Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Tsunami Countdown by Boyd Morrison ★ ★ ★★


(In the USA known as “The Rogue Wave”)

It was twelve-thirty a.m. and my husband was falling asleep.  ‘How much longer are you going to read?’ he mumbled.
‘It’s eleven minutes until the tsunami hits and there is no way I’m leaving now,’ I answered. And I kept reading “The Tsunami Countdown” by Boyd Morrison until the wave hit, and then kept going until my weary eyes forced me to put it down somewhere around two a.m.
And on the next night I was there again until the wee small hours because there was no way I was going to sleep before I finished this book.  Of course, the next day was a tsunami of exhaustion but it was worth it.
This book grabs you on the first page, hurls you along faster than the impending wave and leaves you panting for breath at the conclusion.  It is cinematic in scope and style. In fact, as much as it would make a great movie, you really don’t need a film to capture the imagery.  Boyd Morrison does a brilliant enough job with his words. 
The story lands us smack bang in the Pacific Ocean during an airliner crash from an unexplained explosion.  There are no survivors.  Kai Tanaka, the new and untested assistant director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, notices a minor seismic disturbance in that region but it does not seem big enough to cause a Tsunami. 
However, it becomes clear when they lose contact with Christmas Island and its three thousand inhabitants, and a remote sensor in the region, Kai begins to suspect there is a disaster on its way within the hour.  He must make the decision whether to warn Hawaii and save millions of lives including his wife and daughter.  There is a lot at stake if he is wrong.  It will cost the State a fortune and he will lose his job. 
What happens after the wave hits is incredible and exciting as Kai and a band of survivors struggle to stay alive as the greatest Tsunami ever imagined strikes the Islands, destroying everything in its path.
Michael Crichton fans will eat this book up and if you are going to indulge in this thrilling adventure novel, then be sure to stock up on energy drinks (for the weary next day) as the impending wave picks you up from your life and dumps you in Boyd Morrison’s world. From the first page until the last there is no escape.

My review copy of 'The Tsunami Countdown' supplied by Hachette Australia. For more information about this book, click through to Hachette website HERE.


(in his own words)
My wife and I had a unique agreement. After we had been married for three years, she decided to attend medical school, but having earned an English degree in college, she needed two years for her pre-med requirements. So that meant nine years of pre-med, med school, and residency, during which time I was the wage-earner with a full-time job, unable to spend much time on my passion, writing fiction. When she became a practicing physician, I got nine years to make my dream come true and become a published author as she supported me. It was a great deal. I did it in less than five years.
I took a roundabout route to becoming a novelist. Fresh from earning a BS in mechanical engineering from Rice University, I got a job with Lockheed working on the Space Station Freedom project at Johnson Space Center. I got to play with a lot of cool stuff like the space shuttle and station mockups, the robot arm, and the Precision Air-Bearing Floor, which is like a giant air hockey table that simulates microgravity. The best experience I had was when my job required me to fly on NASA's Vomit Comet, the same KC-135 plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity and to film the space sequences in the movie, Apollo 13. I didn't vomit.
After a couple of years at NASA, I decided to go back to grad school and get a PhD in industrial engineering from Virginia Tech. My specialty in ergonomics came in handy at RCA, where I designed electronic program guides for TVs and digital satellite systems. During my career at RCA, I earned eleven US patents.
When my wife and I moved to Seattle for her residency at the University of Washington, I got every ten-year-old boy's fantasy job in the Xbox games group at Microsoft. As a usability manager, it was my responsibility to make games as fun and user-friendly as possible. Yes, I got paid to play video games. I was credited on both PC and Xbox games, including Project Gotham Racing 2, Flight Simulator 2004, and Forza Motorsport. I left Microsoft to become a full-time writer, but I'm still a gamer.
In 2003 I fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! Champion. To see exactly which questions I got right and wrong, check out my two games on the Jeopardy! Archive. You can find out how I got onto the show in this article.

VISIT Boyd Morrison's Website http://www.boydmorrison.com/


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