- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Impressive Imprint (December 4, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615136575
- ISBN-13: 978-0615136578
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,696,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rad Decision: A Novel of Nuclear Power Paperback – December 4, 2006
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From the Publisher
For Steve Borden, the Fairview Nuclear Plant has provided a fascinating career, but to John Donner it represents all he wishes to destroy - and he may have the resources to do just that. But even as Donner plans, FBI Agent Liz Rezhnitsky is slowly closing in. The race is on.
Rad Decision is an entertaining and provocative science thriller in which the reader is taken inside the world of nuclear power. Longtime nuclear engineer James Aach has provided both page-turning suspense and a profile of a controversial industry that is little understood by its boosters and detractors alike.
From the Author
Rad Decision is first and foremost a techno-thriller - an "airport paperback" to be enjoyed. Beyond that, it provides the reader with an inside perspective on nuclear power in the United States. I believe we'll make better decisions about our energy future if we first understand our energy present. Unfortunately, most of those publicly debating the issue have little understanding of how atomic plants are really operated. Like every energy resource, nuclear reactors have their good points and bad points, and both are plainly discussed in Rad Decision. Included are famous events such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. The book features no math, no heavy science, and no equations. (It's entertainment, after all.) I hope you enjoy it.
Rad Decision also has a website which features sample chapters and additional commentary - RadDecision.blogspot.com.
Top customer reviews
This is highly technical material for the lay reader and so the author builds up to this by describing in fascinating detail and an entertaining teaching style with diagrams and charts how a nuclear reactor works.
I hope that Jim Aach's will publish another work.
I liked learning the technical details and the amount presented was easliy understandable and sufficient for me. The axiom for an author to write about what he knows well has been followed in the technical field and setting of the story.
I learned from the main plot and case study comments something that I have been applying at work. In most disaster scenarios, it is not an initial catastrophic event that predetermines the outcome but rather how the people involved react - whether they make hasty, poor decisions for a "quick fix" or calmly think and follow prethought out solutions or find innovative new solutions after examining and weighing all the information. You will have to read the book to the end to find out what happens!!
Please don't be insulted but it would make an excellent movie.
As to the underlying theme, the whole world's appetite for power is growing incredibly and it will be difficult to imagine everyone on earth is going to be able to live like Americans have in the past. I am currently living in Taiwan (a long way from my birthplace in the real South Bend, IN) which uses nuclear power and can see across the strait that China's energy "needs" are going to take a lot of resources and increased risk to the environment no matter how that power is generated.
Amazing that this book was written years before Fukushima and identified the dangerous weakness in nuclear plants that lead to that Japanese disaster.
I cannot believe that this book is not a NY Times best seller.