This is the first book by Ian McEwen that I've read and I will be reading more. McEwen write amazingly involving prose, so much so that he can make you actually care about a totally despicable character like Michael Beard. Dr. Beard is a Nobel prize winning physicist. He is also a liar, a cheat and a womanizer non-par. But the ability of the writer to make you fascinated with him is almost on the level of Nabokov's Humbert Humbert.I'm not really sure why the author chose to the arena of global warming sciences in this novel but it did turn out to be an intriguing setting. It was quite an interesting read and, at least for me, a good introduction, to the eccentricities of Ian McEwen.