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Dry Ice

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  64 reviews
In the frozen heart of Antarctica sits TESLA, a secret weather "research" station designed by Greg Simpson for Flint Agro-Chemical, a world-spanning agribusiness. Only a few people know that TESLA is creating weather all over the globe, granting Flint huge harvests and punishing the company's rivals with hailstorms and drought. Even fewer know that from time to time, Flint ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Tor Books
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Flora Smith
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I appreciate firstreads giving me the opportunity to read and review this ARC.


I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It was such a fun read. This was a sci/fi thriller based on the premis that man has been able to control the weather and then weaponizing it. This is a conspiracy theorist's dream come true and I'm sure many of such will say this is based on real technology.

This book is set in Antarctica where special technology has been placed to control the weather. The genius behind it ha
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Vivian
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a fascination for weather and this thriller about weather manipulation did not disappoint.
Penny Hoover
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty off the wal and hokey
Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is a Reading Good Books review.

* In compliance with FTC guidelines, it should be noted that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Bill Evans is a ten-time Emmy award winning meteorologist from WABC-TV New York City. His writing partner, Marianna Jameson is a former romance writer who crossed over to the genre of eco-thrillers and disaster novels. Together, they have written three books Category 7, Frozen Fire, and Dry Ice.

Dry Ice synopsis from Marianna Jameson’s websi
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Dry Ice by Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson concerns weather control gone awry. In this novel the TESLA research station which is owned by Flint Agro-Chemical, an agribusiness company, is controlling the weather to their benefit - and the detriment of others. Greg Simpson, who designed the station and runs, has gone insane and rogue. After it is discovered that he is working secretly with the Pentagon, Flint wants him replaced with Tess Beauchamp, who has no idea what TESLA does. The only problem ...more
Annie
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a first reads giveaway from Goodreads:

The premise seems bit silly at first- at least it is the way the back cover describes it, but once you get into it, it doesn't seem laughable and it's quite well written. The writing is sophisticated, which I love. This is no Stephenie Meyers, this is legitimately good writing.
It did start out a little iffy and I felt like reading it was a chore, but as I got deeper into it I really enjoyed it.

You will also never think of weird weather the same way.
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Sheila
Bill Evans’ climate-based novel, Dry Ice, nicely skirts the question of whether global warming is man-made, man-assisted or just imaginary. His characters have mastered the secret science of manipulating weather, and the author has mastered the art of making that science sound plausible. There’s big business with huge investments in food crops and parallel interests in technology. There’s government with political investments in favored regimes. And there’s Tess Beauchamp, scientist, who’s inves ...more
Shannon
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a good, suspenseful read!
Shelves: firstreads
When I entered the giveaway drawing for this book, I didn't realize, until I actually received it, that it was co-written by my favorite TV-meteorologist, Bill Evans. His weather expertise is really shown in this book, but it's explained in a way that even casual weather report viewers like my self can understand what's going on!

(WARNING: The following paragraph may be seen as spoilers by some.)
Tess Beauchamp is a weather researcher and extremely specialized atmospheric expert who is asked to re
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Kristin Lundgren
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, weather
Another in the Evans/Jameson weather thrillers, this one takes place in the middle of Antarctica, 1000 miles inland, at a remote and mysterious facility owned by a large agricultural firm. Ostensibly it is to monitor the weather and help predict where and when good crops will prevail. Secretly, they use manipulate weather so that rain falls on areas they own that need it, and dry out areas that don't. They do good works, working in remote areas like the NE tip of Afghanistan, helping to build th ...more
crystal
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: disaster buffs, weather scientists, Dirk Pitt fans, and Guys in general.
I received an ARC of the book from the publisher through GoodReads First Reads.

I thought this book sounded really interesting, in the vein of the Dirk Pitt Novels, or Bond. Tess is chosen to go a remote antarctic base for Flint AgroChemical (think: Monsanto), where they control the weather and make events happen that will financially benefit the company. Greg, the old director is not happy about being escorted out of the installation and he set a code in motion that will take the base, Tesla, r
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Douglas Perkins
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was one of the most frustrating books I can recall reading -- frustrating in the sense that it had some things about it that were terrific, but then other aspects that so stretched credulity that you just wanted to scream at the page.

Evans clearly knows the science behind his weather, and created a plausible scenario for how a breakthrough in weather-controlling technology could emerge. That, and the pacing of the book were real strengths. There was no way I was not going to finish this boo
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Sharon
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you are fascinated by natural disasters, you will enjoy this book full of tropical storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and fire. The story takes place in Antarctica at a scientific research lab, which is manipulating the weather. Tess is sent to replace Greg at the facility. Greg has been here for years and considers it "his baby." If he can't continue to run it, world beware. Tess works alongside Nik, whom she had a relationship with 15 years ago. Together t ...more
Gretchen
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a thriller about weather manipulation causing havoc across the globe. A scientist, Greg Simpson, sets up a research base on Antartica called TESLA with the help of a huge agrobusiness called Flint. There Greg goes rogue and starts causing weather to wreak havoc. When Flint decides to replace him with another scientist, Tess, he really flips out. Tess worked for him in the past, and due to the way their working relationship ended, Greg hates her. So before he leaves TESLA, he activates so ...more
Holly
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC copy of "Dry Ice" here on Goodreads. YAY!! This book almost lost me as a reader. The first several pages were SO boring and technical and hard to read that I almost put it down. I don't even think these few pages were germane to the book at all or at the very least could have been incorporated better throughout the book.

However, I am happy that I kept reading. Once I got past the first few pages that only NASA scientists would find interesting, I couldn't put it down. A rogue scien
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Julia
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book for free through the Goodreads first reads program.

I will admit that I love books set in the arctic. Something about those people who are hardy enough to live on a remote outpost on the ice really fascinates me. This book grabbed me from the opening chapter, and kept my interest throughout.

When I first read the description of the book, the concept of a weather machine terrorizing the world seemed silly. But as I began to read the book, the scenario seemed so believable that
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Julie
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, first-reads, arc
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 07/15/2011!

I was really excited to read this book. The idea that someone or something can control the weather sounded really interesting and the possibilities seemed endless with how this book would work out.

Let me tell you, the beginning of the book was hairy. I had to really push through it. There was a lot of background info and scientific stuff that I'm usually into but it was just too much. Once you get to the meat of the story,
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Joanne Kaplan
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another winner by Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson! Dry Ice draws you in from the first page and keeps you 'til the last. What happens when genius goes rogue? Greg Simpson is the genius in charge of a weather research station (TESLA) in unforgiving Antarctica. When it's discovered that Greg may be working with someone within the Pentagon, without his employer's knowledge, and may be responsible for catastrophic, deadly extreme weather phenomena around the world, it's time for him to go. If that w ...more
Stacy
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
(I read an ARC given to me through a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks Goodreads!)

When I read the description on the giveaway, I signed up because it sounded interesting. Early reviews had me concerned because I was expecting a technically confusing story - but it wasn't. I'm one of those people that love to learn new things and the explanation of the division of Antarctica and the lifestyle of those living on the ice was fascinating.

As I read the book, I wondered how they would be able to pull it tog
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Lisa Randall
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Weather geeks (like me)
Shelves: first-reads
I requested a copy of this book because I am fascinated with the weather. This book was written by a meteorologist (with help) and I think it was fantastic.
Weather is being controlled for business and political gains. The whole premise seemed so plausible I started wondering if it might already be happening (or if it's in our near future).
If you're looking for a deep, meaningful book, this is not it. It's more along the lines of Michael Crichton or Dan Brown.
If I didn't have a full-time job an
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Bruce
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A good quick read. I espeially like the detail regarding the meteorological events in the tale. The only areas where I had issues were with regard to the computer-related items, in particular the event that triggered the original logic bomb. On a real-world corporate or scientific network that is run by professionals, this wouldn't happen as described as the individual being forced out would not be turning over their account to their successor, but their account would be completely disabled at a ...more
Carla JFCL
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Being the daughter of a pilot, I've long been fascinated by weather...especially violent weather. I also like a good conspiracy theory, so for me having the two of them combined in this fast-paced novel was a real treat.

There was quite a bit of technical scientific, geological and weather-related lingo in this book--probably more than really needs to be in a novel--but it was balanced out by really good dialogue. This made the book move right along, and I really was anxious to see how it all tu
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Jill
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This book started off slow and was a little hard to get into. Eventually, I was going along pretty well and then like a lot of books everything winds up and is resolved in a very few pages. It was an interesting although disturbing story of how someone in charge of something very powerful can use things for destruction rather than what the original intention was. The writing seemed somewhat choppy and hard to follow at times. I think those who are interested in weather science or those who like ...more
Drucilla
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. I was going to bite the bullet and give this one three stars, but the ending made me rethink it. It's your typical disaster-movie-in-book-form. The plot was pretty interesting even if the science behind it was a little too science-fiction to be believable. (view spoiler) added absolutely nothing to the plot and I was disappointed by the ending. The aftermath of the whole endeavor is rushed through to give (view ...more
Daniel
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a very intriguing read. I came to aquire this book through goodreads first reads. I enjoy fantasy more than other genre but this book was able to grab my interest and then ran wild with it. The authors that wrote this book did an excellent at keeping the readers attention throughout the story. At every turn of the page you will be like what will happen next, will Tess be able to out smart Greg, will TESLA create the most destructive catastrophe ever encountered. Over all this is an enjoy ...more
Michele Staino
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
*I received this book through goodreads first reads*

I must say it was quite a thrill to read this book while living in Connecticut, every time a storm hit I believed Greg Simpson was taking revenge. Dry Ice really made me think about all the natural events that have occurred in recent years and the capabilities of technology. Although some aspects of the book went over my head, I am in no way scientifically inclined, I still found Dry Ice to be intriguing. This is a well written book that was ab
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Cathy
I won this book on a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. Was absolutely loving this book - but alas I won't be finishing it due to the usage of the "f" word. It didn't pop up until a couple chapters in and so I decided that maybe it would be a one time thing. Continued with the book and was truly enjoying it and then bam - there it was again - repeatedly. Wish I could finish the book, but I won't because I don't want to be verbally assaulted again. I will say that from what I read - this was a pretty ...more
Beth
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
On the one hand, I like the concept of this novel, the idea of weather being wielded as a weapon. And I like the amount of solid science in this novel. Unfortunately, I didn't like how this book flowed like a shallow blockbuster end-of-the-world summer movie. I didn't care about any of the characters, and the doom and gloom aspects of the novel were ultimately distracting. To me, this novel has potential but requires some more work. My copy is an ARC, so maybe it will be improved by the time it' ...more
Dale
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first_reads
A page turner from beginning to end that depicts what could occur if people controlled the weather and other natural events - first innocently on a "beneficial to everyone" level, then wielding of personal power for fun and because I can, progressing into covert military purposes, and my favorite "for business reasons".

Guaranteed you will not look at weather conditions or other natural events again without thinking "What if someone is doing this...".





Johanna
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A fantastic book! Ever wonder what would happen if we could control the weather? It's an intriguing thought, but once considered, one might be inclined to believe that the risks might outweight the benifits. Especially if the technology got nto the wrong hands. Weather as a weapon? That's exactly ehat you get with Dry Ice, as well as rich characters and an up-tempo pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Loved it!
Gale Stanley
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Dry Ice from the Amazon Vine Program and looked forward to reading it. It sounded like my kind of book – a scientific thriller. The story started out a bit slow, with a lot of detail, but stick with it and the thrills will come. The writing seemed a little disjointed at times, probably because there are two authors. Overall, I enjoyed it. The premise is intriguing, with enough action to keep the pages turning.
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Bill Evans is a multiple Emmy Award-winning, nationally-renowned senior meteorologist. He has appeared on Good Morning America and Live! with Regis and Kelly. Evans has received the Outstanding Meteorologist Award from the National Weather Service and has hosted the National Hurricane Conference. Bill Evans and his family live in Connecticut.
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