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The Coming Global Superstorm [Mass Market Paperback]

Art Bell , Whitley Strieber
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May 1 2004

The climatological nightmare portrayed in the motion picture The Day After Tomorrow isn't just a fantasy scenario.
The first decade of the 21st century has seen some of the most violent weather on record, from devastating tsunamis to killer hurricanes. But scientific evidence suggests "the big one" is still in the making -- will you be ready?


Global warming is about to cause the North Atlantic current to drop to a more southerly route, sending Arctic air barreling into overheated temperate zones.

Sudden, dramatic changes in climate all over the world. . . . The most severe blizzards in history. . . . 100 mile-per-hour winds. . . . Shocking death rates.

Plenty. Talk-show host Art Bell and #1 bestselling author Whitley Strieber, our leading investigators of unexplained phenomena, offer a wealth of viable solutions in this brilliant examination of modern environmental science and weather-related disasters. We can take action today to avoid

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It's time to stop talking about the weather and do something about it. Paranormal superstars Art Bell and Whitley Strieber bring environmentalism to the masses tabloid-style in The Coming Global Superstorm, a quick look at global warming and its potentially catastrophic effects. Like Old Testament prophets, Bell and Strieber embrace lovingly detailed depictions of global cataclysm; unlike them, our modern-day doomsayers have more to go on than that old-time religion. Their writing is clear and straightforward, interspersing hard data with dramatization and speculation to create an engaging, enjoyable, but thoroughly spooky warning of the next Ice Age.

Scoffers would do well to remember the 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas, despite the clear warnings--we may have advanced our meteorological knowledge over the 20th century, but is our judgment any better? Bell and Strieber are ultimately optimistic that quick behavior change can avert the big storm for a while, even if archaeological evidence suggests its inevitability. Their solutions range from the small scale (buy fuel-efficient cars) to the grandiose (global cooperation in weather monitoring). Whether their suggestions will help is a moot question (how could we ever know?); surely, though, they won't hurt. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The message is very scary and convincing: humankind has so polluted the environment that the world's weather is about to react by taking a "ferocious" turn. But the messengers delivering this news seem a bit flaky: Strieber wrote of his own alien abduction episode in Communion; Bell, a late-night radio talk-show host, regularly covers such topics as UFOs, government conspiracies and near-death experiences. They present an imagined sequence for the catastrophic "superstorm," threatening a possible "extinction event" for humans. It's like Orson Welles's The War of the Worlds, only we're fighting the weather instead of Martians. Interspersed with this alarmist scenario are many credible facts about the effects of trapped greenhouse gasses, as well as explanations of how quickly our ecosystem has deteriorated in this century. Reading, the authors are very grave indeed, lending an otherwise dry scientific topic a heightened sense of dramaAand making it play as a thriller on tape. Simultaneous release with the Pocket hardcover. (Dec.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Motley Fools June 10 2004
By kwdjh
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the book, checking sources, seeing the film more than once I have to say to all those who mock and laugh at the premise of the book that this is not a work of fiction, but, a record of Earth's geological past and what is to come. There have been many, many ice ages in earth's history most lasting for between 100,000 to 200,000 years, so, to those who laugh, do so at your own peril.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It May Be True But It Is Also Unconvincing June 2 2004
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THE COMING OF THE GLOBAL SUPERSTORM warns of the coming end of civilization following the one-two punch of a global warming followed by devastating ice age. Art Bell and Whitley Streiber suggest that the seeming paradox of intense heat can cause a sudden melting of the polar ice caps, which in turn, can cause a disruption of the North Atlantic Gulf Stream. It is this weakening, they note, that will result in the massive and lightning quick advance of the polar ice to the previously warm Northern Hemisphere. Within days, then hours, the entire North American continent, Europe, Russia, and North Africa will be ripped apart by a superstorm unprecedented in ferocity. This part of their book has just enough reasonableness in its logic to invest their claims with some sobering apprehension. For those who have seen the film, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, upon which this book is based, were treated to some truly amazing special effects of New York being inundated by a massive sea surge.
The problem with accepting their premise is two fold. First, several prominent climatologists have refuted the idea that such a catastrophe could strike within days. These weather experts agree that yes, such a flooding and freezing could occur, but only after thousands of years. What the reader has to face is the hard choice of which set of experts to believe. No one wants to accept the doomsday scenario of Bell and Streiber, so there is the natural tendency to scoff at their claims. Bell and Streiber, to their credit, admit that it would take courage and foresight to accept their thesis. To make their claims more enticing they resort to methods of persuasion that are superficially glitzy but do not fall into the category of hard scientific empiricism. And this brings me to their second problem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining 'what-if' scenario. May 15 2004
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As most fans of Art Bell and Whitley Strieber know, this is the book that inspired Roland Emmerich to write and direct The Day After Tomorrow. For that reason alone it is a must read for any disaster movie/novel fanatic. Bell and Strieber use a combination of myth interpretation, amatuer and/or pseudo-science speculation and fictional dramatization of the actual prophesied event to educate/scare the reader with their theory that a single and quite massive 'superstorm' might bring about either a new ice age or global flood. Whichever it might be depends on what time of year the storm is unleashed on an unsuspecting world. Some of the examples sited are a tad suspect. I am fairly certain that Carl Sagan debunked the moon-is-a-broken-off-part-of-Earth theory way back when Cosmos was a first run television series and, while each culture may have a flood myth, this does not necessarily mean that a global flood occurred. Just about every region of the world will flood at some point or another and it is a long stretch to imply that the myths are linked to a single event. The less said about the use of an astrological calender, the better. Nonetheless, if you are as big a fan of Mrrs. Bell and Strieber as I am, then you will probably find this book an entertaining 'what-if' piece of infotainment, but I remain a 'wait and see' skeptic in regards to whether or not said superstorm actually exists.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some science, some pseudo-science.... March 29 2004
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Before I read this book I had never heard of Art Bell or Whitley Striber. Therefore, as a scientist, I read this book with an open mind. The book addresses the intriguing and controversial hypothesis that alterations in the flow of the North Atlantic Current could have sudden and violent cataclysmic effects on global weather patterns. This is such an intriguing topic that it's unfortunate it wasn't addressed by someone like Bill Bryson or Richard Rhodes, who would have given the topic a much more analytical and scientific treatment. In my opinion, Striber and Bell have hijacked the topic of potential weather-related global cataclysm, and used it as a vehicle to persuade the reader that advanced civilizations once existed on our planet and were lost in a violent climatic upheaval. They present legitimate scientific observations and as-yet unexplained phenomena (much of it unrelated to the topic of global climate) and casually link them to some of the more fanatastic claims of pseudoscience. This book is worth reading for entertainment, but the reader should definitely keep in mind the saying "you shouldn't believe everything you read". The bottom line is this book is long on pseudoscience and speculations (more than a few of them outrageous) and short on substantial scientific information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT THEY WROTE IS HAPPENING Jan. 28 2004
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Please, take a moment to read this book and then look around you at the world. What they wrote is now taking place. The oceans currents are changing.The Gulf flow is changing. Woods Hole Oceanographic Instituite just released a report and they have evidence, that in our lifetimes, we will witness major global changes See this article for yourself [...]
Published in the Independent.Co.UK on January 25th, 2004, they say in part:

"A study, which is being taken seriously by top government scientists, has uncovered a change "of remarkable amplitude" in the circulation of the waters of the North Atlantic.
Similar events in pre-history are known to have caused sudden "flips" of the climate, bringing ice ages to northern Europe within a few decades. The development - described as "the largest and most dramatic oceanic change ever measured in the era of modern instruments", by the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, which led the research - threatens to turn off the Gulf Stream, which keeps Europe's weather mild."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, scary, but excellent
As soon as I've read the first pages, it was creepy and very apocalyptic. It was the best book I've read. The message of the book is "Move south now!". Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Got to be kidding!
Whitley Strieber??? Come on, abductions, implants, etc., this guy is a total JOKE! Now he is an expert on Global Warming? Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by don
1.0 out of 5 stars Y2K??
I haven't read the book, but another reviewer wrote something funny. He refered to Y2k and how people were worried about the end of the world then, and they were obviously wrong. Read more
Published on June 3 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as entertainment only
Makes for good entertaining reading, but like the movie Day After Tomorrow, just be sure not to take it too seriously, as the authors have no real scientific credentials to speak... Read more
Published on May 26 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars You can also buy a bridge from these guys
Just remember this book is brought to you by the same people that said the world as we know it would end 1/1/2000 when the computers melt down. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by William Jurgens
5.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic and Compelling
When this book first appeared it was dismissed by professional climatologists. Now it seems Bell and Strieber were on to something all along. Read more
Published on April 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Coast to Coast AM and Dreamland w/ Whitley Streiber fan.
The Coming Global Superstorm is a wonderful Non-Fiction Book that explains many scenarios about our ever changing world that we live in and also our dire future. Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Joseph Ares-Berziga
4.0 out of 5 stars Confirmed by the Pentagon
When I first read the book I thought it was enjoyable, but trashy. The science in it seemed pretty far fetched. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004 by TL Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not judge the messengers
I admit Bell and Whitley are flaky but did you read Discover amagazine's Oct. 2002 articel on how global warming could lead to a new Ice Age? Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Robert Del Rosso
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