Copyright 2017, Water Street Press

By Jessica Simon


Who would expect a terrorist infiltration of Alaska on foot in winter? No one, until it happens. From Ice to Ashes propels the reader off-road and into the frozen Northland on the course of the Yukon Arctic Ultra—the toughest and coldest human-powered race on earth.

For race official Markus Fanger and his reluctant helper, Donjek Stoneman, a brief lull at their checkpoint shatters when Muslim racer Omar Ahmed arrives, battered and blue. In short order, Fanger and Donjek discover the extreme athlete is also an extreme militant.


From Dawson City, Yukon, to Fort Greely, Alaska, the race is on to defend northern sovereignty. Against a backdrop of the North’s beauty and brutality, within the tension of a daring endurance race, it’s up to the local heroes to keep a terrorist from his target, Ground-based Missile Defense.

From Ice to Ashes

About the Author

Jessica Simon writes from Canada's north where she’s lived since 1986. She teaches Red Cross first aid courses at Yukon College and puts those skills to work as a volunteer for adventure races, both human- and dog-powered. That, and her own wilderness experience, winter, and summer, feed the Markus Fanger adventure crimes.