gets that before telling Allison she's even interested in joining forces, by the way. The medical doctor on the expedition gets random qualifications added to her (very impressive) collection whenever the author needs an expert on the trip - I think she ends up with higher-research degrees in at least three unrelated fields? The Flinders Museum seems to be funded entirely by one horrible old man social-climber. The shrink gets put in charge of the expedition because of reasons. I dunno; I could go on for more but I reckon folks get the picture. The second elephant is the characterisations. Allison... I called her "highly strung" before, and that is an understatement. Sometimes she is a normal human being. Sometimes she is as ornery as a bear with a sore tooth. To be sure, the plot isn't particularly kind to her, and surely Allison deserves some of that emotion - but to be honest it seemed like her moods whipped around with the speed of a viper. (view spoiler)[The inconsistent characterisation extended to Rick, the fiancé. Sure he was kind of smarmy before, but only a very little; when they get to the South Pole, however, he becomes a two-dimensional villainous caricature. It was laid on so thick it was impossible to take seriously - honestly, he was just there to provide some conflict, and the plot would have been better served if the excavation itself had been used to drive it forward.(hide spoiler)] Michaela (the shrink and team captain) had the patience of a saint and was easily the most sympathetic character, but she also appeared to have the leadership gumption of a small wet tissue; (view spoiler)[Rick literally causes someones death, and Michaela does nothing but shrug and wag her finger. This is handwaved away by saying that the base-camp they're working from doesn't have room, but you don't leave a man like that on your dangerous expedition in constantly sub-zero temperatures - especially not when two of the three other team-members are hungry for an opportunity to beat him raw. (hide spoiler)]I liked the book; I loved the attention to detail the author had gone to in researching the steps needed to even get to the Antarctic continent, yet alone operate a dig effectively there. The hardships and difficulties and privations of such a task - those were viscerally evoked by the text, and that was its biggest success. But that was tempered by my difficultly in connecting with the characters, and with the text's willingness to handwave away major problems to the point it was affecting my suspension of disbelief. Three stars; it's worth reading, but it doesn't deserve four.Postscript: I have to say the opening "disclaimer" regarding how the publishers left Australian spelling/slang intact to "preserve the authenticity of the author's voice" is the most condescending thing I have ever seen from an American publisher of lesfic thus far. Misleading as well, although that's not the point; Celsius has been changed into Fahrenheit and meters into yards throughout.
I was looking forward to this book because of the Antartica story line but i found this book really grated on my nerves. Mostly because it felt more like a teenage drama than an adult romance. If someone is seriously going to throw a temper tantrum and disappear over a little bit of jealousy then they don't need to be in a relationship. There was a lot of misinterpreted actions and miscommunication and the whole relationship was completely ridiculous.That being said, I did love the plot (the Antarctica discovery) but the romance part was horrid.
The writing is clunky and I can't bring myself to care about the characters.Not even Antarctica has got me interested enough to continue this.