Boiling Point, by K.L. Dionne, Jove Books, 2011. Thriller.
A volcano erupts in remote Chilean Patagonia, and researchers are thrust into the maw of hell, drawn to the violence for different reasons, some good, some selfish, some evil. A brilliant French scientist has taken it upon himself to geoengineer the planet out of climate change, and the volcano is his instrument.
Dionne has crafted a fine novel of suspense peopled with fully realized, complex characters. There are no fully good guys or fully bad guys; there are only flawed people scratching their ways through, and deeply personal motivations inform each action. Dionne’s descriptions of the volcano’s raw power leave you with new respect for this uneasy planet. — Ken Pelham