Review: Arctic Fire – Paul Byers

Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Fortress Publications (June 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615504078
ISBN-13: 978-0615504070
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Characters:

Gabriel Pike – Pilot of Yankee Clipper, an antique plane
Nigel Cain – One of the ten richest men in the world
Marilyn Talbot – Wife of Pike’s boss.
K.D. Crooks – One of Gabe’s Team Members

Review

The plot behind this novel is that a wealthy Donald Trump type billionare hires Gabriel Pike as a consultant. The project is a ne way to transport water. The water is in the form of giant city sized icebergs. These are frozen versions of cruise ships complete with casinos, restaurants, and the whole works. A virtual winterized Las Vegas.

But then Pike finds flaws in the construction. It also seems as if someone is out to kill him to keep him quiet. Then the story really takes off.

I think the book was very imaginative. It really kept me involved in the story, and had twists that I never saw coming. I liked the character of Gabriel Pike and would like to see more from him. I also wanted to him end up with the woman in the end. Which woman, or whether he does or not, I can’t tell you. You’ll just have to pick up Arctic Fire and find out for yourself.

There was some moderate language, and violent situations, and for that I’d say older teens/adults. But for a good sci-fi/thriller I think you’d enjoy it, pick it up and give it a shot. Drop back by and let me know what you thought.

About the Author

Paul grew up in Oregon on the shores of the mighty and mysterious Columbia River, and spent endless hours daydreaming on the beach in front of his house, making up stories about the ships from exotic ports all over the world that steamed up the river – what secret cargo might they be carrying; did they harbor spies who were on dark and exciting missions?

Later in adult life, he moved to another mysterious and provocative city – Las Vegas, just outside the famous Nellis Air Force base. After work he would sit on his porch and watch the fighters take off and land, igniting his imagination with visions of secret missions and rich speculation about what could possibly be hidden at Area 51.

After moving back to his native Pacific Northwest, Paul worked for the Navy and took every opportunity he could to speak with veterans from WWII to the Gulf War, listening to them swap stories and relate the experiences of a lifetime.

So it is this combination of a passionate love of history, a vivid “what if” imagination, and a philosophy of life that boils down to the belief that – there are few things in life that a bigger hammer won’t fix – that led Paul to become a writer of exciting, fact-based action-thrillers. His greatest joy is leaving his readers wondering where the facts end and the fiction begins.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Paul for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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