Terminal Freeze - Lincoln Child Lincoln Child is better known for the horror centered Pengergast series on which he collaborated with Douglas Preston. Terminal Freeze is one of Child's solo novels but is still dead center in the genre of modern techno-horror. It is a light read, aka supermarket bestseller, aka airplane novel, aka summer read, aka any somewhat derogatory label you want to give a book that is purely for entertainment value and will be forgotten about two days later. That's isn't to say it is not fun. It is the literary equivalent of Twinkies. But I did enjoy it for what it was. This fun romp takes place in the wintery cold regions of the Alaskan wilderness and involves a monster frozen in ice. It is not a spoiler to tell you it doesn't remain frozen for long. I can't help wondering if the author was giving a nod and a wink to the classic sci-fi story Who Goes There by John Campbell although their monsters are quite different. Lots of mayhem takes place with tut tutting native Americans, bewildered scientists, an evil film crew, and a troop of semi-competent military types that might well have been wearing red shirts from a Star Trek TV set...

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Yes, there's a bloodbath and bad decisions (why oh why do smart men and women think it is a really great idea to split up and explore all those corners the monster might be hiding?) and questionable science...everything you want in a guilty pleasure. So I'm going to give this a very generous three stars and give it a shaky recommendation for those who like literary Twinkies.