My book reading habits are odd, I will be the first to admit it. I reviewed Paul’s latest book Prophecy, and subsequently interviewed him. He explained that the characters in Prophecy were created in his first novel Category 5. I was hooked, and Paul was kind enough to send me a copy.

Paul was involved with meteorology for many years, and so it should not surprise anyone that the title Category 5 refers to a very dangerous type of hurricanes. Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans was, in hurricane standards just a toddler, a mere Category 3. If it had hit land as a category 5, the destruction and death toll would have been cataclysmic.

OK, enough of the weather lesson, lets move on to the book. I really like Paul Tag’s style of writing, there is never a dull moment. From page 1 you are propelled into a story of intrigue, old grudges, high technology, and terrorism. The heroes are heroic, and the bad guys dastardly. This is exactly what you want in an adventure story. Our heroes are Dr. Victor Mark Silverstein, the preeminent meteorological scientist for the US Navy, and his assistant Dr. Linda Kipling. Silverstein is the cool thinker, a man that can think outside the box. As Sherlock Homes once said “Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.

Dr. Kipling on the other hand is a lady of action. This is one lady that you would not want to try and ‘mug’ in a dark alley, she would beat the living daylights out of you!

The ‘bad guys’ are equally entertaining, a Middle Eastern who goes by the single name of Ghali, and has ties to a murky organization called The Blade. Joining him is Cameron Fitzby, a frustrated scientist, a man with a brilliant brilliant mind, and a theory that cost him his PhD years ago. A theory of weather modification, specifically hurricanes.

To tell more about the plot would spoil the story. This is a must read book. This is adventure and high technology at its very best. And interestingly enough the technology is is not unbelievable. We are already taking small steps toward controlling the weather, cloud seeding, and I am sure that the scientific ‘Geeks’ are exploring other options. As it is we seem to be inadvertently changing our environment through Global Warming, although, in my mind Calgary, Alberta, which is where I live, is experiencing Global Cooling, last Wednesday we set a new record for snowfall!

You can pick up your copy of Category 5 from Paul’s web site. Great book, and one that I can recommend without reservation.

Simon Barrett

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