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Date of Release: Aug '98

Publisher: Macmillan

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ICE STATION by Matthew Reilly

Once in a while a novel comes along that gets a big push from the publisher. It sounds and looks like a blockbuster...but you still wonder, "Am I going to fall for this? Is it all that it's cracked up to be?"

Believe me, with ICE STATION, it's all this, and more.

Not many authors self-publish their first book, only to then be picked up by a big publisher. But Matthew Reilly did just that. Reilly is a 23 year old Australian law graduate who makes the thrillers of Crichton and Grisham look like childs play. No wonder, then, that US and UK publishers have also pulled out all stops to sign up the author for an international release. Fox studios may even acquire the film rights! See what I mean, all too much, right?

Wrong.

Something's buried deep within the coastal ice shelf of Antarctica. Buried inside a 100-million-year-old layer of ice. Very deep. And it's very old. But that's not all....it's also made of metal.

Enter the team of US marines led by Lieutenant Shane Scholfield, who rush to the ice station to secure the find for the good old US of A. But it isn't as simple as that. This kind of discovery men would kill for. And just what is the metal object buried so far below their feet? Dig it up and it's ours. Oh no, it's not that simple.

This novel is 541 pages of edge-of-your-seat thrills and spills that literally won't let you go. It's refreshing to see a thriller of this calibre come out of Australia and get the backing of the big publishers too. Reilly has a blistering style and a plot that will keep you spellbound. Look out Grisham and Crichton - Reilly's on his way! We look forward to his future work!

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