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Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter) [Paperback]

Greig Beck
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19 Aug 2011 Alex Hunter


When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing an enormous cave system, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost.

Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained commandos, along with a team of scientists, are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong. Meanwhile, the alluring petrobiologist Aimee Weir is sent to follow up on the detection of a vast underground reservoir. If the unidentified substance proves to be oil, every country in the world will want to know about it--even wage war over it. Or worse.

Once suspended into the caves, Alex, Aimee, and the others can't locate a single survivor--or even a trace of their remains. Nor is there a energy source, only specters of the dead haunting the tunnels. But soon they will discover that something very much alive is brewing beneath the surface. It is a force that dates back to the very dawn of time--an ancient terror that hunts and kills to survive...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (19 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330534165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330534161
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Greig Beck is an Australian author residing in Sydney with his wife, son and oversized black German Shepherd. "Beneath the Dark Ice" was Greig's first novel, now published internationally, and available soon on Audio format.

Greig grew up spending his days surfing on Bondi Beach before entering a career in Information technology which took him around the world. After completing an MBA, he was appointed both an Australasian director of a multinational software company, and tasked with setting up the USA arm of the organisation.

Today, Greig is still involved in IT, but spends most of his time writing... with plenty left over for his beloved surfing.

More information about Greig and his works can be found at and he can be contacted at

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'BUCKLE UP... This is going to be a hell of a ride!' --Jonathan Maberry - Bram Stoker Award winning author of The Wolfman (now a major motion picture)

'Quickly paced, imaginatively detailed, and highly atmospheric, Beck's novel is an entertaining mix of thriller, horror, fantasy, and science fiction' --Neal Wyatt, RA Crossroads, LIBRARY JOURNAL

'BENEATH THE DARK ICE has all the ingredients of a late night page-turner: a remote and dangerous setting, a rugged hero with an Achilles heel, a vicious and deadly villain, geopolitical intrigue and cutting-edge science. Throw in a feisty heroine and a band of elite soldiers, put them in the ruins of an ancient civilization and pit them against a mythological creature, and it's a recipe for compulsive reading' --Lachlan Jobbins, Good Reading Magazine

'Exciting Read! A successful mix of spy thriller, psychological drama, and scientific primeval action novel - with just a touch of the Jules Verne' --Anne Dickson, Rodney Libraries

'BENEATH THE DARK ICE - In a word: GRIPPING' --Malcolm Tattersall, Townsville BULLETIN.

'A nerve-shredding adventure that skilfully blends thriller, horror and fantasy.'
--Peterborough Evening Telegraph, Alex Gordon

About the Author

Greig Beck grew up across the road from Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. His early days were spent surfing, sunbathing and reading science fiction on the sand. When he was forced to grow up, he went on to study computer science, and later received an MBA. Greig is the director of a software company but still finds time to write and surf. He lives in Vaucluse, Sydney, with his wife, son and an enormous black German shepherd.

Beneath the Dark Ice is Greig's first novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far-fetched fun. 13 Nov 2011
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In a similar vein to Matthew Reilly's Ice Station and James Rollin's Ice Hunt, Beneath The Dark Ice is a rip-roaring adventure guaranteed to keep you turning those pages well into the night.

This is pure popcorn entertainment, so leave your brain at home and enjoy the ride.

Our hero, Alex Hunter, is a super-human (I told you to leave your brain at home) soldier tasked with accompanying a group of scientists and other skilled people into an ice cavern to investigate the disappearance of a previous group of people. Whilst there they meet various creepy-crawlies as well as being pursued by an old foe of Alex's.

The baddies are suitably nasty, the action is frenetic and plentiful and the tension gripping.

Greig Beck is a welcome addition to the action / adventure genre and I can't wait for his next book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 8 May 2011
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This is military techno horror that is totally preposterous but thoroughly entertaining. Plenty of action and gruesome bits that make you keep on reading as you have to find out what is going to happen next. Good stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Captain America vs Aliens 23 July 2013
This book is very much a mash up of ideas from movies and other books; Aliens, The Thing, Journey to the Centre of the Earth among the films with the Atlantean elements reminisent of books by McDermott, Gibbins, Brokow, Pavlou and Greanias, to name a few. The Characters are the standard set of indestructible super soldier(and in this case he pretty much is!), fiesty but flirty love interest, arrogant fellow scientist and "red shirts" who are there to make up the numbers, that you just know will not make it to the end. Never really captures the arctic landscape in the way Rollins or Reilly have in the past. Not sure how many words the book ran too, but each page had very wide margins and a generous font size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escapism at its best 19 Dec 2011
By Mark
Not to many books hit the ground running, hold your attention and make you realise that when dawn starts appearing through the curtains then you have been reading for a bit longer than normal!
Beneath the Dark Ice is one of those books that fulfill the above criteria. Loved the premiss, missing Arctic mission, super soldier, something nasty in the depths, Oh and a lost civilisation! Becks writing is fast paced, detailed and thrilling.
Its great to find new authors and I'm looking forward to reading more of Grieg Becks works and I am sure you will to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Imaginative !! Fast Paced !! 27 May 2014
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Very enjoyable, couldn't put it down. ! Entertaining from beginning to end.
Can't wait to download another adventure. GREAT STUFF !!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Help there a monster after me 9 Mar 2014
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I have enjoyed this book it's not the first time I have read Greig Beck and have always found them to most entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arcadian ace 15 Feb 2014
By Mw
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Smooth and slick, a good and entertaining action,adventure.enjoyed tough guys against prehistoric monsters and Russian bad guys.certainly one of the better books about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Aug 2013
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This is a classic adventure/action thriller with great characters and super fast plotting. The author writes in a similar style to Matthew Reilly(whose books I love) so it was perfect for me. Plenty of cliffhangers and a good nemesis to threaten the protagonist, who is an all round intriguing and he could have a good run of stories ahead of him. I will definitely read more of this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRESENT
Published 8 months ago by redchecker
5.0 out of 5 stars I Enjoyed This Vary Much
KK, just finished this book on my Kindle Fire HD and I enjoyed more than I thought I would. After having reading the prologue and then into the story proper I did start having... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Traffic
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Haven't read it all the way through, but as far as I have made it, it is really exciting. It is not just a mission to a cave - there is other things to take into aspect at the same... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kim Bak
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
I liked this story a rip roaring yarn.I would buy more from this writer I liked this kind of adventure a bit far fetched but saying that it do,s not effect the story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulse-racing thriller
As the author of Tipping Point: Action-Adventure Thriller and soon-to-be-released MELT ZONE, set in the Arctic and Antarctic respectively, i couldn't resist Beck's monster thriller... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Simon Rosser
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Thriller
An expedition, consisting of scientists and military personnel, is sent to Antarctic in order to explore potentially enormous reserves of oil. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time
If you like believable adventure stories, then avoid this one.
If you like credible thrillers then avoid this book.
Even if you like fantasy, bin this. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Beneath Dark Ice.
Just the type of book to take on a mind-boring journey.
The book is fairly well written, The plot is good,just possible if you think about it. Read more
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