Book Review: The Ice Cap and the Rift, an Action Thriller by Marshall Chamberlain

The Bottom Line: The second entry in Chamberlain’s Ancestor Series is packed with even more ancient secrets, breathless adventure and international intrigue than its predecessor.

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After intrepid ex-marine and geologist, John Henry Morgan, is appointed Director of the United Nation’s Institute for the Study of Unusual Phenomena, a massive underwater earthquake tears across the Atlantic ocean floor. Massive tectonic plate movements stretch across some twenty-five-hundred miles, and a gaping fissure forms on Iceland’s Vatnajökull Ice Cap, revealing a huge ice cavern.

In the aftermath of what Morgan’s team refers to as the “comboquake,” it’s discovered the cavern resembles “The Place of Gathering” inside Trinium. What’s Trinium, you might ask? For that answer, you’ll need to read Chamberlain’s first book in the series, The Mountain Place of Knowledge.

The Chinese and the CIA are prepared to do just about anything to get their hands on the technology found frozen inside the ice cavern. And there is another dangerous player—a Libyan terrorist organization. As a result, stakes are even higher. Chamberlain gives considerable ink to the American president, who is forced to make a number of hard decisions in the name of national security.

If possible, the geologic experts in The Ice Cap and the Rift are even more convincing in this second installment of the Ancestor Series, and the actions to assess and document their findings even more vivid and engaging. It’s a gripper of a story that will keep you up long past your bedtime.

One thing is clear: the human race isn’t ready for this new discovery. Will Morgan emerge as the moral hero of the story and help save humanity from itself? We strongly encourage that you find out.

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