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'Hot Water': A Good Thriller With A Little Too Much Going On8 novembre 2011
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There's a lot going on in "Hot Water" (Vanguard Press, 304 pages, $25.99), a thriller by Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons, but it might have been an even better book if there wasn't so much in it. The novel is especially timely in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan and the ongoing probe of the Huntington WV Pilot Plant [..]
"Hot Water" is a sequel to "Rock Bottom" by the two authors and continues the story as Angela Joy "AJ" Palladino meets Owen Grandel in AJ's Scotia, West Virginia office to hire her to investigate a series of accidents at his Colleton River medical isotope nuclear factory near Beaufort, South Carolina.
AJ decides to travel to South Carolina to investigate the accidents. Grandel is impressed by AJ's reputation as a public advocate and obviously feels that it would enhance his investigation to have her on board. The Colleton River plant is the only one in the U.S. making the isotopes and with the closing of the Chalk River facility in Canada[..] is vital, Grandel tells AJ.
AJ's balancing a career and family obligations raising her nine-year-old son David, who's extremely bright but who's fighting cerebral palsy. Despite a custody dispute with her wealthy father-in-law ---"Old Man Masterson" is how AJ refers to him -- who blames AJ for the death of his son -- attempting to gain custody of David.
The back story, revealed in "Rock Bottom" -- published last March -- is that AJ as a 17-year-old unwed mother -- the father is Cole Masterson, Kyle's son, left Scotia following a horrible accident that almost killed her. Ten years later, after success and fame in a battle against Capital Power (mirroring Brockovich's battle with PG&E in California) that earned her the reputation of "the People's Champion," she returns to Scotia to assist lawyer Zachariah Hardy in a fight against "Old Man Masterson's new mountaintop removal project6. When Hardy unexpectedly dies before AJ can get from Washington DC to Scotia, she continues the effort with Hardy's lawyer daughter Elizabeth.
Another complication arises when Hunter, the violent ex-husband of Elizabeth turns up unexpectedly. He's a shady character with more than a hint of menace in him. Given his history of violence, Elizabeth has ample reason to be concerned.
Adding to the already full list of complications is a decent guy -- about the only one in the book aside from Grandel's brother Morris -- Sheriff's deputy Ty Stillwater, who serves as a surrogate father to David, who's in love with Ty's K-9 partner Nikki. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Ty has a crush on AJ -- one that sly David encourages.
What AJ doesn't foresee is her simple business trip turning into disaster, with her family coming apart at the seams in her absence -- and David disappearing. While AJ tries to find her missing child, she also discovers what caused the "accidents." Add in an approaching hurricane, a charismatic religious leader in charge of the protests at the plant, a mysterious alligator and the plant begins hurtling towards nuclear catastrophe, with AJ stranded at ground zero. AJ has to save her son, herself, and the community -- and prevent a nuclear meltdown.
It's obvious that Brockovich has devoted a great deal of research to making this novel as authentic to scientific details as possible. Despite my above-stated reservations, I recommend it.
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Fast-paced, Action-packed Environmental Thriller7 novembre 2011
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Description: Rock Bottom's AJ Palladino returns in Erin Brockovich's Hot Water! Colleton River is a new-age nuclear power plant with the potential to make medical isotopes that could save lives. So when the plant and its employees begin suffering unexplained accidents, including radiation leaks and malfunctioning equipment, Owen Grandel, the plant owner, has no choice but to call on environmental activist and consumer advocate AJ Palladino. Unfortunately, AJ is unsure about taking the case. She's a single mom, has a son with cerebral palsy who is currently in a wheelchair, her mother is an agoraphobic hoarder, her grandma is blind and diabetic needing a full-time caretaker, her father-in-law hates her, and she is just getting the pieces of her life back together after almost losing everything. What changes her mind? A check with lots of zeros. Assuring her son that she will be home for his birthday, she heads to South Carolina to check the plant out and deal with the anti-nuclear protest groups, but her investigation takes a turn for the worst. The plant mishaps accelerate, her family is attacked, her son goes missing, a gater gets up close and personal, and a hurricane decides to stand between her and the people she cares about. Can AJ find a way to save the plant, the community, her son, and herself before a total meltdown?
Review: After reading Rock Bottom, I knew I had to delve deeper into the world of AJ Palladino. Not only are Brockovich's characters well-developed, but also fully dimensional and genuine. I feel a connection to all of her characters- AJ, Elizabeth, and David in particular; each of them well thought out and spun artfully into the overall plot. The story-line is anything but disappointing, consistently fast-paced, and full of suspenseful twists and turns. I didn't expect some of the outcomes, however, the ending was perfect, tying up most of the loose ends but allowing room for future books in the series. Honestly, there is a lot going on in this book plot and detail-wise, but if you are in the mood for a riveting action-packed environmental thriller, then this is the book for you.
Rating: On the Run (4/5)
*** I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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relevant environmental thriller8 novembre 2011
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Following the death of her lover Cole, the father of her nine year old son David who suffers from cerebral palsy, A.J. Palladino returns to her hometown, Scotia, West Virginia. The environmental activist partners with attorney Elizabeth Hardy on environmental investigations. Owen Grandel wants to hire the famous A.J. to persuade protestors that his nuclear power plant is safe. The million dollar fee will help care for her disabled child.
Ignoring her values A.J. accompanies Owen to his plant in South Carolina. Her actions upset David who detests his mom selling out because of his condition. The tweener also overhears his grandfather plotting to gain custody of him. He turns to family friend Sheriff Ty to counter the diabolical lethal scheme of his grandfather. In South Carolina, as a hurricane bears down on the state, a fanatic wants to use the reactor to trigger Armageddon.
With the recent nuclear mess in Japan, Hot Water is a relevant environmental thriller that grips the audience once A.J. and Owen meet. The heroine is caught between her values and her son's economic needs, which add realism to the mix. Although the detracting grandfather plot is over the top of Sassafras Mountain, the clean safe nuclear energy issue makes for a fabulous A.J. environmental thriller (see Rock Bottom).
Hot Water27 août 2012
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I received a copy of Hot Water by Erin Brockovich and CJ Lyons in exchange for an honest review. This book is a follow up from Rock Bottom, which I reviewed last year. The synopsis reads:
No stranger to balancing an intensely demanding work schedule with the stresses of keeping her family together, AJ Palladino now faces another challenge: she is leaving her young son home with her ailing parents so that she can travel to the site of a new case involving a nuclear power plant in peril. And it will take all her skills to keep her cool while the action and tension build to a fever pitch.
Colleton River, a new, one-of-a-kind nuclear facility designed to create medical isotopes with the potential to save millions of lives, has recently been plagued by a series of unexplained mishaps. The accidents have caused the locals to protest the plant, drawing the attention of an anti-nuclear protest group as well as several home-grown terrorists who sense an opportunity to sow fear and chaos. The plant's owner, Owen Grandel, has traveled from South Carolina to West Virginia to personally ask AJ for help. AJ knows she's going to have her hands full investigating the accidents and calming the situation at the plant. What she doesn't foresee is her simple business trip turning into disaster, with her family coming apart at the seams in her absence--and her young son disappearing. While AJ tries to find her missing child, she also discovers what caused the "accidents." Soon the plant begins hurtling towards nuclear catastrophe, with AJ stranded at ground zero. But can she save her son, herself, and the community--and prevent a nuclear meltdown before it's too late?
I actually liked Hot Water a touch more than Rock Bottom. Possibly because with the first I felt like I kept tripping over the environmental jargon, but with the second I felt more at ease and had a good grasp on AJ's work. I thought it also had a lot more action, especially due to the disappearance of AJ's young son. And then of course there is the race against time to prevent a nuclear meltdown from occurring! The pace was fast throughout and I highly enjoyed this thriller. I would recommend both Rock Bottom and Hot Water- in that order!
Hot Water is Lukewarm, But Pleasant18 janvier 2012
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Hot Water is a suspenseful environmental thriller that was very reminiscent of the world showcased in the movie Erin Brockovich. This isn't very surprising since it is co-written by Erin Brockovich herself. However, like Jason Statham, it seems that Ms. Brockovich can only play one role.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing - I'm one to enjoy a good Statham flick every now and again, but if you are expecting something wildly different from the movie about Ms. Brockovich, you are going to be disappointed. All of that said, this is a very simple and entertaining read. It is quick paced and it pulls you along with it as you journey through a story about a nuclear plant producing medical isotopes which has gone through some curious things. The owner is concerned about the potential bad press, so he hires renowned environmental fighter AJ Palladino to come and spin up some good media relations by, oddly, telling the truth. He invites her to take a good look at his plant and see where he can make improvements. Meanwhile, AJ is fighting with her son's grandfather and is battling her own attraction to her lifelong friend, Ty. Add in a hitman and you've got a thriller.
The best thing about the book is that the story seems imminently plausible. Ms. Brockovich and Dr. Lyons announce in the acknowledgements that they did write in scenarios that "actually could happen," to the consternation of the nuclear engineers that they consulted while writing the book. In order to soothe any security headaches, they did create a fictional design for their reactor. But, again, they threw in some realism by utilizing real-life contamination breach events as the guide for the ones in the book.
I think the most interesting statement that can be made about the book is that the good guy doesn't always win, but then he does. The authors show that sometimes we don't win in the ways that we think we will and that we can't sometimes solidly chalk something up as a win at all, but it isn't precisely a loss. This is far more reflective of my life experience than the novels that have perfect endings with all the ribbons tied up into a perfect bow of goodness. There is no perfect bow of goodness here. There's only a lopsided bow with a half-moody sense of eternal optimism.
I like that.
Thank you, Ms. Brockovich and Dr. Lyons.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Hot Water by Erin Brockovich and CJ Lyons free from Vanguard Press through the FSB Media review program. I was not required to write a positive review and did not receive any other compensation. The opinions I have expressed are my own and no one else's. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."