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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099523871
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $14.99

Blood and Ice

Two lovers are thrown overboard in the Southern Ocean after fleeing war-torn Crimea. Gripping action-packed thriller set in Victorian London and modern day Antartica.

Troubled journalist Michael Wilde takes on a commission to write a feature about a remote research station deep in the frozen beauty of Antarctica. On a diving expedition in the polar sea he discovers two bodies encased in ice. The pair, a man and a woman chained together, their dress from the nineteenth century, are brought to the surface – along with a trunk containing a strange, but sinister, cargo.

As the ice around them begins to thaw, the mystery of these time-bound lovers begins to unravel. Michael is gradually drawn into a horrific story that starts in the London barracks in the 1850s and leads to the bloody battlefields of the Crimea and the tragic Charge of the Light Brigade. Now, in the Antarctic wastes, the Cavalry officer and his lover are reawakened into a world where the midnight sun lasts for months, where there’s nowhere to hide and no place left for the living to run…

In this chilling supernatural thriller, spanning five continents and several centuries, Robert Masello weaves together an extraordinary tale of eternal life and undying love. Gripping and intensely moving, Blood and Ice will take its readers on an enthralling and unforgettable journey.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099523871
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Robert Masello

Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the author of many previous books, most recently Blood and Ice. His articles and essays have appeared often in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, People and Parade, and his nonfiction book, Robert's Rules of Writing, has become a staple in many college classrooms. His television credits include such popular shows as Charmed, Sliders and Early Edition. He lives in Santa Monica, CA.

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Praise for Blood and Ice

“If H.G Wells, Stephenie Meyer and Michael Crichton co-wrote a novel, the result would be Blood and Ice”

USA Today

“The ingredients of vampirism, doomed romance and Antarctic adventure are too seductive to resist. Masello has written a winner, destined for Hollywood”

Peter Millar, The Times

“This big, meaty, supernatural thriller spans centuries and continents from Victorian England and the Crimean War to modern Americaa and Antarctica. Gripping”


“[An] exceptional supernatural thriller...The thrills and, most decidedly, the chills mount to a believable, sad and hopeful ending. Fans of John Campbell's 'Who Goes There?'-the basis for the movie The Thing-will find much to like.”

Publishers Weekly

“This fascinating adventure on The Ice really captures the feeling you sometimes get down there, that anything can happen. The science, romance and danger of Antarctica are all well conveyed, and merge into the thrill that is the true Antarctic experience.”

Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Antarctica

“Masello is a true master at blending cutting edge science, historical intrigue, and riveting thrills. Blood and Ice is... a riotous mix of history, cryogenics, vampirism, and a chilling adventure set in the Antarctic.”

James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Oracle

“A stunning thriller... Blood and Ice will chill you to the bone.”

Lisa Gardner, bestselling author of Say Goodbye

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