Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Arctic Floor

Title: Arctic Floor

Author: Mark Aitken

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

RRP: $24.99

ISBN: 9781741759419

Release Date: Aug 2011

Pages: 440


Ex-US Marine hero, Gerry Gallen is caught in the middle of a lethal international battle for control of the Arctic's massive oil deposits in a high-octane new thriller guaranteed to get your heart racing - move over Matthew Reilly.


Gerry Gallen is searching for peace after years serving as a captain in the US Marines Special Forces.

But when Gallen agrees to lead a team or former soldiers looking after the personal security of an eccentric oil billionaire, he finds himself catapulted onto a rollercoaster of violence and double-crossing where private intelligence operators and clandestine hit teams are commonplace.

Powerful US and Russian interests are vying for the Arctic's valuable oil fields and it seems they’ll stop at nothing to secure control of them, even if it means global catastrophe.

Gallen and his men are faced with a choice between personal safety and saving the world. They can either walk away or go to the Arctic Floor.


Arctic Floor by author Mark Aitken is very reminiscent of a good Clive Cussler novel. The book revolves around Gerry Gallen, a retired Captain from the US forces. Gallen takes a job providing personal security to an eccentric oil billionaire. While expecting a fairly easy assignment, Gallen soon finds that his new employer has enemies a plenty, and they soon start coming for him.

Aitken created a brilliant and believable character in Gallen, kind of like Ludlum’s Bourne, but without some of the extravagant episodes that seem to happen. Gallen meets with as much misfortune as Bond, often getting captured and needing to escape or be rescued.

The plot of the story is fast paced and extremely chockers with action and drama. The continental stage for the story is also well written, with the vivid backdrop as engaging as the dialogue and characters.

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