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“If you count on good thrillers to be told in clear, engaging prose and made up of interesting psychology, state-of-the-art research and swiftly moving plots, you couldn't be in a better place.” ―NPR, All Things Considered on Arctic Rising

“An intimate techno-thriller about an ecological showdown in an ice-free Arctic.” ―Publishers Weekly on Arctic Rising

“A gripping and convincing near-future scenario that is composed of many beautifully machined speculative parts, which all cohere into a stirring, verisimilitudinous portrait of our world circa 2050. Additionally, he provides a thriller-style plot worthy of Hitchcock or Neal Stephenson.” ―The Barnes & Noble Review on Arctic Rising

This commercial sci-fi thriller has a premise that should interest ecologically minded Canadians.” ―Winnipeg Free Press on Arctic Rising

“A very good classic spy thriller set in an exotic location. A location that exists only because of the drastic changes in our planet's climate.” ―Denver Post on Arctic Rising

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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Hurricane Fever is one of the largest literary disappoints I’ve suffered through in a long while. To be clear, the book is perfectly acceptable, action oriented, fast paced, and the setting and plot are solid if not exceptional in some parts. The focus on more action driven, pragmatic characters even manages to shield the novel from the preachy exposition of most other climate related works. The Caribbean setting and the boat centric travel of the book, show a world that is both geographically and socially adapted to a new climate which brings me to the disappointment.

This is how all climate related literature should start .
This is how all climate related literature should start .
Everything in this book is palpable and vibrant. The land masses the movements, even the buildings are easily internalized and projected, allowing the reader to place the characters in an environment that feels natural. With all of this close and intricate detail any well written character could be made fascinating with minimal effort. The smallest amount of personality would echo off of each new situation eventually filling the space with one phrase that is large enough to carry that character’s existence within the story. Basically, any regular character can be made interesting by this world. Even one note character would be memorable due to an infinite amount of unknowable changes and situations that can be provided by the book’s universe.

Sadly, the characters of Hurricane Fever sort of miss the singular note they were intended to play and become either plot fodder or props. I didn’t feel anything towards any of the book’s central figures, I didn’t hate them, I didn’t like them; they weren’t unique, bad, or funny. They were just words, descriptions without any emotion.
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