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Spotlight on: Big Ice by Christopher Bonn Jonnes

Big Ice by Christopher Bonn Jonnes

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Christopher Bonn Jonnes, Big Ice

Seth Peterson works for the NIC (National Ice Center) studying the movements of antarctic ice shelves, hoping to predict possible future motion in order to prevent disaster. His research, however, is going to cause trouble for more people than he can possibly have imagined.

After rescuing a woman from a wrecked car in the middle of a snowstorm, Seth becomes the unwitting participant in a media circus, being given the nickname "The Shy Samaritan" for his unwillingness to appear before the cameras. You see, Seth has a secret. But that's not even his main problem. It appears as if some people are trying to kill him because of his research. And if that's not enough conflict, Seth hides out in his hometown and has to deal with some past mistakes he has made with his family and the woman he left at the altar.

Jonnes builds the suspense in Big Ice from the get-go, with the rescue scene being a particular highpoint. I felt as if I were experiencing every moment with Seth and I didn't want to put the book down. His flair for description is also remarkable, making it easy to visualize the details in every scene. Jonnes has a talent for suspense and obviously loves to work with the language.

The first quarter could have been more tightly edited, and the title is misleading (the ice is the motivation for the plot, not an actual participant), but these are minor complaints. Christopher Bonn Jonnes is a writer to watch and I look forward to reading his first novel, Wake Up Dead.

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