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Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey {Guest Review}

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Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey {Guest Review}Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey
Genres: Thrillers
Pages: 346
Format: Paperback
Source: Publicist
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I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Troy Jensen could do it all: he conquered the Seven Summits, sailed solo around the world twice, and even fought a bull in a Mexican slum on a dare. So when word comes that a rogue wave has swept Troy off a crab fishing boat in the Bering Sea and into a watery grave, his brother, Jack, doesn’t buy it. — Against his better judgment, Jack decides to quit his job as a Wall Street trader and head to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to investigate. Minutes after revealing his plan in his father’s New York City office, Jack is nearly run down in the street. He doesn’t think much of it at the time, but as he digs deeper into Troy’s disappearance, Jack unearths information about RED-CELL-SEVEN (RCS), a super-secret American intelligence group that has operated for forty years in almost total secrecy and with complete impunity—and its leaders intend to keep it that way at any cost.

An adrenaline-pumping tale of one man’s descent into a hellish underworld populated by terrorists, assassins, and very bad “good guys,” Arctic Fire explores the disturbing difference between doing what is good and doing what is right when it comes to protecting America from her greatest enemies.

Today I’ve invited my boyfriend’s mom, Chris, to the blog to review a book for me. Though Chris is an avid reader, she is new to the online book world. I have already introduced Chris to Goodreads (connect with her there!), and we’re now beginning the scary book blogging introduction! So please welcome Chris to On a Book Bender!

Sometimes trust viciously bad good guys

My Thoughts on Arctic Fire

This is a fast paced story that will not let you decide who are the good guys or the bad guys.  Trying to make up your mind keeps this book almost impossible to put down. The dichotomy of a gentle man who is afraid of heights willing to risk all to find his reckless daredevil brother is a compelling tale.   This is a terrific read, and fits perfectly on the same shelf as conspiracy thrillers by Dan Brown,  Lee Child, and Vince Flynn.

Although paranormal and time travel (to the past only – I know, it’s a quirk) will hook me every time, conspiracies and black ops with a save mankind imperative will always have room on my to read list. I will definitely read more of Stephen Frey’s body of work.


About the author: Amanda, noun: 1. Creator of On a Book Bender and Bout of Books. 2. Editor at The Path of Least Revision. 3. Lover of language and books. 4. Drinker of wine, coffee, and vodka. 5. Idea wrangler and wielder of words.

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  • Mary @ BookSwarm November 19, 2012, 6:37 am

    I really like when you can’t quite tell who’s the baddie and who’s supposed to be good. We all have our bad sides so I feel it’s more realistic when the bad guy isn’t quite so obvious.

    • Chris November 20, 2012, 8:59 pm

      I agree Mary. It’s always fun to root for the guy that could be a little bit dangerous, because it is so hard to know where the dividing line might be.

      Your are my very first responder. Thank you!

  • Smash Attack November 19, 2012, 8:23 am

    Hi, Chris!

    I feel terrible for Jack fro this review alone! I wonder what mysteries he will uncover…

    • Chris November 20, 2012, 9:02 pm

      I did too! I kept thinking that no one is that noble. Jack makes a great hero.

  • Rummanah November 19, 2012, 9:12 am

    I completely agree with Mary’s comment above. I hate when the heroes and the villains are so cookie-cuttered. It makes them boring and obvious. A plot where you know exactly what will happen before the characters do, totally takes out of the fun with following them on a cool journey.

    • Chris November 20, 2012, 9:05 pm

      That is where I take the book and throw it across the room (but only if it my own book … and a paperback).

  • Jenny November 19, 2012, 9:13 am

    YEAH CHRIS!!! *high five for family blogging* I love that you’re taking part in Amanda’s blog (she’s a favorite blogger of mine) and I hope you review more for her in the future!

    I love books where it’s difficult to discern the good from the bad, that always keeps me on the edge of my seat while reading.. Sounds like a winner to me!

    • Chris November 20, 2012, 9:09 pm

      Thanks Jenny. I was honored that Amanda invited me. It was another first for me. I love to try new things.

  • Felicia November 19, 2012, 9:36 am

    YEAH Chris! Also I agree that Stephen Fry writes a really good thriller! I can’t wait to read more of your reviews and I am adding you on goodreads right now :)

    • Chris November 20, 2012, 9:14 pm

      I’d better get myself over to goodreads asap. It’s pretty messy. My list is extremely eclectic. I originally joined so that I could have a list of what I have already read, since I cannot remember.

  • Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) November 19, 2012, 9:40 am

    I’m terrified of heights! I’m sure my knees would be shaking through the whole book … eep!

    Welcome, Chris!

    • Chris November 20, 2012, 9:16 pm

      Thanks Kristilyn (what a pretty name).

  • Leanne Yang @ Escaping With Books November 19, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Welcome Chris! :D

    • Chris November 20, 2012, 9:17 pm

      Thank you, Leanne. Amanda’s On A Book Bender friends are all so very kind.

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