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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 mysterious and provocative city – Las Vegas, just outside the famous Nellis Air Force base. After work he would sit on his porch and watch the fighters take off and land, igniting his imagination with visions of secret missions and rich speculation about what could possibly be hidden at Area 51.
After moving back to his native Pacific Northwest, Paul worked for the Navy and took every opportunity he could to speak with veterans from WWII to the Gulf War, listening to them swap stories and relate the experiences of a lifetime.
So it is this combination of a passionate love of history, a vivid “what if” imagination, and a philosophy of life that boils down to the belief that – there are few things if life that a bigger hammer won’t fix – that led Paul to become a writer of exciting, fact-based action-thrillers. His greatest joy is leaving his readers wondering where the facts end and the fiction begins.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
on March 04, 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 the end of the story. After that I felt a bit lost because the plausibility factor slipped a little, but it was certainly exciting. The twist is something that begs to be discussed, not reviewed, because it’s a doozy.
Overall, this is an exciting book that contained a lot of science that was smoothly explained and stood just on the right side of plausible. It had a crazy twist that I could have done without, but it was still quite exciting. The story ended well with most loose threads wrapped up neatly, yet not too obviously. I’d recommend this to readers who enjoy cutting-edge stories featuring science and crazy twists.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 11, 2012 :
Artic Fire is a fast and easy read which I finished in one day. Filled with action and the possibility of what can happen in our future, this book will keep you at the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 22, 2012 :
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 a harsh winter storm wreaks havoc on the iceberg and the hotel/casino on top of it (did I mention Cain was an eccentric billionaire?) Gabriel has serious doubts as to the safety of allowing the iceberg in. When Gabriel voices his concerns he learns that Cain will stop at nothing to ensure the iceberg arrives as planned.
When I was first asked to review Arctic Fire I laughed out loud. I’ve always wondered why someone didn’t just do this exact same thing to help the countries that go through droughts so I was really looking forward to reading this one and I wasn’t disappointed. Arctic Fire is a fast paced read that I finished in just one day. I feel in love with Gabriel Pike from the first chapter and was dying to know just what sinister plot Cain had in mind. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves suspense thrillers.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)