Storm Cloud Rising is a fictional story of survival preparation from a pending apocalyptic meteoric bombardment of Earth. Written by J. Richard Jacobs...moreStorm Cloud Rising is a fictional story of survival preparation from a pending apocalyptic meteoric bombardment of Earth. Written by J. Richard Jacobs as the first of three books in the Rain Trilogy, SCR starts with immediacy and the action only accelerates - it's a real page turner! There are no lulls in the plot, and had I not been interrupted, I would have finished reading it in one sitting instead of two. Jacobs is nearly poetic in his lush descriptions, and his dialog is crisp and realistic - superior to many stories I've recently read. He shows humanity at its best and worst, with government bureaucrats often being depicted as the latter. This is a book of real science, and is worth reading, if for no other reason than to see how some would deal with an improbable, but possible scenario.
Remember, a handshake is not a guarantee. Remember, trust no one—not even yourself. Remember, never turn your back, even for the smallest fraction of a...moreRemember, a handshake is not a guarantee. Remember, trust no one—not even yourself. Remember, never turn your back, even for the smallest fraction of a second. Remember....
I have read many conspiracy novels, but none have been like this. In a sense I’m reminded a little of Tom Clancy’s work, but just slightly. This one goes way beyond that. This one is real, like a cardiac arrest on a runaway train approaching a collapsed trestle over a bottomless gorge. It is today, or not too many days away in a near future.
The clock is ticking. Well-l-l, in these times I suppose it is better to say that the clock is humming. In THE CARBON TRAP by Randy Dutton, the clock is humming loudly and insistently toward a new world. A world not of our choice. No, this will be a world of Alexis Swanson’s making, if he has his way.
I enjoy novels that grab the bad guy by the lapels and shake hard. In Mr. Dutton’s story, all the bad guys on all sides are having their lapels rumpled as the world heads down a dangerous path to face important questions and it is in urgent need of reasonable and rational answers.
The character of Anna Picard thrilled me. In the story we experience every emotion at every level. THE CARBON TRAP begins with a speech unspoken and ends with the finality of a thunderclap. Between the silenced speech and thunderous bang is a marathon run at a quickening pace. It never slows down. I only need to read a story once to get what I want as a reader. I read this one twice for the sheer pleasure of it...and I will probably read it again, and again, and....
THE CARBON TRAP by Randy Dutton digs into the ideas of global warming and its effects. The story looks at both sides of the argument and uses hard science to make its points. The arguments for and against are presented in well written prose bearing plenty of detail. Detail that will have the reader quaking at the possibilities stated and the agendas exposed. This is not a book for the complacent among us, but it is a novel well tailored to those who have the blinders off, who don’t believe everything the government dishes out and who want to know the truth, no matter how much it hurts.
So, don your gasmask, settle back in your easy chair in your asbestos free home and take a trip to the other side of life. This is chilling speculative fiction at its finest and, Randy tells me, there will be others to fill out his series of nerve wrenching tales.
I liked this book for its bare bones reality and its solid science underpinnings. The descriptive narrative is superior and the dialogue is great and believable. You may also find yourself falling in love with Anna, as I did. What a gal...!