Review of Kevin Tinto’s Latest Novel, Ice Revelation

The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation.  Kevin Tinto has recently added book #3, Ice Revelation to the Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson series.

Ice Revelation is the third and final addition to the Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson series. For those of you that have not read the first and second book in the series, Ice and Ice Genesis, stop right now and go read them, as Ice Revelation will not make sense unless you do. If you are going to be stubborn and read Ice Revelation without reading the previous two books, then here is what has happened so far… In Ice, archaeologist Leah Andrews has found an unusual stone at an archeology site in New Mexico. The stone is known only to exist at a specific location in Antarctica. Being the obsessive scholar that she is, she must go to Antarctica to determine what the connection between this stone and the ancient Native Americans that had occupied this site. Getting to Antarctica wouldn’t be easy, so she enlists the help of her ex-husband, professional mountain climber Jack Hobson to help her out. Knowing that this expedition would be expensive and the political logistics complicated, Hobson cashes in on a debt owed to him by billionaire Al Paulson. What this group would find in Antarctica would be a game changer. They find what appears to be a highly advanced facility most likely constructed by some advanced alien race. Within the facilities they find a group of Native Americans, termed the ‘Ancients’, from different tribes alive and held in status.

In Ice Genesis, the Ancients have been taken back to the archaeology site in New Mexico and Andrews begins studying them to find out what happened to them when they were abducted. What she finds out will change her forever. Finding evidence of an alien race on planet earth seems to cause an uproar within the White House and its occupants feel that this little piece of evidence should be kept a secret, which means Andrews, Hobson, and Paulson are in their crosshairs.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ice and Ice Genesis and was really looking forward to reading Ice Revelation only to be very disappointed. The main goal of the story was to get the Ancients back to Antarctica as an alien anomaly, triggered by the removal of the Ancients from stasis, is threatening to destroy all of humanity if not stopped. Returning the Ancients seems to be the only option to end the anomaly’s destruction. The vast majority of the novel focused on the trip across Antarctica with only a couple of chapters that dealt with the anomaly at the end. I really felt that the expedition across Antarctica was rather boring with a lot of detail on equipment and weaponry being used which made finishing the novel really difficult. I was really hoping to see more interaction occurring at the site of the anomaly and learn a bit more about the aliens that created it as well as why the Native Americans were put in stasis in the first place. There was unfortunately none of that and the series ended with a rather unfulfilling ending. For that, I give Ice Revelation a two thumbs down.

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