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  • Paperback: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Pub (Nov. 13 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741442663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741442666
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)


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I thought the book was compelling, but the ending was anticlimactic, at least for me. According to the little writeup on the inside flap, it said that Rick and Dixon are the same person, but Thayer wrote the two men as if they were two seperate people. Thayer only alluded to the alter ego aspect once, which was when Rick looked in the window in the bar and then Dixon enters the bar. Bottomline, there was no point in saying there would be an alter ego twist. That's what hooked me to buy the book. I bought it from a store that sells old and new books, so you have to buy the books. Anyway, if I wanted to read a typical murder mystery, I would have liked to have known that before I read the book.

Also, it can be said that the fact that the Dixon was executed symbolizes the destruction of that part of Rick's personality, but it wasn't even mentioned in the novel. I was very disappointed with the ending of this book. I did enjoy the novel's realistic characterization, and the seemingly climactic storytelling, which led to nothing.
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Author Steve Thayer's first mainsteam success is a drawn out, yet riveting and enthralling tale with excellent characters, good dialogue, and gives great insight into the politics of a newsroom. "The Weatherman" is not only a suspense/mystery thriller, but it is also a forum for Thayer to promote his views on capital punishment, the Vietnam War, the glamorization and exaggeration of the media, and how women can be as deadly as the bitter cold.
Dixon Bell is a fairly ordinary meterologist from the south who happens to be working for a Minnesota television newsroom as their weatherman. He claims that he does not predict the weather, but "I read the weather". He struck fame when he boldly warned the twin towns of Minneapolis/St. Paul that a deadly tornado was coming even without the concern of the National Weather Service. Bell not only became a television figure; he was practically psychic. But what Dixon Bell wants most is the new, beautiful reporter Angela Labore. Meanwhile, women are strangled and killed for each weather season, prompting a media storm that Bell's Channel 7 News has never seen before. As circumstantial evidence compounds against Dixon and makes him a prime suspect, masked news producer Rick Beanblossom (he was injured at Vietnam) believes that Dixon is innocent and stops at nothing to prove it, despite the fact that he is obsessed with Angela as well.
Thayer does a great job of bringing characters into his story and allowing the story to fully develop them. Because of this; however, "The Weatherman" drags slightly in the first third of the book and may cause some readers to get anxious, but once Dixon Bell's trial begins, it is a rip-roaring suspense tale that will keep you guessing until the very end.
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By KDMask on May 16 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a find in Steven Thayer! The Weatherman has it all; suspense, twists, side stories and a pulse that makes you read late into the night. The back story involves the horrors and aftermath of Vietnam and is told in a voice that makes it so real to the reader, you almost can feel the pain. I'm not waxing poetic on this either, this really is a remarkable piece of work. A modern day serial killer is on the loose and yet everything ties back to Vietnam and the men that fought there. You will remember the characters in this story long after you put it down. The ending's a doozy as well! Enjoy.
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By A Customer on Jan. 7 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rant #1: the person who wrote the little summary on the back of the book had obviously *not* read the book! The summary said that "Andrea Labore is a beautiful, ambitious TV newscaster. She's hungry for a story that could make her career. Now is her chance... He's called the Weatherman. And he's going to make Andrea a star. Even if it kills her."
...um...noooooo...Andrea Labore had absolutely nothing to do with finding the Weatherman! That was all Rick Beanblossom! It's simply utterly factually incorrect, which is too annoying for words. Can't the publisher be trusted to read the book?
Rant #2: Rick Beanblossom NEVER takes his mask off? Ever? Not even to have sex? Has the guy heard of plastic surgery? So the veteran's administration let him down in that regard, well, here's a newsflash: his insurance would cover reconstructive surgery. Really. He could have enough of a face to at least let him walk around without a mask.
Rant #3: No background or character development given for the suspect and why he might have done any of what he did. Pattern? Motive? None.
Rant #4: Female news anchors getting their positions by having sex with the boss? Oh, thanks Thayer, thanks so much for promoting the notion of women sleeping their way to the top, that's so very 1950s of you.
Rant #5: No suspense. None. Ever. At all.
Rant #6: Was this just an anti-dealth penalty argument in disguise? I too am opposed to the death penalty, but what a ham-handed job of it.
Rant #7: I was trapped in Michigan with nothing else to read.
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...The execution scene was actually written BEFORE the Green Mile was published. While Mr. Thayer could, theoretically, lifted the description, it is unlikely. I was not disappointed in the scene, the characters, and certainly not the ending...
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