Publication Date: June 2, 2011
In Tipping Point by Simon Rosser, the world is on the brink of an ecological disaster. Climatologists are found dead, and the investigation into their passing takes one man around the globe and into a conspiracy to melt the ice caps and send the world to its tipping point.
While I think Rosser does his best to write a credible scientific story, I’d be lying to say that I understood every point. That said, Tipping Point is a freaking fabulous thriller. Despite not getting all of the science, I enjoyed this smart and fast read. Not only is Rosser’s novel a well written and a fun roller coaster ride, but it makes you think about global warming and what it is doing in regard to the future of our planet.
Robert Spire, the protagonist of the piece, is investigating the deaths of the murdered climatologists. He’s a little perfect. A little superhero on the run and so 007 that James Bond is looking at him with envy. He’s not perfect. Rosser’s character development leads a reader to the knowledge that this is a person who is a bit more capable than all of us and oh, so entertaining to read. Robert Spire can proudly take his seat with the iconic and flawed alpha males of fiction.
As would be fitting with a character of Spire’s bearing, the dilemma he faces is possibly the end of life as we know it. It must be hard for an author to present a plotline of this magnitude and maintain the tension and sense of urgency without coming off like the brilliant and yet not literary appropriate style of over-acting employed by William Shatner. Rosser pulls off the urgency beautifully and maintains tension with a constantly moving story. His writing style, which is not without error, is crafted in a way that progresses the story without weighing down the reader.
Though the settings are somewhat globe-trotting, they are quite distinct. I wouldn’t be able to do a landscape of each but there is a sense of cultural change that is quite shifting for the characters. There are a lot of characters and not all are fully developed but those that are, drive the story. So to my mind, Rosser can be forgiven those exceptions to coloring inside the lines.
We all know that Rabid Reader’s Reviews can unabashedly fangirl and we are totally fangirling Robert Spire. I cannot wait for my father to read Tipping Point and to get his take on the work. The Robert Spire novels currently compose a trilogy with Tipping Point joined by Impact Point: Action-Adventure Thriller and Melt Zone: Action-Adventure Thriller and I plan to pick up the other two books in the series today. If you prefer, the Spire trilogy is available in one volume titled Spire Trilogy: Action-Adventure Thrillers.
Be sure to check out my review of Vaporized an apocalypse Adventure.
Read an excerpt and buy the first book of Robert Spire series, Tipping Point by Simon Rosser on