Arctic Wargame (Justin Hall # 1)

Arctic Wargame (Justin Hall # 1)

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by Ethan Jones

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The deadly weather is the least of their worries . . .

Canadian Intelligence Service Agent Justin Hall--combat-hardened in operations


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The deadly weather is the least of their worries . . .

Canadian Intelligence Service Agent Justin Hall--combat-hardened in operations throughout Northern Africa--has been demoted after a botched mission in Libya.

When two foreign icebreakers appear in Canadian Arctic waters, Justin volunteers for the reconnaissance mission, eager to return to the field. His team discovers a foreign weapons cache deep in the Arctic, but they are not aware that a spy has infiltrated the Department of National Defence.

The team begins to unravel a treasonous plan against Canada, but they fall under attack from one of their own. Disarmed and stripped of their survival gear, they are stranded in a remote location. Now the team must survive the deadly Arctic not only to save themselves, but their country.

ARCTIC WARGAME is an action-packed spy thriller in the bestselling tradition of David Baldacci, Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. Readers will enjoy a great tale of courage, fear and betrayal.

The bonus content includes the prologue and the first chapter of TRIPOLI'S TARGET, the second book in this series, which also and reached Amazon's Best Sellers lists in 2015.

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Meet the Author

Ethan Jones is the author of the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series. The first book in this series, Arctic Wargame, came out in 2012 and reached the Amazon's Top 10 Best Sellers lists in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The second book, Tripoli's Target, was released in 2012 and was also very successful, catapulting to the top of the lists. The third book in the series, Fog of War, came out in 2013, and the fourth book, Double Agents, was published in 2013 as well. Rogue Agents, the fifth adventure in the Justin Hall series, came out in 2014. The sixth thriller in the series, Shadow Agents, came out in December 2014, and the seventh book, Homeland, is expected to be released this August. Ethan Jones has also started two new series: Carrie Chronicles, another spy thriller series featuring Justin Hall's partner, Carrie O'Connor, in solo adventures, and Jennifer Morgan romantic suspense. To learn more about Ethan's current and future works and to read exclusive author interviews, books excerpts and book reviews, visit Ethan's blog at You can also join Ethan's Fans Mailing List at this link: Ethan is a lawyer by trade, and he lives in Canada with his wife and son.

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Arctic Wargame 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Kelly_Graham1 More than 1 year ago
In his debut novel ARCTIC WARGAME, Ethan Jones allows readers to sample the world of Justin Hall, Canadian Intelligence Secret Service Agent. It is the first in a series of spy thrillers featuring the agent, and, as is expected of stories within this genre, is fast-moving, action-packed, and delivers a high death count. Given that I am one of those people who'll hold their breath throughout movies that take place underwater and avoid novels based on the sea because I can't stand the thought of not seeing land, I had reservations about being stuck in Arctic Canada for the time it would take to read the book. Really, that's a long time to shiver and not be able to visualise the green of a tree! Once I embarked on my frosty study, however, I was pleased to learn that I wasn't going to be transformed into Ice-woman with a bad case of leukophobia after all. Thank-you, Ethan, for the frequent shifts in setting! And not only did these setting changes serve to curb my neurotic tendencies, but they propelled the story along at a fast pace. This, together with the novel storyline and straightforward prose used by the author, made for an effective and engaging narrative. I can't help but comment on previous reviews in which some readers expressed that both character development and dialogue in this thriller was a bit thin. Of course, readers are only relaying their own perceptions and preferences in this regard and this is to be respected. Personally, though, I think that with action-driven thrillers such as ARCTIC WARGAME, eloquent dialogue can be granted a back seat. There are bigger things going on! Being the first of a series of these thrillers, I also don't think we can expect characters to be as fully developed as those in one-off novels. And do we want them? I know I don't. I want something to be left to learn about the central characters in subsequent books. Then I'll have something to look forward to. For me, the character development by the author and his use of the show-not-tell approach was well done. I believe this was a great effort for a debut author and I look forward to catching up with Justin and Carrie in subsequent books in this series and watching the author's writing technique refine over time. Well done, Ethan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Arctic Wargame is a thrilling action-packed novel, and is the start to the popular Justin Hall series. The plot just kept twisting, and I could not put the book down until I had finished it. To summarize, Justin Hall is a Canadian Secret Agent who, after being demoted after a failed mission in North Africa, is eager to do anything but 'paper filing'. When he finds out about two mysterious and unknown ships that have entered Canadian waters, he volunteers to be the one to find and identify the ships, and hopefully find out what they were doing. And things just escalate from there. I will not go into spoilers, but there are many plot twists that keep the story going, as well as adding a bit of realism to the novel. This is a great book, and the rest of the series promises to be even better. Although the plot was at some times predictable and there were a couple of inconsistencies, they did little to take away to the overall quality of the book. I highly recommend Arctic Wargame to those who enjoy spy thrillers, arctic thrillers, or simply books that are filled with action and plot twists. Full Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not well written. I only got about a third of the way through and gave up, something I don't often do. The plot is ridiculous and the characters' actions illogical. The action is slow and gets bogged down in mundane stuff, then skims quickly through what should be the intriguing action. I'm a big fan of Allistair MacLean and Robert Ludlum style adventures, and this is nowhere near the same league. It is free, but not worth the bother. JB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not well written. Maybe ok for a first novel. Would not be interested in reading any other book by this author.
MontzieW 3 months ago
Arctic Wargame (Justin Hall #1) by Ethan Jones is the first Justin Hall and Carrie book. I have read so many of them that I finally got around to reading the first one. I was not disappointed with it either. It has the same action packed, adventure, suspense, espionage, and intrigue that the other ones have. I love these books and I have never been a spy novel reader. These are agents from Canada, and I like our neighbors. lol. It is always a great plot with surprises and twists. The characters are well developed. I enjoy these books tremendously.
zapper 5 months ago
The characters are superb and the action is never-ending makes you want more
MKPMRP 5 months ago
This book was an absolute blast to read ! Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. Great storyline with a Canadian intelligence agent and a whole group of amazing characters. If you like spy thrillers you'll love this book !
Anonymous 5 months ago
...with the reviewer who gave this 5 stars, the one who gave his "honest" opinion in exchange for a copy of the book. Definitely not worthy of 5 stars. The prologue was reasonably well written. It's hard to believe the same person wrote the rest of the book. The writing is amateurish, the dialogue stilted and the characters poorly developed. I am generouly giving the book 2 stars because I want to acknowledge the effort the author put into writing the book.
Sue_H 9 months ago
This was the first book by Ethan Jones that I had read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a well crafted thriller. This book is the start of a series but is a standalone book. The last couple of chapters hint that there is more to the story and it isn't over quite yet. But the book does not end in a traditional cliffhanger. There is violence. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. The author did a good job of keeping a steady pace throughout the book to keep this reader interested. It kept you guessing what twists and turns would be revealed in the pages ahead. After all, why would Denmark be trying to invade Canada? As usual, nothing is quite as it seems on the surface. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.  There are eight books released in the series, with another one soon to come. I intend to keep on reading more about Justin Hall. If you like books from authors like Brad Thor and Vince Flynn, you will enjoy this series as well.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Interesting but a tad far fetched at times. Character are mostly believable, but the plot is so/so This author does have talent and I'll buy more of his work as I think he'll develop his skills to a great degree
Anonymous 12 months ago
DaUgh More than 1 year ago
quick paced, w/a good story. worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
compweasel More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the story and the characters, especially the natives in Greenland.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read another book in this series and decided to read the first one, this one becsuse the other one was so entertaining. This one did not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edge of yourself action, great characters, great story. Read the whole series and can't wait for the next one!
Keithwright585 More than 1 year ago
A thriller in the style of Jason Bourne The greatest compliment I can pay this book is to liken it to the “Bourne” series. Obviously it is different but I feel if you like that style of story you will love this book, By the way do not be put off by the location in the prologue, it is there to give the characters a flying start, which it certainly does and continues to keep them flying from page to page. If you want a really good read go get this book today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am hoping this improves as i get farther into it. It reads like it was written by two is familiar with the technical side and the other filling out character development. I know nothing of the technical aspect, but the descriptions and dialogue of characters are very weak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Danes? Invading Canada? Super frozen Limey spies stealing a chopper from an American base in Greenland? I finished the book, and it was free, so I'll give 3 stars.