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Wealthy entrepreneur Nigel Cain has devised an efficient new way to bring the earth’s most precious resource to the masses – clean water – by transporting massive man-made icebergs from the frigid arctic and delivering them literally to the doorsteps of millions.

Gabriel Pike works at a small engineering firm that has been awarded the task of giving the final safety approv
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Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published July 1st 2011 (first published June 29th 2011)
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Sherry Fundin
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pike is a pilot - he flies a Yankee Clipper jet which is 60 years old and an F 86 Korean War era Sabre jet. He is an Engineer at the Talbot Engineering firm and is a conspiracy buff. He has a do what I have to do, regardless of the consequences, attitude.

Cain built a five star hotel casino on top of an iceberg. His plan was to bring it into the New York Harbor and turn it into drinkable water.

But there is so much more to the story than that. He has an ulterior motive.

Pike was chosen as the Engin
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Tabitha
Edgy and totally possible, Arctic Fire moves you through a future that could very well happen tomorrow. See that huge iceberg on the cover? It’s being moved because we are in need of drinkable water and man is there a shortage. I could really envision this happening because we already have some water companies that bottle glacial water. Haven’t heard about it? Well, I’m not joking, google it!

I’d say this is an eco-social thriller, with plenty of action and engaging characters. Errr did I just ma
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Laura
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love the cover of this book. It really conveys well the premise of this book. Nigel Cain, a wealthy entrepreneur, figures a way to bring water in the form of a massive man-made iceberg from the arctic to countries in need. He invites Gabriel Pike, an engineer from a small firm to give the final safety approval to bring this first gigantic iceberg, replete with a 5-star hotel and casino built atop it, into New York's harbour.

Cain is a showman and he uses the media and Pike's skills to his advan
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Cheryl
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Gabriel Pike is an engineer. The company that Gabriel works for has been selected for a very important task. They have been chosen to escort a massive iceberg to New York. The iceberg will help supply the city with a precious supply of water.

The person responsible for bring the water to New York is Nigel Cain. He not only will bring the iceberg back with the help of Pike and his company but Cain built a five star hotel on top of the iceberg. Cain is making the iceberg like a modern day titanic
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Teddy
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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As the world fresh water supply is diminishing, Nigel Cain has solved the problem, or has he? He is transporting a man made iceberg to New York Harbor to show the would his solution. He has hired Gabriel Pike , from a small engineering firm to do the inspection for final approval to take the "ice cube" into the harbor.

Sounds straight forward, right? It's very far from it. Many issues keep popping up while they are in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, making their way to New York. Mostly due to
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Monie
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine the chaos that we would face if there was a worldwide water shortage. Scary right? Well billionaire Nigel Cain has a solution. He’s figured out a way to transport giant icebergs to the US and then use the same transportation equipment as a water treatment system to bring fresh clean water to everyone. All he needs is the final approval that the system is safe and he can dock in New York Harbor and get down to business.

Gabriel Pike is the engineer tasked with that last inspection but as
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is a fun adventurous story that is full of conspiracy theories and action. There is a very interesting theory on the fate of the Titanic that sounds outlandish, and yet plausible. That seems to be the key theme: outlandish yet plausible, and it all twists together to create a very interesting story.

The book started out a little jerky as we are introduced to each character, but once they all converge on the boat the story smooths out. It proceeds easily until BAM! everything goes crazy near
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Wendy Hines
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We're running low on fresh water. What do we do? Let's move an iceberg! I love the premise!! From the opening pages until the thrilling end, Arctic Fire is a heart-pounding adventure filled with risks, action and suspense. With engaging characters and a compelling plot, you will be hard pressed to put this novel down. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, with who and what, the author delivers another surprising twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The character are ...more
Sherrie
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What if there was water shortage? What would we do? Could it be fixed? Well billionaire Nigel Cain has a solution. He's going to transport giant icebergs to the US. Then use the same transportation equipment as a water treatment system to bring fresh clean water to everyone. All he needs is the final approval that the system is safe. Gabriel Pike is the engineer tasked with that last inspection. But Gabriel has serious doubts as to it's safety. What begins as a work day spent in luxury turns int ...more
Steven Allen
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not as suspenseful or as tense as I was expecting and prefer for this type of story. Interestingly this is the second book I have read lately that deals with pykrete weapons the other being the Frontline series by Marko Kloos. I don't believe that I will read more from this author as I found this story to be meh although, thankfully, a quick no-brainer read.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Arctic Fire by Paul Byers is the latest fix for this long term thriller/action/adventure junkie. Arctic Fire opens with the startling scene of a German made iceberg-submarine actually being responsible for sinking the Titanic. Then we go on to meet our protagonist, Gabriel Pike. Pike is an engineer with a firm hired to inspect the latest project by wealthy businessman Nigel Cain. Cain, with the help of his ever present assistant, Elizabeth Mallory, is transporting an iceberg to New York City for ...more
Tara
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review as part of his blog tour.

I don’t even know really where to begin about this book. Overall, it’s a good read. Definitely thrill packed and a wild ride. However, that’s not to say it’s absolutely perfect.

I don’t even really know how to explain my big issue with this book. At 377 pages, it’s not a terribly long book. However, when at least 300 pages are spent with the lead-up to the double homicide and conspiracy mentio
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Barbara
May 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Just bought this at the 2016 Aviation Day at Paine Field north of Seattle because I like to encourage DIY writers but I almost regret it. Almost, I say, because the story turned out to be a fun thrill ride that should be made into an action movie with someone like a younger Harrison Ford. (I'd tap that!) However, the writing was laughably amateurish and the editing?! Dozens of mis-used words ("doddle" for "dawdle" was the worst, but there was "bridal " for "bridle", "passed" for "past", "here, h ...more
Lynelle Clark
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Where do I start with a story like this? First of all, we are in the time of World War 1 on board a U boat with an iceberg on the top of the U-boat then all off a sudden things happened, and Titanic is on the scene now you wonder what is this story going to be about? Just another explanation of the Titanic’s maiden voyage, but surprises awaits for the reader as we are taken to the present time with 2 pilots in the air with another plane c
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Lynelle Clark
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Where do I start with a story like this? First of all, we are in the time of World War 1 on board a U boat with an iceberg on the top of the U-boat then all off a sudden things happened, and Titanic is on the scene now you wonder what is this story going to be about? Just another explanation of the Titanic 19s maiden voyage, but surprises awaits for the reader as we are taken to the present time with 2 pilots in the air with another plane
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Mindy
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with people that you could be friends with…okay maybe not Cain, but definitely Gabe. He was such a science geek and totally doing what he thought was right. It broke my heart to see what he went through, but I totally understood how out of place he felt in some of those situations.

The suspense and mystery was often a tantalizing glimpse just out of the corner of your eye. You knew something was there, but you couldn’t get a good look at it until it was there right in front of
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Robert Stermscheg
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The North Atlantic, a German U-boat, an ocean liner, an iceberg... you get the picture. All the elements are there for a great start in Paul Byers' swash-buckling tale, Arctic Fire. You get a glimpse into the recent past, 1912 to be precise, with the promise of weaving an unexpected element into the crux of the modern story.
This reads like a Clive Cussler novel, with twists and turns to keep you guessing the outcome.
There's the odd grammatical and spelling error, but despite that you won't be d
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Mandy
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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Paul grew up in Oregon on the shores of the mighty and mysterious Columbia River, and spent endless hours daydreaming on the beach in front of his house, making up stories about the ships from exotic ports all over the world that steamed up the river – what secret cargo might they be carrying; did they harbor spies who were on dark and exciting missions?

Later in adult life, he moved to another mys
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