Turbulence

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781474624305

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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Five days before D-day, a team of Allied scientists is charged with making an accurate weather prediction for the landings. Meanwhile, up in Scotland, renowned forecaster Wallace Ryman has designed a revolutionary system for understanding turbulence. But Ryman is a reclusive pacifist who refuses to take part in the war effort. Tasked with obtaining Ryman’s theory, Henry Meadows -a young math prodigy from the Met Office-must ingratiate himself with Ryman, and his wife, before events, like the weather, begin to spiral out of control.

Reviews

Masterful. . . . Rivetingly beautiful. . . . There is undoubted brilliance in TURBULENCE: wonderful writing, a flawless period atmosphere . . . and finely drawn characters. . . . One of the most utterly convincing historical novels I've read in some time
Kevin O’Kelly, Boston Globe
An artfully well-orchestrated novel about the strange poetry of science
Sunday Times
Each flick of the page . . . suggests the tick of a countdown. The book surges toward its end with enough surprises to grip Foden's readers-and remind them that a life's highest points are never quite as forecast
New York Times Books Review
TURBULENCE is a novel about redemption and overcoming one's own horrific mistakes. . . . A novel of vivid telling and often wondrous images . . . that stays with you, and sinks in deeper than you'd imagine
Dallas Morning News
Characteristically ambitious. . . . Unique. . . . A sideways glance into one of the 20th century's major historical events
Time Out New York
Gripping. . . . Splendidly tense. . . . Foden's conspicuously thorough research, the lovely African flashbacks and the many meteorological references all come together dynamically. . . . Ryman is a moody, spellbinding figure, with mystical obsessions-not unlike the central character in John Fowles' THE MAGNUS
Los Angeles Times
Foden's most compelling and affecting novel since his debut, combining fascinating research with a high narrative tension. . . . In everything except its titular concern, TURBULENCE is a smooth and stable progression in an intriguing literary career
Guardian
Absorbing, elegant and thoughtful. . . . TURBULENCE shines
Glen Weldon, NPR, Books We Like
Fascinating. . . . Foden offers some unforgettable scenes
Richmond Times Dispatch
Terrific. . . . A love story, a science send up, and an accurate rendition of how the Normandy landings succeeded. . . . The superior novelist who can warn us of an emotional tempest today and a hurricane of anxiety next week-all by way of describing turbulence in a more limited context-is one to heed
The Buffalo News
Foden is a subtle and careful observer
Winston-Salem Journal
Giles Foden handles his material with the cool brilliance one would expect from the author of THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. . . . The writing is so good that you don't doubt for a moment that what has been described did happen
Observer
A page-turner that challenges the reader with ideas on every turn. . . . A gripping literary novel. . . . [Foden] has written another original and remarkable book
Scotland on Sunday
Foden is a formidable storyteller. . . . [In TURBULENCE,] it is the meticulous fusion of science and military history that dazzles, coming off like an exhilarating fusion of Richard Powers and John le Carré
Publishers Weekly