Official Review: WaterForce by Jack Bell Stewart

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Official Review: WaterForce by Jack Bell Stewart

Post by joshfee77 » 04 Aug 2018, 18:07

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "WaterForce" by Jack Bell Stewart.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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WaterForce by Jack Bell Stewart is an environment-focussed crime thriller. Environmental terrorists dump the nerve agent responsible for botulism into the Pepacton Reservoir. The 140-billion litre Pepacton is the largest freshwater reservoir in the Catskill mountains, servicing New York City. The system delivers a total of 1.1 billion litres per day to 9 million people in New York. Herb Rose, who works for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), discovers the white powder splashed across a boulder and floating in the reservoir itself. He and lab technician Mo Punjab identify the bacteria but decide to hold off on alerting authorities until after further testing.

Meanwhile, Herb's sons Titus and Parker take steps toward becoming environmental activists themselves, concerned about the impact of the reservoir system on their home in the mountains. Their great-great-grandfather committed suicide in 1953 while being evicted from his home for the construction of the Pepacton Reservoir. Now, the toxin in the water supply may cause fatalities in New York City...

WaterForce is an entertaining and engrossing environmental thriller. The author has clearly completed thorough research for his book, supplying plenty of facts and figures that add realism to the plot. The book remains story-driven, however, never bogging down in dry technical detail. There is a great dynamic between brothers Titus and Parker Rose, with brotherly humour and competitiveness that rings true from the start. The characters all have their own strong motivations to drive their actions. There is also some excellent character description. For example: "She had her dusty jeans hiked up so they could see the hair on her legs, and her eye makeup looked like a skid mark on Route 28."

A particular highlight for me is a frankly hilarious briefing scene including President Trump, the directors of the CIA and FBI, and the Secretary of Defense. Trump's bumbling tough talk, constant insults, and bluffing are all well-depicted in the scenes in which he features. I couldn't help but laugh at how well Stewart captures Trump's true nature. I also really enjoyed the book's climactic scenes, which are tense and exciting, ending the story on a high note.

The only real negative for me in this book is its minor typographical errors. I should note that I found less than I have in most other books I've reviewed, but there were still more than ten. Also, a few paragraphs were double-indented, and a few others accidentally started mid-sentence. Unfortunately, this limits my rating for WaterForce to 3 out of 4 stars. With these errors fixed, it would definitely be 4 stars, as I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Anyone with an interest in the environment or terrorism would enjoy this book, but those turned off by the occasional violence should steer clear.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 05 Aug 2018, 15:38

A particular highlight for me is a frankly hilarious briefing scene including President Trump, the directors of the CIA and FBI, and the Secretary of Defense. Trump's bumbling tough talk, constant insults, and bluffing are all well-depicted in the scenes in which he features. I couldn't help but laugh at how well Stewart captures Trump's true nature.
That sounds too funny!
Regarding the environmental research, I always appreciate an author who does thorough homework, because I often come across those who don't. Thanks for your interesting review.

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Post by kdstrack » 05 Aug 2018, 18:29

This is really a story for our times. I got chills just reading your review. This book sound intriguing. Nice job!
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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Aug 2018, 19:32

Wow! I don't think I've seen an environmental thriller before. It sounds interesting to me. You had me at terrorists dump the agent responsible for botulism. Thanks for the review.
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Post by AmySmiles » 06 Aug 2018, 10:25

An environmental thriller is enticing, but I'm not sure it's quite for me. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Abigail R » 06 Aug 2018, 11:06

I am not sure I have ever read an environmental thriller but this one sounds particularly interesting and well researched. I think I would also very much enjoy the scene with Donald Trump.

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Post by joshfee77 » 08 Aug 2018, 05:57

Cecilia_L wrote:
05 Aug 2018, 15:38
A particular highlight for me is a frankly hilarious briefing scene including President Trump, the directors of the CIA and FBI, and the Secretary of Defense. Trump's bumbling tough talk, constant insults, and bluffing are all well-depicted in the scenes in which he features. I couldn't help but laugh at how well Stewart captures Trump's true nature.
That sounds too funny!
Regarding the environmental research, I always appreciate an author who does thorough homework, because I often come across those who don't. Thanks for your interesting review.
Yeah, a very well-researched book in every respect. Really enjoyed it.

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Post by joshfee77 » 08 Aug 2018, 05:58

kdstrack wrote:
05 Aug 2018, 18:29
This is really a story for our times. I got chills just reading your review. This book sound intriguing. Nice job!
Thanks! It is certainly a frightening scenario to imagine, and the repercussions would be huge.

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Post by joshfee77 » 08 Aug 2018, 06:00

kandscreeley wrote:
05 Aug 2018, 19:32
Wow! I don't think I've seen an environmental thriller before. It sounds interesting to me. You had me at terrorists dump the agent responsible for botulism. Thanks for the review.
I thought it sounded like something different, and it didn't disappoint. Easily held my interest in a topic (water supply) I probably wouldn't normally read about.

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Post by joshfee77 » 08 Aug 2018, 06:03

AmySmiles wrote:
06 Aug 2018, 10:25
An environmental thriller is enticing, but I'm not sure it's quite for me. Thanks for the review.
Thanks for your comments. I must admit I wasn't too sure how I would go with it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Very well-written book!

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Post by joshfee77 » 08 Aug 2018, 06:03

abigailray1013 wrote:
06 Aug 2018, 11:06
I am not sure I have ever read an environmental thriller but this one sounds particularly interesting and well researched. I think I would also very much enjoy the scene with Donald Trump.
Yes, very interesting, and the Trump scenes are classic!

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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 10 Aug 2018, 05:41

An environmental thriller that's loaded with wit and a good sense of humor! That's definitely worth reading.Thanks for the comprehensive and captivating review.

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