Pressure Drop


Fiction - Thriller - General
420 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2013
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Author Biography

This first-time author was a naval shipyard electrician, commercial nuclear power plant technician and U.S. Marine.
He's currently a part-time deli clerk and likes what he does. No pressure.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

"Pressure Drop" by Mitchell Smith takes us into a tale that blends the dry, wry humor of John Irving and the technical brilliance of Tom Clancy into one wonderful story. Mitchell Smith himself tells us that "Pressure Drop" is a blend of the 1980's opposition to the construction of a commercial nuclear power plant in New England and follows the lives of those people who work in the shadow of the containment dome.

To me "Pressure Drop" really comes across as a novel about the human condition. It is the true nuclear family. You think you know your family, your loved ones, but do you know them well enough to know what they would do if everything went pear-shaped? Would your loved ones stand side by side and together until the end, or would they become dangerous and turn against you? These are the kind of questions that "Pressure Drop" is going to leave you asking. I can promise that you will also be thinking about the events of this book long after you are done reading it.

Mitchell Smith's attention to details is truly amazing. Because of the way everything is presented and put together you can truly feel like a part of the story. It is the writing style that truly makes you absorbed in it and ask important questions about the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants something that will make them question life in general.

Alice DiNizo

"Pressure Drop" could easily be a book that goes to the top of the New York Times best seller list with some editing here and there. The theme is brilliant and totally unique. The plot's focus is one extremely angry, grieving brother who is supported by his sibling as they unleash a cruise missile, launching it from a nuclear submarine at a nuclear power plant in coastal New Hampshire. This is a first-rate subject for a story. This is a high tech story; but it may be too high tech for some readers. The average reader may not understand how a nuclear plant works. The story's characters are all good, strong characters. I would strongly suggest that the focus should be more on their story with a bit less technical jargon.

There are wonderful scenes in "Pressure Drop" as when the teenage boys end up on the nuclear shipyard island on Halloween. Mary Ann and the C-10's are a great part of the storyline. At the story's end, Mary Ann sees living birds near her beach home. This is a very satisfying part of the conclusion. "Pressure Drop" has the makings of a great story and this reviewer looks forward to seeing the author's name as recognized as Tom Clancy.