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Publisher's Summary

In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

©1998 Dana Stabenow (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A great new series from Dana Stabenow

This is the First of the Alaska Trooper Liam Campbell novels. Narrated by Marguerite Gavin. Marguerite is a great narrator and brings all of the many characters to life.

Once Trooper Campbell arrives at his new posting someone dies. In the first three days there are many activities and shootings that take his attention. This story lays the groundwork and background for many characters including the town and villages of Liam's new posting.

As Liam solves the murder and works to gain the trust of the people at his new posting his personal life becomes Intwined with his investigations. This audiobook is a great first book in what I think will be an even better series.

I purchased this book for my own interest, this review is my own.

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Couldn't finish

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

no, I could not get past the narration to get into the book.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Did not get far enough into the book

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was so bad and irritating, I could not stand listening to her.

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A good crime thriller

"Fire And Ice" is a pretty good crime thriller. State trooper Liam Campbell steps off the plane at his new station in Newenham, Alaska and literally right into a murder scene. Talk about being tossed into the deep end! To complicate things, his predecessor leaves without giving him any kind of briefing or workup. Also, Liam's old flame is standing right there on the tarmac by the fresh body, making it a totally "WTF?" moment. Before he can even begin to come to grips with the murder at the airport, Liam is called away on another incident.
Liam never gets a chance to catch his breath as one incident follows on another. However, he doggedly presses on and eventually begins to tie the various threads of these seemingly disparate crimes together. Eventually we reach a conclusion with most of the bad guys paying for their crimes in one way or another.
This story gives us lots of action with murder, assaults, and old mysteries. Also, there is some romance (integral to the story), and more than one colorful, oddball characters. (Additionally, I learned much more about herring fishing than I ever expected to know.)
All in all, a good and interesting story.

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Terrible language Use

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this to a close friend because of the language used. It is not needed if the book is any good.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

You have to go to another book if you want an ending.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator did as she could but the written portion constantly uses God's name in vain as well as other abuses of language.

Could you see Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Hollywood seems enamored with foul language, so this may work for them.

Any additional comments?

Decent story line, very good reader but HOLD The LANGUAGE down some.

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  • Marla
  • Independence, MO, United States
  • 09-24-14

Good start for a new Dana Stabenow series.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Anyone who enjoys modern day mysteries, whose antagonist is slightly flawed and facing a midlife crisis would enjoy this book. Liam Campbell reminds me of Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlyle mystery series or Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon. Or even Johnathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series has this same feel. Liam Campbell meets interesting characters who are realistic and colorful. Circumstances allow Liam, to almost fall directly upon the right clues and persons, which help him piece the mystery together.<br/>

What was most disappointing about Dana Stabenow’s story?

This was a good introduction to the character Liam Campbell. The story set up the scene and characters for further follow up mysteries for Campbell to solve. The mystery was just half of the purpose of the book, so it wasn't that difficult to solve.

What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

Dana Stabenow is an excellent writer. Having read/listened to her other series, Kate Shagak, Stabenow knows first hand about the setting of her books (Alaska) since she grew up there and I believe she still lives there as well. She even grew up on a fishing boat there too. With all this first hand knowledge, she is able to transport her readers to Alaska with her.

Do you think Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Margurerite's performance was well done. Her pace and characterizations were spot on. I know her for her narration of Kim Harrison's audio books The Hollows, and they are one of my favorite audio books.

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Okay mystery

The story starts out pretty intensely. A demoted State trooper is on his way to his new post in Alaska. When he gets there he gets off the plane in the middle of a crime scene. A man's head had been removed by a plane's propeller. The State trooper that was stationed there turns it over to Liam and without really briefing Liam on the job gets on the plane and leaves. Liam is thrust into one situation after another without having time to change into his uniform or even finding a place to live.

After the beginning the story sort of goes downhill. The description of Alaska and what it took to be a herring spotter were interesting but the rest of the story was kind of lame.

There was one reviewer who did a pretty good analysis of the book which I would have to agree with. Liam doesn't like himself so it's hard for us to like him.

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Tons of unnecessary cursing. Unrealistic dialogue

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not have the characters cuss every third word. Normal people don't cuss like this, heck, sailors don't cuss like this. The story was not very believable. Wooden.

Has Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. JUST THIS AUTHOR.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

Not sure. She was wooden and didnt do the male voices well.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, disbelief. Who can think that normal people take the Lord's name in vain 3 times in one 12 word sentence? I thought maybe one character was going to be trash mouthed, but most of the characters cuss constantly. I really think the author was going out of her way to take the Lord's name in vain as often as possible.

Any additional comments?

Did not make it to the halfway mark, mainly because of the language, but the story was not near good enough to put up with the rest.

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Alaska Cop

Excellent whodunit...Alaska style. Our newly demoted Alaska cop finds himself in a small town with relationships that have existed for decades. He successfully navigates uniquely Alaskan issues and catches the bad guy. Where is the next book in the series?

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Boring story, horrible narration

Very boring story, and the narration is horrible. Tried to listen to it several times, and never finished. Finally decided - why even bother.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A Mildly Interesting Fizzle

Would you try another book from Dana Stabenow and/or Marguerite Gavin?

Not another Dana Stabenow book. The action, for the most part, was just bland. But the narration by Marguerite Gavin was really excellent.

Any additional comments?

The narration was great, but as far as the story goes, this book deserves a pass.