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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Out of Crisis is a political thriller set against the backdrop of an unmitigated natural disaster. Written by author Richard Caldwell, it follows the events leading up to the formation of a Centrist Party in response to the outdated two-party system in the United States. It documents the unexpected eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera that leads to the deaths of thousands and destroys infrastructure on an unprecedented scale. Using multiple POVs and a non-linear timeline narrative, Richard Caldwell deftly captures the disastrous ramifications of a supervolcano eruption and masterfully demonstrates how a well-planned and active leadership can go a long way in minimizing the adverse impact of such an event. While on one hand, a family struggles to survive the supervolcano eruption, another finds itself unexpectedly holding the most powerful positions in the world.
A pulsating page-turner, Out of Crisis seamlessly blends the thrill of disaster movies such as The Day After Tomorrow and the political maneuvering found in shows like The West Wing. The use of multiple POV characters makes the events seem realistic, and the non-linear narrative structure immerses you into the story further. I found the characters sympathetic and relatable. I couldn't help but root for the family to make it through the crisis. The plot moves quickly, and the dialogue feels realistic. Richard Caldwell utilizes the expository scenes in an organic fashion to provide scientific information about the Yellowstone supervolcano to the reader. Readers who enjoy political thrillers or books about natural disasters should definitely grab a copy of Out of Crisis.