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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, all rights reserved
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3 out of 5 stars
By Fiona on 02-06-12


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.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By R. Cook on 02-04-13

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....

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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