Dr. Victor Mark Silverstein is a Jewish African-American whose background is as unusual as his personality. He lives a privileged life as the Naval Research Laboratory's preeminent meteorologist and scientist. But beneath the facade of a self-centered, arrogant personality lies a seething, vulnerable man whose secrets have plagued his sleep since 1982. That's when he discovered the truth about what happened to his girlfriend, Sylvia.
In the year 2007, his nightmares become a reality when weather satellites detect an environmental aberration. Memories from college at Penn State-and their accompanying heartbreak-push their way back into Silverstein's life. Only he knows the root cause of the phenomenon and its scientific basis-and the mastermind behind it all.
This fast-paced thriller spans the globe: from the Suez Canal and Christmas Island to Istanbul, Turkey; to Monterey, California and Washington, DC; and finally to Bermuda. Silverstein and his feisty female assistant, Dr. Linda Kipling, begin a desperate and harrowing pursuit for the truth and for those responsible. With time running out and the environmental catastrophe unfolding, they must survive a terrifying ride through the eyewall of a hurricane. The final showdown pits good against evil and intellect against loyalty. Along the way, Silverstein finds peace and becomes reacquainted with a faith he abandoned long ago.
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Category 5 is a compelling, suspenseful thriller, set mostly in the United States against a backdrop of international terrorism. Will the good guys succeed in saving Washington, D.C., from a terrorist-controlled killer hurricane? For me, the outcome was touch-and-go right up to the end of the book, and the pages practically turned themselves till I got there. I love authors who educate as well as entertain me, a la Clancy or Michener. In Category 5, Paul Mark Tag not only entertained me with an intriguing story, he also taught me more about hurricanes than I ever would have known. One result was that I was ready to believe that an evil genius could create and steer hurricanes using a powerful satellite-borne laser. I also appreciate well-drawn characters. Category 5's characters came alive for me because they act, think and speak as real people do. I predict that one day soon we will all have the pleasure of seeing "real people" tell this story in an action-packed Hollywood blockbuster as we cheer the good guys on from the edges of our seats.