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By John Russell Fearn
By John Russell Fearn
Linford Mystery Library: Large Print (2008)
Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Herbert White - March 4, 2009
Climate Incorporated is another rousing adventure story by John Russell Fearn that incorporates elements of both the science fiction and mystery genres. Like many of his stories, Climate Incorporated is a story about a scientist whose good intentions, and new invention, go bad. In this case, meteorologist Alvin Brook, has figured out how to the control the weather via the means of a new device he invented. He assumes that with this new invention, he will soon be heralded as a savior to the world, bring rain where it is needed, snow when it is wanted, or cool spring breezes to those beset by heat. Instead, what Brook reaps is death. Not just his own, but also his wife Nancy!
The culprit in this case is no less than Marcus Denham, a famous industrialist, who had the scientist murdered just so he could steal his invention. Now in the hands of this nefarious businessman, Brook's invention is being used for evil. Denham has created Climate Incorporate, a company whose sole purpose is to use Brook's invention to siphon money from the nations of the world by blackmailing them with the threat of horrific storms.
There is one person, however, who just might have what it will take to defeat Denham. That person is no less than David, Brook's own son. In his quest, David finds an unlikely ally in the form of the weather itself, who does not seem to be as amendable to being controlled as it initially appeared. This is a no-hold's barred, action packed adventure, and Fearn does not let David get his revenge the easy way. He is going to have to work for it, and face dangers of his own as he tries to reclaim his family's honor and save the world from a climate controlling tyrant.
A border-line work of pulp fiction, Climate Incorporated is a quick and fun book to read. The mystery in the story will not strain your brain overly much, but there is plenty of tension and excitement and you'll likely find yourself reading this book through in one sitting.
Climate Incorporated can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of the Linford Mystery Library.
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