on March 17, 2014 :
Rich Adams’ novel, Fractured, is filled with well-researched historical and scientific details concerning the storage of atomic waste materials—a problem that continues to grow as atomic energy becomes more prevalent. How do we keep such waste safe, not just from accident, but also from natural disaster and evil intent? Fractured presents one possible solution in complex and fascinating detail. But when disaster and evil intent combine, a novel of conflicting aims and desires, dire coincidence, and dangerous games of spy and counter-spy ensues.
Chapters start with date and location, simplifying a rather complex braided timeline, as long as the reader remembers to check. Locations, many and varied, are evocatively portrayed with sometimes lyrical prose. And characters are given plenty of depth and backstory, their hangups as detailed as the scientific dangers they face. Occasional typos slow the prose, and details are sometimes weighty. But it’s an intriguing novel of what might-have-been, and a truly fascinating read.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy and I’m sorry it took me so long to get around to reading this.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)