Publisher's Note:  

The nuclear submarine Dolphin has impossible orders:  Sail beneath the ice floes of the Arctic Ocean to locate and rescue the men of research station Zebra, gutted by fire and drifting with the ice-pack somewhere within the Arctic Circle.  But the orders can't prepare the crew for what they'll find if their mission is successful - that the fire at Ice Station Zebra was sabotage and one of the survivors is the killer ...

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Ice Station Zebra

by Alistair MacLean

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Overall Review:  

Hold onto the edge of your seats:  readers are in for a wild ride.  The first few pages of Ice Station Zebra slowly introduce a few intrigues and seem to set the tone for a nice and easy paced read.  Don't be fooled.  This book has all the makings of a great action story:  mystery, suspense, and intense scenes with potentially fatal consequences.  Ride along in a submarine under the ice, participate in an arctic land rescue and unmask a murderer.  This only scratches the surface of the surprises awaiting those who devour this story.  Be prepared to ignore other duties in order to join the characters on an emotionally potent roller coaster. 

Content Analysis:  

Language:  62 religious exclamations; 87 mild obscenities; 3 religious profanities; 1 derogatory name.


Violence/Gore:  Several reports referencing a fire that destroyed people and property, one account is 8 pages, characters are described as charred beyond recognition;  characters burned from fire and cold; characters die from impact of object, exposure or shootings; characters injure limbs and description includes blood and broken bones; characters knocked unconscious; report of character having salt rubbed on raw wound; characters hit one another; characters threatened with various weapons.


Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:  

Death of family and friends, deceit, treason.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Character mentions it's time for first martini of the day.  Characters drink alcohol from hidden flasks or supplies.  Characters consume alcohol medicinally on several occasions.


Reviewed By Susan
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