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Freezing Point de Karen Dionne
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Freezing Point (edició 2008)

de Karen Dionne

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Salvation and annihilation meet at one degree. One man’s dream of providing clean drinking water for millions, tapped from the polar ice, sparks a conflict of humanity, science, big business, and environmental extremism. But no one can foresee the true danger hidden deep within the ice— an enemy more deadly than any could imagine, and an apocalyptic horror mankind may not survive.… (més)
Títol:Freezing Point
Autors:Karen Dionne
Informació:Jove (2008), Paperback, 320 pages
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Etiquetes:Fiction, Thriller

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Freezing Point de Karen Dionne

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I’m not entirely sure how this book came to be in reading stack, as I’ve not heard of this Author before now. This is a different type of book insomuch as it is not only fiction but includes a lot of aspects of real world concerns within its pages. If you like a book that will make you think and question things, then you might like to pick this up. This is also a debut novel for this Author.

As much as I liked this book, I felt I could not rate it any higher than I did due to a number of things, one of these being the vast number of characters that appear in it. Some just pop in then drop from sight; others are continued throughout the book. Because of this it is hard to identify one main protagonist as each of the cast has an important role to play in the telling of this story. Despite the difficulty in keeping track of this ‘cast of thousands’ if the reader manages to make it to the end their roles in what has been read before all comes together.

Another reason for the lower rating than it might have been given was all the extra details that the Author included in their novel. These had a tendency to really slow the storyline down, and in order to keep the book moving along I felt that the development of the character was given a very low priority. Combine these with too many clichés and some obvious, and not so obvious, research errors and what could have being an outstanding, well crafted and captivating thriller turned into just another, well just another book really. I felt with the use of a really good editor this book could have been so much more.

I am going to recommend this book purely because of the fact that it makes the reader think and reassess the world they live in.

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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
The plot, while inventive, hit me a bit dubiously, in that it attempts to interleave three seemingly disparate evils: corporate shenanigans, killer rats, and a mysterious disease. I could never figure out where my attention should lie, which detracted from my particularly caring about any. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Definitely some potential with this author, but this book has a few difficulties that make it less than what it could be. The setting is fascinating, as is the premise: using icebergs to get water where it's needed on the planet. This would have been far more effective without the rats to muddy the thrills and chills. Are humans not rats enough? (Conversely, the idea of rats in Antarctica is an interesting idea itself, particularly as to the changes that take place as they adapt...but would be better in a book of its own.)

The action was far too often broken by over-explanation (a common novice writer problem). Spoilers were included in descriptions/explanations/backstory, etc., of characters we never really needed to see at all. In a book with many characters, it can be fatal to try to get the reader invested in everyone because we end up not being very engaged with anyone. So we don't feel a great loss with any death, nor do we care fervently about any character's individual chances. (Pregnancy is not an automatic "man, she has to live!" ploy, especially when the pregnant mom has made it clear through her choices that the pregnancy takes a backseat to her other interests.)

So, some decent writing, but definite flaws. Still, will pass the time pleasantly enough. ( )
  Carrie.Kilgore | Nov 29, 2013 |
This is another book that I purchased from Amazon. As some of you may realize I have an environmental science degree (with the emphasis on science rather then politics). So when I saw this book advertised by one of the great book bloggers out there I knew I just had to have it--

This is a fictional novel-but could easily happen. When corporate greed and "environmentalists" collide all hell can break loose with neither of them considering the total ramifications of their actions. This is a cautionary tale which it behooves everyone to paid heed to. Yes, you should read this-it is a fast reading book and I think you will actually enjoy it.

I think that I will be reading more of this author's work in the very near future! ( )
  MikiHope | Aug 31, 2013 |
The world’s supply of fresh water is decreasing right at the point need for the commodity is increasing exponentially so it seems only natural that some corporation headed by someone evil will try to melt any icebergs created at the planet’s poles and sell the resulting water to the highest bidder. Equally naturally are environmentalists who are opposed to this idea and will take violent actions to make their point. Throw in an unknown virus, a new breed of animal and a few severe storms and you have the basic building blocks of Freezing Point.

The elements of a story I would like are present here: a remote location, environmental activists, sinister corporations, vaguely plausible science, and, at least potentially, a strong female character. However it’s not enough for a book to tick all the boxes, it still has to have an engaging story that links all the elements together and engrosses you so heavily that you forget you’ve read a load of books in the genre. This one didn’t achieve that for me. The story, such as it was, was entirely predictable from the outset, contained a load of half-finished threads that were plain annoying and had science and environmental messages so clunkily inserted into the narrative that the thing consistently felt more like a text book or a lefty diatribe than the thriller it was purported to be. I abhor being preached at in my fiction.

Also, while thrillers are allowed (even supposed) to have a series of unlikely events occurring simultaneously to create the perfect storm (literal or metaphorical) I need some realism in the mix. So many people in this story took such unrealistic actions that I rarely got past the ‘that just wouldn’t happen even in fiction-land’ mindset.

The book had a lot of characters introduced in quick succession and many were never heard from again so keeping track of who they all were and where they fit into the big picture required more effort than it should have done. None of them were fleshed out well enough to be truly engaging. Zo, the female character I should have liked, viewed every comment or action taken by male characters as misogynistic which grew tiresome. The other people were all a bit too black or white (all good or all evil) for me to really buy them and I’ve no clue why Rebecca (the avenging environmentalist) was even in the book as she really took no active part in the plot. Again, as with the story, there were lots of unexplained character developments dumped in the mix for no apparent reason such as several people despising each other with passion but without explanation (except in one instance).

There are a few interesting action-based passages here but, overall, the interesting concept that must have been the idea behind this book was lost in the delivery. The cover of my copy pronounces Dionne to be the next Michael Crichton but the very big difference between the two is that Crichton entertains first and allows his mastery of the storytelling art to relay any messages almost subliminally whereas Dionne, at least in this book which is her first, seems to assume readers will put up with second-rate storytelling if the messages are worthy enough. I’m harder to please than that. ( )
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Salvation and annihilation meet at one degree. One man’s dream of providing clean drinking water for millions, tapped from the polar ice, sparks a conflict of humanity, science, big business, and environmental extremism. But no one can foresee the true danger hidden deep within the ice— an enemy more deadly than any could imagine, and an apocalyptic horror mankind may not survive.

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