Book Review:  Winter Games by Daniel Church

Book Review by Kip Hansen — 27 January 2023

Hypothermia Kills! It kills the old, it kills babies and the very young, it kills strong young athletes, it kills everyday people in their everyday lives.  Hypothermia kills more men than women.  Like most people, you probably associate hypothermia — a dangerous drop in core body temperature – with very cold weather, temperatures below freezing.  But, “Hypothermia has two main types of causes. It classically occurs from exposure to cold weather and cold water immersion. It may also occur from any condition that decreases heat production or increases heat loss.” [ source ]

Hikers and campers die from hypothermia, skiers die from hypothermia, surfers sometimes die from hypothermia.  Many sailors get wet and are exposed to the wind, and get hypothermic – as Captain, I have had to send strong young men below to warm up when I’d find them way-too-cold and suffering hypothermia-induced mental confusion on deck.

During the 2013 running of the Boston Marathon, which was halted by a horrendous terrorist attack near the finish line, hypothermia became a second disaster heaped upon the first.  After the runners were forced to stop running, one witness reported that thousands of runners started to suffer from hypothermia and needed treatment or evacuation.  The temperature was 52 degrees. Only moderately cold.

Why all this talk of hypothermia?

The new novel by Daniel Church, Winter Games, opens with a scene at the beach, surfing the big waves,  which is dangerous enough in the best of times, but can be deadly dangerous for those who have stayed out too long and gotten too cold from the combination of exhaustion, cold water and ever-blowing sea breeze. 

This is a story that will suck you in from that first page and keep you reading all the way through to the last of its 250 pages.  

In this book, we follow Whit, a glacier expert who specializes in glaciers on top of volcanoes and who once suffered the loss of a colleague to hypothermia – and blames himself.

It is a fictionalized version of social/political/scientific battle raging around the world dealing with Climate Science and the disconnect between the real scientific facts about Earth’s climate and the distorted versions and facts to which most of the world’s population are exposed on a daily basis.

One group of frustrated dedicated scientists, who have found their field hijacked and being used by politicians and propagandists for the benefit of the few who wish to remake the world’s economy to benefit themselves, make a private and dangerous pact to fight back.  It is an uphill battle against a social/political force that controls nearly every news outlet and literally dictates the nightly news.

The method they choose to use in this battle will both fascinate and terrify you.  But it will also keep you up reading far past your bedtime and leave you cheering at the end.

This is science fiction story telling at its best. (and like all science fiction, must be given some intellectual leeway, a little suspension of disbelief).

The Bottom Line:

Terrific Totally-Engaging Story

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January 27, 2023 3:33 am

When it comes to the supposed climate crisis/breakdown/meltdown etc fiction is all they have.

Arctic summers ice-free ‘by 2013’

Using supercomputers to crunch through possible future outcomes has become a standard part of climate science in recent years.

“My claim is that the global climate models underestimate the amount of heat delivered to the sea ice by oceanic advection,” Professor Maslowski said.
“The reason is that their low spatial resolution actually limits them from seeing important detailed factors.

“We use a high-resolution regional model for the Arctic Ocean and sea ice forced with realistic atmospheric data. “

Realistic data? 

See what I mean…

William Capron
Reply to  strativarius
January 29, 2023 8:32 am

Okay, I bought it and am through 97 pages, so this might seem a bit premature, but ‘who is John Galt?’ comes to mind. The Winter Games is a synopsized version of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and though Daniel Church does not have the abilities of Ms. Rand, he does have the impact. The fifty-niners are the emotional brothers of Mr. Galt’s rebellious anti-communists, and though he does not match her rhetorical breadth, he is an admirable of her army. I say, “Good job, Daniel, and I hope you make an impact on the world.”

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Josh Scandlen
January 27, 2023 5:18 am

gonna get the book now. Thanks for the heads up.

Just like to add Mike Bond’s “Killing Maine” book. a great fiction about the horrors BIg Wind is perpetuating on the great state of Maine

Reply to  Josh Scandlen
January 27, 2023 5:24 am

Wait a few years and it won’t be fiction.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Josh Scandlen
January 27, 2023 5:36 am

Sure, cover Maine with wind and solar farms- after all, that power will be needed for MA and CT, both states don’t like their landscape covered with such “farms” despite passing net-zero laws- so just waste the state of Maine. But maybe the people of Maine won’t tolerate this. They’ve already shown that they don’t want a huge high tension line bringing power south from Canada. If a state wants to be net-zero it should waste its own landscape. Here in Wokeachusetts, the greens have already stopped wind power on land and now they’re fighting against solar “farms” built on farm and forest land.

January 27, 2023 6:37 am

During cold weather survival training in the service it was said over and over again not to get wet.

Dave Fair
Reply to  mkelly
January 27, 2023 10:32 am

The coldest I have ever been (and I spent significant outdoor time in Alaskan winters) was laying in muddy rice paddies during monsoon weather while on nightime ambush operations during combat patrols in Vietnam.

Reply to  Dave Fair
January 27, 2023 12:19 pm

Thank you for your service Dave.

Dave Fair
Reply to  mkelly
January 29, 2023 11:49 am

Thank you for your sentiment, mkelly. But I was drafted and that takes some of the glow off my brief service.

Reply to  Dave Fair
January 28, 2023 8:48 pm


January 27, 2023 9:36 am

I do wish that someone (author, Amazon, agent?) would take the initiative to repair the apparently corrupted Kindle file that is shown to be unreadable on Kindle PaperWhite device. I have reported to Amazon but not yet fixed.

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Daniel Church
Reply to  rms
January 27, 2023 9:53 am

Does PaperWhite successfully handle other PDF-format books? There were multiple ways to format for Kindle and that was the one chosen (for reasons). I know many are reading on Kindle successfully, but it sounds as though not on that device.

Reply to  Daniel Church
January 27, 2023 10:41 am

PDF works (mine) on PaperWhite. I do it routinely. The book displays on the iPhone but is full screen and hard to read. Harder than normal this book is.

Looks like author did not take effort to use the proper tool to make a Kindle document and Amazon did not detect it was flawed for their Kindle device.

First time in many years of Kindle reading this has happened.

Last edited 2 months ago by rms
Reply to  Kip Hansen
January 28, 2023 12:04 am

oops. See above. Happy to help Daniel. I’ve made two Kindle “books” so maybe I can assist. Looking for a way to get in touch privately, though. If you have my email (as an administrator), feel free to give to Daniel.

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Reply to  Daniel Church
January 27, 2023 4:18 pm

Purchased your book paperback from Amazon Australia, print on demand. Ordered mid afternoon, printed in Sydney that day and delivered the following day. Can’t get much better than that!

Reply to  Daniel Church
January 28, 2023 12:03 am


Apologize for not recognising your name.

Happy to help you with what little I know about making a file for Kindle. Is there a way we can connect up privately?

Daniel Church
Reply to  rms
January 28, 2023 5:17 am

Not at all. I’ll gladly talk to you privately if you post an email address. Sorry that you’ve gone through this!

Reply to  Daniel Church
January 28, 2023 5:29 am is a masked email which I’ll delete after we are in touch.

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