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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765319217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319210
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Tobias Buckell is stretching the horizons of science fiction and giving readers a hell of a lot of swashbuckling fun in the bargain.”
—John Scalzi, bestselling author of Old Man's War

“Buckell delivers double helpings of action and violence in a plot-driven story worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.”
Publishers Weekly on Sly Mongoose

“Buckell’s world-building, full of strong Aztec and Caribbean elements, is spectacular; the story, finely tuned and engrossing.”  —Booklist on Sly Mongoose

“Zombies. Interplanetary battles. Alien races. A hero that can destroy a city in a single bounce. What’s not to love? Light enough for a beach read, smart enough for bedside, this novel can be enjoyed on multiple levels.”  —RT Book Reviews on Sly Mongoose

“Buckell represents an important force behind the genre’s change. Buckell’s work deals with complex racial issues in a way worthy of the self-proclaimed ‘literature of ideas’: head-on, with no visible flinching, while still managing to give its readers a rollicking good time.”  —The Seattle Times

About the Author

Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Halo: The Cole Protocol.

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Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He now lives in Ohio.

He has published stories in various magazines and anthologies. He is a Clarion graduate, Writers of The Future winner, and Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist. His work has appeared in the Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies. His novel Ragamuffin was nominated for the Nebula and Prometheus awards.

You can visit his website at www.TobiasBuckell.com.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MyBookishWays on March 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Arctic Rising begins with somewhat of a bang when Anika Duncan is shot down in her airship after she and her partner attempt to investigate a ship that may be smuggling dangerous material. Anika survives the attack, but her partner, Tom, is injured, and after visiting him in the hospital, she returns home to recuperate. Relaxation is short-lived, however, when she receives a call bearing more bad news, plus she's asked to identify the men that supposedly attempted to shoot her down. Something else is in the works, though, something much worse than the dumping of hazardous materials. After taking a tour of the ship that attacked her, she finds a mysterious floating orb and smuggles it out, only to have to turn it over to higher officials. It turns out these orbs are part of a plan by the Gaia Corp. to stop warming and halt the melting of the Arctic ice. But, is this the best thing for the earth? Someone doesn't think so, and plans to use a nuclear weapon to stop Gaia. Anika Duncan, bent on revenge, will have to use every one of her resources to get justice, but will it cost her her life?

In a future world where global warming is no longer just a warning, and where the polar ice is melting at alarming rates, things have certainly changed, and the author wastes no time mining this scenario to create a fascinating setting for Arctic Rising. Anika, still young and a bit idealistic, wastes no time making the decision to go after the bad guys, especially after attempts on her life. She's no innocent though, and her background gave her plenty of backbone and bravery. After teaming up with a former mercenary,and a beautiful drug dealer, Anika pretty much stops at nothing to do the right thing, and this is what I really liked about her.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Justin Landon on March 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Arctic Rising is the best James Bond novel I've ever read. Wait, what? Indeed Tobias Buckell's latest novel could be taken as an Ian Fleming experiment gone terribly... right. An ironic homage to Bond, based on gads of research into the nature of climate change and some of the more inventive solutions, Buckell has created a near term speculative novel that's as current as it is authentic. Believable? Let's not get greedy; I did say Bond after all.

Buckell's premise begins a few years in the future, where global warming has transformed the Earth. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing to claim the oil beneath the newly accessible ocean. Enter Gaia Corporation whose founders have come up with a plan to roll it all back using thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air to redirect heat and cool the Earth's surface.

The protagonist is Anika Duncan, Buckell's first piece of Bond irony. She's a black lesbian, tough as nails, but far from a trained covert operative. She's an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. It's her job to ensure things run smoothly in the new Wild West. When a smuggled nuclear weapon makes it into the Polar Circle on Anika's watch, she winds up caught up in a plot to destroy Gaia Corporation and with it Earth's hope the future.

When I read the synopsis for Arctic Rising last winter, I was skeptical. I was aware of Buckell's relationship with Karl Schroeder and Paola Bacigalupi, two staunch environmental advocates, and of his own interest in environmentalism. It concerned me that Buckell was tackling climate change, and setting it in such a near future. The possibilities for political commentary, finger pointing, and hair shirt environmentalism were rife.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sherrill P on April 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I won't go into the story line. Enough has been written about that. Though I finished this book, it was a struggle and I will probably never again read a book edited by Paul Stevens. The mistakes were downright embarrassing! Since I was reading a library copy, I didn't underline all the typos, grammatical errors, or gibberish encountered, but I will give one example taken from page 297, sentence #6: 'Then he left them to hopped his down into the palatial main cabin, looking for tools...' Enough said.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura A. Krause on May 10, 2012
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I was really intrigued about this book, so I was excited to read it after I downloaded it. I just felt less and less interested the further I went. By the time I was at the end, I wasn't enjoying this book, and I'm really not sure why. Maybe the action wasn't good or maybe the politics at the end were too wild, honestly I wish I had a better idea. But it wasn't bad per se, just not my cup of tea. Don't pay more than $10 for this.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gary R Finney on October 30, 2012
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A leading magazine recommended this book, but alas, I cannot in good conscience do the same. A mere forty pages in, it became painfully obvious that the author has watched perhaps one too many James Bond movies. And this is well before the blatant Bond reference that appears later in the storyline. The characters are all 2D cardboard cutouts with no dimension to their personalities, nor is there any meaning as to why they behave as they do. The story careens from one incident to the next with improbable reality and predictable swashbuckling, with everyone from spies to "ladies of fantasy" wielding all manner of automatic weapons. The premise of the story is intriguing enough, but the development of the plot is as thin and unsatisfying as a Roger Moore era Bond film. Others have commented on the atrocious editing, so I won't belabor this point, but merely concur.

Yes, I finished the book, but with no interest in the characters, good or evil, but merely to see how the author resolved the tiresome plot. Reading this book is like eating a chocolate bar to stave off extreme hunger. It satisfies for a fleeting moment, but ultimately leaves you all the more hungry for something of substance. If a page turner with an endless succession of one sentence paragraphs is what you crave, this book should fit the bill nicely. If you want more substance with a plausible scenario, you may want to skip this and read Matthew Glass' "Ultimatum."
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