Ice Hunt

By James Rollins

Carved right into a relocating island of ice two times the scale of the USA, Ice Station Grendel has been deserted for greater than seventy years. The twisted brainchild of the best minds of the previous Soviet Union, it was once designed to be inaccessible and almost invisible. yet an American undersea study vessel has inadvertently pulled too close--and anything has been sighted relocating contained in the allegedly abandoned facility, anything whose survival defies each usual legislation. And now, as scientists, squaddies, intelligence operatives, and unsuspecting civilians are drawn into Grendel's deadly vortex, the main severe measures attainable might be undertaken to guard its darkish mysteries--because the poor truths locked in the back of submerged partitions of ice and metal may possibly finish human lifestyles in the world.

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From the protect of the doorjamb, they studied the skies. A white Cessna slowly turned around into view, drawing parallel with the extensive river. “Matt? ” He stared up on the aircraft. Blood tired into his legs. “It’s a similar one. ” “Are you definite? ” She shielded a give up her eyes, basically trying to spot the decision sign up the bottom of the wings. “Yes. ” He didn’t have to learn the stenciled letters and numbers. “Do they understand you’re right here? ” Matt noticed movement via one of many plane’s home windows. an individual leaned out, waving an arm at them. Then his eyes widened. no longer an arm…a grenade launcher, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. He shoved Jenny again within as a spat of flame spouted from the weapon. “What—” she cried out. The explosion bring to a halt her phrases. A window at the south aspect of the cabin shattered inward. Glass sprayed the room. because the blast echoed away, Matt dove to the ruined window. simply outdoor, the is still of the tiny lagyaq storehouse smoldered round a cratered damage. The roof nonetheless sailed excessive within the air. within the sky, the Cessna sped prior, low over the timber, tilting on a wing for an additional go. Matt swung round and met Jenny’s gaze. “I’d say they be aware of we’re the following. ” Jenny’s expression remained challenging. She already had the Winchester rifle in hand back. She stalked towards the open door, via every person else. Matt moved quickly after her. “What do you think that you’re going to do? ” outdoors, Jenny needed to yell to be heard above the racket of barking canine and the whine of the Cessna. “We’re getting out of right here. ” She raised the rifle and tracked the airplane because it arced round. “Everyone get to the dual Otter. ” “What approximately operating again into the woods? ” Craig requested, staring doubtfully on the small sheriff’s airplane resting on its floats within the river. “We escaped as soon as that way,” Matt stated, shoving the reporter towards the dock. “We can’t expect that sort of good fortune back. now not on this type of transparent day. And there’s no telling in the event that they dropped different commandos in the market someplace. ” jointly, the crowd fled around the backyard towards the dock. Jenny helped her father, one hand on his elbow. canines ran throughout, jumping, barking. all at once Bane seemed at Matt’s facet and raced together with his grasp as they hit the docks. Matt had no time to warn the wolf away. as a substitute Matt held out a hand for Jenny’s rifle. “Get the engine all started. I’ll try and maintain them busy. ” Jenny nodded to him. Matt was once stunned by way of the inability of worry in her eyes. She handed the rifle into his hands. Matt subsidized down the dock. Bane him. The Cessna banked into one other drift towards the dwelling house. Matt raised the rifle and its direction. He squeezed off a shot to no impression. He yanked at the rifle’s bolt to crank one other around in position. on the finish of the dock, the dual Otter’s engine coughed as soon as, then died. Come on, Jen… The Cessna dropped its flaps and dove alongside the river’s size, aiming for the foundering floatplane. Matt aimed for the cockpit window and fired back. He overlooked. Un-deterred, the airplane persevered its dive. “Damn it! ” He pulled the rifle’s bolt and shouldered the weapon, widening his stance.

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