Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Category 7

Category 7

Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson

Forge Books




A Category 4 hurricane, with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, tears roofs off buildings, smashes windows and doors, and can send floodwaters up to the second floor. Evacuation is suggested for up to six miles inland.

Hurricane Katrina was a Category 4 when she made landfall.

Hurricane Simone is a Category 7—the biggest, strongest storm in recorded history. When she hits New York City, skyscrapers will fall. Subways and tunnels will flood. Lower Manhattan and much of Queens and Brooklyn will disappear under more than thirty feet of water.

All along the Eastern Seaboard, towns and cities are being evacuated as wind-driven rain lashes the coast and storm surges crash through seawalls. Roads are packed with fleeing motorists whose cars are jammed with every personal possession that can be crammed in, plus family members, friends, and beloved pets. A huge natural disaster is brewing in the Atlantic.

Except that Simone isn't natural. She's the product of rogue weather science being wielded by billionaire Carter Thompson as part of a personal vendetta against US President Winslow Benson. Once Carter wanted to bring rain to the desert and feed the starving peoples of the planet. Now he wants to show Benson—and the rest of the world—just how powerful wind and water can be.

If technology created Simone, perhaps technology can stop her. It's up to Kate Sherman, once a member of Carter's weather team; and Jake Baxter, a weatherman for the CIA, to try, using a secret US Navy weapon. The catch? It has to be deployed inside the hurricane.

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Chapter One

Rain lashed through the hellishly hot Saharan sky, hurling itself groundward with chaotic fury only to evaporate before it made contact with the dying earth. The newly dry air was sucked up again into the wet layer to repeat...



Book Trailer for Category 7

Kate Sherman is a brilliant young meteorologist who can't understand how she recently missed predicting three major storms—storms that cut into the profits of her employer, Coriolis Industries. Afraid of being fired, Kate throws herself into an analysis of the strange storms—and headlong into the path of a secret plot that may cost her her life!


Praise for Category 7

“Remember the movie The Day after Tomorrow? It was a classic big-weather story, full of catastrophic special effects. This novel, written by veteran meteorologist Evans and technological writer Jameson, is exactly the same kind of story, in print form. Just sit back and let the action wash over you. The book is a fast-paced action-adventure that promises a rousing finale and delivers it.” —Booklist

“Evans, a meteorologist for New York's WABC-TV, and novelist Jameson pit a posse of diverse weatherfolk against Simone, a storm of unheard-of magnitude that's headed straight for Manhattan. The authors meticulously lay their fictional and scientific groundwork. Weather nerds should have a good time from beginning to end.” —Publishers Weekly

“Take a healthy dose of the paranoid scenarios from 24 and governmental intrigues from The West Wing, then spike them liberally with the atmospheric minutia that armchair meteorologists know and love. What emerges might be strikingly similar to this clever debut from TV meteorologist Evans, here teaming with romance novelist Jameson to spin a fictional take on long-whispered conspiracy theories about weather as a clandestine weapon.” —Kirkus Reviews

Category 7 is a superb thriller of a disaster untold until now. A rare insight to what might and could very well happen in the future. Suspenseful and shocking…It is truly a fine book to be proud of.” —Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author

Category 7 is a well-researched thriller whose building devastation will keep the reader ‘churning' through the pages.” —Steve Alten, New York Times bestselling author of MEG and The Loch

About the author

Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson

Bill Evans is a multiple Emmy Award-winning, nationally-renowned senior meteorologist. He has appeared on Good Morning, America and Live with Regis and Kelly. Evans has received the Outstanding Meteorologist Award from the National Weather Service and has hosted the National Hurricane Conference. Category 7 is his first novel. Bill Evans and his family live in Connecticut.

Marianna Jameson is the author of Big Trouble and My Hero. Her extensive experience writing for the aerospace, defense, and software industries allows her to bring an insider's edge to Category 7. She lives in Texas.

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Marianna Jameson

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