Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dry Ice--Review by Kelsey G.

Dry Ice
By: Bill Evans

About the book:
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.

Review by Kelsey:
To be blunt, Dry Ice is a compelling plot inhabited by less than compelling characters. The concept of weaponized weather is fascinating and as the driving force behind this novel, works rather well. Mr. Evans' writing is steeped in scientific accuracy. While at times this does cause the narrative to read more like a scientific textbook, I appreciated the realistic grounding. I only wish the characters were less predictable, and more relatable. The heroine, Tess Beauchamp, is a super-intelligent, beautiful woman who is facing down a madman's revenge. In fact, the madman, Greg Simpson, is rather fascinating in and of himself. I have to comment though on the gender issue. While a strong female is of course wonderful and fascinating to read, unfortunately Mr. Evans made all his females strong and sympathetic, while the males carried the brunt of antagonism. Basically all the women were good and all the men were, if not bad, then at the very least annoying. However, despite my issues with the characters, the plot itself is thrilling and thoughtful, and any weather/science-fiction fan will probably enjoy the premise.


  1. It does sound like a good idea for a story - perhaps a screenplay might work better.

  2. You might be right Ann, and weather films are always so visually dynamic to see! I would enjoy this as a movie. - Kelsey G.