Don Brown in his new book, "Storming The Black Ice" Book Three in the Pacific Rim Series published by Zondervan gives us an adventure with Pete Miranda.
From the back cover: When British geologists discover the world's largest oil reserves under the desolate, icy tundra of Antarctica, Britain and Chile form a top-secret alliance for control of petroleum resources that will rival the economic power of OPEC.
But when their discovery is uncovered by an Argentinean intelligence officer, a surprise-attack against a secret British outpost in Antarctica triggers a war. Britain and Chile are in a military standoff against Venezuela and Argentina, and when the war escalates, Britain asks America for help.
For two couples separated by the battle, the outcome will be either love reunited or devastating heartbreak.
For a young British boy living with his mother in London, his father's life is on the line.
And for Pete Miranda, an American sub commander detailed on a special military assignment to his father's homeland of Chile, will his fate be a crushing death under the icy-cold waters of the Antarctic Ocean, or a future of life, light, and a second chance for love?
Don Brown knows how to write a perfect thriller. His books are the kind of movies that Hollywood used to make with their best actors and that most writers do not know how to write anymore. Submarine battles, nations at war and only one way to stop them. Battle for control of oil under Antarctica these are just some of the ingredients that Mr. Brown has incorporated into this action adventure. Add in that all the characters are in deadly danger from practically the first word and continue to be so until the last few pages and you have a book that will keep you up late into the night flipping pages as fast as you can read. I recommend this book with enthusiasm.
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I read this book while out of the country. So I could not refer back to The Black Sea Affair to re-check some of the characterization of Capt. Peter Miranda. If memory serves right, he is portrayed as a man of solid character and convictions.
So imagine my surprise to find in Black Ice that he went from one night stand to one night stand, (even wondering at one time if the boy in London is the only child of his). Alcohol and indications of further physical intimacy (unmarried), suggestive descriptions --- it's not at all what I expected to find in this book. Neither some of the language.
The stars are rating the writing and story itself. If I took the above into account I would rate none. A Christian writer, about Christian and non-Christian persons, aimed mostly at the Christian market, I think, Mr. Brown should stick with cleaner (?) scenes.
As I have wondered about other authors in the past: Who is responsible? The authors or the editor?
If you like international military intrigue with deadly forces at sea, you'll like this novel.
It is a few years in the future and a team of British petroleum engineers has discovered a vast reservoir of crude oil below the surface in Antarctica. The nation to first stake its claim would become the richest nation in the world. The British have begun a secret military build up, code names "Black Ice," to shore up defenses in the area. But it is a race against time and before troops can arrive, the scientific compound is attacked by Argentine forces. The cruel Argentine military leader uses deadly force to capture the scientists and the few of military support. Britain and Argentina soon come to battle in the Drake Passage.
Brown has created a believable scene for a future battle over newly discovered oil reserves. Argentina is still sore over the Falkland Islands and is itching for revenge. The Argentine president has made an alliance with Venezuela to defy the British. Britain, on the other hand, has Chile as an ally. The U.S. pretty much sits this one out.
The novel has great sea battle scenes with subs attacking ships. Pete Miranda shows his expertise as a sub commander. He's in Chile to instruct their navy in the use of a nuclear sub the U.S. recently sold to Chile. There is also the vengeful Argentine captain who captured the Brits at the Antarctic camp and thinks nothing of using extreme interrogation techniques to get the information he wants.
So there is lots of action in this novel, both on the individual level and at the sea battle level. There is also romance, three romances in fact. I thought that was a bit much. The end to the novel is quick and all three romances resolve too easily for my sense of reality. But then, I'm a woman and know that it takes more than a tearful reunion to live happily ever after.
I appreciate that Brown has included a great deal of information about the geography and politics of the scene of this novel. I was also glad to see maps included so readers can understand where and how the action takes place. Those who enjoy learning about ships and subs in action will like it too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
When I requested to review Storming the Black Ice, imagine my surprise to learn it was the third book in the Pacific Rim series! Therefore, I read and reviewed the first two novels in the series, Thunder in the Morning Calm followed by the sequel, Fire of the Raging Dragon. Both books were immensely enjoyable. Now, having finished the third novel, I am hopeful that the author continues to write tales about navy encounters with various factions on many parts of the globe.
Each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone, although the thrill of adventure seemed to elicit excitement as I read the stories in sequential order. Unlike other novels I have read the main characters tend to be more like backdrop framing while the tale develops in each book with new lead characters. I wonder if this is somewhat reflective of the real service in the military or tensions that tend to plague nations, both of which always seem to be in a constant state of change.
There is a flavor of romance that at times seemed a bit more passionate than in the first two books, but nothing inappropriate. As I kept turning pages, it was as if the leaders were constantly being awakened or taken away from one event in order to deal with a crisis situation. I cannot imagine having to live life on a constant rollercoaster, never knowing when someone's actions against the nation or its allies may disrupt whatever plans were on the calendar.
As I read this story based in Antarctica, I was reminded of the brave female doctor who some time ago had to stay alert to tell others how to take a biopsy of her breast in order to diagnose the lump. While she lived to tell her story for a while after her tour on the ice, eventually she passed away, but I haven't forgotten her story.
Here too is a reminder that our nation and her allies are remaining constantly vigilant to ensure the safety of America. Along with leaders, both political and military, are the families who sacrifice time and a "normal" life so their loved one can continue to serve this great country! My thanks to the author for his service and sharing his passion for storytelling about the Navy along with those who encourage, pray and allow him to retreat to write.