Book Review: RAD DECISION by James Aach

Rad decisionThis novel takes place at a nuclear power plant in Indiana. The story follows several engineers as they operate, test, and deal with the problems of operating a nuclear power plant. A parallel story follows one of the engineers who is a Russian mole ordered to take the plant down.

The story becomes especially fast-paced following the sabotage as the plant operators deal with a series of cascading events which threaten to destroy the plant.

The author, James Aach, is a nuclear engineer who investigates equipment malfunctions, radiation exposure, and violations of federal regulations. His book is both entertaining and informative. It gives the reader a detailed view on how nuclear plants work. Within the book, he provides diagrams of the reactor and its multiple safety systems and a chart on radiation exposure. He provides more information on his website:

This story, published in 2006, anticipates some of the things that must have occurred when Japan’s Fukushima reactor failed as the result of earthquakes and a tsunami earlier this year.

The book is available on Amazon.


See my other Book Reviews:

Reporting On Climate Change, Understanding the Science

DERANGED, a novel of horror by Lonni Lees

The Unobservable Universe by Scott Tyson

Religion versus Science by Ron Frost

For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin

The science of everyday life by Len Fisher

The Manga guide to Relativity

Driven to Extinction by Richard Pearson

The Energy Gap by Doug Hoffman and Allen Simmons

What Environmentalists Need To Know About Economics by Jason Scorse

Meteorite Hunters, The Fallen Sky by Christopher Cokinos

The great global warming blunder, by Roy Spencer