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!
Written by Chris
Arctic Fire might be a reference to the beautiful splendor of the Northern Lights, but in Stephen Frey’s latest thriller, something more deadly is intended. This is a compelling story of two brothers, one of whom is adopted, who care very much for each other. The adopted son, Jack, is treated very badly by his adopted dad, no matter how Jack tries to please him.
The family was stunned to receive word from Alaska that the younger, natural born, favored son, Troy, was dead. He was swept from the deck of a crab boat, christened the Arctic Fire, into the cold and thundering Bering Sea. His body was not found, and he was presumed drowned.
Jack knows that Troy is not the type to fall from a boat, no matter how high the waves or cold the water. Other people adventuring with Troy may be injured or die, but never Troy. Unlike Jack, Troy is a danger junkie, and rarely turns down a dare. He has sailed twice around the world solo and climbed the seven summits of the world. Jack immediately heads for Alaska to find out the truth, very much against his father’s wishes. His stepmother quietly gives him a large sum of cash to use so he would be more difficult to follow. Hard truths and dangerous people try to stop Jack, but he will not give up on his brother.
Why I Started Reading This Book
Someone whom I admire very much asked me to read and review this book. I don’t believe I have ever turned down a chance to read …all the way back to my childhood when I was at times reduced to reading the backs of cereal boxes.
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.