Icebound by Dean Koontz

Icebound, Dean Koontz, 1976, 1995

My favorite quote: “Politics was an illusion of service that cloaked the corruption of power. It was lies, deceptions, self-interest, and self-aggrandizement: suitable work only for the mad and the venal and the naïve.” Also, “In the end, no lamb could escape the slaughter.”

Notable characters: Harry Carpenter, a scientist; Rita Carpenter, his snow-phobic scientist wife; Franz Fischer, a big negative-Nelly; Peter Johnson, whose name I hope I’ll never be so mature that I don’t laugh at every time I read it

Most memorable scene: That moment when the scientists realize they’re stranded on an iceberg … with bombs ticking under it

Greatest strengths: The suspense. It never stops

Standout achievements: The science. If Mr. Koontz took any creative license here, it doesn’t show

Fun Facts: This book was first published in 1976 under the pseudonym David Axton, and was re-released in 1995 under Dean Koontz’s real name

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: This book led me down a research rabbit hole about suboceanic earthquakes. I now have more knowledge on the subject than I’ll probably ever need — which isn’t a complaint

How it inspired me: While reading Icebound, I realized there’s tension on every page. Sometimes it’s big, sometimes it’s small, but it’s always there. That’s something to keep in mind in my own work

Additional thoughts: While I have a very complicated relationship with Dean Koontz, this book is ALMOST the quintessential embodiment of all the things I like about him: good characters, suspense, great pacing, descriptions that put you in the story, and nice, smooth prose

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

4 thoughts on “Icebound by Dean Koontz

  1. I like Koontz’s work. (Well, not everything, but nobody it’s a homerun every time.) But I haven’t read this one. Sounds pretty darn good. The tension thing is important to me as a reader and writer, even in a slow burn novel with barely simmering tension.

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