Monday, June 20, 2011
A killer hurricane. A courageous Air Force crew flying into its heart. A vacationing family stranded in the storm's path. A southern coastal community filled with Labor Day tourists.
Retired meteorologist (The Weather Channel) Buzz Bernard's novel, EYEWALL, publishes on May 1st, the first day of hurricane season. Pretty, affluent St. Simons Island, Georgia, has not been hit by a major hurricane in more than a century. No one there expects much trouble from "Janet," the Category One storm brewing in the Atlantic.
Hurricane Janet is predicted to brush nearby Hilton Head Island, in South Carolina--until an unexpected front readjusts her course at the last minute. Suddenly Janet is aimed straight at St. Simons, and she's going to be a monster when she hits. Even the crew manning an Air Force Hurricane Hunter is shocked to see that the storm's wind speed has reached 120 mph and is quickly increasing.
Thousands of people on St. Simons have very little time to escape and no easy way to do it, since there's only one narrow causeway to the mainland. One terrified couple refuses to evacuate until they locate their runaway teen daughter. The stage is set for disaster.
Bernard mixes an insider's knowledge of weather science and Hurricane Hunters with the storytelling talent of a skilled novelist. EYEWALL will be the perfect summer read for those who like a little thrill in their beach books.
No one predicted the storm's sudden force. Not the Hurricane Hunter crew trapped in its center. Not the family marooned on a resort island while searching for their missing teen. A deadly Category Five hurricane has never hit the Georgia coast in modern times. Until now.
Just finished Eyewall and found it to be an excellent thriller. This book has suspense and one of the most devastating disasters, his writing style is one that leaves you with an understanding of exactly what the characters are going through. A strong plot, his build up is awesome, you feel the adrenaline racing as you turn page after page!
Thankfully, the technical details were kept to a minimum but gives the reader enough to understand without getting bored. Air Force Hurrican Hunter brings information to the weather service that will put all their lives in danger.
This is an awesome book, I give it 5 stars.
I received an e-copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Pub Date: 05/01/2011