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Swift. Silent. Deadly. Hunted.

Recon Marine Conor McCall didn’t expect action during his training op in the icy waters off Norway. But when a bizarre summer fog engulfed his boat, he and his team found themselves in a pitched fight against strange, cruel monsters emerging from the coastal depths of the North Sea. That was just the beginning.

Stranded in a barren land of mountains, glaciers, and black pines, far from home and unable to contact the world they came from, the marines must prepare for war against murderous barbarians, wicked sorcerers, and foul creatures summoned from the oldest, deepest, and darkest pits of hell. When even their allies are enemies, the Recon Marines must do what they have always done: adapt or die. But with a world of ice and monsters seeking to destroy them, every second is mission-critical.

US Marine Veteran Peter Nealen delivers a thrilling, action-packed WarGate adventure that blends the world-building of Eaters of the Dead with the gritty combat and real-life tactics of Forgotten Ruin.

©2021 Peter Nealen (P)2021 WarGate Books

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Alone and Unafraid

This is the first book I've read by this author. I don't write reviews often. I don't think I'm good at it and I'm not a wordsmith.

Ice and Monsters is the latest offering I've read in the Fantasy/Mil Sci-Fi mashup genre. In a phrase, it is a headlong flight into speed, surprise and violence of action. Repleat with running firefights, base defense strategies and "L" shaped ambushes; the hard nosed NCOs of the Recon Platoon fight their way into the unknown.

Character development continues on as we get to know Conor McCall and his team. The dynamic between Gunnery Sergeant Taylor and Captain Sorensen intrigues me. If you have ever served, you've served with both of them at some point. Sometimes its salvageable, sometimes it isn't.

Military tactics are sound and Peter's experience is evident. We like to yell at the TV when they get easy stuff wrong. No yelling here. I can't wait for the series to continue.

See, not a wordsmith.

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Monsters and more monsters and that's about it...

Straight run and gun with some basic military strategy. Ton of monsters some ghostly humanoids some semi-realistic, some literal phantoms in armor. It's almost as much a ghost story as anything else. The writer is having a good time coming up with ideas but for any reader looking for more than a kaiju lovefest this story was barely worth a credit. I kept expecting some kind of big finale but I bet you can guess what it is. I'm going to pass on next one.

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Starts with a sprint and doesn't let up.

Mr Nealen throws you right into this fantastical world with a fight for the characters lives that doesn't let up. When the sprint slows to a quick jog there is still a sense of an axe hanging over their heads. Cannot wait for the next book.

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Gripping listen from the beginning to the end

I've listened to a lot of military science fiction, and recently got into what I might call military fantasy books. Much like the Forgotten Ruin series where contemporary military forces are put into a world with fantasy creatures, Peter Nealen puts a group of Marines into an icy land that is way more foreign than the Norway they thought they'd be training in. The characters are all well-developed and not as stereotypical as in some other military fiction series. The situation they find themselves in has many similarities to places and operations that anyone in the military may have experienced in the last two decades, but with a twist of magic and monsters. This is the first book I've listened to with Mark Boyett as the narrator, and he does a great job of making the characters sound different from one another so you don't get confused about who's talking in the middle of the particularly exciting sequences. Overall this was an enjoyable book and I'm looking forward to more in this series.

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Buckle Up

Buckle up it’s a ride from start to finish and is with the credit. Wargate Books has started something and you need to hop aboard the train because it’s going to runaway with everything soon.

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Hated this

At some point, I just refuse to empathise with those that bring misfortune onto themselves.

I can't speak to what it's like in the American military, but if this is how you would realistically comport yourselves in this situation - like obedient lambs walking to the slaughterhouse - then I've no interest in reading about 'realistic' soldiers.

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So good

I really liked this work. The Marines feel authentic and the story is really good. The writing kept my interest all the way. Boyett and Bray are my two favorite narrators and the performance does not disappoint. I will be purchasing future works by this author.

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Great first entry

This book was a great intro into the Lost universe. It was non-stop action from the get go and has left me waiting anxiously for book 2. The characters are engaging and I can’t wait to see what new enemies Peter Nealen has in store for us next.

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I enjoyed this book so much.

This was so fun. Highly recommend this book. Can't wait for the next books in the series

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Pretty damned good

Looking forward to the next one. Mark Boyett did a great job with the narration.

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  • 02-14-22

Oh for a resupply

I liked this book it starts with a good bit of Action and keeps providing it throughout. It was also easy to listen to while at work ( yes we all do it ) and was well narrated by Mark Boyett 👍👍👍👍

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 02-09-22

Great 1st Book in a new Series - Sold

If you like The Forgotten Ruin Series by Anspach and Cole this book is for you. However it is completely different and goes on its own path. Really good story line and dying to know what happens next. Pre - ordered the next one. Its that good🔥 Just get it👍