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For more than a decade, the world's oceans have been home to Michael and Sarah Stone and their young daughter Ronnie, who live aboard the sailing yacht Veronica, bringing medical care to remote islands. But their peaceful life is shattered when a medical distress call summons Sarah and Ronnie to a gargantuan commercial vessel lying still ominous in the equatorial Pacific. Michael, left behind to tend to an ailing islander, watches with growing horror as Veronica is hauled onto ...
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Overview

For more than a decade, the world's oceans have been home to Michael and Sarah Stone and their young daughter Ronnie, who live aboard the sailing yacht Veronica, bringing medical care to remote islands. But their peaceful life is shattered when a medical distress call summons Sarah and Ronnie to a gargantuan commercial vessel lying still ominous in the equatorial Pacific. Michael, left behind to tend to an ailing islander, watches with growing horror as Veronica is hauled onto the deck of the hulking metal behemoth and is carried away.

Stranded and alone a thousand miles from civilization-with only a primitive canoe at his disposal and no navigational equipment except the stars-Michael Stone must now do the impossible. He must find his kidnapped family and rescue them from the clutches of a madman. And, unbeknownst to him, Sarah and Ronnie's are not the only lives at stake...

The debut of a remarkable new writer, Fire and Ice is an electrifying tale of suspense that races through the perilous waters to the world's most exotic ports -- toward an unforgettable climax as unexpected as it is unrelentingly intense.

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Editorial Reviews

Clive Cussler
A finely crafted thriller by a master storyteller.
Houston Chronicle
A humdinger... Garrison has hit the jackpot.
Martha Moore
If this book can't make you stay up until 3 a.m. on a work night, nothing will!...Garrison does an excellent job building up the suspense in this novel....The various settings and ports, especially Shanghai, are colorfully drawn. The intricacies of shipping, black market business, Chinese and western gangsters and other various elements of the story are interesting and well-developed.
The Mystery Reader.com
People
Heart-stopping suspense. . .One of the best thrillers to steam into view for some time.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cover blurbs link this debut thriller to the recent nonfiction bestsellers Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, but its real ancestors are the expertly crafted nautical adventures of Hammond Innes. Like Innes, professional seaman Garrison creates characters who are unique and then puts them into situations full of believable peril. Do-gooder physicians Sarah and Michael Stone and their 10-year-old daughter, Ronnie, seem to have an ideal life: they sail the rugged waters of the Pacific in their hospital ship, "an elderly, sun-bleached 38-foot Nautor Swan," bringing medicine to islands off the trade routes. One day, just as they are about to put in at a remote atoll, a giant ship carrying liquefied nitrogen gas radios an SOS: its captain has been seriously injured in a fall. The doctors split up. Sarah drops Michael off and heads for the nearby carrier -- which promptly scoops up the sailboat and steams away while Michael watches, helpless, from shore. After this smashing start, Garrison piles on even more empathy, action and suspense. On board the carrier, a gnarled, fascinating old China hand is suffering from botched surgery to remove a bullet. While Sarah works to keep him alive, his very nasty bodyguard uses violence to keep the crewand Sarah and Ronniefrom finding out where the valuable, dangerous cargo is headed. Meanwhile, Michael repairs an islander's canoe and sails for Palau, where a friendly local politician discovers that Dr. Stone has a very good reason for not calling in the U.S. Navy to help him recover his wife, daughter and sailboat. Instead, Michael recruits a team of Chinese gangsters (and one stranded female American ex-cop) to go after the kidnappers in a fast-forward showdown that takes him to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Garrison writes about these exotic people and places with immense vigor; it's no wonder that Disney optioned the book for a cool million.
Library Journal
The western Pacific Ocean provides the setting for this author's first novel. Seagoing physicians Michael and Sarah Stone sail the vastness of the Pacific with their daughter, Ronnie, providing medical care to all who cross their paths. This idyllic existence is rudely shattered when Sarah and Ronnie answer a distress call from a commercial liquid natural gas carrier sailing outside normal sea lanes and are kidnapped, leaving Michael stranded on an island with no food, water, or means of rescuing his family. His struggle to save them and prevent the terrorist destruction of a major Asian city form the bulk of the novel. Readers looking for sea fiction similar to that of Patrick O'Brian and William P. Mack should look elsewhere; this novel is more in the vein of an action adventure by Clive Cussler or Stephen Coonts. Garrison has obviously reefed many a sail, as his technical detail is excellent, and the geography bespeaks a familiarity with places mentioned. A good read for public library "action" enthusiasts. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/97.] --Harold N. Boyer, Florence Cty. Lib., SC.
Martha Moore
If this book can't make you stay up until 3 a.m. on a work night, nothing will!...Garrison does an excellent job building up the suspense in this novel....The various settings and ports, especially Shanghai, are colorfully drawn. The intricacies of shipping, black market business, Chinese and western gangsters and other various elements of the story are interesting and well-developed.
The Mystery Reader.com
People Magazine
Heart-stopping suspense. . .One of the best thrillers to steam into view for some time.
Kirkus Reviews
A highly accomplished debut avenger, enlivened with conflicted characters and a barnacle-encrusted view of the world. First-novelist Garrison here takes the Elmore Leonard formulaþresourceful good folks up against a pair of bad guys, one physically threatening, the other criminally ingeniousþto a Pacific island setting. The Stone family—American Michael, his South African wife Sarah, and their precocious ten-year-old daughter Ronnie—sail among the Pacific's forgotten islands, swapping their medical expertise for fuel and supplies. After putting Michael ashore on a tiny atoll to help a dying Micronesian islander, Sarah and Ronnie answer a distress call from a large tanker and find themselves hauled aboard. As the tanker steams away with them, Michael chases in the islander's battered outrigger—and suffers every variety of high-seas bad luck imaginable (he loses his compass; the boom snaps back and knocks him out cold, and so on). At the same time, Sarah is forced by the menacing Moss to tend the gunshot wounds of 78-year-old "Mr. Jack" Powell. Mr. Jack, who has more than a grudge against Japan, plans to take his tanker, filled with highly combustible, supercooled liquid natural gas, into Tokyo Bay, where he'll blow everything sky- high. He's betting that the catastrophe will cripple the nation's economy. But first he must contend with Michael, who not only manages to track the tanker but wins back both boat and wife—only to have the wily Mr. Jack handcuff himself to Ronnie as security. Meanwhile, Garrison's take on boat-bum life is grim and fascinating: Sudden death lurks behind spectacular scenery, and every psyche is burdened with an unresolvedconflict. Thus, Michael and Sarah go once more into the breech (and the bilge) to save their daughter, and millions of Japanese, from becoming freeze-dried flambé. Nautical lore, colorful island types, dramatic plotting, and blessedly restrained prose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380794362
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2001

    sailing, intrigue, and adventure

    If you love ocean adventures, international intrigue, and characters who live outside the conventional boundries but are nonetheless believable read this book. This would make a great movie.

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