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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

‘The Tsunami Countdown’ by Boyd Morrison

Published by Sphere
15th November 2012. 

ISBN: 978-0-7515-4715-3

I could simply have written a one word review for this book: BRILLIANT!!! 
But that wouldn’t really be enough.  Over the years,  I’ve read a very large number of thrillers, and enjoyed nearly all of them.  But very very rarely have I’ve been as absolutely gripped as I was with this novel  ... to the point of hardly daring to turn the page for fear of the next ratcheting up of the tension, the next terrifying episode which is going to thwart hero Kai Tanaka in his desperate bid  to save not just his family but the lives of a million or more people on the island of Hawaii. 

A plane inexplicably explodes and nose-dives into the Pacific ocean.   Why?  I don’t want to dilute any of the thrilling story by saying why this has happened.  Suffice it to say that it is linked to a seismic disturbance whic h triggers the most massive catastrophe.  Tsunami waves of over three hundred feet threaten Honolulu and everyone anywhere near.  This is not your ordinary tusanami, either, this is a mega-tsunami, so huge that it is almost unimaginable.  How can anyone survive the impact when it hits?

Morrison has clearly done a huge amount of research to produce this truly breathtaking  thriller.   Far-fetched?  The author’s completely believable hypothesis is what makes it all so completely, terrifyingly gripping.

Nor do I want to preview what the results are.  I can only  say that this is the fastest-paced, most heart-thumping thriller I’ve ever read.  By the time I'd reached the end, my nerves had been stretched almost beyond breaking point.  Even strong drink couldn't calm me down.
Reviewer: Susan Moody

Boyd Morrison. After earning a BS in mechanical engineering from Rice University, Boyd worked for NASA and tested Xbox gamers for  Microdsoft.  As a professional actor, he has appeared in commercials and films and in stage plays such as Noises Off, Barefoot in the Park, and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Currently he is working on his next Tyler Locke book.

Susan Moody was born in Oxford is the principal nom de plume  of Susan Elizabeth Donaldson, née Horwood, a British novelist best known for her suspense novels. She is a former Chairman of the Crime Writer's Association, served as World President of the International Association of Crime Writers, and was elected to the prestigious Detection Club. Susan Moody has given numerous courses on writing crime fiction and continues to teach creative writing in England, France, Australia, the USA and Denmark.  In addition to her many stand alone books, Susan has written two series, on featuring PI Penny Wanawake (seven books) and a series of six books featuring bridge player Cassie Swan.

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