Sixty Days and Counting

Sixty Days and Counting

Paperback - 2007
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By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world's climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next.

But the president-elect remains optimistic and doesn't intend to give up without a fight. A maverick in every sense of the word, Chase starts organizing the most ambitious plan to save the world from disaster since FDR-and assembling a team of top scientists and advisers to implement it.

For Charlie Quibler, this means reentering the political fray full-time and giving up full-time care of his young son, Joe. For Frank Vanderwal, hampered by a brain injury, it means trying to protect the woman he loves from a vengeful ex and a rogue "black ops" agency not even the president can control-a task for which neither Frank's work at the National Science Foundation nor his study of Tibetan Buddhism can prepare him.

In a world where time is running out as quickly as its natural resources, where surveillance is almost total and freedom nearly nonexistent, the forecast for the Chase administration looks darker each passing day. For as the last-and most terrible-of natural disasters looms on the horizon, it will take a miracle to stop the clock . . . the kind of miracle that only dedicated men and women can bring about.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780553585827
Branch Call Number: PB FIC ROB
Characteristics: 543 pages ; 17 cm
Alternative Title: 60 days and counting


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Jun 13, 2016

This book bogged down in places and had too many plot twists (some of which were not resolved or which detracted from the main story line) to be a book I would recommend as 'light' reading. Since it was the 1st book of the series that I read, although the 3rd in the series, some of the threads may have been explained earlier. It is not a beach read, but does serve up some hard science for those who want to ponder the consequences of global warming.

Mar 04, 2015

3rd book of 3 - and i did get the other 2 which were tough slogging..especially the italicized chapter 'prologues?' those i ended up skimming - a bit too much rambling on. Surprisingly the 3rd book was the best for me and even then i had to skim a get to the end. Can't say i was much interested in most of the characters - the Khambali's were the most interesting. Decent read but not exceptional.

Sep 17, 2012

Read the series in order... VIRL has all the books so just get them held in order. Anarctica, 40 Days Of Rain, 50 Degrees Below, and the 60 Days And Counting.

Real people, real science, real government, all rolled up into a thriller ride that will add a dimension to the way you consider climate change.

Together, first rate KSR.

Nov 23, 2010

KSR does a creditable job of writing Science Fiction that is more science than fiction. His world and science are believable and the plot realistic. The Mars series (Trilogy) got me hooked and this series on climate change is even better.

Feb 21, 2010

A very good book. It is a great way to learn the possibilities of climate change and enjoy a couple evenings.

Jun 07, 2007

Robinson gets my vote for best, most literary sf author writing today. His climate change trilogy has characters of extraordinary depth, an astonishly detailed and believable depiction of science as it plays out in Washington, and (a bonus for ex-Californians) some of the most loving descriptions of the California coasts and Sierra-Nevada back-country you're likely to find anywhere. There is a good audio interview of Robinson on the Planetary Society website at (in the Planetary Radio section).


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