I’m a pushover for well written, near future thrillers, of which this first novel is a perfect example. Sometime not long from now, the global water shortage has become critical. In order to deal with it, private companies are experimenting with harvesting water from giant icebergs via microwave heating and transportation to the mainland. Ben Maki is running one of these operations, unaware of the fact that his boss has taken some unorthodox shortcuts designed to discredit him, and to hurry the program along. When a giant ice shelf is surreptitiously blown loose from Antarctica, the operation begins. There’s a problem, though, which starts off at low key and builds gradually. There are previously unsuspected hordes of rats living in Antarctica, rats which have learned to hunt in packs, grow larger than usual, and aren’t afraid of humans. They appear at the experimental installation and at a scientific research post, both of which only gradually realize the danger they are in. Then everyone begins to get sick and we realize the rats are carrying a terrible plague, and the contaminated water is being shipped in a freighter which environmental extremists are planning to sabotage. An excellent, fast paced, sometimes scary thriller. Very much recommended.