I find myself returning to Joe Dacy every so-often. As a hard science-fiction nut, I have learned that that’s where I should go to get my fix.
And I blitzed my way through Cycle 26 for just that reason. Containing a hell of a lot more plausible science than the brief summary might suggest, this adventure was nevertheless a step beyond many of his other novels in adventure and mayhem. I loved it!
My principal surprise came from the new perspective I was forced into; we all know what global warming is. In fact, with every passing day, some TV channel shows us yet another receding glacier, or some flood or drought wreaking havoc among the populace. It all has to do with global warming, they say. What they don’t say is just how terribly complex and counter-intuitive climate-change really is.
Joe Dacy turns conventional wisdom on its head and posits an entirely different possibility, one which happens to be defended by a small but persistent minority of scientific researchers; what if we are actually not too far away from another ice age?
As I became familiarized with that idea over the first few chapters of the book, I also became familiar with its characters. John Snowden and Amy Callahan posses many similarities between them, not least of which is the fact that they have both known tragedy from an early age. These events determine their choice of profession, leading them to possess rare and vital skills in an ever-worsening situation.
Bloody battles are fought in the snow; this possible future is gory and grim, but well-crafted by an imaginative author. Despite the violence, however, none of it was gratuitous.
I thoroughly recommend this book to fans of hard science-fiction like myself, but add that it is packed with enough adventure to appeal to more eclectic readers.