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Arctic Fire (Red Cell Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen W. Frey
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (819 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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Jack Jenson isn’t buying the official story of his brother’s death. There is no way that daredevil, deathdefying Troy went overboard from a fishing boat while the rest of the crew was left unscathed. To find the truth, Jack walks away from his job as a stock trader and heads for Alaska. He soon discovers Troy’s hidden life as an operative for a covert intelligence agency that is blurring the line between protecting national security and thwarting rule of law. Pursued by agency gunmen, Jack races to uncover the truth about Troy’s death and to continue his efforts to stop a terrorist plot threatening thousands of lives. Frey employs conservative and liberal extremes to illustrate ethical issues surrounding covert operations, maintaining a center line with politically stereotyped characters from both sides, whose dialogue brings humor to the political divide. Don’t look for in-depth analysis here. The ethical dilemmas hinge on oftdebated topics. Fortunately, Frey keeps the suspense tight, and film-worthy action sequences make it prime vacation reading for espionage lovers. — Christine Tran

About the Author

Stephen W. Frey is a former investment banker and private equity specialist. He is best-selling author of sixteen novels, including The Takeover, The Chairman, and Hell's Gate. An avid fly-fisherman and fan of college lacrosse, Frey lives in Chestertown, Maryland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183484
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZN9ZC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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108 of 114 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First Half is Gripping May 21, 2012
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This was a very fast paced read about a Wall Street CEO and his two sons. Bill Jensen is an extremely patriotic right wing man & is also a member of a counter intelligence agency, Red Cell Seven. His biological son, Troy , has disappeared off an Alaskan crab trawler and his adopted son, Jack, is determined to find his brother. During his search Jack discovers much about the fanatic members of Red Cell Seven who put country above everything including family.

He also uncovers a plot to assassinate the current liberal President of the United States by members of the cell.

"Arctic Fire" is a fast read but by the end...there were several loose ends that had not been resolved and the reader was left hanging. I enjoyed most of Frey's other books more than this one.
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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging thriller with strange ending July 8, 2012
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"Arctic Fire" is almost a formulaic action thriller. We have the big conspiracy, the innocent victims, the honest guy on the inside trying to put things right, and just about non-stop action. It may be a formula, but it's a formula that works, and it works in Arctic Fire.

The action moves from Mexico to Alaska to the U.S. East Coast and several other locales, with the important parts of the story taking place in Alaska. The descriptions and local color are excellent, as is the writing overall. The plot is compelling and the pace is unrelenting. If you like a good thriller with some military aspects, you'll certainly enjoy this book.

There are a couple of things to note. For one, it's not especially clear who the protagonist is. Is it Jack, the Wall Street guy turned action-adventure hero? Seemingly so. But is it really Troy, who appears briefly at the start of the novel and then disappears? Possibly. Especially because of the ending.

I'm not going to put spoilers in this review. But let's just say that the ending is ... strange. And jarringly unsatisfactory. The author wraps up the story very nicely, then puts in a last chapter that undoes just about everything and leaves the reader wondering. Certainly, it's a setup for a sequel, and I would love to read it. But it's ... well ... you just have to read it for yourself, but as I promised, I won't spoil a very big surprise by revealing it here.

I often close reviews with the question, "Should you read this book?" Yes, you should, and you should be prepared for a huge shock at the conclusion.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A total waste of money and time October 28, 2012
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Artic Fire is a total waste of money spent and time wasted reading it.
The characters are crude cartoons of people from bad tv shows. There are no believable or likable characters. It reads like a bad Vince Flynn story or the last season of 24.
The ending is neither believable nor well written.
Don't waste your time or money on this.
I intend to send this back for a refund, something I have never done before.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed October 14, 2012
By Bobtoby
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A lot of " super-spy" attempted to bring real action to the reader. However, you have to turn back pages to follow the script, and even then the story does not flow. Add to this the fact that the ending I totally out of nowhere, and the story goes down as one that you are glad was not expensive. The author is obviously attempting to start a series, but he loses it with his inability to join thoughts from one chapter to another, and finalizes his failure by how he handles the hero.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh! October 30, 2012
By DLzebub
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm glad that I only spent $5.00 on the Kindle edition. This book stinks! The writing is sophomoric, the character development is juvenile and the plot (?) is utterly ridiculous. Stephen Frey is permanently off of my author list. The only reason that I finished the book was to be able to honestly review it. My verdict - save your money! You will be ahead with the 0.1% interest that your bank will give you.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your time and cash November 6, 2012
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Very poor. Eighth grade or below. Insulting. Could not finish. It was like reading a comic book. Bam! Pow! Silly.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the summary and reviews October 25, 2012
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I could not finish it. After the third story of torture, I gave up. Not for me.
The author also tends to tell you the same thing, over and over. I'm done with this writer. No one but one of his friends or family could have given this a 5 star review.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! June 26, 2012
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As others have said, the characters are really over the top, and the plot is pretty out there, but I found myself enjoying it anyway. The writing is good and it's an exciting, edge-of-your-seat kind of story. Great for light summer reading. Recommended for thriller fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim W. York
This is good. It has lots of fast action, and is not predictable. This is a man's book with violence and even a little sex. Good job. I have book #2 loaded and ready.
Published 6 hours ago by Jim W. York
5.0 out of 5 stars Karls review of artic fire
I had never read Stephen Frey Before. I did recommend this to my brother and can't wait to read the first book in this series
Published 19 hours ago by karl
4.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you
I ended up enjoying this book. It's a cross between techno - thriller and government intrigue. They build a good set of believable characters that you can really understand and... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed with a suspenseful ending ...
This book was listed in a book selection from Book Bub. I liked the preview chapters so added it to my collection. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Judy DeWitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but almost over the top
Like my title says, this was an interesting action-spy thriller but was a little too over the top with the author trying to recount big developments and twists on almost every page... Read more
Published 5 days ago by L. S. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Love it. Very fast paced which is how I like it. Kept me guessing right to the end. I will definitely be buying more from this author.
Published 5 days ago by Ruddy dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
book was great. the ending was not what I expected however it definitely was a page turner.I could not put it down.looking forward to the next book in this series.
Published 6 days ago by Dushi
3.0 out of 5 stars Started Good But Lost Something in the End
This is my first experience with the author, Stephen Frey. The book was action packed with a nice pace. I appreciated the strong female character, Karen. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Diahann 713
5.0 out of 5 stars First book of series
This book is a great read , it has a follow up book Red Cell Seven worth the read .h
Published 7 days ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Fire - A sure fire hit
I loved this book. The characters were interesting and the story really held my attention. I would highly recommend this book and this kind of action that one excellent writer... Read more
Published 8 days ago by jonit
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More About the Author

Stephen Frey has written 18 novels. The latest, a political thriller entitled, ARCTIC FIRE, was published by Thomas & Mercer (Amazon Publishing) in October 2012. The sequel to ARCTIC FIRE, entitled RED CELL SEVEN, is scheduled for release by Thomas & Mercer in January 2014. The series follows the activities of RED CELL SEVEN, a top-secret intelligence group which has no formal reporting responsibilities to anyone inside the United States government and funds itself entirely with private sector money. Stephen is currently working on the third book in the series, KODIAK SKY, which is scheduled for release by Thomas & Mercer in January 2015.

Stephen began his career in finance, working at JP Morgan's New York City office in the mergers and acquisitions department before moving to Washington, DC in 1999 to work at Winston Partners in the group's private equity business. At Winston he led the investment into and chaired three of the firm's portfolio companies.

His first 14 novels involved the financial world, beginning with THE TAKEOVER which was published by Penguin Putnam in 1995.

In order, his other works are: THE VULTURE FUND (1996), THE INNER SANCTUM (1997), THE LEGACY (1998), THE INSIDER (1999), TRUST FUND (2001), THE DAY TRADER (2002), SILENT PARTNER (2003), SHADOW ACCOUNT (2004), THE CHAIRMAN (2005), THE PROTEGE (2005), THE POWER BROKER (2006); THE SUCCESSOR (2007), THE FOURTH ORDER (2007), FORCED OUT (2008), HELL'S GATE (2009) and HEAVEN'S FURY (2010). The first four novels were published by Penguin Putnam, the next 10 by Random House, the next 3 by Simon & Schuster and Stephen is published by Thomas & Mercer.

Stephen lives in northern Virginia, is an avid fisherman and has three wonderful daughters: Christina, Ashley and Gabriella.

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