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Category 7 Hardcover – July 10, 2007

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Evans, a meteorologist for New York's WABC-TV, and novelist Jameson (Big Trouble) pit a posse of diverse weatherfolk against Simone, a storm of unheard-of magnitude that's headed straight for Manhattan in this slow-building thriller. As it turns out, Simone isn't a natural phenomenon but the product of semimad scientist Carter Thompson, who's learned over the years to create hurricanes and move them in whatever direction he chooses. There are so many characters that it's hard to keep track of their diverse agendas, and there's a frustrating wait as the authors meticulously lay their fictional and scientific groundwork. Meteorologist Kate Sherman and CIA weatherman Jake Baxter have a secret, navy-built device to battle Simone—but it must be deployed from inside the storm. Some readers may feel Simone doesn't live up to her billing, but weather nerds should have a good time from beginning to end. (July)
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Remember the movie The Day after Tomorrow? It was a classic big-weather story, full of catastrophic special effects and characters thin enough that they didn't need hurricane-force winds to blow them away. This novel, written by veteran meteorologist Evans and technological writer Jameson, is exactly the same kind of story, in print form. Kate Sherman, a plucky meteorologist, and Jake Baxter, a CIA weatherman (huh?), are the last line of defense between New York City and a Category-7 hurricane (the deadliest category), which was created by a top-secret weather-control weapon. This is one of those novels where you forget about characterization and dialogue and just sit back and let the action wash over you. Fans of Ben Bova's 1967 science-fiction novel The Weathermakers might note some similarity of theme, although Bova's book feels like a scientific treatise compared with this one. But that isn't a criticism: the book is what it is, a fast-paced action-adventure yarn that promises a rousing finale and delivers it. Pitt, David

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765317354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765317353
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,495,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Young VINE VOICE on August 2, 2007
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What would happen if a meglomaniac billionaire could control the weather and create a Category 7 hurricane and send it directly to NYC? This is the premise of the novel. Sounds great doesn't it? It could have been great, but not in the hands of Mr. Evans. What results is this extremely dull and muddled book. The eponymous hurricane appears only towards the end of the book, everything before that is a repetitive mishmash of forgetable characters going over and over the same material - is there a repeated weather pattern that shows indications of manmade interference. This novel has screenplay written all over it. Maybe the movie will be better
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary M on August 6, 2007
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I ordered this book the first day I heard about it!! I love thrillers and I love Bill Evans doing the weather. What Bill can't do is write novels. This was really POOR! The writing was terrible and the story was weak, confused and confusing. It seemed that Bill and his co-author had just taken a course in the use of adjectives. The chapters written in italics( inside the mind of Simone) were almost laughable. example: "The Hudson and East rivers, between which Manhattan usually nestled in insouciant comfort, swelled and pushed brackish tidal water and its effluvia farther north than it had ever been, sloshing over real estate considered more valuable for its view than its ability to drain." WHAT? Here's another one:" The filty surge blocked their escape as it pushed against doors that needed to be pulled, turned wide hallways into flash-flooding rivers, and transformed broad, banistered staircases into ravaging, sucking cataracts."
Also, what happened to Elle? Can anyone tell me that? Did I fall asleep reading this boring book and miss the part where she was injured? She was out with Davis Lee. End of chapter. Next time we meet up with her she is waking up with "raw, bloody fingertips' What did I miss?
Very weak characters and character development. HUGE leap from people seeing unusual storms to a crazy man manipulating the weather. And, seriously, I didn't like the constant references to 9/11. Not appropriate.
Really bad book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on July 29, 2007
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This book has the distinction of being both confusing and dull as dishwater at the same time. I quit reading it after 100 pages. I just did not care about any of the characters and the action was non-existent.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on July 26, 2007
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I saw the author on GMA with Sam Champion and the premise of this book was spectacular - what if a monster hurricane hit New York City?? There is no where to go that would be safe and it would create disaster wherever it went.
So I bought it - well, I was on page 230 or so asking when are the fireworks going to start?? There are some book review sites that have a '50 page rule', in other words, if a book doesn't grab you in 50 pages, forgetaboutit! Well, I hung in for the long haul and when the storm finally gets close to New York and the 2 Kate and Jake get together to see what to do to stop the storm does anything pop. The only good part before this is - through the book was the description of how the hurricane forms and churns in little snippets through the book, and that was excellent - then back to the mundane character developement.
Do you like the characters? no. I have only given up on 1 book in my reading and this was nearly number 2 -
If you like a book to build slooooooowly, go for it.
I would not buy another book from Evans if this is an indication of his style.
Seeing the other reviews that really love this book, maybe it was me, but I follow and pay for the books of over 40 authors, and I want to know my $$ are spent well.
This was not my thing.
But you may well enjoy it.
Just be aware - action is way down the list - character developement is the main thing, and then it is very slowly done on each character.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 10, 2007
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Meteorologists especially those working The National Hurricane Center of NOAA are fascinated and frightened by the most powerful storm ever recorded, Hurricane Simone, much more powerful than anything before. The weather experts extrapolate its force as being equivalent to Category 7 when 5 and 4 are compared. The coastal cities are being evacuated by panicking people caught in traffic jams that are endless. New York City is a microcosm of what is anticipated as it lies in a direct path which will leave Manhattan devastated especially the southern tip and Long Island totally under water.

US President Winslow Benson feels helpless as there is little he can do except help get people out of the anticipated flood zone. He knows Simone was created by former wealthy idealist Carter Thompson, who once dreamed of feeding the world, but now feels he owes Benson and those who ridiculed him a taste of what wind and rain can wrought. Former Thompson team member meteorologist scientist Kate Sherman and CIA meteorologist Jake Baxter are the only hope to save the East Coast, but their Hail Mary must occur inside the eye of the hurricane.

This exciting thriller hooks the audience although the cast of thousands slows down the superstar Simone. The scientific premise behind the story line seems plausible and is easy to understand as Bill Evans and Mariana Jameson incorporate what caused Simone within the story line. Weather Channel fanatics will full appreciate CATEGORY 7 as the two meteorologists struggle to prevent the ultimate act of terrorism, controlling the weather.

Harriet Klausner
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