November 2032. Joe Benton has just been elected the forty-eighth president of the United States. Only days after winning, Benton learns from his predecessor that previous estimates regarding the effect of global warming on rising sea levels have been grossly underestimated. For the United States, a leading carbon emitter for decades, the prospects are devastating: thirty million coastal-dwelling citizens will need to be relocated; Miami will be washed into the ocean and southern California will waste away to desert; the relocation process will cost trillions of dollars. With the world frighteningly close to catastrophe, Benton opts to abandon multilateral negotiations in the Kyoto 4 summit and resumes secret bilateral negotiations with the Chinese—the world’s worst polluter. As the two superpowers lock horns, the ensuing battle of wits becomes a race against time.
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Ultimatum is a terrifying political thriller set in a future where climate change has become the central issue of global politics, creating tensions that eventually propel the United States and China to the brink of war. When idealistic Democrat Joe Benton becomes the 48th president of the United States, he replaces four years of Republican apathy with an agenda of dynamic reform. But within weeks, he is forced to face the threat of environmental devastation posed by accelerated global warming. China -- with its appalling record of pollution and refusal to do anything about it -- becomes the enemy, and as the two superpowers lock horns, the ensuing battle of wits becomes a race against time as the world edges towards a tragedy of unprecedented proportions.
Taking over where Primary Colors and The West Wing left off, Matthew Glass’s visionary and deeply unsettling thriller steers us into the dark heart of political intrigue and a future that is all too believable.