HUNT BEYOND THE FROZEN FIRE is the fourth book in the Gabriel Hunt series, this one by Christa Faust, and it continues the adventures of our favorite hero. Gabriel Hunt heads to Antarctica in this one, one of the few places on Earth he’s never been.
Gabriel’s brother, Michael, think’s it’s a fool’s mission, but the beautiful daughter of the missing Dr. Lawrence Silver, Velda, convinces the Hunt Foundation to help her. He’d gone missing while on the ice of the Antarctica continent researching global warming, no trace of him had been found, and everyone was positive that, at seventy-five, he was long dead. His daughter remained unconvinced.
All she has to back her beliefs is a garbled radio recording of her father speaking of a fissure, sudden warmth, and his final words, “I see…trees.” Clearly impossible on a continent covered with ice and temperatures at the best of times rarely even getting near the freezing mark.
Intrigued, Gabriel recruits a team to accompany them. Rue Aparecido was a tiny woman that could repair and handle anything that flew, sailed, submerged. She was also an ex-lover of Gabriel’s. and Maximillian Ventrose, Jr., Millie to friends, was six foot seven, three hundred pounds of solid muscle, a roughneck when needed to be, but also having the power to calm the most heated with words.
They discover a hidden valley deep under the ice, stocked with a number of “extinct” animals and a civilization of savage people, not to mention a threat to the world stretching back to World War II. Ms Faust even throws in a twist toward the end I wasn’t expecting, I guess that’s why they’re called twists, and there’s plenty of action from beginning to end.
Two more books are scheduled and I hope the series continues well beyond that. I’ve grown to like Mr. Hunt and his adventures.