Friday, February 8, 2013

Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey

In Arctic Fire, Troy, the adventurous globe-trotter, seems indestructible while his brother Jack is always playing catch up. When Troy dies on the crab boat "Arctic Fire" in Alaska, Jack heads to Alaska to find out what really happened to him. On the way, he uncovers a link between Troy and a secret intelligence organization, Red Cell Seven. As Jack learns more about the RCS and Troy's death, the situation becomes more dangerous and Jack could lose more than his brother.

I had mixed feelings about this book. It started off really good, but by the time I was halfway through, I wasn't that thrilled with it. On one hand, the premise and overall story was good. Many times I was anxiously turning the page to see what would happen next. The author added tons of suspense by having several different storylines going and skipping back and forth amongst them. However, after awhile I came across a few of the conversations and situations that didn't seem believable or natural. I know that with stories like this you have to suspend your belief a little, but it still has to make sense in the grand scheme of things.

I liked both Troy and Jack and thought their relationship was interesting to read about. However, I didn't understand Jack's complacency when he found out the truth about his parents. I don't want to go into too much detail and reveal part of the story, but I didn't get that at all. I also didn't quite understand the extreme patriotism exhibited by Shaun Maddux. Then again, we Canadians tend to be more laid back when it comes to things like that. At least, the ones I know. I would have thought that self-preservation would come before anything else.

So, overall the idea was good, it just missed a couple of times in the execution. It's still a pretty good story, but there are better ones out there.   

For more information about this book, please visit Amazon's website.

For more information about the author and his other books, please visit Stephen Frey's website.

Thanks to Dana Kaye from Kaye Publicity for this review copy.

Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey, Thomas & Mercer, ©2012. ISBN 9781612183480(Trade paperback), 346p.

1 comment:

  1. Too bad this one wasn't as good as it could have been. I like listening to these types of books more than reading them.


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