In 1903, the Arctic's fabled Northwest Passage is navigated for the first time. In 2012, an eminent climatologist is found dead in his London apartment. For Robert Spire, an environmental lawyer, what seems like a standard executor's appointment in his client's will turns out to be anything but, as he is thrust into an international conspiracy involving a plan to push the Arctic to its tipping point and the world to disaster....
Tipping Point is a fast-paced, climate-fiction action thriller with a perfect blend of action, suspense, adventure, and thrills to keep you listening until the very end.
Two dead climatologists...
When eminent climatologist Dr. Dale Stanton - in the process of studying the Atlantic Ocean's thermohaline circulation - is found dead in his London apartment, environmental lawyer Robert Spire is given the task of administering a large legacy left to global warming organizations. The job is straightforward until a second climatologist, Dr. Jack Bannister, drops dead on the other side of the Atlantic.
An international conspiracy...
Spire's client - suspicious of her son's death - asks him to travel to San Francisco to investigate Dr. Jack Bannister's death. While there, he meets French climatology professor Francois Trimaud, who is working on a geoengineering project to seed the Arctic Ocean with an experimental substance - the aim to prevent, or at least slow, the Arctic's melting ice. Spire soon discovers that someone has other plans for the region and wants the climatologists dead at all costs.
A looming ecological disaster...
As evidence of increased glacial melt in Greenland and reduction in the Arctic ice mounts, Spire becomes determined to join Trimaud on the research vessel Mercure Blanc, on a joint US/French expedition to the Arctic. He soon finds, however, that the lives of all onboard are in peril....
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This is the first book in the Robert Spires series of thrillers. I really enjoyed it.
This book is narrated by Chris MacDonnell, who did an excellent job of bringing the story and characters to life. I did find, however, some of his reading pace a little too slow for my taste. His voice became so soothing that I felt myself nodding off. Now, this is not really a bad thing. However, as this is meant to be a thriller, falling asleep listening to it is!
Robert Spire is an interesting character. I liked him a lot. He is an environmental lawyer. He becomes involved in a mystery when he is made executor of Dr. Dale Stanton's will. As Robert delves deeper into the mystery of his charge's death, danger lurks in shadowy corners. Will Robert be able to find the truth, or will he die trying?
This is an intriguing story. I must admit that I did find the story a little difficult to get into at first. The story has several different points of view from several of the characters. I did find this a little confusing at times. Nevertheless, as the story unfolded, I began to enjoy it. There are several characters I liked, though a few of them fell foul of the Russian assassin, Ksenyia Petrovsky. They included Dr. Stanton, Francois Trimaud and Doris Stanton amongst others. However, there were a few other characters I didn't care for. These were the brothers' Farhim and Faric, as well as their servant, Gomez. These three men made me shudder! You'll have to read or listen to the book to find out why.
This story delves heavily into climate change and the science of reversing it. However, although I agreed with most of the author's views with regard to certain things, there were aspects, I felt, that were not explored well enough, or did not answer fully my own thoughts on climate change. Granted, this is a thriller and not a philosophical debate, so things were not as clear cut. In a way, I can understand the reasons behind Farhim and Faric's actions, even though I wouldn't condone it. I did find, however, some of the scenes to be rather drawn out, which made it lose some of the flow. A thriller is meant to build suspense for the reader. Unfortunately, I only found the last third of the book to be thrilling, as it culminated in a dangerous cat and mouse chase with the Russian.
Greed is a terrible vise. Unfortunately, I could see something like what happened in the book happening for real, which makes me incredibly sad. I have no answer to climate change. However, we need to all work together to slow down the impact we have on the atmosphere. We also need to plan better for more severe storms, floods, droughts and other weather related issues. We need to adapt to the weather quicker. Mother nature/ Earth is responding to our parasitic activity, she is completely within her rights to do so.
Simon Rosser has written a thought provoking action thriller. I love his writing style, though I did find it not as fast paced as other thrillers I have read it the past. This also affected the flow in my opinion. Other readers may not have the same response as myself.
Due to some scenes of a gruesome nature, I do not recommend this book to younger readers, or those of a nervous disposition. However, I highly recommend this book if you love spy thrillers, crime thrillers and mysteries. - Lynn Worton
I found that the idea of controlling the weather mixed with the drive to find oil sprinkled with murder and survival to be a very compelling mix. The premise of the book is worrying plausible as well.
It was a mixture of the day of the jackal type thriller/espionage with the day after tomorrow type scifi. There were a few good twists and turns that I enjoyed that made it fun and interesting. Maybe a bit of deception point as well.
I've not listened to Chris MacDonnell before but I will certainly do so gain and look for more. I liked the way the narration kept the pace of the book. It also helped to make an already likeable main character even more engaging.
The author made environmental science interesting and wasn't too focussed on describing it in too much detail so the action kept going and the suspense built nicely. I liked the action and the characters.
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"I really liked this audible book."
I listened to this book on audio.
I loved the science which turned out to be a little more scary than the Russian hired killer.
I love how the climate change served as a catalyst for the plot line.
The characters, our main protagonist specifically were like able.
I cannot honestly say that the book gripped me so much that I could not put it down. However every time I had time to listen to more of it I was delighted to do so.
"High Octane Edge of Seat Thriller"
This was a fast paced high octane edge of one's seat thriller. It was fun and exciting. If you like action espionage genres such as James Bond or Mission Impossible and conspiracies then this book is for you.
I sort of thought the hero acted really dumb at times, as if he had a death wish, however the book was so much fun and exciting I overlooked this flaw. The hero has more lives than a cat as well as a lot of dumb luck combined with his McGiver skills and creativity therefore he keeps getting out of deathly traps and jams. The hero Robert Spire is an environmental lawyer with survival skills that could shame a navy SEAL.
The narration and performance was fantastic and helped make the book. One minor flaw regarding the narration is that I felt the narrator didn't get the American accent quite right for the American characters. However considering the multinational cast of characters and all the different accents that were used for the characters, I didn't see this small flaw as being important. Overall I thought the narrator was very talented.
I feel this book would make a great action packed movie.
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"Fire and Ice"
Although there is plenty of action in this book, murder, mayhem, International conspiracy at its most Byzantine, and semi-natural disasters, this book provides fascinating insight into some crucial issues dealing with the effects of global warming, and what could happen with the melting of Polar ice. While the hero isn’t a law enforcement officer, he also isn’t the usual “innocent who stumbles into danger” either. He has, as we learn early in the book, had over 14 years of Martial Arts training, and, as an environmental lawyer, he is familiar with these issues, as well.
While eminently instructive, this is high test fiction, and the author weaves fact and story together in ways that make the factual material an integral part of the thriller fiction.
The narrator gave an extremely professional performance. Though his style is low key, that quiet, sometimes almost casual narration highlights the relentless action and the violence of the conspirators.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of Audiobookblast dot com.
"Sustainable interest and excitement"
Albeit a bit predictable, the story was well fleshed out and relevant for our times where global warming is a "hot" topic of conversation.
The most interesting aspect of the story for me was the intersecting, yet conflicting interests of sustaining our current climate equilibrium and continuing to find and tap rich deposits of oil.
Chris's performance added a distinct element of authenticity to the British characters in the book. Chris allowed an OK story to remain engaging and exciting. It is clear to see the level of preparation and "art" that goes into Chris's work. I will look for other performances by Chris MacDonnell.
I especially like the scenes that took place in the Artic Sea.
"Climate Change on Speed"
I enjoyed that overall story and the narrator did a wonderful job amercing the listeners. The basic science in the book seemed sound based on my years of working with & being married to scientist involved with global warming and other chemical reactions on the earth and sun. The book did keep my attention and as a thriller it worked.
Now for the parts that bugged me, but probably only because of my experiences with the scientists:
-- The shear number of regulations a scientist/organization would have to jump through to get approval to dump a substance into the ocean to try to regulate oceanic warming, coral bleaching, etc. is staggering and would take many years after exhausted laboratory experiments and study by a wide range of science & legal disciplines.
-- Scientists run on very tight budgets and changes in equipment, solutions... take time.
-- Most field studies, whether they be in the air or on the sea, do not have room for extra, non-scientific, non-operational or non-logistic personnel. The very, rare exception might be a reporter from a major news agency or a high level program administrator.
-- Conferences... don't get me started.
I agree with others that it needed a bit more editing. There were several unnecessary statements that were really not needed, such as how many showers & baths the assassin took during the course of the events. There were also several statements made by American's that you would typically hear a person from Great Britain say, such as at a conference held in the US an American would probably not refer to a Brit as from 'across the pond'. Not to mention pronunciations that differ.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
I liked this book for the most part.It was ver long to listen to.At times fast paced then incredibly tedious for a spell,it was interesting.Global warming,sabotage,murder and mayhem on the high seas.Chris MacDonnell is the perfect narrator.His voice performances are spot on.I was given this book free for an honest review.
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