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Arctic rising
Tobias S. Buckell
Adult Fiction BUCKELL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Working from actual U.S. Navy reports, bestseller Buckell (Halo: The Cole Protocol) produces an intimate techno-thriller about an ecological showdown in an ice-free Arctic. Anika Duncan, a U.N. airship pilot, records a radiation signal and is thrust into the hunt for a stolen nuclear weapon. Suspecting a traitor within her own agency, she turns to her contacts inside the Arctic underworld to discover who is introducing tiny airborne mirrors into the polar atmosphere. Weaving among mercenaries, freelance moviemakers, elite military, and megalomaniacal environmentalists, Anika is forced to decide in a hands-on fashion about the ethics of torture and the moral philosophy of geo-engineering. The story moves swiftly and Anika's inner conflicts are keenly drawn, even as Buckell raises the stakes unbelievably high. Eyebrows may also be raised unbelievably high at the libertarian free-trade ice island at the North Pole, but as a character points out, it does give a nice new meaning for "breakaway republics." Agent: JABberwocky Literary Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Global warming has nearly melted the Arctic ice cap, drastically altering the world's balance of power and sending nations into a race to claim the massive northern oil resources suddenly made accessible. When a nuclear weapon is smuggled into the Arctic Circle, airship pilot Anika Duncan of the United Nations Polar Guard attempts to chase down the culprits. Instead, she finds herself caught in the midst of a political struggle between the Gaia Corporation, which has an idea that might slow down global warming and possibly reverse the damage, and a secret group of corporations and military interests trying to profit from the newly emerging powers, which include Canada and the Inuit tribes. The author of Halo: The Cole Protocol delivers a fast-paced sf action thriller that presents a multifaceted look at the global warming crisis. VERDICT With great cinematic potential, this near-future sf adventure should appeal to fans of disaster fiction and speculative fiction authors J.G. Ballard and Ben Bova. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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