Wednesday, November 25, 2015

River Under Rain

A young Native man in the Pacific Northwest has a talent for finding underwater corpses. After his partner is murdered a sympathetic doctor decodes his strange skill and helps the young man find justice.

W.I. ATKINSON BIOGRAPHY William Illsey (Bill) Atkinson has been a professional science writer since 1971. Born in Seattle WA to a US Navy Lieutenant Commander and his Canadian bride, Atkinson studied engineering, history, and anthropology in college. Since leaving school Atkinson has applied an innate talent for explaining complex technology. He has written case histories for a steel producer, crafted speeches for the president of the National Research Council, served as contributing editor to a national science magazine, and been communications director for an R&D agency based in Vancouver. In 1991 Atkinson incorporated Draaken Science Communications to interpret science topics for industry, academia, and government. He is the recipient of the Dalhousie University Prix d'Excellence in issues writing; the Freelance Editors' Award for best science story and best popular science magazine; and the Corporate Communicators Prize for best industrial magazine. Atkinson was one of four finalists for the National Business Book Award for his technology review Prototype. His book on nanotechnology, Nanocosm, was warmly reviewed in both The Wall Street Journal and the Yale University journal Physics Today, and was selected as one of the 30 Best Business Books of the year by Executive Book Summaries. He is frequently asked to speak on technology and innovation throughout North America. Atkinson has dual US-Canadian citizenship and currently lives in Toronto. River Under Rain, set in the Pacific Northwest, is his first work of fiction.

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4An inventive tale
By S. Robertson
I really enjoyed this book. The story is inventive and interesting and kept me involved all the way through. The author changes the point of view by using `first person' for the main character, and 'third person' for the rest, switching to each one so you see their perspectives and you don't miss any of the action.

I did feel that some of the characters' stories could have been fleshed out a little, that more background was needed, and some jumps in logic were required. That said, in a couple of instances a little less technical detail might have helped it flow better. However, all in all this is a truly enjoyable read.

As the book covers quite a few years in few pages, you can see the possibilities for more stories to fill in the blanks. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Atkinson.

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