An Excellent Installment in the Pacific Rim Series
March 5, 2014
I have always enjoyed books by Don Brown. I have read all his other novels and while there were a couple things I didn't care for, overall they are very interesting and quite relevant for the world we live in today. I actually think this one might be my favorite out of the Pacific Rim Series. Nothing so exciting as submarine battles under the sea. Okay, I can think of some other exciting things but this is written very well and you feel the pressure put on the sea captains along with the tense situations many of the men are dealing with. And we can't forget the ladies either. You often think of the men in danger but you don't realize the stress the women who love them go through.
There are a lot of tech terms in here and language many people may not get. But even if you don't you still get the gist of what is going on. There is a lot of action under the water and above. Several situations that have you sitting on the edge of your seat and you don't even realize it until you are done with the book:) I finished this in one day and would so love for more to the story. Does Pete end up with Maria? And how about Austin and Meg? I totally loved Pete and Austin. Austin is hardcore military and one of those guys you don't want to go up against. Of course, you always have to bad guys who think they can take him on and beat him. Pete is dashing, a bit of a flirt and yet loyal to the core. His reaction after the submarine is sunk makes you want to cheer him on.
Again, an excellent book from Don Brown. Brings your military guys to the forefront and makes you pray for them all the more. I can't wait to see what he will bring us next!!
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This book was not what I had expected but still a good book nonetheless. It was about navy seals who had huge submarines who all called war on each other and tried to take out each others submarines all over gold under the ground that was covered by snow hence the the tile of the book. Turns out everyone makes it out okay in the end and the war is called off.
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This is a war story, so there are violent, gory and bloody parts in this book. There are also lots of technical sections, and jargon about war equipment, particularly submarines. The author goes into great detail about those items. This is a fast-moving adventure with lots of excitement.
There are some clear positives and negatives about this story. On the negative side, there is drinking of alcohol, some adult situations are discussed, and a small amount of profanity. Those aren't the kind of things I like to read about in Christian fiction. The descriptions of death and violence were very hard to read, as well.
On the plus side, however, there were some great Christian scenes involving becoming a believer in Christ, acting in faith and some miraculous events. The descriptions of different locations, especially Chile, are beautiful.
The author writes well. This is a work of fiction, but he presents a story that is very believable. It wouldn't be surprising to open a newspaper in the future, and see what he has written about has become fact.
There are a lot of story-lines going on in this book that ultimately connect together. It was good to have some of these other narratives going on because they provided a contrast from the intense war story. However, when reading some of these other accounts, I found myself wanting more details, wishing for those narratives to be longer. Also, there were so many stories, that the first part of the book was, at times, difficult to follow.
This isn't the kind of book I normally read. Considering the subject matter, it is probably tame, but for me, it wasn't something I really enjoy. Despite that, Mr. Brown spins a well-crafted tale. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys action-packed war or submarine stories. I can't completely endorse a book that promotes alcohol as something that is needed in order to relax, or necessary for social functions, so give this tale four stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner.
Having discovered oil under the iced continent of Antarctica, Chile and Britain form a treaty to recover it; however, Argentina, through the use of an intelligence agent, wants claim to the oil also. A battle ensues. A submarine, questioning of priorities and values, professionalism of the modern warrior and spirituality all contribute to an energetic climax.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Surprisingly, I found this book excellent in many ways even though it was out of my normal genre of books. Full of intense drama, mystery, battles, tension and high emotions, this story kept me reading until I finished it. Don Brown revealed truthfully the human element of modern pressures associated with war. Though not knowledgeable of Navy information, the author did such a thorough job of setting the scene and explaining the necessary principles that I followed the story seamlessly. As the third installment in the Pacific Rim Series, this book read smoothly as a stand alone as I am not familiar with the other books in the series. Having read Storming the Black Ice, however, I will definitely return to the previous selections in the series to read.
5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Storming The Black Ice from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*
Storming the Black Ice by Don Brown is action packed. I mean nail-bitting, can't sleep, must read until I finish the next chapter kind of novel. The benefit of this kind of novel is that the whole chaotic world will just melt away and you get to enjoy the suspensful tension in this novel. I feel as though the plot of this story has some validity and that is scary. The nerve wrecking that floods the mind, the body, and the soul while reading this story is worth more than I can say. The mix of intelligence, espionage, war, oil, and love is perfect for all readers because how can it not. I was given a review copy and all thoughts are my own.