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The Moonpool | [P. T. Deutermann]

The Moonpool

A private detective working in Wilmington, North Carolina, is found dead in a gas-station restroom, apparently poisoned. But when her body sets off radiation alarms in the pathologist's office, suspicion falls on the nearby Helios nuclear power plant, a heavily guarded facility with supposedly fail-safe procedures.
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Publisher's Summary

"I remembered it from high-school chemistry, one of those experiments where we made hydrogen. It was more of an acidic sensation on the palate than a real smell, but I recognized it. The pile of spent fuel at the bottom was beginning to outgas. Next would come the fire to end all fires...."

A private detective working in Wilmington, North Carolina, is found dead in a gas-station restroom, apparently poisoned. But when her body sets off radiation alarms in the pathologist's office, suspicion falls on the nearby Helios nuclear power plant, a heavily guarded facility with supposedly fail-safe procedures.

As the FBI, local police, and the power plant's own security team investigate, ex-cop Cam Richter, head of the agency that employed the dead woman, begins his own inquiries. What was his detective investigating? And how could one person be poisoned by radiation without others being exposed?

Cam soon finds himself up against powerful forces that will stop at nothing to keep the plant's problems secret. The most vulnerable part of Helios is its "moonpool" - the radioactive storage pond that cools spent but volatile reactor fuel and must be kept completely full. Racing against time, Cam discovers an inside threat, a plan to use the plant's own systems to begin an unstoppable, disastrous sequence of events.

©2008 P. T. Deutermann; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 02-06-12
    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 02-06-12 Member Since 2006

    I LOVE Audible

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    "disappointing"

    I LOVE P.T. Deutermann, I have listened to most of his books in audio format. Perhaps because I have listened to so many, this one fell a bit short. I had to force myself to finish listening, since it seemed to drag on and on and on.

    Perhaps his formula has become too predictable for me, it is too bad, I Loved the cat dancer series and Hunting season (my Favorite).

    For the record, I will continue to listen to anything he publishes, but will stick to the books narrated by Dick Hill.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Cook Canyon City, Co 02-04-13
    R. Cook Canyon City, Co 02-04-13 Listener Since 2008

    Jack of all trades

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    "Moonpool worked for me"
    What made the experience of listening to The Moonpool the most enjoyable?

    PT Deuterman always weaves a fast paced story with subject matter that he has researched to make it believable. The nuclear industry material in this story had to be tempered, but the author made it into a great yarn, as he always does.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, with many plot twists. Unlike some reviewers I liked the detail, and never felt that the story bogged down in any way.


    What does Mel Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    While not Dick Hill, I would put him in that calibre of narrator - very enjoyable! My big reason for listening to books is so that I can multitask - like driving, painting, etc. This does not work for everyone....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction - just fit in nicely with the rest of the series - and my wife and I have listened to all PTD's books!


    Any additional comments?

    A fun read (do I hear 'Hardy Boys" for adults?), and just what we like for escape reading - and we like PT's attitude about the decline of the USA. Hope that can be reversed....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 02-03-12
    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 02-03-12 Member Since 2006
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    "SKIP THIS ONE!"

    I like to start with the first in a series and read straight through so after Cat Dancers, I immediately went to Spider Mountain, which was also enjoyable. Then Moonpool, which I would NOT recommend and suggest you skip it entirely. The story is confusing and, in my opinion, badly written. It's only redeeming quality is the dogs. And I've just finished Nightwalkers, I liked it as well and will buy the next in the series when I find it. !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rochelle Cohn 08-23-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book!"

    Great book, love this series! I just downloaded Nightwalkers and can't wait. My favorite part of these books are his dogs!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George VAN NUYS, CA, USA 02-14-09
    George VAN NUYS, CA, USA 02-14-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Pass on this one as well"

    I stopped listening to this novel half way though. The plot just got to silly to continued with. This author has done much better in his other books. Pass this one by. This book and Spider Mountain has the same characters and the same defects. You will be best off skipping them both.
    Train Man by this author is good. I have listen to it several times.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Rock Hill, SC, United States 05-28-12
    Barbara Rock Hill, SC, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Another Winner"

    P T Deutermann has quickly become one of my favorite authors, with plots set in unusual places and flawed but well developed and likeable characters. This one is no exception.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bordentown, NJ, United States 05-10-12
    Robert Bordentown, NJ, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not his best book"

    First of all, "where is Dick Hill"? This narrator does a decent job but I purchased this book being it was next in line from a series I have listened to and enjoyed, in large part to Dick Hill's narration. I never looked at the narrator, wrongfully assuming it would be Hill. Oh Well... The story itself was OK but nowhere close to previous books in the series. Hoping the next in the series returns to form.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John L. Walston north carolina 08-13-14
    John L. Walston north carolina 08-13-14 Member Since 2012

    math prof

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    "Horrible Book"
    What disappointed you about The Moonpool?

    Let's see. I was disappointed in the plot, the action, the dialogue and the character development. The plot was outrageous. The action was unbelievable. The dialogue was silly. The characters were cardboard cutouts.


    Has The Moonpool turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like the genre still.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too much effort to create voices for the characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Moonpool?

    Chapters 1-26


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book only because it was recommended by someone whose tastes match mine somewhat. I cannot imagine what he likes about this series. I do not mind protagonists who are not geniuses, but I prefer it when they are deliberately drawn as not too bright. Cam Reichter does the dumbest things for no apparent reason other than to create a cliffhanger. He goes into a greenhouse that he knows is filled with poisonous snakes for no given reason. He goes down a path, encounters a trip wire triggering something dangerous. What does he do the first chance he gets, he traipses down another path in the same woods following the same man and ends up hanging upside down. It is never clear why he chooses to walk into trap after trap set by a man he knows is dangerous and apparently much smarter than he is. Deutermann's action ignores physics and human capability. He does not appear to have ever been in a forest, seen a pine tree. I actually got The Cat Dancers by the same author and this one at the same time. I did not like The Cat Dancers but thought it was his first book and maybe he got a good editor and got better. He did not.

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    Robert E. Scarcelle 05-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not his best book"

    First of all, "where is Dick Hill"? This narrator does a decent job but I purchased this book being it was next in line from a series I have listened to and enjoyed, in large part to Dick Hill's narration. I never looked at the narrator, wrongfully assuming it would be Hill. Oh Well... The story itself was OK but nowhere close to previous books in the series. Hoping the next in the series returns to form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tebbetts, MO, USA 03-05-10
    Mark Tebbetts, MO, USA 03-05-10
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    "Moonpool Belly Flop"

    After reading The Train Man and Hunting season I was very dissapointed in the Moonpool. I am going to read the first in the three book series cat dancers next and hope I am not as dissapointed with it. One more Chance P.T.

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