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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145162929X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451629293
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,241,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Grisham fans will enjoy.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Introducing Jock Boucher, black Cajun federal district judge, who may be young and recently appointed but isn't afraid of ruffling feathers in his hometown of New Orleans. . .An auspicious beginning for a mystery series featuring one of the most agreeably easygoing heroes on this side of the Atlantic.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“From David Lyons comes Ice Fire, a novel with almost clairvoyant timing, a fascinating plot and complex characters. It hits with style and power like the judge's hammer coming down at the end of a case.” (Graham Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Eden Prophecy)

“David Lyons brings a fresh eye and sure hand to the thriller genre with his debut novel, Ice Fire. Mixing science, corruption, and good ol'-fashioned murder into his plot, Lyons casts a colorful Cajun federal judge as a likable, unconventional hero in a story with environmental and political overtones. A nice bit of local Bayou color completes this promising debut. Look for more from Lyons—and hopefully his action-oriented justice, Jock Boucher—in the future.” (Jim DeFelice, New York Times bestselling author of American Sniper and The Helios Conspiracy)

Ice Fire is a fun, fast read. United States District Judge Jock Boucher is an unusual action hero, the plot about deep sea mining is original and the post Katrina, New Orleans setting is exotic. I look forward to reading Jock Boucher's next adventure.” (Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder)

“There’s action, budding romance, a bit of dry humor, and a plunge into New Orleans/Cajun culture. High society to Zydeco icehouse bars, Lyons covers the gambit. This should be a series worth following.” (Suspense Magazine)

“David Lyons delivers a perfect blend of technology, plot, and character in a suspenseful and rewarding story that kept me wanting more. I look forward to more stories from this exciting new talent.” (Andrew Peterson, author of Forced to Kill)

“There's a new advocate on the John Grisham legal thriller circuit with the introduction by ex-lawyer David Lyons of Jock Boucher, an unconventional law-bending Louisiana District judge. Jock exposes murder, intellectual property theft and the corporate corruption that threatens ecological disaster.” (Brian Freemantle, author of Red Star Rising)

Ice Fire is a thriller based upon the real life issues of renewable energy, natural resource protection, and ensuring our future as a species on this planet. It’s also a stellar debut novel that paints a picture of the beauty and tragedy of New Orleans, even as it leaves the reader breathless.” (Mystery Scene Magazine)

“The plot centers on a substance (real) found in the Gulf, with potential to provide energy in enormous quantities. A very exciting first novel.” (Sullivan County Democrat)

“David Lyons' excellent debut thriller set in New Orleans speaks to the real world issue of the instability of our foreign oil suppliers and the ecological dangers of offshore drilling. . . . The references to the architecture of historic New Orleans, Cajun and classic cuisine and restaurants, and Southern culture greatly enhance the story. Readers will anxiously await the return of Jock Boucher.” (The Mystery Reader)

About the Author

David Lyons was born in England, but he was raised and educated in the U.S. and abroad. After obtaining his license to practice law, David pursued advanced studies in international law and worked in Paris, France. David and his wife and live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he is currently at work on his next novel.

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The mystery unfolds in the first few chapters and keeps you guessing throughout the entire story.
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The characters are believable, dialog and descriptions well-written.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Summers on May 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! So engaging from beginning to end that time flew by. I'm ready to follow the action-packed adventures of "renegade judge" Jock Boucher in this delicious new thriller series.
Lyons' backdrop is New Orleans with its Cajun culture, historic architecture, antiques and yes, the fabulous cuisine for which the region is known. Makes you want to book a ticket so you can walk the French Quarter and taste the food!
The characters are believable, dialog and descriptions well-written. Jock Boucher is my type of hero: intelligent and witty with an innate sense of justice, all wrapped up in a strong, handsome package.
Ice Fire is definitely worth reading for those who love thrillers and seeing the bad guys get what they deserve. I can't wait for the movie!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on June 12, 2012
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Energy is a hot topic these days, so it makes sense for savvy authors who are aware of current events and global news trends to find ways to incorporate the issues surrounding the search for and utilization of new energy sources into fiction books. David Lyons has set the bar pretty high for other writers who want to try their hand at it.

What sets Ice Fire apart (once you get past the title, which sounds like an abbreviation of a certain George R. R. Martin series) is the approach. Rather than focusing on the search for a useable energy source, Lyons adopts one that is already being talked about--methane hydrate--and lets his story focus instead on the characters.

Interestingly, the primary protagonist is not an explorer or an energy mogul but a newly appointed federal judge from Cajun Louisiana. Telling Judge Jock Boucher's story allows Lyons to delve into Cajun culture in a way that brings the story alive.

The book is thoroughly researched and contains enough intrigue--including murder, courtroom gymnastics, and a trip to the bottom of the ocean--to keep the pages turning. Objectionable content is minimal, though not entirely absent.

This is a solid effort by a very good writer. Expect to see more from David Lyons in the future.
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I read the positive reviews and was actually intrigued about the setting and background of New Orleans. Unfortunately, the book itself was an amateurish mess. The 2 dimensional characters became tiring and the villians were truely ridiculous, in fact I expected Dr. Evil to pop in ranting about sharks with friggin lasers...just my opinion, but give this one a pass.
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By Bren on July 5, 2013
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Great book; I hope Jock Boucher visits often. Lyons has created a loveable, likeable character in Jock Boucher. Ready to see in what predicaments he finds himself in the next installment.
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If ICE FIRE is any indication of David Lyon's ability to tell a gripping story, this thriller series is bound to be a winner! David chooses his characters well ... a renegade federal judge as the protagonist, a police detective trying to break bad habits, a brilliant scientist on the run, an exotic independent girlfriend, and a couple of greedy villains ... made this a book I could not put down. The basic premise, harnessing a new energy source, is extremely relevant to these days of high energy prices, yet the story doesn't get bogged down in scientific description. A fascinating story. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.
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By wolfie on July 10, 2012
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Excellent bit of writing about something that could be a possibility to excites us all with just enough greed and corruption to make it believable.
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