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Boiling Point
Boiling Point
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  • Paperback
  • Dec.28.2010
  • 9780515148800
  • Berkley Books

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As Chaitén sleeps... Two microbiologists monitor the effects of global warming in the shadow of the long-dormant volcano. A celebrity scientist and his film crew arrive at the caldera to capture Chaitén’s spectacular scenery for a television audience. And a Nobel Prize-winning scientist sits in his apartment in Paris, monitoring data on fifty-six volcanoes around the world—waiting for the one sign that his diabolical plan is about to be put into motion. Soon, their destinies will converge. For the Earth has become a pawn in the biggest gamble ever played with humanity’s future... And Chaitén is about to blow.   "Fans of the late Michael Crichton will enjoy Dionne's exciting second ecothriller . . . Crisp writing keeps the pace fast, and the tight interweaving of story lines bodes well for this author's future efforts." — Publishers Weekly "Dionne'...
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As Chaitén sleeps...

Two microbiologists monitor the effects of global warming in the shadow of the long-dormant volcano.

A celebrity scientist and his film crew arrive at the caldera to capture Chaitén’s spectacular scenery for a television audience.

And a Nobel Prize-winning scientist sits in his apartment in Paris, monitoring data on fifty-six volcanoes around the world—waiting for the one sign that his diabolical plan is about to be put into motion.

Soon, their destinies will converge. For the Earth has become a pawn in the biggest gamble ever played with humanity’s future...

And Chaitén is about to blow.

 

"Fans of the late Michael Crichton will enjoy Dionne's exciting second ecothriller . . . Crisp writing keeps the pace fast, and the tight interweaving of story lines bodes well for this author's future efforts." — Publishers Weekly

"Dionne's follow-up to Freezing Point delivers more science thrills. The narrative flows well, the characters are sharp and the setting is explosive. While the chaos compels the reader to turn pages, the science reinforces a scenario this is all too real and terrifying. Readers will seek out the previous book and anxiously await the next one." -- RT Book Reviews 

“Dionne hits her stride with this heart-thumping, timely thriller, one that rings with surreal authenticity.  All of the right elements — action, suspense, secrets, conspiracies — meld together, the plot built skillfully, like a master craftsman, one layer at a time.   Put simply, it’s a non-stop delight of a read.” — New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry 

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In December 2009, I read an article, “10 Wacky Ways to Save the Planet,” about using geoengineering to reduce the effects of global warming. One of the solutions advocated was mimicking the natural cooling effects of volcanoes by seeding the atmosphere with sulfur dioxide particles in order to block the amount of sunlight reaching the earth.

The idea of deliberately and permanently altering earth’s atmosphere struck me as an act of hubris worthy of the most megalomaniacal thriller villain. I’d recently seen an incredible photo of the Chaiten volcano eruption: billowing red and purple clouds shot through with lightning against a black sky that was so amazing, the photograph won National Geographic’s “Photo of the Year” award.

What if someone took it upon themselves to solve the problem of global warming by seeding the atmosphere under the guise of a volcanic eruption? I wondered. Who could stop him? What if his idea were correct and his solution were the right one? What if he shouldn’t be stopped? These were the questions that became the foundation of my novel.

About Karen

Detroit native Karen Dionne is the internationally published author of two environmental thrillers, Freezing Point and Boiling Point (Berkley). She is cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizer of the...

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Published Reviews

Jun.27.2008

Karen is the brainchild behind the wonderful writer's forum Backspace, and finally, her debut thriller is about to arrive this fall. The action is nonstop and the hot button issue - finding untapped...

Sep.23.2008

Dionne is going to be an author to be reckoned with if her debut novel is any indication. A fascinating blend of science fiction and fact, it weaves a great deal of information into a complex story of...

Author's Publishing Notes

As research for this novel, I traveled to the location where Boiling Point is set: Chaiten volcano, a newly erupted volcano in Northern Patagonia, Chile. I stayed in Chaiten town at the base of the volcano, even though the town was ruined by a lahar during the eruption and remains evacuated and is without electricity and running water, and hiked to within one mile of the new lava dome, where I saw steam vents, heard explosions coming from the caldera, and felt a small earthquake. It was an amazing and inspiring trip which definitely informed the writing of the novel.