When I read the synopsis of the novel Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey, I thought to myself, That sounds like an interesting story. But after reading this book, I have changed my mind. “Interesting” doesn’t even begin to describe it. This story was amazing! It’s chilling, action-packed, mysterious and adventurous all wrapped into one. It’s a story that had me on the edge of my seat and furiously turning pages as I read with baited breath what happened next. There’s a lot of cliffhangers at the end of the chapters and a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing.
The characters were also very prominent in this story. The bad guys affected me so strongly, in fact, they even haunted me in my sleep! I was rooting for the character Jack, who was going against his father’s wishes (and his own personal feelings) to find his missing brother, who he had been told died at sea but feels there’s something wrong with this story. His brother, Troy, had to be alive, and Jack was determined to find him. The world of a secret government agency unfolds as Jack learns about his brother’s secret life as an agent for Red Cell Seven. And soon he and another person are caught in a web of deception, lies, betrayal and murder. I kept wondering if Jack ever found Troy, if the president ends up being assassinated and if Red Cell Seven will survive as it struggles to stay in operation from beginning to end. The story is told so well and this was definitely a book that was hard to put down.
After learning that his brother, Troy, was lost at sea while aboard the boat Arctic Fire, Jack Jensen is convinced there’s something wrong with the story. He also believes his brother is alive, and he sets out to prove it. Only his path sets him on a journey into the dangerous world of a covert government operation called Red Cell Seven, which once vowed to protect Americans from terrorists and spies. Only now a leader of the group has gone rogue and he sets his sights on killing Jack before he learns about a shocking secret mission that will throw the country into chaos.
Troy Jensen could do it all: he conquered the Seven Summits, sailed solo around the world twice, and even fought a bull in a Mexican slum on a dare. So when word comes that a rogue wave has swept Troy off a crab fishing boat in the Bering Sea and into a watery grave, his brother, Jack, doesn’t buy it.
Against his better judgment, Jack decides to quit his job as a Wall Street trader and head to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to investigate. Minutes after revealing his plan in his father’s New York City office, Jack is nearly run down in the street. He doesn’t think much of it at the time, but as he digs deeper into Troy’s disappearance, Jack unearths information about RED-CELL-SEVEN (RCS), a super-secret American intelligence group that has operated for forty years in almost total secrecy and with complete impunity—and its leaders intend to keep it that way at any cost.
An adrenaline-pumping tale of one man’s descent into a hellish underworld populated by terrorists, assassins, and very bad “good guys,” Arctic Fire explores the disturbing difference between doing what is good and doing what is right when it comes to protecting America from her greatest enemies.