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

Stephen W. Frey
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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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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117 of 124 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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103 of 111 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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61 of 64 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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39 of 40 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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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh! October 30, 2012
By DLzebub
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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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Urk... December 1, 2012
By Michael
Format:Kindle Edition
I almost never post reviews but I feel compelled to this one time. I can read almost anything, but not drivel. No spoilers here, I refused to invest any more of my life on this book, did not finish. unbelievable characters. One brother the daring, invincible, irrestible, raffish rogue. The other a Metrosexual libtard that can't stand his rightard father. Both of them nauseus characters, all three rather. Lucky bro' appparently gets self killed being unlucky...wha??? Metro bro suddenly grows a pair and suddenly grows suspicous because he steps in front of a car. Gets a gun and sets out to find his brother that everyone agrees is dead. Ut that van for some unknown reason makes him think otherwise. The logical result of course is to become a badA and run to Alaska to save his dead bro and bring down the rightwing irrational intelligence community. This drivel gave me a headache...a total waste of life I will never get back. If the next book I read is this bad I will probably rip my eyes out to protect my sanity. I almost tossed my Kindle in the trash before I remembered I could just delete this piece. then sanitized my keypad for even giving enough effort to review it. Cleaning my toenails wuld have more appeal than this read. Seriously, if they looked into how to do it, this book would be more effective in Guantamo than waterboarding, really cruel and unusual punishment.
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27 of 30 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting and complicated plot. I would read more of his novels.
Published 22 hours ago by Stephen W Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair read
this book is fast moving and entertaining, but is pretty predictable. I will buy the next book in the series to give the trilogy a fair shake.
Published 1 day ago by Ray Hicks
1.0 out of 5 stars The story would have been so much better if the author did not get...
The story would have been so much better if the author did not get tired of it and sought a quick way to end it. I was disappointed when I came to the last third of the book. Read more
Published 1 day ago by American
5.0 out of 5 stars Page flipping excitement
Enjoyed. The exciting and tense drama kept me reading for hours on end. There seemed to be action on every page.
Published 1 day ago by Larry R. Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a well written book with great characters and plenty of...
This was a well written book with great characters and plenty of action. Stephen Frey has created a nice trilogy here and I am currently reading the second book. A good read.
Published 1 day ago by Eddie
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Frey
I had not read Frey and at first I thought he was throwing too many characters at the story. In time the characters grew into the story and the dialogue help pull it all together. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Nairb Ninorc
3.0 out of 5 stars Artic Fire
Not one of my favorites, but maybe in time they will get better. I will try another one just to see.
Published 2 days ago by Bob W. Krause
3.0 out of 5 stars Have read better and will assess if the next two books in ...
Entertaining read. Character development extremely slow and distracting. Story line plausibility is very limited, action packed all the same. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jon - Seattle
3.0 out of 5 stars Best part was the finding of the old fishermans house
eeeeh! It was ok but just ok.
Best part was the finding of the old fishermans house, after that it got too unrealistic.
Published 7 days ago by Tom Harper
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
Good thriller but a few too many characters to follow. I did like it enough to order book 2.
Published 8 days ago by Karen Hoyt
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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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