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The Coming Global Superstorm Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2004

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Film tie-in edition edition (May 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743470656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743470650
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 130 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #349,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

About the Author

Art Bell is America's voice in the night, heard weekends by more than fifteen million people on the show he created, Coast-to- Coast AM. Art covers topics far and wide, from gun control to near-death experiences, from politics to UFOs -- nothing is beyond Art's realm. He is also the author of The Quickening, The Source, and an autobiography entitled The Art of Talk. He lives in Nevada with his wife, Ramona, and three cats.

Whitley Strieber is widely known for his bestselling account of his own close encounter, Communion: A True Story, and has produced a television special based on Confirmation for NBC. He is also the author of the vampire novels The Hunger, The Last Vampire, and Lilith's Dream, and is the new host of his own radio program, Dreamland, founded by Art and Ramona Bell. His website -- the world's most popular site featuring topics at the edge of science and culture -- is www.unknowncountry.com.

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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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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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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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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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Art's first book has an analogy: it was like giving a kid a Ferrari. He had the money and market to command a book but a wreck soon occured.
Art Bell is an extremely succesful radio man and his show just dominates the nightime radio waves when he is on the air. I always feel sorry for anyone taking his place when he has a sore back or is on one of his leaves. The ratings must plummet when he stops talking. Also as a former disc jockey from Japan or similar he has selected outstanding bumper music that just pumps the show up and keeps all those all nightime truckers awake and jumping.
Sometimes, about 10%-20% of the time, he has excellent solid and well qualified guests - people that are well known scientists or similar who have their heads screwed on tight.
The rest of the time (as with this book with Whitley) his show is pure fanatasy made up of various people talking to the dead, seeing UFO's, communicating by "remote viewing", seeing "shadow people", predicting the end of the planet and the like. These ideas have as much merit as the mist that evaporates when the sun rises as the show ends.
This makes great radio, but when pen goes to paper and entertainment tries to become science, or a science book, it becomes an exercise in (scary) fiction to augment his radio income. Strieber either believes this clap-trap or is along for the ride. I cannot see this effort as scientific or accurate with any credibility. It is entertainment pure and simple.
It was published because Art's name is there as an author and market draw. Otherwise it does not pass the proverbial laugh test. Maybe somewhere "shadow people" are reading the book using "remote viewing" and enjoying it.
My humble opinion.
Jack in Toronto
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