In the desolate reaches of southernmost Chile, a remarkable discovery has been made.
It is a massive meteorite whose very existence will change science-and perhaps even mankind.
In great secrecy, an expedition sets out on a converted tanker, bound for the bottom of the world.
But almost as soon as the recovery process begins, the mysteries and enigmas begin to mount.
What appeared to be simply an engineering challenge quickly becomes a perilous undertaking, for the bizarre, implacable artifact may not be what it seems. And when a raging storm drives the tanker beyond the dangerous Antarctic latitude known as the Ice Limit, superstition, egos, and the unknown clash to create a stunning finale that will risk the lives of everyone on board.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages, maps
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Publication Date: 16/08/2001
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780446610230
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Review by cathepsut
"In the desolate regions of Chile, a remarkable discovery has been made. It is a massive meteorite whose existence will change science and mankind forever. An expedition sets out to recover it, but what should be a straightforward undertaking becomes dangerous, and the bizarre artefact may not be what it seems. When a raging storm drives the tanker beyond the dangerous Antarctic latitude known as the Ice Limit, superstition, egos, and the unknown clash in a stunning finale that will risk the lives of everyone on board." Good adventure yarn. Remided me of Wilbur Smith's [Hungry as the Sea]
Review by auntmarge64
I ran across this book on a list of novels set in Antarctica. While Antarctica actually <i>isn't</i> the setting, most of the action does take place in the islands off the southern tip of Chile during winter. Funded by one of the world's richest men, a group of engineers and scientists attempt to remove the heaviest meteorite ever found from a small Chilean island so it can be displayed in a new museum in New York. The expedition is threatened by a rogue Chilean destroyer captain who is suspicious of the group's intentions, and at the same time the mysterious meteorite, unlike any ever found in more ways than weight, seems to be responsible for a series of deaths. This is an extremely fast-paced thriller with a vocal following which has convinced the authors to write a sequel (unpublished as of this writing, July 2010).