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"an intimate techno-thriller about an ecological showdown in an ice-free Arctic... moves swiftly" Publisher's Weekly "Buckell shifts his narrative into overdrive, almost providing his readers with whiplash as they must keep up with his change of pace. This change occurs at the right time and Buckell successfully provides the reader with a book which not only offers action, but also explores the positives and negatives of global warming without too evidently landing on one side of the argument or the other" SF Site "Buckell sails into near future Earth science fiction with gusto" SF Signal "Only time will tell where Mr. Buckell will next ply his novel writing trade, but with Arctic Rising, he's penned an entertaining, thought provoking thriller that could have the wider appeal of some of Michael Crichton's better and stronger novels" SFF World --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

TOBIAS S. BUCKELL is a New York Times bestselling author whose books and his fifty-plus short stories have been translated around the world. He is the author of the novels Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, Sly Mongoose, Halo ®: The Code Protocol, and Arctic Rising. Buckell hails from the Caribbean, where as a child he lived on boats in Grenada and the British and US Virgin Islands. When he was a teenager, a series of hurricanes destroyed the boat his family was living on and they moved to Ohio, where he still lives today with his wife and daughters.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765319225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319227
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He now lives in Ohio.

He has published stories in various magazines and anthologies. He is a Clarion graduate, Writers of The Future winner, and Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist. His work has appeared in the Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies. His novel Ragamuffin was nominated for the Nebula and Prometheus awards.

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This is a fast and entertaining read.
Hurricane Fever is a good beach read that mostly takes place on windy Caribbean beaches that are ever-threatened by hurricanes.
This is a fun, entertaining read that shouldn't disappoint readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By plane on July 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Buckell was raised in the Caribbean before he returned to the U.S. His novel provides an insight into the politics and problems of the islands that are currently mainly tourist areas. It is set a little into the future and brings the islands into a setting that has made them economically much different than they are today. They have improved their infrastructures due to the finding and selling of large oil deposits in their offshore waters. Most important, an agency termed the Caribbean Intelligence Agency was formed by a consortium of the islands' governments, trained by the CIA and British MI6. It consists of highly trained and capable agents fighting the enemies of the Caribbean.
Prudence (Roo) Jones was an agent of the Caribbean group until he built himself a personal fortune,retired and decided to dedicate his life to beach combing and traveling on his boat. Events that occurred prior to this novel's opening made him the caretaker for his orphaned teenaged nephew. He is immersed in making sure that the boy goes to school and takes an interest in making sure that his nephew grows up to be a good citizen and adult.
A message is received from a former colleague marked "You will get this if I am dead" Roo had worked with that man while both were agents of the Caribbean Intelligence Agency and were firm friends. Roo goes after the package indicated in the message in the interest of following through on their friendship. Shortly after the message arrives a beautiful young lady knocks on his door announcing that she is his deceased friend's sister. While Roo knew that there was no sister he goes along with her to try and determine what she is after.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Hurricane Fever starts with two improbably named characters -- Zee and Roo -- and engulfs them in a familiar plot that is nevertheless fun. Zachariah "Zee" Barlow steals a virus from a biotech lab and then injects himself with it. This seems like a bad idea since the virus kills him as he is on the phone to CDC. The virus is intended as a targeted weapon, a commonplace theme in technothrillers, but Zee's decision to infect himself with it isn't entirely believable. In any event, that plot thread fades into the background as the first two-thirds of the novel unfolds.

The novel follows Prudence "Roo" Jones, who should be outrunning bad weather on his catamaran with his nephew Delroy. Instead he drops everything to respond to a message he receives from the now-dead Zee. Roo and Zee were members of the Caribbean Intelligence Group back in the day. Roo picks up a flash drive that Zee mailed him and wonders what the weather data on the drive has to do with Zee's death. The reason for Zee's death also concerns Zee's mysterious sister -- mysterious because Zee never mentioned her to Roo.

Much of Hurricane Fever features the kind of chase-and-attempt-to-kill scenes that are customary in thrillers, along with some better scenes illustrating the dangers of hurricanes if you happen to live on a boat. The near-future plot plays with some high-tech gadgetry that would make 007's Q envious. Nearing the midway point, a turning point in the novel gives more depth to Roo than I expected to find. The plot, on the other hand, has little depth, as the reason the bad guy wants the virus turns out to be standard and unimaginative thriller fare.

The purpose of the virus becomes clear with about a third of the novel remaining.
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By August on July 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I spent quite some time in my high school years reading all the James Bond novels I could get my hands on, and Buckell has brought me back to that love I used to have for the genre. In fact, if there are books out there like this, new spy novels of this caliber, then I need to reacquaint myself with this old flame. I admit I did have a little bit of culture shock or maybe geography shock from this being set wholly in the Caribbean, but it was so easy to sink into the characters that I got over that quickly. Buckell tugged at my emotions more than once. There were a few tidbits I wouldn’t have minded a little more information on, and in comparison to the Bond novels I was used to in this genre, this seemed short. I’m not saying it was uncomfortably short for a novel. It was a good solid length. I think my own expectations might be a tad biased toward the length and convolutions of Bond novels, though. I wasn’t unsatisfied with Hurricane Fever by any means. I think it’s my own inexperience with this particular genre that left me with furrowed brows at how quickly it ended.
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In the days of my youth that are unforgotten I read the novels of a Jamaican secret service written by 'John Morris' (the late John Hearne and Morris Cargill), with their dashing secret agents Jassy Vane and Robin Blackmore and such foils as the clever Chinese spy Mr Anyo and the amusing Russian Albert Einstein (go read them -- Fever Grass, The Candywine Development, and the Checkerboard Caper -- they're fine examples of the genre). Sadly, until Tobias Buckell's near-future novels, the possibilities of a Caribbean secret service have not been taken up by a talented West Indian writer. Buckell has filled the void here (and in its predecessor Arctic Rising) with a fast-paced tale of a world beset by the effects of climate change. Here, one effect is an increased frequency of hurricanes. We have a Bond-villain type who is about to carry out a dastardly deed, and Prudence (Roo) Jones has to stop him with the assistance of a beautiful French secret agent and the Bajan army.
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