Could have been labeled a horror novel as its portrayal of the near future is not that far off from what we can see on our TVs, in the news and on social media every day. Read it at your own risk, and be prepared to have its message seep into your psyche and make for several unsettling nights of sleep.
Alpert’s vision of the end of the world is terrifying on multiple levels and comes across as all too believable. Using his background in science, Alpert has crafted a tale that begins with the U.S. government ignoring the effects of climate change and then abandoning human rights in a misguided attempt to control the resulting chaos. A frightening apocalypse thriller that is more The Walking Dead than Michael Crichton.
Compelling and exciting ... The pacing is breakneck, which makes for a fun and exciting narrative ... Alpert is clearly upset about what he sees going on in the world. He used that anger to create The Coming Storm; a book that can be enjoyed both as a fun thriller and a powerful piece of futurist fiction about the ethical crises that arise when science and politics collide.
Alpert, who specializes in looking into the dark potential of technological advancement, doesn't spare details in rolling out his vision. But that vision is ill-served by one-dimensional characters, an underfed story, and an overly familiar doomsday setting ... boasts a strong whiff of Trump (the corrupt president here suffers from frontotemporal dementia), but any timeliness can't make up for the absence of thrills.