Bloat is increase in size without corresponding increase in density. I feel a little unfair characterizing Blood and Ice as bloated, because Masello clearly put in some serious research time on Antarctica and the Crimean War and photography and mountain-climbing and
But. Unless you want to read lengthy descriptions of frozen terrain or the rotting limbs of wounded brigadiers, about half the words in this book can be skipped. And the ones that you are left with aren't that great. There are some interesting ideas, but the characters just aren't very interesting and the plot isn't that tight and as thrillers go this book isn't very thrilling. It isn't scary and there was only the briefest scene (with no people in it!) where I felt any tension or suspense.
I think it says a lot, given the body count, that I only felt sad for the dog.