Blood and Ice by Robert Masello


Blood and Ice, Robert Masello, 1999

My favorite quote: “Every species, from the blue whale to the fruit fly, will struggle, with every fiber of its being, to preserve its own existence.”

Notable characters: Michael Wilde, a journalist on a month-long assignment to the South Pole 

Most memorable scene: The discovery of a man and woman, bound in chains, preserved in a submerged iceberg deep in the Antarctic 

Greatest strengths: Blood and Ice places the reader firmly in the South Pole. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt such biting cold from a book before … 

Standout achievements: Robert Masello has a way with words that makes the reading easy. Blood and Ice is a new twist on a fascinating subject, but even so, I’m pretty sure he could write a glossary of the scientific terms of houseplants and make it riveting

Fun Facts: This was the first Robert Masello book I ever read. It set me on a path to many, many more, and I have yet to be disappointed

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: Blood and Ice is one of those rare books that manages to brim with information without bogging the plot down with it. I came away with a firmer understanding of the lives of journalists, life in the Antarctic, and several historical eras I previously knew very little about

How it inspired me: Robert Masello does the undead a lot differently than I do, but even so, I love the idea of a vampire being suspended in time like the frozen couple in Blood and Ice. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll find a way to put my own spin on that 

Additional thoughts: It’s true that there’s nothing new under the sun, but I love it when authors find a way to make a subject or plotline FEEL new. Robert Masello did that with vampires in Blood and Ice. It’s a vampire tale, yes … but it’s more. A lot more. I recommend this one 

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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: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* 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.

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