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In the frozen heart of Antarctica sits TESLA, a secret weather "research" station designed by Greg Simpson for Flint Agro-Chemical, a world-spanning agribusiness. Only a few people know that TESLA is creating weather all over the globe, granting Flint huge harvests and punishing the company's rivals with hailstorms and drought. Even fewer know that from time to time, Flint and TESLA help the Pentagon by providing just the right weather for a ...
In the frozen heart of Antarctica sits TESLA, a secret weather "research" station designed by Greg Simpson for Flint Agro-Chemical, a world-spanning agribusiness. Only a few people know that TESLA is creating weather all over the globe, granting Flint huge harvests and punishing the company's rivals with hailstorms and drought. Even fewer know that from time to time, Flint and TESLA help the Pentagon by providing just the right weather for a military operation.
When Greg strikes a secret deal with the Pentagon, Flint executives decide to replace him with the beautiful and ultra-intelligent Tess Beauchamp. Arriving, Tess is surprised to find that Greg's second-in-command, Nik Forde, is even better looking than he was when they had a brief affair, ten years ago.
Tess doesn't have long to worry about the difficulties of a workplace relationship. Greg has barely left Antarctica--escorted by Flint security--when his secret, encrypted computer programs activate, sending fatal weather across the globe, striking every continent's grain-growing region and livestock-farming area. Tess and Nik must crack Greg's code and stop TESLA before the US government--unwilling to sit by and watch the planet's agriculture be destroyed by storm and fire, avalanche, and tsunami--launches a nuclear missile at the TESLA base.
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“Engrossing…reads like tomorrow's terrifying headlines.” —Publishers Weekly
“Compelling reading.” —George Stephanopoulos, Anchor, Good Morning America
“Scarier than a terrifying tornado!” —Regis Philbin
“Excites and entertains from first page to last. Not just a great thriller, it’s sometimes funny and always deeply human.” —Bill Cosby
“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
“A thrilling, compelling tale of what could happen when modern technology is able to shape global weather patterns to achieve military advantages. Storm warning: as events unfold you will not be able to put this down!” —Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Gordon Cucullu, author of Inside Gitmo
“Bill Evans is my one of my favorite weather men. When he combined Nicholas Tesla, a lab in Antarctica and folks who are trying to weaponize the weather, then I knew I was in for a great ride. Buy this book!” —Whoopi Goldberg
“An intercontinental thriller that imagines how future atmospheric discoveries could tip the balance of corporate and political power. New York's weather expert creates meteorological mayhem with a dose of reality you can only get from a weather expert.”
—Brian Norcross, Hurricane Specialist, The Weather Channel
“Dry Ice teeters right between between science fiction and science-fact. Just like a tornado, it takes you in its grip immediately and then scares the hell out of you.” —Dave Price
“A wild ride from beginning to end. Antarctica may be thousands of miles from you, but you're not safe. Look out, it's Survivor: Earth.”
—Paul “Cubby” Bryant, morning radio personality, WKTU-FM, New York
“Bill Evans has written an excellent techno-thriller with an amazing sense of detail. The tension builds throughout." —Jeffrey Lyons, Lyons and Bailes
Praise for the New York Times bestseller, Category 7
“A superb thriller of a disaster untold until now. Suspenseful and shocking.”
—Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author
“Category 7 is a well-researched thriller whose building devastation will keep the reader ‘churning’ through the pages.” —Steve Alten, New York Times bestselling author of MEG
“Just sit back and let the action wash over you. A fast-paced action-adventure that promises a rousing finale and delivers it.” —Booklist
“A clever debut…fast-paced storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews
Posted November 7, 2012
Bill Evans comes out with another weather thriller. He has learned from his mistakes in Category 7 (not saying it was bad) which suffered from little action, too many plots, and little character development. Dry Ice has only two main plots, better character development, and no big gaps between action. My only complaint is that they swore too much. I recommend this, overall.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2011
Bill Evans' climate-based novel, Dry Ice, nicely skirts the question of whether global warming is man-made, man-assisted or just imaginary. His characters have mastered the secret science of manipulating weather, and the author has mastered the art of making that science sound plausible. There's big business with huge investments in food crops and parallel interests in technology. There's government with political investments in favored regimes. And there's Tess Beauchamp, scientist, who's invested her life in honest science.
Sent to take over Flint Agro-Chemical's super-modern facility in Antarctica, Tess is reunited with former lover, Nik Forde, and her intellectual nemesis, Greg Simpson. But no-one has realized how far Greg will go to avenge losing control of TESLA, or how far his rather shady military controllers may have already gone.
High-tech science and low-tech action combine in this meteorological thriller, and the author's clear understanding of climate and weather gives a fine sense of plausibility to the tale. The use of recent events certainly gives verisimilitude to the story, though it can sometimes be distracting-memory replaying the details left out, giving rise to a few too many questions. Perhaps that says more about me than about the book.
The writing is clear, the science well-written, dialog convincing, and scenery beautifully described. The tension builds as the story progresses and the final action, though delayed, makes a great movie-scene. In fact, the whole story would make a great movie. In the end, I still believe the scientists who study global warming. But this is a very scary, very intriguing tale of man's control over nature exceeding his control over himself. In a world of disasters, Dry Ice suggests man might cause the biggest disaster of all-and might equally resolve it. A fun science fiction novel, set firmly in the present day, with the whole world hanging in the balance, it's a fine addition to the genre.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by a generous friend and enjoyed reading it.
Posted August 25, 2011
Bill's first two books -- "Category 7" and "Frozen Fire" -- were great reads. This one is even better! Loaded with factual scientific and meteorological information woven into a fast-moving story with a great plot twist at the end! A real page turner and a must-read for everyone! And if you haven't read the first two books, put them on your list too. Can't wait to see Bill's next book. "Dry Ice" is worth at least 10 stars. Congratulations on another winner, Bill -- you and co-author Marianna Jameson have done it again!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.