The Pace of The Bourne Identity, the technical depth of Michael Crichton, and the universal magnitude of Dan Brown

A timely thriller illuminating facts regarding the state of the world’s energy crisis, climate change, and the quandary of nuclear energy—inspired by events in Fukushima, unexpected earthquakes across the planet, and the deterioration of nuclear power plants worldwide.
Bear Mountain Nuclear Energy Center sits one mile outside the active Ramapo fault line, thirty-five miles from the center of New York City. The fault line rocks causing a massive earthquake in the town of Peekskill; power is clipped and control of one of the reactors at Bear Mountain is abruptly lost.
Plant supervisor Trace Crane fights to save the reactor while his wife Avi searches for their daughter in the destroyed Northeast. As the condition of the reactor plummets and radiation is released into the environment, Trace is left to choose between saving the nuclear plant, the East Coast, and the twenty million residents of the NYC metro area or finding his family and saving himself.

My Review

In the beginning I thought this was an alright book but after a few chapters, it didn't take me long to change my thought about this book. It was great. There was plenty of action but it was more the intensity, tight storyline, and the focal point of one hero...Crane. He really is what this story is all about. The glue that held everything together. I was cheering for him all the way.

There is nothing special about Crane. He didn't set out to become a hero but no one really aspires to be one. That is what makes heroes "special". They step up when the time counts. Crane showed that he could stay calm under extreme pressure.

This storyline is very plausible including down to the details of Crane's boss and co-workers. I understand about not wanting to reveal the truth of how horrible an incident is but too much effort is sent on trying to hide the truth than to solve the problem until it is too late. Meltdown is worth a your reading time.


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