Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Review – Richard DOYLE – “Flood”

Year Published: - 2002
Where the book was from:- My own copy
ISBN: - 0 7126 1477 X
Pages: - 373pp
Genre: - Disaster thriller
Location:- London
How I came across it: - Library book sale
Rating: - ***** *****
One sentence summary:- My first ten star book of the year being a brilliantly researched and written chiller about what could happen when a few emergencies come together.

Describe the plot without giving anything away:-
A tidal surge combines with a storm to create a one in a thousand year surge that threatens the Thames Barrier. Shipping problems and potential fires add to the problems as the situation worsens.

General comments:-
One of my roles at one time included Emergency Planning for the local authority and I quite anticipated this being yet another of those unrealistic emergency / disaster books. It turned out to be brilliantly (and I use that word advisedly) researched. If you want to know how the authorities respond to an emergency this is the book to read. and if you think the scenario is unlikely it is the very unlikeliness that makes a disaster.

AUTHOR Notes:-

Richard Doyle lives with his wife and child in Oxford, having formerly lived on Dartmoor. His previous novels include Imperial 109 and Executive Action.

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