This is not the type of book I would normally read, but a friend gave it to me, so I read it and loved it. It is fast paced and has many twists and turns. It was really well written with wonderful descriptions (word pictures) that helps to visualize the men, the camp, and other scenarios. It held my attention throughout the entire book and I didn’t want to put it down until I was done.

The descriptions of the individuals involved in these tests with their unique personalities made it even more realistic.

Although it is mostly an intense drama, there is some humor included that made me chuckle now and then.

Since this took place in the Arctic, I knew the men would be dealing with harsh weather and below freezing temperatures, but I never imagined all of the other problems that could arise in a small Arctic camp like this – white out storms that came on suddenly without much time to get back to the camp; the unexpected appearance of a Russian sub while testing the torpedoes; the realization that you may be the next meal for the polar bear that showed up during a test; and many other things that could and did go wrong.

Camaraderie between the men was of the utmost importance to get the job done, and I would say that even though they were working in close quarters day in and day out, they did an awesome job. The average person will never know what goes on behind the scenes to prepare our country to be the best and strongest so that hopefully, as in the case of the Cold War, we can have peace (Peace through Strength).

I am thankful for the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country, and this book gives you a small glimpse of what they do behind the scenes to help keep us safe. Awesome book!



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  1. Review of Ice-X ’86
    February 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    This is a wonderful adventure story of an unusual and important event in U.S. military history told by a man who was a key player. The location is exciting in itself. The first hand telling brings the events to life. A must read for military history buffs.

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