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Turbulence The D day landings the fate of million men landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions on the English Channel on a single day A team of Allied scien

  • Title: Turbulence
  • Author: Giles Foden
  • ISBN: 9780571205226
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The D day landings the fate of 2.5 million men, 3000 landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions on the English Channel on a single day A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on an accurate forecast five days in advance But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead And what is the relationship betweThe D day landings the fate of 2.5 million men, 3000 landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions on the English Channel on a single day A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on an accurate forecast five days in advance But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics Wallace Ryman has devised a system that comprehends all of this but he is a reclusive pacifist who stubbornly refuses to divulge his secrets Henry Meadows, a young maths prodigy from the Met Office, is sent to Scotland to discover Ryman s system and apply it to the Normandy landings But turbulence proves elusive than anyone could have imagined and events, like the weather, begin to spiral out of control.

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    1. warren Cassell on said:

      I enjoyed this book immensely even though I have scant knowledge of physics, advanced mathematics or meteorology. All of these specialties play a central role in this mesmerizing novel set in England during the latter part of the Second World War. The protagonist, Henry Meadows, is a callow, nebbish and brilliant mathematician working as a meteorologist with an international team to determine the exact (safest) date for the D-Day incursion to Normandy. Prior to this assignment Meadows had been p [...]

    2. Kate Gould on said:

      Foden’s novel opens with the fantastical vision of icebergs being towed from Antarctica to Saudi Arabia to water the Sheikh’s desert. Taking in sea lions trained to detect mines, frissons and debate, the horror and waste of war, and the fragility of genius, the tale of Allied scientists attempting to provide a weather forecast for the D-Day landings could have been an intriguing take on the historical period. What lets it down is the fact that, having evidently carried out vast research, Fod [...]

    3. Trevor on said:

      Wasn't too sure about this book when I started, as physics and meteorology are not my favorite subjects, but I loved it. This is a novel with a strong narrative, well paced and easy to read. The meteorology aspect of the novel is explained in layman's terms, and really adds to the detective element of the story.With a factual background, embellished with a detective story, this novel follows a young weatherman on his journey to accurately forecast the weather needs for the D-Day landings in nort [...]

    4. Nigel on said:

      Should have been a four star, but the incredible amount of information could only be deciphered by an expert in this field. Interesting story, reasonably well told, bogged down with a desire to show off the authors ability to absorb the meteorological data garnered whilst researching this book.

    5. Adam Pearson on said:

      NOOOOOO!! Dense thickets of (I suspect) specially-learned meteorology, Pulease!

    6. Patricia on said:

      It was a but difficult to read on but the story was very convincing and very interesting.

    7. LindyLouMac on said:

      My sister gave me this just before I went on my road trip to France and Belgium in September. Very appropriate given the places we were due to visit and and interesting and informative read.

    8. Tim on said:

      Using weather as a metaphor can be tricky business. One of the worst sentences I've read in years invoked a "restless silver sky." F. Scott Fitzgerald on the other hand used it to noted effect in The Great Gatsby. The risk for a writer may be even greater when weather is the central allegory. Giles Foden takes that chance with Turbulence, a novel built around the difficulties of accurately forecasting the weather for D-Day. Although at times too obvious, Foden avoids flogging the reader with the [...]

    9. Jeruen on said:

      An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review: Turbulence by Giles Foden on Blogcritics.If you're in the middle of a war, and you're planning a major attack against your enemy, then presumably, you would want to know what the weather is going to be like, during the day you are planning on doing it, right? That is the core question that surrounds the narrative of this latest book by Giles Foden, entitled Turbulence.The story is centered on the character of Henry Meadows, a [...]

    10. Margaret on said:

      I should have found Turbulence boring because most of the characters are scientists - meteorologists, to be precise - and a lot of the dialogue is scientific concerning the theory of weather forecasting and mathematical forecasting in particular. Maths is not my strong subject and a lot of this was beyond me. There was just too much detailed information. Yet, strangely this book gripped me and once I d got through the first chapter, which was very technical and odd, about making a ship out of ic [...]

    11. Alex Rogers on said:

      Interesting story centred around the role the meteorologists played in the planning for D-Day. A little uneven and missed its mark a little - but an enjoyable interesting read.

    12. Dianne on said:

      The novel starts with strong echoes of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Henry Meadows on board an 'ice ship' in the Antarctic in 1980 is writing his memoires and reflecting on the science of turbulence and other 1940 scientific developments. Meadows, a bright young meteorologist, was sent to a remote area in Scotland to set up a new weather station near the home of Wallace Ryman. The objective was to get information from Ryman, whose theory about turbulence and its application to weather forecasting [...]

    13. Toni Osborne on said:

      "Turbulence' is an ambitious and original topic that fictionalises the debates between weather forecasters and strategists that preceded the D-Day Invasion. The slow moving plot starts in the 1980's on an ice ship destined for the Middle East. The melancholic Henry Meadows reminisces and recounts his time spent during the war effort. The story is narrated in the first person by Henry, a young Cambridge academic who was entrusted to develop a method that would allow the military commanders to cho [...]

    14. Dorothy on said:

      I found this book a very satisfying read: a novel based on real events at the end of the second World War. The main character, Henry Meadows is a young Cambridge don who is recruited into the Met Office and given a special assignment to see out another scientist who may hold the key to more accurate weather forecasting. When this scientist dies, he joins his old boss in a special unit who are trying to give an accurate forecast on which the D.Day landings will occur. This part of the book is esp [...]

    15. Joshua Finnell on said:

      Library Journal Review:The latest novel by Foden (The Last King of Scotland) is a piece of historical fiction centered on forecasting the weather for the D-day landings of World War II. The story is narrated through the diary of Henry Meadows, a brilliant young scientist assigned the difficult task of finding the reclusive Wallace Ryman, the originator of numerical weather forecasting. A crucial formula for forecasting the weather on the day of the invasion, the Ryman number defines the amount o [...]

    16. Joanne on said:

      I'd really give this 3.5 if I could, because my goodness, it is slow-moving. Everything happens in the last few chapters. It's an historical novel about the meteorologists who advised Eisenhower about when to invade for D-Day, given a host of parameters (e.g wind speed, moon, cloud cover) from the Army and Air Force. Even though it's pre-computer, so they have to run equations by hand, each one has his own way of forecasting based on the thousand or so weather stations that are set up from Icela [...]

    17. Frederick Bingham on said:

      This book recounts the story of Henry Meadows. He is a young meteorologist sent to meet with the great Wallace Ryman in Scotland. Ryman is a thinly disguised version of Lewis Fry Richardson, a pacifist and visionary in the field of weather and forecasting. The story takes place during WWII, when Meadows is trying to get insight into forecasting in order to facilitate the timing of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.In the second half of the book, Meadows is in London and at the allied headquarters i [...]

    18. Jim on said:

      I tried to read "the Last King of Scotland" years ago, and couldn't get through it. I hit the same snag with this novel. I wanted to like it. I was taken with the plot. I liked the setting, I liked the premise, I quite enjoyed the first sixty or so pages. But then.I don't know. I put it down and never picked it back up. Somehow it failed to engage me. Maybe it was because the prose became as dull and grey as the Scottish setting of the book and the characters failed to come to life, but overall [...]

    19. Allyson on said:

      The idea behind this book as well as the writing promised more than I found it delivered. A little too lofty and theoretical for my taste. Also the main character was a complete disaster and I disliked the way he presented his story. If this was based on true events, I would accept it otherwise it was too contrived, annoying, and morose.Disappointing as I had put off reading it for awhile, and now wish I had not. At least it was a fast read as his chapters were exceedingly short and many pages e [...]

    20. Jill on said:

      I can't really recommend this book to anyone. I had such high hopes. It is historical fiction about the forecasting that accompanied the D-Day invasion. It was interesting to learn the extent to which both the Allies and the Nazis had assembled teams of weather forecasters to help them plan the war. However, that is all I have to say that is positive about this book. The main character was strange, the writing disjointed, and the subplots really do go nowhere. At least he could provide a summary [...]

    21. Arlene on said:

      The critical elements were there: an historical setting, a real WWII event, an impending need for an accurate prediction based on complicated scientific analyses, and a cast of interesting and sometimes eccentric characters yet something was misssing from this story. I can't put my finger on it. I'll admit I was glued to the last fifty pages (the unfolding of the prediction), but that was not enough to make this book deserve anything above two point five stars.

    22. Nick on said:

      Not as good as Last King of Scotland. It has the same rambling and interesting style, and the same kind of introspective and not-particularly-likeable narrator. But, the plot itself drags, especially the first part of the book. Really picks up when it gets more directly into the war effort. I don't think the author did a good job explaining the more esoteric science--I found myself skipping parts.

    23. Innes on said:

      It's got to be challenging writing a mass-market book dealing with fluid dynamics and turbulence but this author has pulled it off very easily. I really enjoyed the settings and the various eccentric characters in this story; and of course the historical time in which this book is set is so significant. A very good read all in all.

    24. D.J. Cockburn on said:

      Foden pulled off the balancing act of making the thriller element rather understated without letting the pace flag or giving the protagonist any easy choices. It also offers some rich settings, with most of the action taking place amid the high pressures of the preparations for D-Day, but a substantial amount of time devoted to Antarctica and colonial Nyasaland (now Malawi).

    25. Steve on said:

      Henry Meadows is a weather forecaster in Britain assigned to prise a formula which could aid the forecasting process for D-Day from a reclusive meterologist -- who is also a pacifist. But there are more questions than answers, as the clock ticks down to H-Hour and the invasion. From the author of The Last King of Scotland. An excellent book.

    26. Katie Kelly on said:

      Loved this book for all the nerdy science stuff, weather forecasting history, WWII and D-Day perspectives. Found a quote about science and religion that I even wrote down. Good story, great characters and deep cuts into interesting areas of war that you never read about because the headlines take over. Totally enjoyed being in the mind of this lovable scientist as he tells the story.

    27. Venuskitten on said:

      Cambridge graduate Henry Meadows is recruited to find a reliable way of guaranteeing good weather for the D-day landings during the Second World War. Gripping and realistic, with 3-D characters and highly original and fascinating subject matter. Unmissable.

    28. Karen Groves on said:

      Boringunless you are into the science of weather. It felt like the plot was a vehicle for the author to go on about his knowledge of weather. I was hoping for a good world War II story about D-Day, with some weather, but got bored fast.

    29. Anne on said:

      Would be a fine read, except that it is a pale shadow of the wonderful "C" by Tom McCarthy, which deals with science and discovery during the first world war. Needs more character development and less laborious mentions of turbulence as a scientific subject.

    30. Richard on said:

      I found some of the action a bit far-fetched but the writing style was nicely transparent. The sketching of the characters was good but the ending was a bit limp. The book is for those with a bit of interest in weather and WWII. Overall I enjoyed it but would question some of the rave reviews.

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