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Well worth a read
on 26 February 2012
For those that don't know, the Death Force series tell the the adventures of a group of Private Military Contractors. Drawn together on their first mission in Afghanistan, they have since battled through Central Africa, Somalia, and now the Arctic. Based in the present time, the missions are always realistic and believable.
Ice Force sees the team on the hunt for a downed plane in the North Pole, but they find their skills and teamwork, not to mention physical strength stretched to breaking point as they battle an unknown enemy to survive in the most hostile environment on earth, against the odds.
Lynn clearly does his research, and his knowledge transfer is brilliant. In the back of each of his books, he details equipment/weaponry/vehicles that he mentions in the story. Even someone of no military knowledge could read and understand. His plots are as up-to-the-minute as you can get, and each book leaves you gasping for the next instalment. Lynn may never have been ex-Special Forces, but you'd probably never know it, aside from the distinct lack of ego, a refreshing change from many other writers in the genre.
His character development through the series is excellent , and you gradually get to know each member of the team, and get a feel for what makes him tick. The characters are believable, if not all likeable, and he explores the issues that bringing a bunch of men with thier backgrounds together creates.
The pace of the story is good, with enough action to keep the pages turning. Lynn employs a third-person narrative that's neither too chatty, nor too formal. He doesn't rely on profanity to add weight to the narrative, which is refreshing. In this book particularly, there is a little too much repetition, but that's a very minor gripe when all else is considered.
Ice Force could be read on it's own, but I would strongly recommend reading it as part of the series.