The story went something like this: Troy Jensen, who sailed solo around the world and conquered the seven summits, fell off a crab boat called Arctic Fire and drowned in the Bering Sea. Troy’s brother Jack, who doesn’t buy the story for a minute, heads to Alaska to uncover the truth. Jack discovers a connection between Troy and a secret intelligence organization known as Red Cell Seven (RCS) that will stop at nothing to protect America from threat (even if they have to kill thousands of Americans to do it). The problem is, the more Jack learns about Troy’s involvement with RCS, the more RCS learns about Jack. Arctic Fire is an adrenaline-pumping tale of one man’s descent into an underworld populated by terrorists, assassins, and viciously bad good guys.
©2012 Stephen Frey (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This book is almost a disaster and the reader is an unqualified disaster. I am used to thrillers being a bit far-fetched and accept that, but this plot not only goes over the top, but begins to slide down the other side. Conspiracy plots are a bit tricky to write well and Stephen Frey botched this one. I had read 4 other books by Frey and they were OK if not great; this one does not make that grade. Bad enough that the plot and writing are poor, the listener is forced to hear a very poor performance. The readier has nice voice timbre but he exaggerates words and syllables so often that it is very off-putting. There are multiple characters in the story who play an important role, but the reader uses the same "voice" for several of them. In the last third of the book, the two main characters, who turn out to be half brothers. I guess the reader figured he should use the same voice for each since they share some genes. The only way the listener is able to distinguish the two is by the author use of "Troy said" or "said Jack". I probably should have said "plot spoiler" two sentences ago, but as the plot is so bad, I hope you won't read the book
The writing is painfully bad. About half way through I had to force myself not to jump to the end. The scenes are built clumsily, the characters are annoyingly one dimensional, and the 'human interest' love story simply repeats 'he looked at her long dark hair and deep dark eyes' over and over again. It sounds as if written by a teenager. The only saving grace is that it is read well and it is relatively short. I will never get another Frey book again.
Not much - he is a good narrator.
Sadly, all the main characters - they are each so thinly created that you could lump them all together and perhaps get one fully developed character - which I would cut.
Painful to finish because of the writing, not the narration.
You will have no trouble figering out who are the good guys and the bad guys are. They slap you in the face. I can't dicide if the author has lots of imagination or none at all. All in all I find the story unbieveable and was happy to move on to another book.
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