Title: Storming the Black Ice (Pacific Rim Series #3)
Author: Don Brown
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.
My rating is 5 stars.
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