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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

WSP author Jessica Simon

Jessica Simon passed away suddenly in September, 2017, as this book was going to press. Her WSP family admired her as a writer, and we loved her as a friend.

       She worked as a wilderness guide, first aid instructor, and freelance writer in the Yukon for nearly thirty years. She contributed to What’s Up YukonUpHere magazine, Yukon, North of Ordinary, Whitehorse Star, Yukon News, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Outdoor Edge. She met her husband, Mike Simon, who immigrated from Hannover, Germany, in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she resided.

     She is greatly missed.

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