Arctic Fire

Arctic Fire

by Paul Byers

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Overview

Wealthy entrepreneur Nigel Cain has devised an efficient new way to bring the earth's most precious resource - clean water - to the masses by transporting massive man-made icebergs from the frigid arctic and delivering them literally to the doorsteps of millions.

Gabriel Pike works in a small engineering firm that has been handed the chance of a lifetime - they have been chosen to give the final safety approval to pilot the gigantic block of ice into New York harbor.

A consummate showman, Cain has built a fabulous 5-Star hotel and casino high atop the iceberg so his celebrity guests and media elite can cover this news-breaking event from beginning to the end. Pike is whisked away and dumped in the lap of luxury where he is expected by all too simply rubber-stamp his inspection.

A brutal winter storms ravages the iceberg and only through Pike's quick thinking are they able to survive. But the storm reveals more than Pike's ability to think on his feet, he makes some disturbing discoveries and has serious doubts about the safety or the real intentions of the project.

A grisly double homicide on the ice puts the inspections on the back burner and Pike's life is suddenly spiraling out of control as he is accused of being the jealous murderer in a lover's triangle.

But Pike soon discovers that there is far more than just his life on the line. He uncovers a conspiracy more heinous than anything he could have imagined - a plot that will level a city, change the political face of America and whose shockwaves will be felt around the world. Now, if only he can only survive long enough to stop it.


Praise for ARCTIC FIRE


"A new twist on a classic battlefield ploy finds an iceberg controlled by a megalomaniac on a collision course with NYC. A provocative blend of fact and fiction that explores issues surrounding a critical natural resource, fresh water, Arctic Fire is bound to leave readers thirsty for more."
- Rick Chesler, author of kiDNApped and WIRED KINGDOM

"Audacious and ambitious, Arctic Fire burns with action, and chills with the possibilities of what the future may hold. A thriller not to be missed!"
- Sean Ellis, author of INTO the BLACK

"A madman's insatiable quest for power could level a major Ameri-can city and kill thousands, ushering in a New World Order. Arctic Fire is a thrill-ride that will leave you breathless."
- Jeremy Robinson, bestselling author of INSTINCT and THRESHOLD

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615504070
Publisher: Fortress Publications
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 1,169,583
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

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Arctic Fire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
24girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine the chaos that we would face if there was a worldwide water shortage. Scary right? Well billionaire Nigel Cain has a solution. He¿s figured out a way to transport giant icebergs to the US and then use the same transportation equipment as a water treatment system to bring fresh clean water to everyone. All he needs is the final approval that the system is safe and he can dock in New York Harbor and get down to business. Gabriel Pike is the engineer tasked with that last inspection but as a harsh winter storm wreaks havoc on the iceberg and the hotel/casino on top of it (did I mention Cain was an eccentric billionaire?) Gabriel has serious doubts as to the safety of allowing the iceberg in. When Gabriel voices his concerns he learns that Cain will stop at nothing to ensure the iceberg arrives as planned.When I was first asked to review Arctic Fire I laughed out loud. I¿ve always wondered why someone didn¿t just do this exact same thing to help the countries that go through droughts so I was really looking forward to reading this one and I wasn¿t disappointed. Arctic Fire is a fast paced read that I finished in just one day. I feel in love with Gabriel Pike from the first chapter and was dying to know just what sinister plot Cain had in mind. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves suspense thrillers.
BoogieBev More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty fast read, as there was a lot of action. Billionaire is bringing water to arid countries via icebergs. To do this, he has ships under the iceberg to provide propulsion. The maiden voyage is to New York harbor to show the feasibility of the plan. Without giving any spoilers, I can say that things are not what they seem.
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
I love the cover of this book. It really conveys well the premise of this book. Nigel Cain, a wealthy entrepreneur, figures a way to bring water in the form of a massive man-made iceberg from the arctic to countries in need. He invites Gabriel Pike, an engineer from a small firm to give the final safety approval to bring this first gigantic iceberg, replete with a 5-star hotel and casino built atop it, into New York's harbour. Cain is a showman and he uses the media and Pike's skills to his advantage. Pike goes from being a regular forty-something guy, with no wife or girlfriend, to a media sensation overnight with several women vying for his attention. Pike enjoys the attention and luxurious life-style on the iceberg until a storm hits them and he uncovers things are not what they seem. But that's only the beginning of what turns out to be a conspiracy of massive and destructive proportions. Pike now has to figure out how to save himself and avoid major disaster. I enjoyed reading Arctic Fire and found the plot to be original and Pike's character really likable. I was so impressed with the author's imagination and the scope of his vision and creativity when it came to the iceberg and how it was built and its functionality. This, along with the villain's wild secret plan, and Pike's quick wit made the story provocative and exciting without gore and freakish psychopathy. The reader is kept guessing and never quite certain what the real problem is with the iceberg and how the whole venture will end. I liked that. The beginning caught my attention, linking the night the Titanic sank with the present-day story. We are then introduced to Pike, showing off his piloting skills with his F-56 Sabre plane. There is a lot of action in this novel, but some of it is bogged down with scenes that could have been cut short or eliminated, like the ones with the women that were kind of soap-operatic or when we are introduced to all the detailed mechanics of the iceberg and a slew of other characters that could have taken less space. I would have liked for K.D.'s character to have been better developed. Mallory, Cain's executive assistant, was an interesting character. I was trying to figure her out throughout the novel. There was a scene where Pike saves her, and I just wondered why the author included that scene, since I was waiting for a time when that would have something to do with the plot, but it didn't. Also, better editing was needed as I found lots of typos and punctuation errors. But apart from all this, I really did like this novel. The real suspense for me began during the last third of the book. There were twists and turns, and I began turning the pages faster to see how Pike would get out of one dangerous situation after another. The ending was really good and satisfying, and it left me speculating if a sequel would follow. I would certainly read the next book if there was one. I found this to be an ambitious novel with a great original plot that stirred one's imagination and questioned the possibilities regarding our water resource and its future.