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Deborah Jackson received a science degree from the University of Ottawa in 1986, graduated from The Writing School in Ottawa in 2001, and is the author of several critically acclaimed science fiction and historical fiction novels. She gives school presentations throughout North America as well as developing and teaching writing courses at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Deborah is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her novels include: Ice Tomb, an adult science fiction thriller and the Time Meddlers series for children, ages 9 – 14: Time Meddlers, Time Meddlers Undercover and Time Meddlers on the Nile. Articles about Deborah and reviews of her books have appeared in The Ottawa Citizen, MORE Magazine, RT BOOKclub Magazine, Canadian Teacher Magazine, SF Site, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine and many more.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on Feb. 19, 2013 :
This book had a little bit of everything from volcanos, a trip to the moon, a trip to Antarctica, Atlantean myth, romance and disappearing scientists. It seems like a wide variety, but it does tie together to form a cohesive story. Not exactly plausible, particularly the later part of the book, but it is certainly entertaining.
There were scientific explanations provided for everything that happened along the way. While this makes sense since the story has all scientist characters, it was a bit much at times. The full details did not need to be laid out every time; it just didn’t enhance the story.
The romance of the story was exciting, and a welcome break from all the science. The tension between Erica and Allen was great. They seemed to toe the fine line between attraction and hatred very well. David, Erica’s ex-boyfriend, who plays an active role in the book, was not one of my favourite characters. He was a stuck-up jerk who lied and cheated his way through life. It was impossible for me to like him, no matter how much he “seemed” to want to change. It just didn’t feel genuine given his past behaviour.
Overall, this was a exciting, conspiracy based story that sometimes delved a little beyond plausible. It contained some interesting mythology and theories, and it was fun to see everyone reacted to the intense action.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 31, 2012 :
This story grabbed my interest right from the start - it’s fast paced and interesting, and I had a hard time putting it down. I especially liked the main character, Erica. She’s not particularly likable, but that just made her more realistic and interesting to me. I especially liked the way author Deborah Jackson captured the competitive (and often ruthless) nature of the academic world. I live and work in that world every day and the events in this book were entirely believable to me. Also, the science seemed well researched and credible. The storyline was really unique and the ending was unexpected - something that always appeals to me.
Read the full review on "Have you read this?" at http://indiepicks.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/book-review-ice-tomb/
(reviewed within a month of purchase)