Monday, November 7, 2011

Review # 64: Hot Water by Erin Brockovich and CJ Lyons

Rock Bottom's AJ Palladino returns in Erin Brockovich's Hot Water!
    Colleton River is a new-age nuclear power plant with the potential to make medical isotopes that could save lives. So when the plant and its employees begin suffering unexplained accidents, including radiation leaks and malfunctioning equipment, Owen Grandel, the plant owner, has no choice but to call on environmental activist and consumer advocate AJ Palladino. Unfortunately, AJ is unsure about taking the case. She's a single mom, has a son with cerebral palsy who is currently in a wheelchair, her mother is an agoraphobic hoarder, her grandma is blind and diabetic needing a full-time caretaker, her father-in-law hates her, and she is just getting the pieces of her life back together after almost losing everything. What changes her mind? A check with lots of zeros. 
     Assuring her son that she will be home for his birthday, she heads to South Carolina to check the plant out and deal with the anti-nuclear protest groups, but her investigation takes a turn for the worst. The plant mishaps accelerate, her family is attacked, her son goes missing, a gater gets up close and personal, and a hurricane decides to stand between her and the people she cares about. Can AJ find a way to save the plant, the community, her son, and herself before a total meltdown?
     After reading Rock Bottom, I knew I had to delve deeper into the world of AJ Palladino. Not only are Brockovich's characters well-developed, but also fully dimensional and genuine. I feel a connection to all of her characters- AJ, Elizabeth, and David in particular; each of them well thought out and spun artfully into the overall plot. The story-line is anything but disappointing, consistently fast-paced, and full of suspenseful twists and turns. I didn't expect some of the outcomes, however, the ending was perfect, tying up most of the loose ends but allowing room for future books in the series. Honestly, there is a lot going on in this book plot and detail-wise, but if you are in the mood for a riveting action-packed environmental thriller, then this is the book for you.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Allizabeth! Brockovich would certainly know this subject well. Do you think AJ is a fictional version of Brockovich?

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