on October 23, 2015
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I am a huge fan of historical adventures that may add in some unconventional elements to make an intriguing story. Some of my favorite authors in this genre are Preston & Child, James Rollins, and Clive Cussler. I was thrilled to find author Kevin Tinto's debut novel, "ICE", that also pulls these elements together masterfully and it was a fantastic read. The story of Leah, an archaeologist, and her estranged husband, Jack, who set off on an adventure to Antarctica after a discovery in New Mexico. There is mystery here, danger, and a wonderful fast-paced adventure that kept me highly engaged. I loved the two main characters and their intense relationship and am excited to see that this will be a continuing series. Very well done. (This is an unbiased book review and the opinions given here are 100% my own.)

Archaeologist Leah Andrews stumbles upon something inexplicable in southwestern New Mexico: inside a dark cavern lies an undiscovered, Native American cliff dwelling abandoned for 800 years. While twisting through one of the narrow underground passageways, Leah’s flashlight illuminates the remains of a violent massacre.  

Ancient human remains—all slaughtered in a long-ago massacre—cover the cavern floor, along with a number of brilliantly colored, granite crystals.  The rare crystals are native to only one place on earth: a frozen mountain range in  central Antarctica. 

Could Native Americans have traveled to the frozen continent of Antarctica 800 years prior to the first known human exploration? If so how? And why?

There’s only one person who can get Leah to those mountains in Antarctica: her estranged husband and climbing guide Jack Hobson.  

At their destination they make a stunning discovery that will change history and science forever. But Leah’s team is far from the only interested party. As her secret makes its way to the highest levels of government, a race to seize the Russian-claimed Antarctic territory brings the world to the brink of nuclear conflict. 



"The blurb says it all -- Kevin Tinto writes in the tradition of a few of the world's most popular thriller masters: Matthew Reilly, Preston & Child, and James Rollins.

In ICE, an archaeological discovery in an abandoned Native American cliff ruin leads the heroes to ... deepest Antarctica. Fresh ideas and a lightning escapist read." 

Ed Stackler, Thriller Editor 

"This book is so intense and gripping I could not stop reading it once I started. The suspense and unexpected surprises kept me reeling. My heart pounded and my mind was sent racing. I read a lot and in all honesty this book is by far one of the best I have ever read. The story line is immense and the detailing is spectacular. I felt like I was right there in every part of it. The historical factors made it even more real and I am thoroughly impressed. An expedition leads to an unbelievable find and what is discovered afterwards is incredible. I won't give any spoilers but holy cow it rocks! The characters of Leah and Jack are so strong and so well defined, I feel like I know them. The relationship between them is raw and deep and I could feel every emotion. The other characters add so much to the book and made me become a part of the book. There is so much intrigue and mystery and it just keeps coming at the reader like a storm. This is my first experience with this author and I have to say Kevin Tinto is a brilliant and very gifted writer. His mind set is unsurpassed and his imagination is contagious. I will definitely be looking for more of his work. I give this book my highest recommendation and I am sure everyone will love it as much as I did. It would be an awesome movie. Read this and take an adventure that literally takes your breath away. It is without a doubt a Must read!" 

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"A gripping novel that combines archeological, historical, scientific, and romantic elements to create a thrilling, strong story. Authentic characters, all-too human relationships, adventures and mysteries transport readers into past, present, and future events—a wonderful discovery for this reader, who cannot wait for more!" The Columbia Review.