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Independent Reading Analysis - Ice Station

  • Submitted by: supahfreak2000
  • on September 20, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,546 words

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Ice Station
Matthew Reilly
At a remote ice station in Antarctica, a team of US scientists
has made and amazing discovery. They have found something
buried deep within the coastal ice shelf. Something trapped
inside a 100-million-year-old layer of ice.
Something made of metal.
It is the discovery of a lifetime.
A discovery of immeasurable value.
A discovery men would kill for...
Led by an enigmatic Lieutenant Shane Schofield, a team of
crack United States Marines is rushed to the station to secure
this discovery for their country. They are a tight unit. Tough
and fearless. They would follow their leader into hell.
They just did...
In a land without boundaries, the only law is survival.

Ice Station, a novel by Matthew Reilly, is a fast paced thriller, revolving around the indestructibility of the main protagonist, Lieutenant Shane ‘Scarecrow’ Schofield. The brief introduction of the book is not a typical introduction, but more of a history lesson, and the relevance to the story is revealed at a later point of time within the novel. It is used as a device to foreshadow the story, and as an entrance for the subplot which runs as a parallel to the main story. The beginning of the central story is the prologue, and it involves two American scientists who disappear during a dive into a four million year old ice cavern below Wilkes Ice Station. The last radio contact that the remaining team of American scientists had with the divers was that they had seemed to discover a spaceship, before promptly falling under attack from unknown beings, which are later revealed to be genetically mutated elephant seals.

The story then progresses with dated and time stamped “Incursions”, which can be classified more as an act, if this was a theatre script. In the first incursion, Lieutenant Shane "Scarecrow” Schofield and his highly trained Recon Unit of Force Reconnaissance Marines are dispatched to respond to the scientists' distress signal, but they had not...

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