Fission


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
330 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2012
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Author Biography

Originally from England, Writer and Film-Maker, Tom now resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

His novel, FIRST NIGHT, set in Boston during New Year's Eve, introduced the unlikely heroines, Alex and Jackie, and the ghost of a 17th century Puritan named Sarah Pemberton. FIRST NIGHT won an Honorable Mention in the Middle-Grade/Young Adult category, in the Writers Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards.

The sequel to FIRST NIGHT, called THE ELF OF LUXEMBOURG was published in January, 2010. As with FIRST NIGHT, THE ELF OF LUXEMBOURG is also a supernatural mystery, with a blend of humor and history that has become Tom's trademark.

Following the publication of the THE ELF OF LUXEMBOURG, Tom turned to the medium of film to produce and direct the award winning, animated short, THERE BE MONSTERS! based on his short story.

Tom has also written the novel, FISSION, based on his screenplay of the true story of scientist, Lisa Meitner, and the race for the atomic bomb. FISSION the screenplay was named a finalist at the London Independent Film Festival. Prior to its publication in August, 2011, the novel was serialized for Tom’s Facebook fans.

Tom is now working on Book 3 of the Alex and Jackie Adventures, called FEATHERED: BEING A FAIRY TALE. The book, which is set in Ireland, is due to be published in the Fall of 2012.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

"Fission" by Tom Weston is based on a true story. Our tale centers on Lise Mietner, a Physicist. Women were expected to get married and raise a family, not to dream or pursue a career and especially not in a field like Physics. The year was 1906 when Max Planck was recruiting some of the most brilliant minds in the world. Meitner meets and works with several well-known men including Albert Einstein. However, the person she worked with the closest was Otto Hahn, a chemist. Their research focused on radioactivity and nuclear physics. Their research took Mietner in a different direction as she became a spokesperson on the topic. You may be asking yourself why you are not familiar with the name of Lise Mietner. She was born into a Jewish family in 1878. Hitler hated the Jewish people and removed her name from any of her published research. She barely managed to escape Berlin with her life.

Tom Weston brings Lise Mietner’s story to life. He depicts her in a positive light allowing her personality to shine through as well as her intelligence. Mietner is a shining example for young women today, clearly demonstrating that women can have a successful career. Since I was not familiar with Mietner, I truly appreciated Weston’s ability to show her as a multidimensional character. It is obvious that Weston spent much time researching her life. He did an incredible job of pulling the reader into this book allowing him or her to experience the culture of the era. Kudos to Mr. Weston.