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This is the first of three books in Alan dean Fosters Icerigger trilogy.
Icerigger Trilogy book 1 - Icerigger
Icerigger Trilogy book 2 - Mission to Moulokin
Icerigger Trilogy book 3 - The Deluge Drivers
Whilst journeying across the universe in a luxury space liner Ethan Fortune Frome, a travelling salesman, meets and becomes friends with Skua September.
Ethan is an average sized man with average dreams and one who just wants to make the killer sale, one so good you might be able to retire upon.
Skua is a giant of a man, once seen never forgotten, once met never forgotten, once punched by him never quite the same again.
Skua has fought in wars, been a minder and is rough and as rugged as they come. They make a great and unbreakable friendship.
As fate would have it on the same ship is Hellespont duKane and his overweight daughter. I mention her size only because it has a bearing later on in the story and right now 2 would be kidnappers are trying to bundle them into a lifeboat at gun point. And as fate likes a laugh coming around the corridor corner is Ethan and Skua. Soon the gunmen have all 4 at gunpoint and as if it couldn't get any worse, around the same corner comes Milliken Williams. A would be scientist and mathematician, know the gunmen have 5 hostages all packed into the tiny lifeboat. Skua goes berserk and soon 1 gunman is dead and the other unconscious, unfortunately in the fight the life boat has been launched and is hurtling towards the freezing ice planet of Tran-Ky-Ky.
This is where the Trilogy actually starts...............
After crash landing in their escape pod they help Tran natives to construct an ice Clipper (ice ship) and travel across the permanently frozen oceans. Fighting all kinds of creatures and nomadic ice pirates long the way
Creatures include; a gigantic ice slug over 1km long, Ferocious flying dragons, Carnivorous ice worms and weird ice plants.
I won't tell any more of the plot except to say this is a super adventure story across the hostile face of an ice planet. Along the way puzzles will be solved, friendships made and alien creatures met and fought. There is even a mini war along the way.
I will not go into the writing, the characters, the plot or the backdrop because all of them are absolutely perfect. Alan has outdone himself with this book.
A hugely recommended book.
Publisher: New English Library
Paperback: 320 pages
More Information on the Author: Alan Dean Foster.
Alan dean foster was born in New York City in 1946 and was raised in Los Angeles. After receiving a bachelor's degree in political science and a master of fine arts in cinema from UCLA (1968, 1969) he spent two years as a copywriter for a small studio city, California.
His writing career began when August Derleth bought a long Lovecraftian letter of Alan's in 1968 and much to Alan's surprise, published it as a short story in Derleth's bi-annual magazine "the Arkham Collector". Sales of short fiction to other magazines followed.
His first attempt at a novel, the Tar-Aiym Krang, (has spawned a popular series of Pip and Flinx adventure sequels, at the time of writing this, 13 Pip and Flinx novels, of which I have managed to collect 6 1st/1st signed editions) was bought by Betty Ballantine and published by Ballantine books in 1972.
Since then, Alan's sometimes humorous and entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major sci-fi magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "best of the year" compendiums.
He is also the author of numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as novelizations of several films, including Star Wars which he wrote under the name of "George Lucas", the first 3 Alien films, the Thing, the chronicles of Riddick, the Black Hole, Outland, Starman, Alien Nation and the Dig.
Other books to become movies include Clash of the Titans, Krull, the last Starfighter, Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood), and more recently Transformers.
His novel Cyber Way won the southwest book award for fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so.
Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first star trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adaptation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia.
Alan has travelled widely, visiting Asia, Europe, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Zambesi and most of the Pacific. Whilst he has lived in Tahiti, French Polynesia and now resides in Arazona.
Alan and his wife Joann Oxley currently live in a turn of the century miner's brothel, along with dogs, cats and fish.
He is presently at work on several new novels and media projects.
Books I would personally recommend are: - This book - Icerigger, Mission to Moulokin and the Deluge Drivers. The Howling Stones, Drowning World, Founding the commonwealth Trilogy are Phylogenesis, Dirge and Diuritys Dawn.