Paul Byers

A world running out of natural resources...
A madman's lust for power...
A plan to level an American city with thousands dead...
A new World Order rising...
An ordinary man's struggle to stop it, if he can only survive long enough!

 

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

 Gabriel Pike works in a small engineering firm that has been handed the chance of a
 lifetime – they have been chosen to give the final safety approval to pilot the gigantic
 block of ice into New York harbor.

 

 A consummate showman, Cain has built a fabulous 5-Star hotel and casino high
 atop the iceberg so his celebrity guests and media elite can cover this news-breaking
 event from beginning to the end. Pike is whisked away and dumped in the lap of
 luxury where he is expected by all too simply rubber-stamp his inspection.

 

 A brutal winter storms ravages the iceberg and only through Pike’s quick thinking are
 they able to survive. But the storm reveals more than Pike’s ability to think on his
 feet, he makes some disturbing discoveries and has serious doubts about the safety
 or the real intentions of the project.

 

 A grisly double homicide on the ice puts the inspections on the back burner and Pike’s
 life is suddenly spiraling out of control as he is accused of being the jealous murderer
 in a lover’s triangle. 

 

 But Pike soon discovers that there is far more than just his life on the line. He uncovers
 a conspiracy more heinous than anything he could have imagined – a plot that will level
 a city, change the political face of America and whose shockwaves will be felt around
 the world. Now, if only he can only survive long enough to stop it.
 
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“A madman's insatiable quest for power could level a major American city and kill thousands, ushering in a New World Order.  Arctic Fire is a thrill-ride that will leave you breathless.” ~Jeremy Robinson, bestselling author of INSTINCT and THRESHOLD
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"Audacious and ambitious, Arctic Fire burns with action, and chills with the possibilities of what the future may hold. A thriller not to be missed!"
~Sean Ellis, author of INTO the BLACK
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“A new twist on a classic battlefield ploy finds an iceberg controlled by a megalomaniac on a collision course with NYC. A provocative blend of fact and fiction that explores issues surrounding a critical natural resource, fresh water, Arctic Fire is bound to leave readers thirsty for more.”

~Rick Chesler, author of kiDNApped and WIRED KINGDOM

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Drawing on today’s headlines, Arctic Fire is a fiction-based thriller that is just one step away from becoming reality. The world is running out of its most important resource and is facing famine and death because of it, fresh water, not oil, will be the next major resource nations will go to war over...
 

A nice teaser line to hopefully get the reader’s interest and buy the book, but is any of it true or is it just good writing from a vivid imagination? A great book should always leave the reader wondering just where facts end and fiction begins.

I’ll take a little guessing but  not the mystery away from the story and give you a few hints into what is true and what's not.

Below are some of the highlights from Arctic Fire where you may have your doubts as to, is it live (real) or is it Memorex? Some of you will get the advertising joke, the rest of you who don’t will just have to look it up on the internet much in the same I did while researching the book.

The facts I came across are both fun and fascinating, and to the best of my knowledge-true. Hopefully you’ll pick up the book and enjoy it and be piqued with curiosity and do a little digging on your own.

Paul   

 

  

Good fiction is based off good facts. Check out this article from Syfy’s Dvice magazine. This is a case of life imitating art!

http://dvice.com/archives/2011/08/towing-an-icebe.php

 

  

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The basic premise that Nigel Cain, the protagonist of the book uses in building his man-made iceberg is that there is and soon will be world-wide shortages of water. In doing the research for Arctic Fire, I came across some very interesting and startling facts. All the figures quoted in the book are actual numbers that I gathered from several different sources on the internet. While only a few statistics are mentioned in the book, they are just the tip of the iceberg (pardon the pun) to some of the information I came across.

Below are a few fun facts and figures I found fascinating about the amount of water we use in our everyday lives. I think you’ll find them just as interesting as I did.

A Mosal person in Kenya will use 3 gallons of water per day.
An average person in India uses 14 gallons per day.
An average person in Japan uses 77 gallons of water per day.
An average Canadian uses 86 gallons of water per day.
An average person in Switzerland uses 107 gallons per day.
An average American uses 132 gallons per day

Interesting facts:

 

How much water does it take to process a quarter pound of hamburger?
Approximately one gallon.

How much water does it take to make four new tires?
2,072 gallons

What is the total amount of water used to manufacture a new car, including new tires?
39,090 gallons per car

Water is the only substance found on earth naturally in the three forms.
Solid, liquid, and gas

How long can a person live without food?
More than a month

How long can a person live without water?
Approximately one week, depending upon conditions.


How much water must a person consume per day to maintain health?
2.5 quarts from all sources (i.e., water, food)

How much water does it take to refine one barrel of crude oil?
1,851 gallons

How much does it take to produce one ton of steel?
62,600 gallons

If the entire world's water were fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon.

 

6.8 Billion -- Gallons of water Americans flush down their toilets every day.

80% of the fresh water we use in the U.S. is for irrigating crops and generating thermoelectric-power.



Vanishing water



Lake Mead, Nevada

In 2002 alone, lack of rainfall lowered the deep-blue waters by 24.6 feet, leaving white bathtub-ring-like marks on the brown cliffs and stranding docks half a mile from shore.

Today, the lake is 1,112 feet above sea level. Should it fall to 1,075 feet, the federal government would cut the water to seven states that depend on the Colorado River, according to an agreement they all signed in 2007.

If the drought persists and more water is diverted from the Colorado, the lake could drop to 1,050 feet. That would prevent water from flowing into the intake pipe and cut 40 percent of Las Vegas’s supply. Hoover Dam, completed in 1935 to regulate the river and form Lake Mead, wouldn’t be able to produce electricity for the 750,000 people it supplies in Los Angeles.

The three most populated states, California, New York, and Texas accounted for almost one-third of all water withdrawn for public-supply uses (such as a city withdrawing water to distribute for uses around town). One state, Louisiana, accounted for over 12 % of the nation's livestock water withdrawals - you might be surprised that most of this water was used for "fish farming" West Virginia and Florida were the highest users of mining withdrawals, and California and Florida withdrew the most water for domestic purposes.

  

Over 90% of the world's supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica.

  

It's not just America's problem — it's global.

1.2 Billion of people worldwide do not have access to clean water.  

 

Australia is in the midst of a 30-year dry spell, and population growth in urban centers of sub-Saharan Africa is straining resources. Asia has 60 percent of the world's population, but only about 30 percent of its freshwater.

By 2025, 52 countries -- with two-thirds of the world's population -- will likely have water shortages.

 

            Thirsty anyone?

 

 

  

Geoffrey Pyke and the ice ship, HMS Habbakuk





Sometimes the old say that truth is stranger than fiction is true. The inspiration that Cain uses for the construction of the iceberg in the book is based off real technology explored during World War II.

During the early years of World War II, the German U-boats were slowly strangling Britain to death by sinking the cargo ships that were bringing her much needed supplies. A solution which was seriously considered by the Allies was the construction of an unsinkable aircraft carrier made out of ice, or Pykrete to be exact.

Pykrete, which was named after its inventor, Geoffrey Pyke, was a mixture of water and wood pulp which was much stonger and melted at a much slower rate than regular ice, and of course it would not sink. Pykrete could be machined like wood and cast into shapes like metal, and when immersed in water formed an insulating shell of wet wood pulp on its surface which protected its interior from further melting.

To keep the U-boat menace at bay, Allies envisioned a gigantic aircraft carrier constructed out of Pykrete. HMS Habbakuk was huge by any standard. It was to have been 2,000 feet long, 300 feet across the beam and 200 feet in depth, and carry more than 200 fighters. The largest carriers at the time were the American Essex class that were around 880 feet long and could carry between 90-100 aircraft.

It would have had a hull 40 feet thick in places and would have been built with over 200,000 blocks of Pykrete. It’s estimated that a torpedo hit would have created a crater only 3 feet deep and about 20 feet long and bomb blast would not have been much more significant.

To really put the size of the behemoth into perspective, take a look at the drawing above. To the top of the  Habbakuk is a modern, nuclear powered aircraft carrier (a little over 1000 feet long and weighing 95,000 tons) and below it is a battleship (887 feet long and 57,000 tons) The Habbakuk would have weighed in at an astounding 2,000,000 tons. All made of ice.

For more fun, in 2009, the television show Myth Busters on the Discovery Channel put Pykcrete to the ultimate test by building a full size boat and testing it in the real world. What were the results? You’ll have to look it up yourself to see if it was busted or not!

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Conspiracy Theory, What really sank the Titanic?

                                                        

The hero of Arctic Fire, Gabriel Pike, enjoys studying various conspiracy theories as a hobby. Anything from the lone gunman to the moon landings, but few events have captured our imagaintaion more than what happened on the night of April 14th ,1912

All the theories that Pike comes across in the book about the Titanic are “real,” in the fact that they are out there and you can do the research and judge for yourself. In most of these theories there is just enough truth mixed in to give it an air of authenticity. Theories like: Corporate greed, switching the Titanic for her sister ship the, Olympic to get the insurance money? Now that never happens in the real world! Or, the Jesuits making a power play under orders from the Vatican? Sound like a Dan Brown novel? 

Okay, not every theory will hold water though. (yeah, another pun) Perhaps the ship sinking because of the cures of the mummy might not be true, but it sure is fun. So who’s to say that my explanation in the book couldn’t be the truth? That it really couldn’t have happened that way? Stranger things have happened. Does anyone really know exactly how the great pyramids were built by people with just hammers and chisels?

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Now you see it, now you don’t…

T
he war magician, Jasper Maskelyne   

Pike’s inspiration for his great escape attempt was Jasper Maskelyne, who took the art of deception to an entirely new level during the Second World War. On a massive scale, he help create fake cites and armies, helping the Allies fool German commanders. He disguised tanks to look like trucks, trucks to look like tanks, created fake rail lines and flooded the airwaves with phony radio traffic before a large campaign; all meant to confuse the enemy.

 

 

 

        

 

 

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