Mother Of Storms
Copyright 1994 by
I first read this in August 1997 and most recently on the 1st March 2002
In the near future, America is no longer the superpower it once was. It's
largely ceded power to United Nations, now a world government.
The Siberian Commonwealth has deployed sea-bottom missiles in order to support
its intended annexation of Alaska Free State. The UN responds by destroying
these missile launch facilities with immensely powerful anti-matter weapons.
Sadly this has an unforeseen side-effect - a disastrous effect indeed. The
planetary weather system is massively disrupted, facilitating the birth
and growth of new and far larger hurricanes.
Brittany Lynn Hardshaw, US President, and her right-hand man Harris Diem have
a vision of returning America once more to superpower status. They've worked
long and hard to achieve this, but now they have a tough decision - the
imminent catastrophe requires global coordination and pursuing national
interests may exacerbate the world-wide calamity.
John Klieg has made a fortune through the activities of his company,
GateTech. He follow technological trends and industrial research and
attempts to patent crucial techniques before the technology companies
themselves. Now he. and his able-bodied assistant, Glinda Gray, see the
chance to make much, much more from the disasters to be wrought by the
chaotic weather system.
Diogenes Callare is a government meteorologist. He's going to be in a critical
position - one of the team tracking the hurricane and attempting to predict
its unusual and deadly path. The American people are depending on him,
but then so is his family, his wife Lori and their kids. They need
him too. Striking the right balance won't be easy.
Diogenes younger brother, Jesse, is at university doing an engineering
degree. He's chasing fellow student Naomi. She's an activist,
an appallingly prejudiced young woman, but to Jesse she's one hot babe,
and he can fake the political conviction. His studies are suffering and
Naomi is fickle.
Carla Tynan is another meteorologist. She's going to be working on Diogenes
team. Her ex-husband is Louie Tynan the American astronaut. Louie loves
being in space and is determined to stay up there as long as possible. He
and his ex-wife Carla are still in love, it's just that they seem to get
on better when they're apart. And he's a little worried about her being
on Earth during these very dangerous times.
Mary Ann Waterhouse plays "Synthi Venture", porn star cum investigative
journalist on the Passionnet XV channel. XV is the TV medium that provides
full sensory reception. She gets sent to interesting places to report on
the news while having excessive sex with her co-stars Quaz and Rock. It's
all getting a bit much for her, the job and cosmetic enhancements are
weighing her down and she really, really needs a rest.
Randy Householder's daughter, Kimbie Dee, was murdered to make an illegal XV
recording, her terror and pain recorded for the pleasure of perverted viewers.
Now he criss-crosses the country searching for leads and tips to track down
the killers. Slowly he's building a edifice of circumstance and evidence
that will allow him to identify the man who was behind the murder. One
thing is clear, whoever this evil individual is, he's someone very important.
Berlina Jameson wants to be an investigative reporter, a newspaper
journalist. In today's world this is an obsolete profession. People no
longer want unbiased newsprint, they want the emotion and the excitement,
they want full XV immersion.
This big cast of characters are tied into an enthralling and exciting plot.
"Mother Of Storms" is an excellent novel. Jon Barnes immerses you in great
science, teaching you everything you ever wanted to know about hurricanes.
At the same time he has created complex characters: some who think
they're good, but aren't; some who think they're bad but may not be
and those that know they're evil but still try to achieve something
Some of these characters are truly memorable . In particular John Barnes
has somehow managed to burn a picture of the wonderful Mary Ann Waterhouse
into my memory. I can see her now, with her red hair and flannel shirt, on
that street in Tapachula, Mexico.
Heck of a book.
Loaded on the 10th April 2002.