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Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2010

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Each volume in the Gabriel Hunt adventure series, all purportedly written by protagonist Hunt, has a different real-life author. Doing the honors this time is Christa Faust (Money Shot, 2008). Fresh from recovering a necklace for a museum, adventurer extraordinaire Hunt wants to take some time and relax. When he gets home, however, a gorgeous woman is waiting for him and pleads for his help in rescuing her father, who disappeared on an expedition in Antarctica. With a team of people he can trust, Hunt leads a rescue effort in the coldest place on Earth. This series is intended as a kind of homage to the pulp-adventure novels of the early twentieth century, and Hunt makes the perfect over-the-top hero, combining the sexiness and savoir faire of James Bond with the derring-do of Indiana Jones. Nonstop action, combined with the flamboyant style typical of the early pulps (think Doc Savage) make this super-quick read perfect for beach or travel. Familiarity with the previous installments is not necessary, but they will be sought out after finishing this one. --Jeff Ayers

About the Author

Although credited to dashing adventurer Gabriel Hunt, this installment in the series was actually written by Gabriel Hunt’s creator, Edgar Award winner Charles Ardai. He has edited numerous anthologies, including Great Tales of Crime, Detection and Kingpins: Tales From Inside the Mob, The Return of the Black Widowers, High Adventures, Great Tales of Madness and the Macabre, Futurecrime, and New England Crime Chowder. His stories have been selected for numerous anthologies, including Best Mystery Stories of the Year the Year's Best Horror Stories, Death Do Us Part, and Manhattan Noir.  Ardai also founded and edits the acclaimed pulp crime fiction series Hard Case Crime.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084396247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843962475
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,122,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leave it to Christa Faust, author of great books like MONEY SHOT and HOODTOWN, to up the ante when it comes to sex in a Gabriel Hunt book, but damn if she doesn't pull it off here. The latest edition in this series is breakneck paced, non-stop action, and plenty of wry humor, this time in a kind of "savage land" hidden beneath a dome of ice in Antarctica. A fast, fun read. I love these Gabriel Hunt books! Makes me want to put together a team and go find some adventure.
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The fourth book in the almost-a-year-old Gabriel Hunt series is another worthy entry in this pulp adventure novel series. I've reviewed the other books here, here, and here, so there is probably little need to explain again who Gabriel Hunt is, other than once again comparing him favorably to Indiana Jones (for his abilities) and James Bond (for his womanizing). The series editor, Charles Ardai, continues to bring in excellent writers to build the series. This installment is the first written by a woman, Christa Faust, and I don't at all think it would be noticeable if her name wasn't on the title page. Faust writes fantastic pulp adventure. Gabriel is true to the character as we've seen him in the previous three books; there's no attempt to soften him -- in fact, his womanizing ways become something of a plot point in this one, almost disrupting the mission before it even gets started (and also allowing for at least one funny moment thanks to a male character nick-named "Millie.")

As with most of the previous installments, we get two adventures in this story: the tail-end of an adventure Gabriel is already involved in (what in a Bond movie would be the "pre-opening credits" sequence) involving a lover double-crossing Hunt over the fate of a rare Cossack dagger. The wrap-up of that story leads Gabriel directly into the main adventures: a journey to Antarctica, very close to the South Pole, to investigate the disappearance and strange final message of a scientist whose beautiful daughter thinks he may still be alive despite all evidence to the contrary.

I really enjoyed the way Faust wrote most of the characters. She keeps Hunt honest and chivalrous as always, but plays with his reputation (as mentioned above) to great effect.
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Christa Faust is one of the best fiction writers working in America today. So it seemed like an interesting experiment when Charles Ardai asked her to write one of the Gabriel Hunt adventures. Ardai created the widely acclaimed Hunt series in 2009 in tribute to the pulp paperbacks that existed in mid-20th century America. The fictional Hunt relays each of his adventures to a guest author. The marriage between Faust and Hunt could not have worked out better. It is a well-worn cliché for a reviewer to say that he or she "couldn't put the book down" or to describe it as a "real page turner." But clichés become clichés because they start out true, and they all apply here. This is one heck of a high-octane adventure novel.

All the Hunt stories thus far have been great adventures in the classic mode. And HUNT BEYOND THE FROZEN FIRE starts out the same way. Gabe is on the steppes of Eastern Europe trying to retrieve a valuable cursed Cossack knife for the British Royal Museum. The knife and the woman who has stolen it from him are soon abducted off a moonlit street by men on white horses. Hunt follows in a Cold War-era jeep and is soon engaged in a life-and-death struggle in the dungeon of a ruined medieval castle where Russians are in the middle of conducting an arms deal with Africans.

Another day in the office for Mr. Hunt. But the point of the adventure series is to get you into the action fast and keep the action coming even faster. So the Eastern European story is just the prequel. When he returns to New York, the headquarters of the $100 million family foundation he runs with his bookish brother, he is approached by a damsel in distress.
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