Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Storming the Black Ice by Don Brown

Do you like military suspense books? Here's one for you! Storming the Black Ice by Don Brown is a military-suspense type book, published by a Christian publisher, and though there's little "Christian-y" type stuff, it IS a pretty clean book, not saturated with swearing as some suspense books are.

The book centers over a fight for oil found under Antarctica, claimed by Britain and Chile. They are attacked by forces from Venezuela and Argentina. British military and civilians are captured, and an American/Chilean crew save the day. :) Basically that's it. There are many side-stories and some character development,(oh, and lots of submarine info) but that's the big picture.

There are side stories about loyalty and military service, love and romance, family, faith(well, a little), intrigue, death, and more. Some of the characters are introduced just to die shortly. Others have a peripheral part of the story. The hero (Austin) is a hero of good character, seems like an all-round great guy, wise and militarily cunning.

Some parts of the story seemed a little weird or strained, such as the mystical nun that shows up in multiple places, speaking words of wisdom. Also, Austin's child's mother who flies from Britain to Chile when she hears of his capture in Antarctica -- and then her best friend and child who also come to Chile. Really?? Sounds a bit unrealistic and really quite unnecessary to the story.

The role of the guy from Texas who was Chilean -- a little confusing and kind of peripheral as well.

Despite these kind of irregularities, I would recommend the book. It was an interesting story with a happy ending :) ALSO -- my husband, who's not much of a reader, raced through this book--thoroughly enjoying it. That says a lot as well!

I received this e-book for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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