Forty Signs of Rain

Forty Signs of Rain

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It's hot in Washington. No sign of rain. The world's climates are changing, catastrophe beckons, but no one in power is noticing. Yet. Tom Wolfe meets Michael Crichton in this highly topical, witty and entertaining science thriller. When the Arctic ice pack was first measured in the 1950s, it averaged thirty feet thick in midwinter. By the end of the century it was down to fifteen. One August the ice broke. The next year the break-up started in July. The third year, it began in May. That was last year. It's an increasingly steamy summer in America's capital as environmental policy advisor Charlie Quibler cares for his young son, and deals with the frustrating politics of global warming. According to the President and his science advisor Dr S, the weather isn't important! But Charlie must find a way to get a sceptical administration to act before it's too late - and his progeny find themselves living in Swamp World. Just arrived in Washington to lobby the Senate for aid is an embassy from Khembalung, a sinking island nation in the Bay of Bengal. Charlie's wife Anna, director of bioinformatics at the National Science Foundation and well known for her hyperrational intensity, is entranced by the Khembalis. By contrast, her colleague, Frank Vanderwal, is equally cynical about the Buddhists and the NSF. The profound effect the Khembali ambassador has on both Charlie and Frank could never have been predicted - unlike the abrupt, catastrophic climate change which is about to transform everything. Forty Signs of Rain is an unforgettable tale of survival which captures a world where even the innocent pattern of rainfall resounds with the destiny of the biosphere.
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780007396658
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Astraeus
Sep 10, 2016

While not an uninteresting book, its difficult to describe it as a "thriller" since most of the plot focuses on the personal struggles of the characters. It's worth reading but, with the exception of the final few chapters, its lacks the excitement and tension that many readers may expect from books in this genre.

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gstark123
Sep 17, 2012

Read the series in order... VIRL has all the books so just get them held in order. Anarctica, 40 Signs Of Rain, 50 Degrees Below, and 60 Days And Counting.

Real people, real science, real government, all rolled up into a thriller ride that will add a dimension to the way you consider climate change.

Together, first rate KSR.

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j_baka2002
Feb 21, 2010

Great fictional real possibility of what may happen if Global Climate Change is allowed to continue with no actions made by individuals and our government.

Also a really fun read!

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john_doh1
Mar 31, 2015

An excess of reason is itself a form of madness. Pg 329 in ebook

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