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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765324725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324726
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,630,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Dry Ice:

It’s a great plot, scarier than a terrifying tornado, stronger than a horrible hurricane, but don’t worry, Bill Evans will bring you home safe and sound.”
--Regis Philbin

“Engrossing . . . features cutting-edge science and a globe-threatening attack that reads like tomorrow's terrifying headlines. Weather wonks will be in heaven.”
--Publishers Weekly

Dry Ice is packed with weather disasters—and no one knows bad weather better than Bill Evans.  His expert’s touch makes Dry Ice compelling reading.”
--George Stephanopoulos, Anchor, Good Morning America and ABC News Chief Political Correspondent

Dry Ice excites and entertains from first page to last.  Not just a great thriller, it’s sometimes funny and always deeply human.”
--Bill Cosby

“If you thought you knew Bill Evans from his affable, New York TV weathercasts, think again.  In Dry Ice, he proves to be a meteorological Merlin who conjures up a gripping plot twister.  Hang on to your raincoats, people.  We ain't in Kansas anymore!”
--Tom Bergeron, Host, Dancing with the Stars

“Evans skillfully wields his knowledge of meteorology to develop weather as a compelling and fearsome character in the action of the story. Bad weather has never been this good!”
--Sam Champion, ABC-TV Weather Editor 

Praise for Category 7:

"A superb thriller.  Suspenseful and shocking."--Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author

"A fast-paced action-adventure that promises a rousing finale and delivers it."--Booklist

About the Author

Bill Evans is the multiple Emmy Award-winning senior meteorologist for WABC, Channel 7 in New York City. He can be heard on WPLJ Radio and has appeared on Good Morning, America and many other television programs. Evans and his family live in Connecticut.

Marianna Jameson has extensive experience writing for the aerospace, defense, and software industries. She is also the author of Big Trouble and My Hero. She lives in Texas.

Together, Evans and Jameson have written the New York Times bestseller Category 7, as well as Frozen Fire.

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Very well written and highly entertaining.
Cynseer Booklover
At times the author gets a little "wordy" and seems to go into great detail (some might find it a bit too much detail) - especially at the beginning of the book.
W. D. Barnum
If you are a reader that likes the romance genre, you would like this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Girod TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
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I'll give "Dry Ice" a single star for the basic premise, but unless this was supposed to be a Parody of "Big Action" stories, then it fails miserably as a thriller.

The basic storyline is that there is a Weather "monitoring" station located in Antarctica, which in reality is a weather manipulation machine. The scientists at the TESLA station can manipulate weather to help Flint Agroculture increase profits by providing perfect weather for Flint properties, and by causing foul weather for competitors. Unfortunately a control-freak psychopath is running the installation and decides to create a weather related armageddon when he thinks he is going to be removed from the station.

Like I said, not a bad basis for a "popcorn" thriller. But things begin to get laughable as soon as we meet the "characters", see if you can detect a pattern here:

Greg Simpson - TESLA's chief scientist and resident lunatic (Bad Guy)
Tess Beauchamp - TESLA's incoming replacement chief scientist, beautiful, sexy & smart (Good Guy)
Gianni Barone - The greedy and self serving liason between TESLA and Flint Agriculture (Bad Guy)
Helena Hernandez - The forthright and peace seeking first Hispanic Female US President. (Good Guy)
Frederick Bonner - War Mongering Defense Secretary using TESLA for personal gain. (Bad Guy)
Maribeth Wonson - Presidential Secretary "perpetual serenity..utter unflappability" - (Good Guy)
Croyden Flint - Wealthy owner of Flint Agriculture, the money-man behind TESLA - (Bad Guy)
Carmel McTeague - While young, she is Flint's senior pilot (Good Guy)
Nik Forde - Cocky, immature and somewhat vindictive scientist who often thinks with his crotch (Tweener Guy)

I could list several more, but I'm sure you get the point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. D. Barnum VINE VOICE on June 10, 2011
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This is a book that is hard to put down once you get into the story. It makes for an enjoyable read.

At times the author gets a little "wordy" and seems to go into great detail (some might find it a bit too much detail) - especially at the beginning of the book.

It seems to be well researched - like Tess saying she grew up at "Wiz Mir" (White Sands Missile Range)- yes that is really what they call it - I know, I worked there in the 1970's, or the brief description of ELF communications with our "Boomers" while they are submerged. Little pieces of knowledge like that add a touch of reality to a book that some might call science fiction. (It is closer to reality than many of us would like to think.)

I can certainly recommend this book for a good summer beach book, or as one to curl up with in front of a roaring fire in the dead of winter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Dunn on August 16, 2011
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What happens when a master weather manipulator finds out he is being replaced? World chaos. Greg Simpson helped create TESLA, a weather manipulation station in Antarctica funded by Flint, an agrochemical company. Flint hopes to manipulate the weather to benefit their fields and hurt their competitors. When Flint executives suspect Simpson has gone rogue, they decide to replace him with an old colleague, Tess Beauchamp. Will Greg go quietly? Not likely, TESLA is his baby, and he will not allow anyone to come in and take over. He plants a logic bomb in the computer software that will set off a series of catastrophic events around the world. Can Tess and her team stop it before he destroys the Earth? A suspenseful thriller you won't be able to put down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darla Mcgranaghan VINE VOICE on July 28, 2011
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This was very entertaining and only took me a day to read. I really enjoyed the premise of the book the writing and story line were compeling and slightly over the top. This is a book I have passed to several others and only had one person that could not get through it.

The ability to influence the weather and natural occurances is the stuff of oldtime Sci-fi but more in the current relm of possibility. Scary stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynseer Booklover on June 10, 2011
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Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson have written a high octane thriller with Dry Ice. While parts of this story were fairly scientific in verbage, I was still captivated by the premise and the amount of anticipation that kept me glued to each page to see how it would finally be resolved. There were moments when I was sure that this might be written upon the basis of true events...which honestly scared the bejesus out of me....but I comfort myself that this is fiction...right??? Very well written and highly entertaining. I recommend it to those who are intrigued by modern day disasters and political suspense. Kudos to the authors!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Kay VINE VOICE on February 19, 2012
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My big mistake was forgetting I had read -- and not liked -- the earlier book written by the authors. My second mistake was in ignoring the poor reviews of this book. (Ignore the celebrity praise -- either they didn't read the whole book or they are trying to help the author by giving the book unwarranted praise.) It was a stinker. The basic concept has great promise -- what could be scarier than having our weather controlled by a madman? And I like thrillers with a female protagonist, so I took a chance on it. But the book fails to live up to the premise in plot details, character development and writing. This is one of the worst books I read all year. (I try not to read bad books -- life is too short to waste my time.) I only gave it 2 stars because the concept was fun. Take my advice, don't read this book. At the very least, don't buy the book. If you feel you absolutely must read it, borrow it from your local library.

The general story is that a global giant agri-chemical corporation has built a super advanced weather facility in Antarctica and uses it to benefit their business and harm their competitors. The facility also does some clandestine work for the U.S. Department of Defense. But Greg Simpson, the scientist who built the facility, has gone a little rogue so the company hires someone to replace him. But his replacement, Tess Beauchamp, is a former student and they have a bad relationship. Part of the manufactured drama is that the company sends Tess in (and takes Simpson out) at the very last time that planes can fly to and from the station until the end of winter -- the facility will be cut off from the rest of the world.
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