Meltdown by James Powlik

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In his spellbinding new novel, oceanographer James Powlik combines cutting-edge science with a storyteller's gift for drama. A heart-pounding action thriller, races across the frozen expanse of the Arctic Ocean as a team of scientists fights to stop a radioactive plague--and a deadly mystery beneath the sea.

Dr. Carol Harmon has taken her environmental research vessel, the, deep into one of the most forbidding places in the world, the ceaselessly shifting Arctic ice scape. When two of her crew are ravaged by what appears to be radiation poisoning, Carol needs help fast--so she calls on the person she trusts most.

Brock Garner is an oceanographer, a former Naval officer, and a man who has never quite stopped loving his ex-wife, Carol. Answering her call from across the globe, Brock flies from one ice-bound pole to the other. But by the time Garner arrives, a frightening scenario is taking shape: Deep beneath the ice, something is leaking deadly radiation. Worse yet, the greatest danger the global seas have ever faced may be only part of a bigger cataclysm. A disaster of untold proportions is looming--the world's first man-made Ice Age. A life-and-death battle is about to be unleashed...not just for the Arctic, but for the very future of Earth.

Brilliantly imagined, unfailingly gripping, is a taut, action-packed adventure infused with real-life science. A novel that crackles with spine-tingling authenticity, it is a thrilling, rollicking roller coaster of a read.

The clouds parted and the black surface of the Arctic Ocean came into view.

Before the plane stretched the long corridor of water opened by the vessels, flanked on either side by fractured pieces of floating ice.

"What the hell is?" one of the flight engineers suddenly said. He pointed toward the sea roughly half the distance to the horizon.

Then the others saw it: a distortion in the surface. Seconds later, the sea itself rose up, flicking along its length like a carpet being shaken. The ocean rolled and exploded upward, flinging huge chunks of ice aside. For a moment, the water seemed suddenly to be speeding up at them, then just as suddenly it passed below, streaking to the east and falling away behind the bombers.

The captain thought he knew what he had seen, but could not fully com-prehend it. Then he thought of the ships below them and wondered if they could see the massive wall of water rising up from the ocean.

In the time it took him to reach for his radio, the damage was already done....

About James Powlik

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James Powlik is a researcher with a Ph.D. in biological oceanography & has been a consultant to science & education projects for, among others, the EPA, NASA, the National Science Foundation, & the U.S. Department of Commerce. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Published November 28, 2000 by Delacorte Press. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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A lethal slick of radioactive waste threatens to cause a modern-day Ice Age, and only Dr. Carol Harmon and her ex-husband, Brock Garner, the marine scientist heroes of Powlik's debut novel, Sea Change, can stop it.

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