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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Apocalyptic Fun

Rogue Wave by Boyd Morrison

Adult Fiction

I would have to classify this book as an apocalyptic weather novel--a fun genre if you're into the world ending through a cataclysmic and unlikely event.  In short, not very realistic but a very fun read.

When a meteorite smashes into the ocean, a mega-tsunami is formed, the largest ever seen or recorded; one that is too big to be believed.  And, that's the problem.  No one really believes it.  Kai Tanaka, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, can scarcely believe it when he sees the evidence with his own eyes.  Surely, there must be a mistake.  So, based on the data, he has to make a decision.  a.) Alert the public, causing widespread panic and cost the taxpayers millions of dollars or, b.) Save himself potential humiliation by ignoring the data.  It's a big decision.  One that involves the safety of over a million people, including his own family.

What follows is a roller coaster thrill ride just waiting for a Hollywood director with a big budget.  Tanaka waits just a little too long to make the call and now he has to scramble to save his own life, and that of his family, from a tsunami that threatens to obliterate Hawaii.

I really liked this book.  It was full of action and adventure from the beginning to practically the last page and you never knew what was going to happen next.  While no one is going to nominate this book for a Pulitzer, it is an engaging and engrossing read.  There's nothing wrong with just reading a book for fun and this one is fun to the extreme.  While many parts are unbelievable, there is a healthy dose of realism and you know from page one that readers can stow their sensation of belief in the over head bin. 

I can't wait to check out his other books!

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