Review: Dry Ice by Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson

Dry Ice

Dry Ice / Bill Evans, Mariana Jameson

Expected publication: August 16th 2011 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC.

* In compliance with FTC guidelines, it should be noted that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Bill Evans is a ten-time Emmy award winning meteorologist from WABC-TV New York City.  His writing partner, Marianna Jameson is a former romance writer who crossed over to the genre of eco-thrillers and disaster novels.  Together, they have written three books Category 7, Frozen Fire, and Dry Ice.

Dry Ice synopsis from Marianna Jameson’s website:

Flint AgroChemical’s newest installation, TESLA, is in the driest, coldest, darkest, most remote spot in the world: the high central plain of Antarctica. The scientists there have cracked the code to controlling the world’s weather. Upon being told he’s being replaced, the installation’s sociopathic lead researcher, Greg Simpson, hijacks this game-changing corporate weapon and turns it against the agro-industrial giant, and the world at large. International politics and corporate espionage collide with bleeding-edge science as Tess Beauchamp, TESLA’s new commander, reunites with ex-lover and TESLA’s resident bad boy, Nik Forde, to save the installation – and the planet – from imminent and epic destruction.

This is not your lazy afternoon light reading material.  There are a bunch of technical terms, scientific aspects, explanations, and disaster situations.  Some of it felt so real that it was scary.  It has a steady pace, the scenes of destruction breaking up the monotony of the science.  It reads like a disaster movie.  In line of Twister, Deep Impact, 2012, and The Day After Tomorrow, Dry Ice is an action-packed novel that will have you shaking in between chapters.

The science part was very interesting to me.  I am aware of the experiments done in the colder parts of the planet, like HAARP in Alaska.  Although I am not sure if this is/will be possible in the future, it still terrified me.  Even without outside forces controlling the weather, I have seen how destructive it can be and how powerful Mother Nature is.  The authors did a great job in making this all easy to understand for the layman.

The writing was technically good but I found the emotion lacking.  Yes, this is clearly in the science genre but provided that they are dealing with loss of life and home, I expected more reaction.  There were some but it felt rather shallow, one dimensional.  The differences between the heroes and villains were clear cut.  The antagonist, Greg Simpson, had the most developed character, in my opinion.  The rest were rather bland – very smart, very specialized, hand-picked people… that was it for all the good guys.  It would have been a nice addition to the story if the reactions of the TESLA employees were also explored.  It would have humanized the piece a bit more.

Greg Simpson is one of those characters that you really would LOVE to hate.  (Another one in my list is Dolores Umbridge. Yes.)  He really was despicable.  How much do you have to hate someone that you stop caring about innocent lives?  About the world?  His narcissism was so extreme that he did not even think of how it could go wrong for him.  I would like to think that the authors developed him more than Tess or Nik because they want the readers to really know Greg, and hate him.  I think that sort of compensates the lack of character development for the others.

I was not expecting to like it but I did.  I got into it and it found it very engaging.  Do not let the science jargon scare you… there are a lot to learn in these pages.

Rating: 4/5.

Recommendation: Readers who do not shy away from science will like this.  It is like a disaster movie in a book.

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