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by Bob Loza,James Powlik

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Bob Loza,James Powlik
ISBN: 1565116119
ISBN13: 978-1565116115
Language: English
Publisher: Soundelux Audio Pub; Abridged edition (November 1, 2001)
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Bob Loza handles the material well, reading in a clear, e voice. Loza provides little distinction between character voices, but this does not create problems in following the dialogue. Retail pak, Soundelux, 2000.

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Carol calls on Brock, ex-Navy man, and Carol's ex-husband

Carol calls on Brock, ex-Navy man, and Carol's ex-husband. He's the one she trusts most and is at the South Pole when her call comes. They soon find something deep beneath the ice is leaking deadly radiation which could superheat the polar ice cap, leading to the first man-made Ice Age.

James Powlik's second novel is as relevant as his first in its accurate and harrowing depiction of real-world threats to the global environment. His characters, well-drawn and evocative, balance the science narrative to provide an eco-thriller worthy of any big-screen adaptation. Well worth the time to enjoy.

Comments to eBook Meltdown
I didn't make it to the end of this book - I really didn't see the point. I suppose if you believe the United States miitary is the center of evil in the world and they are resposnible for defiling the environment this might be your kind of book.

Like most people, I thought the book's premise reasoble, but the author never really pulls it off. There are all sorts of things that are being set up and go absolutely no where.

Finally, I did not understand the motivations for a number of the second tier characters.
Freaky Hook
This is a story about like others of the same type. Not really thrilling but just something to read. Maybe on a long flight.
Carol Harmon, a beautiful and brilliant marine biologist conducting research in the Canadian Arctic discovers ominous signs of massive radiation poisoning emanating from points unknown. Strangely stricken blue whales are the first clue. Two divers Harmon sends to investigate sustain horrific radiation poisoning, only confirming the danger. Essentially alone at the top of the world, she calls her ex-husband, ex-USN officer Brock Garner, for help. Garner, himself conducting some research of his own in the Antarctic, travels pole to pole to help Harmon track down the source of the mysterious radiation slick and perhaps devise a way to stop it.
Compelling? Sure, at first. So much so, that it's easy to look past the book's pedestrian prose and cardboard characters. Unfortunately, the novel fails because the characters never really do anything to solve the mystery. Though Harmon and Garner and brilliant and surrounded by a supporting cast of geniuses, they never actually discover for themselves the source of the unexplained radiation slick. Instead, they follow the trail to a mysterious polar oil-rig that doubles as a covert intelligence guard post. There, they meet a USN officer who "solves" the mystery by telling the heroes where the radiation is coming from. (Why the ominous Commander Krail couldn't tell all when he first met Garner early in the book is the biggest mystery of all). Until then, Harmon and crew steam around the Arctic sharing with each other (and us) all that they know about radiation, nuclear weapons, the environment and marine biology. A story about the world being saved by a motley band of geniuses who are both brilliant and clueless at the same time could have been a great page-turner. Instead, Powlick seems to buy into his characters' intelligence, even as their smarts seem to get them nowhere. In short, Powlick spends so much time trying to convince us that his characters are brilliant that he doesn't actually make them very smart.
This becomes plainly obvious early in the book when Powlick reveals how little he credits his own readers - the way he tells the history of nuclear weapons as if none of his readers had ever watched a Discovery Channel or History Channel documentary is just one example. For another, there's the story of a homey Ukrainian village that the character Zyubov had last seen in the mid 1980's. The chapter ends with the stunning revelation that the berg was destroyed by Chernobyl, as if readers couldn't make the connection themselves (radiation...Ukraine...1980's.....hmmmm). All marine biology are referred to by their scientific names (the blue whales are repeatedly called Balaenoptera, a move meant to be correct even as the bland prose do little to convey size and mass of the earth's single largest life-forms) Even the choice of supporting characters' names - Wigner, Groves and Teller - seems excessively arch for an inside joke (the real Wigner discovered how substances used to suck-up radiation produced in sustained chain reactions frequently release that energy as heat; Groves was the General in charge of the "Manhattan Project" - Paul Newman played him in "Fat Man, Little Boy"; Teller invented the H-Bomb). There's even a chopper pilot named Tibbits, but his helicopter is not nicknamed "Enola Gay". Even the glossary at the book's end - once used but now long abandoned by authors of techno-thrillers - shows how out of touch it is; much of the terminology seems unnecessary, as if they were used simply because doing so justified the glossary. But nothing highlights how poor a story this is than the threadbare plot. Once the heroes learn the source of the radiation, an ambitious plan is put into motion to contain it. Powlick drops a bombshell with a subplot involving sabotage that isn't so much a surprise twist as it is simply incongruous. There's a de-facto villain, who seems to have been created simply for a short and unexciting bout of mortal combat in deep-sea diving suits lifted straight out of James Cameron's "The Abyss". Very little in this story seems original and none seems worth reading. Imagine "Smilla" without those darkly appealing characters and the heroine's icy narrative and you've got an idea of how much a waste of time this story is.
Unlike some of the other reviewers who actually *know* about the glaring errors that James Powlik has littered 'Meltdown' with, I simply did NOT excell in Nuclear Physics, so any and all of those mistakes simply passed me by, as they probably would the vast number of folks who are entirely unaware what a radioactive isotope can and cannot do to the human body. What did *not* pass me by was a fun story.
Mistakes notwithstanding, I still found 'Meltdown' to be an exciting example of the action/adventure novels that are suddenly showing up over the past few years. It wasn't long ago when if you wanted a novel in this particular genre, you had pretty much Clive Cussler to choose from, and that was about it (as far as what was worth reading...) but TODAY, things are a bit different (thank HEAVENS). You can pick from Cussler, Du Brul, Matthew Reilly, James Rollins, James Byron Huggins and now you can add James Powlik to that growing list of authors to watch for. While I personally did not find 'Meltdown' to be as thought-provoking and overall entertaining as I did his 1st novel ('Sea Change'), I DID find it to be full of a lot of what I personally look for when I open up a book like this: FUN. It allowed me to temporarily forget my problems for a short while and there are a few places where you need to check your believability meter before progressing, but that's all in good fun as long as the storyline is just plain FUN -- which this one definitely IS.
IF you happen to pick apart novels based upon factual errors within a novel such as street locations, how radioactive material affects the human body, well you may want to skip 'Meltdown'...b-u-u-u-t if you can put all that aside and concentrate on the story as a whole, you will find yourself wrapped within a very entertaining scenario that bristles with action and suspense. While not as action-packed as a story by Matthew Reilly (which is virtually IMPOSSIBLE for ANY novelist to pull off) I found myself rushing through this book enjoying virtually everything -- mistakes included.
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