This book was recommended by a radio talk show host that I usually trust on these kinds of things. It turned out not to be the kind of great read for me that it was for him. Our hero in the near future is statistical actuarial wizard that big corporations come to depend on for predictions of all kinds! Great premise that keeps you in till the end.. which is Katrina plus Sandy force wind and water event in NYC. Very adventurous tales of survival (and nearly love) ensue. I should go look to quote exactly but wonderful like something like: “The future disappears as a preoccupation when the present is so consuming.” Desire for Nietzschean intensity of life, Baudelaire and absurdity, Bob Dylan.. Mr. Tambourine Man. Maybe I did like it ok after all.