by Stephen W. Frey
Review: Troy Jensen was a dare-devil adventurer with the financial resources to do anything he wanted. Fear was not a word in his personal dictionary and he tested his mettle against the world's greatest challenges. His last adventure was aboard the Arctic Fire, an Alaskan crab fishing vessel in the Bering Sea. When his family received word that Troy was the only casualty of a killer wave — though none of the crew died — his older brother, Jack, found that hard to believe. Although Jack was not the fearless, risk-taking person as was his brother, he immediately made plans to head for Alaska in Arctic Fire, a stand-alone thriller by Stephen W. Frey.
Jack immediately sought out people who knew Troy and learned he had belonged to a secret organization that worked in the shadows of the law to protect the United States. The small group was called “Red Cell Seven” and was under the leadership of Roger Carlson, who had formed the group forty years ago, and had run it ever since. He dealt constantly with every agency the United States. Only the President and a few senior officials actually know who Carlson was, and even fewer were aware of the immense power he wielded. Shane Maddux was the leader of an RCS division called the "Falcons" of which Troy was a member. Maddux's love for his country superseded his concern for himself and his team. He was proud of how unselfishly dedicated he was to protecting the USA … at any cost or at any sacrifice. Jack begins to wonder if Troy might have become such a sacrifice. If so — why? Jack dives headlong into a world of terrorists and assassins … but the problem is, the more Jack finds out about Troy's involvement with the RCS, the more RCS finds out about Jack.
Arctic Fire is replete with electrifying characters and breath-taking action sequences. Jack, a complex character with all sorts of phobias that he must work through, gives it his all to find out what happened to his younger brother in a world of shadowy figures, whose motives aren't always clear despite their professed objectives.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Arctic Fire.
Acknowledgment: Thomas & Mercer provided a copy of Arctic Fire for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Arctic Fire: Alaska
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Arctic Fire by Stephen W. Frey
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: October 2012
List Price: $14.95