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Dry Ice Hardcover – August 16, 2011
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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.”
“Engrossing . . . features cutting-edge science and a globe-threatening attack that reads like tomorrow's terrifying headlines. Weather wonks will be in heaven.”
“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.”
“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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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. To add to the soap opera caliber drama, Tess and Nik Forde, Simpson's #2 man at the facility, had an affair when they were both Simson's fellowship students. Any decent villain would sabotage the station out of revenge for being pulled out of his own creation and Simpson does so. He activates a program that starts sending terrible storms to get revenge on the corporate officers and make it look like Tess is to blame. Now Tess and Nik have to figure out how to stop it before the government nukes the facility to stop the weather program.
The characters are all cariactures -- either all good or all bad. No nuance, no growth, no development. And there are two obviously different writing styles throughout the book. The description of the storms is the worst kind of overwrought prose (some of the passages are groan out loud ridiculous), while most of the rest of the book is standard action-thriller type writing. And there are many things in the story that don't make sense but I won't go into them and spoil the book for anyone who decides to read it after hearing how bad it is.
Bottom line: Don't bother reading this book.
Are there plot holes and flaws in this? Sure! Tons of them for the sake of drama. Could any of this actually happen? I wouldn't be surprised. However, I doubt it would get as far as it did before someone pulled the plug instead of trying to get around things the way they did before destroying half the world. However, I'm not reading these stories for reality. I'm reading them for fun. I had fun and was able to suspend enough of my disbelief to have a good time.
My overall beef was that people, countries, the president, the CIA, the military, didn't react harsh enough given the circumstances. It seemed many of them were a bit too passive for the sake of the drama. That's okay. It was still a good ride.
The writing was fairly crisp and the point of view was solid third person with no noticeable head hopping. The narrative didn't drag things down though the chapters and scenes tended to be a bit long so I wasn't able to read during commercials. Otherwise I had no big beefs with the writing.
Overall, a good time with enough science and technology to keep me intrigued, whether it was possible or realistic or not. I'm not going to quibble. Recommended.