What would happen if a massive super-storm hit New York City? And what if the storm's ferocity were enhanced by human activity? This is the premise of this debut thriller by Evans, an Emmy Award-winning meteorologist, and Jameson, a writer with experience in the aerospace industry. In the authors' apocalyptic scenario, much of New York would be destroyed. Buildings would topple, tunnels would flood, and the death toll would be enormous. Unfortunately, it takes a long time for both the storm and the overcomplicated plot to develop; instead, the storm serves more as a malevolent background presence grinding its way north while efforts are made to find its cause and stop it. There's a crazed scientist playing God and a conniving President with his own environmental agenda, while the good guys try to solve the problem. Neither a classic disaster novel nor a good tale of political intrigue, this work is a near miss. For larger collections.
Megalomaniac billionaire schemes to unleash hell via hurricane. Take a healthy dose of the paranoid scenarios from 24 and governmental intrigues from The West Wing, then spike them liberally with the atmospheric minutia that armchair meteorologists know and love. What emerges might be strikingly similar to this clever debut from TV meteorologist Evans, here teaming with romance novelist Jameson (Big Trouble, not reviewed, etc.) to spin a fictional take on long-whispered conspiracy theories about weather as a clandestine weapon. The wizard behind the far-fetched plot is Carter Thompson, a folksy tycoon who plays both sides of Washington politics to further his own outlandish agenda. Using his nonprofit foundation as a front, the secretive industrialist has been amplifying storm cells in unstable areas using an aircraft-based laser beam. The resulting destruction makes good business for his infrastructure recovery firm Coriolis Engineering, dubbed by the press as "Halliburton with a heart." When U.S. President Benson snubs his muddled advice on nuclear energy, Thompson concocts a scheme worthy of a cat-stroking James Bond villain. His plan: to intensify the already massive Hurricane Simone and point it directly at New York's aging Indian Point nuclear power plant. The host of heroes countering the gathering storm include steely-eyed counter-terrorism expert Tom Taylor, earnest CIA forensic meteorologist Jake Baxter and Kate Sherman, a spunky, intuitive scientist who recognizes early that something is amiss with the current climate. This industrious group rallies behind a risky solution to dissipate the storm cell. Fast-paced storytelling and a credible portrayal of Simone's chaotic effectsmostly compensate for characters straight out of central casting. A satisfying, albeit run-of-the-mill thriller about fooling with Mother Nature.
“Take a healthy dose of the paranoid scenarios from 24 and governmental intrigues from The West Wing, then spike them liberally with the atmospheric minutiae that armchair meteorologists know and love. Fast-paced storytelling . . . . Satisfying.” Kirkus Reviews
“Kate Sherman, a plucky meteorologist, and Jake Baxter, a CIA weatherman, are the last line of defense between New York City and a Category 7 hurricane, which was created by a top-secret weather-control weapon. A fast-paced action-adventure that promises a rousing finale and delivers it.” Booklist
“What would happen if a massive super-storm hit New York City? And what if the storm's ferocity were enhanced by human activity? In the authors' apocalyptic scenario, much of New York would be destroyed. Buildings would topple, tunnels would flood, and the death toll would be enormous.” Library Journal
“A hurricane is not only possible in New York City, it's happened before. But because no one alive today has been through that experience, people are not aware of the devastating potential. But Bill Evans knows New York, New York weather, and New York weather history.” Bryan Norcross, CBS News Hurricane Analyst
“A well-researched thriller whose building devastation will keep the reader ‘churning' through the pages.” New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten
“A most creative piece of fiction. Author Bill Evans certainly knows what he is talking about. Category 7 will have you thinking, the next time you hear the pounding rains and the whipping of the wind. You might be more in awe of nature after reading this book.” Shelf Life