From Publishers Weekly
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