I think it's fair to say that this just wasn't my cup of tea, despite its potential, and i gave up about halfway in. Set in a post-global warming future where the polar caps have melted, Arctic Rising includes many of the incredibly interesting geopolitical details that are fun to work with as a mind game. The main character was neat...but the story itself lacked the depth I've come to expect from a sci-fi novel, and was more just a typical thriller set in an interesting setting. The pacing also felt a bit strange, like the author was skimming in an attempt to create a sense of fast pacing, but fell short. Ah well, to each his own.