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Arctic Wargame (Justin Hall # 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ethan Jones
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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Canadian Intelligence Service Agent Justin Hall—combat-hardened in operations throughout Northern Africa—has been demoted after a botched mission in Libya.

When two foreign icebreakers appear in Canadian Arctic waters, Justin volunteers for the reconnaissance mission, eager to return to the field. His team discovers a foreign weapons cache deep in the Arctic, but they are not aware that a spy has infiltrated the Department of National Defence.

The team begins to unravel a treasonous plan against Canada, but they fall under attack from one of their own. Disarmed and stripped of their survival gear, they are stranded in a remote location. Now the team must survive the deadly Arctic not only to save themselves, but their country.

Arctic Wargame is an action-packed spy thriller in the bestselling tradition of Black List, The Fallen Angel, and The Last Man. Readers will enjoy a great tale of courage, fear and betrayal.


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"ARCTIC WARGAME puts unique characters in an unusual place, which is becoming more important to the entire world. There's a lot of action in a very cold, but very important part of the world." -- Larry Bond, author of New York Times bestselling thrillers Vortex, Cauldron, and The Enemy Within, and co-author of Red Storm Rising with Tom Clancy.

"Loved the book and would like to read the next one." -- D. P. Lyle, MD, author of the Samantha Cody thriller series and the Dub Walker thriller series.

"Laden with action, compelling figures, and intriguing settings, this is a great read." -- David Freed, author of Flat Spin and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

"Always looking for new series, and this one is a great intro to Canadian Special Forces man, Justin Hall. ... Smooth with dialogue and paints a vivid picture, with great pace." -- Adrian Magson, author of the bestselling Harry Tate spy thriller series.

About the Author

Ethan Jones is the author of the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series. The first book in this series, Arctic Wargame, came out in May 2012 and reached the Amazon's Top 10 Best Sellers lists in 2012 and 2013. The second book, Tripoli's Target, was released in October 2012. The third book in the series, Fog of War, came out on June 4, 2013, and the fourth book, Double Agents, was published on December 10, 2013. Ethan has also published three short stories and one novella, The Diplomat, which is the latest adventure in the Justin Hall series. Ethan is a lawyer by trade, and he lives in Canada with his wife and son.

To learn more about Ethan's current and future works and to read exclusive author interviews, books excerpts and book reviews, visit Ethan's blog at ethanjonesbooks.wordpress.com

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084FH6M8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The arctic trails have their secret tales May 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Arctic Wargames is a conventional thriller set along the Davis Strait in the far northeast of Canada. The strongest character is the setting itself which interacts with the story at key points in unexpected ways. The book is much less interesting when events move south of the Arctic Circle. Unfortunately, the author is unable to maintain a steady awareness of the northern environment. When necessary for the plot, aspects like intense cold, difficulty of distinguishing ice-covered solid ground from ice-covered water and the experience of using different types of vehicles under arctic conditions; are described with accuracy, but these same things are forgotten in the next scene.

The plot is logically consistent and clever, although gleefully absurd as befits the genre. The author plays fair. The incredible premise is set out clearly with no surprise inventions later in the book. And as far from reality as the events are, there is a core of real geography and politics. You'll probably need a good map and a little research into territorial disputes in land of the midnight sun to make sense of things, or you can forget all that and just cheer for the good guys to blow up the bad guys. Arctic Wargames has a tight pace, steadily building to a satisfying climax with just enough backstory, foreshadowing and multithreading to keep things interesting. The author does a good job of avoiding predictable step-by-step storytelling without ever forgetting that this is a thriller that has to drive relentlessly forward.

Once you get beyond plot, pacing and setting, the book has some weaknesses. The characters are stock and unappealing. That's not uncommon for a thriller nor, for many readers, much of a disadvantage. Ethan Jones is not pretending to be Jane Austin.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate, but not much more July 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The most unique aspect of Arctic Wargame is the fact that it centers on an elite military unit...based in Canada. Indeed, a lot of the book orbits around a potential war between Canada and Denmark, and it's fascinating to watch these events play out with America being reduced to a background role, and not always a heroic one at that. Sadly, that's about the only truly compelling aspect of Arctic Wargame, which otherwise is a perfectly serviceable, if unremarkable, military thriller. The characters are relatively generic; from the alpha-male hero to the evil mastermind working for the villains, you've seen these characters before, and none of them are particularly complex here. That's fine for novels like this, which are more about the action; sadly, the action here is overly complex, and Jones often loses the reader in battles which lose all sense of geography or direction. Still, I could usually understand the general sense of the battles, but the bigger problem was this: I never really cared that much who won or lost, and that's a big problem with a big action-based book. In the end, it's not as though Arctic Wargame is particularly bad - the characters are serviceable, the plot interesting enough, the action adequate. But it's never all that good, either, and by the end, it was more dull than anything else - and that may be worse than being really "bad".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "These bloody Canadians are tougher than we thought." August 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
I started "Arctic Wargame" thinking it was going to be much more of an Arctic survival novel than spy thriller. It ended up with a few pages in a full novel of being stranded in the Arctic and then it was a fairly typical spy thriller. Nothing against spy thrillers. It's just usually not a genre I pick up and read.

That written, I did finish the book and enjoyed most...some of it. The premise of the book was unique but I never felt it was fully played out. The book was rather dry and blase about the whole idea of Denmark (actually Russia) invading Canada. There were some exciting vignettes but they were the exception rather than the norm.

The idea of agents from the Canadian Intelligence Service was different but I never got a real "Canadian" flavor from these characters or the book. To me the book could have taken place anywhere - I never got a good sense of place. I also never felt that ANY of the characters were fully developed or sympathetic. Some of this, I am sure, is because this is a spy thriller. I never find too much character development in this genre which is one reason I usually avoid it. I like to know a bit more about my characters and their motivations. I like to "like" at least one protagonist in a book and didn't in this one. But...there was action. I like action. The action scenes were what kept me reading until the end of the book, even though none of them out and out over-the-top either.

After all that, I might give this author another chance in the future. This is his first book. He did write a teaser short story for "Arctic Wargame" called Carved in Memory and I enjoyed it. So I believe he is going to improve.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing October 31, 2013
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This work is pretty close to being totally ridiculous. An American base commander rescues 3 people from certain death in the Canadian Arctic, realizes that they are most likely Canadian military or intelligence officers, and then refuses to allow them to contact the Canadian government and also fails to inform his own superiors of the situation? You're kidding, right? And Danish intelligence officers organize an armed invasion of Canada, using imprisoned terrorists and criminals? I'm accustomed to a certain lack of realism in books in this genre, but this one is really over the top.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The first of a fine series. I like the action and the knowledge ...
The first of a fine series. I like the action and the knowledge inserted into the writing of this one. Ethan Jones has become one of my favorite authors in this field. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joe Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read them all !
Published 10 days ago by Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars arctic Games
Good book, the gist of the story line was real and fast paced. Lots of action. The team were well grounded in what their mission was and determined to succeed
Published 23 days ago by Betty Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Artic WarGame
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Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Findlay
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not finish it
I tried to like this book but it just did not catch my imagination. It seemed burdened down with too many odd duck characters to remain on track.
Published 1 month ago by KOBAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Wargame
Ethan Jones Arctic Wargame was really interesting and full of suspense and action. The book had alot of James Bond with a twist of military action in the plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
I liked the style and found it quick to read (I find with some books the the writing gets in the way of the story). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Penny Quick
5.0 out of 5 stars Wargame
Intriguing indeed. Gives a prespective of what could happen if no one pays attention to the acitivities of others. Good thought process.
Published 1 month ago by Flyboy98
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Arctic Wargame is a good read. The story kept me interested and wanting to keep reading. While some might say the plot streched a bit, it was fun and entertaining. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TKTT1
2.0 out of 5 stars Artic Wargame
Whilst an interesting adventure story it seemed to me to be losing itself in terms of the individual heroics - apart from somewhat of an impractical plot in terms of this... Read more
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Ethan Jones is the author of the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series. The first book in this series, Arctic Wargame, came out in May 2012 and reached the Amazon's Top 10 Best Sellers lists in 2012 and 2013. The second book, Tripoli's Target, was released in October 2012. The third book in the series, Fog of War, came out on June 4, 2013, and the fourth book, Double Agents, was published on December 10, 2013. Ethan has also published three short stories and one novella, The Diplomat, which is the latest adventure in the Justin Hall series. Ethan is a lawyer by trade, and he lives in Canada with his wife and son.

To learn more about Ethan's current and future works and to read exclusive author interviews, books excerpts and book reviews, visit Ethan's blog at http://ethanjonesbooks.wordpress.com

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