MELTDOWN by G.P. James

Meltdown

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 worldโ€™s energy crisis, climate change, and the quandary of nuclear energyโ€”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.

Aging nuclear plants, failing infrastructure and a pass the buck mentality have led to a complete failure of one of the plants after a 6.1 earthquake rocks New York.

Trace Cane isย  trying to manage the damage while dealing with a know it all underling and the suits and politicians. As the reactor melts down his family is dealing with the results of the earthquake and trying to evacuate the city. Trace is torn between saving lives or leaving to find his family. Will they or will he survive?

I would like to say that I am not fond of books that advertise they are ‘like’ a book or author. It rarely pans out to be the same thing and this is true for this book.

I can’t say I cared what happened to the characters, bouncing back and forth from one to the other, from past to present and I still didn’t feel anything for any of them. I would have liked to have seen less diagrams and more depth. While it is a good premise, it falls short of comparisons to Crichton or Brown.

Netgalley/May 15th 2018 by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

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