by Lincoln Child
Anchor Books 2009
Alaska's Federal Wilderness Zone - two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle. One of the most remote places on Earth. But for a group of scientists sponsored by a major media conglomerate, an expedition to the Zone represents the opportunity of a lifetime to study the effects of global warming.
The expedition changes suddenly on a routine foray into a glacial ice cave, where the group makes an astonishing find: an ancient animal encased in solid ice. It appears to be some kind of giant cat, possibly a saber-toothed tiger. When their discovery is reported back, their parent company quickly plans the ultimate spectacle - the animal will be cut from the ice, thawed, and revealed on live television.
Ignoring the dire warnings of a local Eskimo group (and a native legend forecasting doom for anyone who disturbs this mythic creature), the scientists make one more horrifying discovery: the beast is no cat, it's an ancient killing machine. And it may not be dead.
The creature is cut from the ice and transported to a vault at the base. Within hours the vault is empty with just a round hole chewed in the floor.
Then the killing starts - 3 people are killed before the creature can be stopped, and there is only one way to stop it.
LINCOLN CHILD is the coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of Relic, Reliquary, The Book of the Dead, The Dance of Death, The Cabinet of Curiosities, and other bestsellers starring Detective Pendergast. Lincoln Child lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.