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Originally published in the US as Rogue Wave. One man. One hour. One million people to save... Over the remote central Pacific, an airliner is rocked by a massive explosion and plummets into the ocean, leaving no survivors. Twelve hundred miles away in Hawaii, Kai Tanaka, the acting director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu, notes a minor seismic disturbance Originally published in the US as Rogue Wave. One man. One hour. One million people to save... Over the remote central Pacific, an airliner is rocked by a massive explosion and plummets into the ocean, leaving no survivors. Twelve hundred miles away in Hawaii, Kai Tanaka, the acting director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu, notes a minor seismic disturbance but doesn't make the connection with the lost airplane. He has no reason to worry about his wife, manager of a luxury hotel, or his daughter, who is enjoying the sunshine at Waikiki beach. But when all contact with neighbouring Christmas Island is lost, Kai is the first to realize that Hawaii faces an epic catastrophe: in one hour, a series of massive waves will wipe out Honolulu. He has just sixty minutes to save the lives of a million people, including his wife and daughter... Addictive and fast-paced, The Tsunami Countdown pitches an ordinary man against the odds in an electrifying and action-packed thriller. You won't be able to put it down.


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Originally published in the US as Rogue Wave. One man. One hour. One million people to save... Over the remote central Pacific, an airliner is rocked by a massive explosion and plummets into the ocean, leaving no survivors. Twelve hundred miles away in Hawaii, Kai Tanaka, the acting director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu, notes a minor seismic disturbance Originally published in the US as Rogue Wave. One man. One hour. One million people to save... Over the remote central Pacific, an airliner is rocked by a massive explosion and plummets into the ocean, leaving no survivors. Twelve hundred miles away in Hawaii, Kai Tanaka, the acting director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu, notes a minor seismic disturbance but doesn't make the connection with the lost airplane. He has no reason to worry about his wife, manager of a luxury hotel, or his daughter, who is enjoying the sunshine at Waikiki beach. But when all contact with neighbouring Christmas Island is lost, Kai is the first to realize that Hawaii faces an epic catastrophe: in one hour, a series of massive waves will wipe out Honolulu. He has just sixty minutes to save the lives of a million people, including his wife and daughter... Addictive and fast-paced, The Tsunami Countdown pitches an ordinary man against the odds in an electrifying and action-packed thriller. You won't be able to put it down.

30 review for The Tsunami Countdown

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rizwan

    Dammit, dammit, dammit! I was just looking for a quick fun timepass read, I was NOT ready for so much heart-wrenching turmoil! Such a sad ending... :( Suffice to say, one of the BEST disaster story I've enjoyed either in movie or book or any other medium, and truly this is one of the most depressingly realistic HUMANE disaster-suspense thriller. Will try to write a detailed review later after my mind (more or less) stop reeling from the devastating blowout of nonstop experiencing the (excuse my Dammit, dammit, dammit! I was just looking for a quick fun timepass read, I was NOT ready for so much heart-wrenching turmoil! Such a sad ending... :( Suffice to say, one of the BEST disaster story I've enjoyed either in movie or book or any other medium, and truly this is one of the most depressingly realistic HUMANE disaster-suspense thriller. Will try to write a detailed review later after my mind (more or less) stop reeling from the devastating blowout of nonstop experiencing the (excuse my pun) tsunami of emotional roller-coaster thrillride.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    Although I very much enjoyed this story and the anticipation that Hawaii was to be decimated in a matter of a few hours (and 400+ pages), it could have been written a little better. The author has the habit of explaining every object, every incident, every acronym, etc. in great detail. Yes, the details give the readers more context and certainly help them understand things that aren't common knowledge, but the length of the details cause a hindrance to the suspense and adrenaline rush of what wa Although I very much enjoyed this story and the anticipation that Hawaii was to be decimated in a matter of a few hours (and 400+ pages), it could have been written a little better. The author has the habit of explaining every object, every incident, every acronym, etc. in great detail. Yes, the details give the readers more context and certainly help them understand things that aren't common knowledge, but the length of the details cause a hindrance to the suspense and adrenaline rush of what was happening or would happen next. Perhaps this is a personal preference and others may find the extra details comforting, it certainly does not undermine the real story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Books

    Rogue Wave is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueling disaster novel that is based on the very real possibility of a mega tsunami caused by a meteor impact. It reads exactly like the plot of countless disaster movies, meaning, there isn’t an action scene in here that hadn’t already featured in some or other natural disaster movie. The story even has all the characters you’d expect from a decent disaster movie. There’s the husband and wife team – god complexes and all – that feels it their main purpose Rogue Wave is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueling disaster novel that is based on the very real possibility of a mega tsunami caused by a meteor impact. It reads exactly like the plot of countless disaster movies, meaning, there isn’t an action scene in here that hadn’t already featured in some or other natural disaster movie. The story even has all the characters you’d expect from a decent disaster movie. There’s the husband and wife team – god complexes and all – that feels it their main purpose in life to save every single person from impending doom; even the ones who pointblank refuse to heed their call to get to safer, higher ground. There is also the two doe-eyed, boy crazy, giggling teenage girls, of which the one proves to be such a useless character she has to be dragged from one disaster to another. Then there’s my favorite characters who include Bilbo, the dog (yes, I put him first although he only has the tiniest part in the story), Reggie, the huggable giant, and Brad, the bigmouth brother whom you can’t stand at first, but who redeems himself in the end. I really want to express how MUCH I disliked Mia and Teresa – the mother and daughter duo who are close friends of the main characters, Kai and Rachel. Mia served absolutely no purpose. Much of the running-for-their-lives disaster scenes took place because of boy-crazy Mia’s irresponsibility and patheticness (yes, I’m aware that’s not a word). Teresa was just plain irritating because she’s THAT character who would run TOWARDS the monster when she is specifically told to run AWAY from the monster. In fact, I’ll even go as far as saying she would make a great candidate for the tv series, 1000 Ways to Die. She’s not a very responsible parent either, although she thinks she is for not allowing thirteen-year-old Mia to have a cell phone, but she allows her to wander the streets, go shopping and hang out with strangers without her knowing where she is and with no way to contact her. Honestly, the story could’ve done without these two useless characters, but I guess then there wouldn’t be much of a story. I said earlier on that Kai and Rachel have god complexes, and I stand by that. It was incredibly annoying how they endangered their own lives to save the lives of people who didn’t heed their warnings to get to safety in the first place. Others may find their actions heroic, but the time they wasted to get their own family to safety was unnecessary. Yet, they are characters I liked and I rooted for them, unlike Teresa and Mia whom I hoped would be swept away by the mega tsunami. I’ll concede that if the story played out the way I’d wanted it to, there wouldn’t have been much of a story. What I absolutely loved most about this novel is the intense and relentless suspense with each countdown to the next wave, and Kai and Rachel’s mad scramble to find each other and get the people they felt responsible for to safety. A lot of the action scenes in this book have clearly been inspired by popular movies, but it still all adds up to make Rogue Wave a terrific read with a solid ending.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Antje

    Während ich den Roman las, wurde ich nie das Gefühl los, ich würde mir eine Kombination aus "Flammendes Inferno" und "Erdbeben" ansehen. Die Atmosphäre glich in der Tat jener Katastrophenfilme aus den 70er Jahren. Und so darf der Leser natürlich auch keinerlei Tiefgang erwarten, was nicht weiterhin stört, wenn er einfach eine spannungsgeladene Handlung konsumieren möchte. Denn kurzweilig und mitreißend ist sie durchaus. Die Charaktere bleiben jedoch oberflächlich und austauschbar, manche Szenen Während ich den Roman las, wurde ich nie das Gefühl los, ich würde mir eine Kombination aus "Flammendes Inferno" und "Erdbeben" ansehen. Die Atmosphäre glich in der Tat jener Katastrophenfilme aus den 70er Jahren. Und so darf der Leser natürlich auch keinerlei Tiefgang erwarten, was nicht weiterhin stört, wenn er einfach eine spannungsgeladene Handlung konsumieren möchte. Denn kurzweilig und mitreißend ist sie durchaus. Die Charaktere bleiben jedoch oberflächlich und austauschbar, manche Szenen wirken zum Teil übertrieben an Zufällen. Und der Schluss ist letztlich genauso platt, wie die beschriebenen Orte nach den Tsunamis.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Leigh

    I'm a disaster junkie. By this, I mean that I cannot seem to resist disaster movies (to my husband's great chagrin) and novels as well. I think it may be due to the fact that I was born in '71 and remember watching too many made-for-tv disaster flicks to count. LOL Anyway, when I read the blurb on this one, I just had to give it a try. It was quite an interesting read, though I will admit that somewhere along the way, I got a bit distracted by the increasing unbelievability of the way the main c I'm a disaster junkie. By this, I mean that I cannot seem to resist disaster movies (to my husband's great chagrin) and novels as well. I think it may be due to the fact that I was born in '71 and remember watching too many made-for-tv disaster flicks to count. LOL Anyway, when I read the blurb on this one, I just had to give it a try. It was quite an interesting read, though I will admit that somewhere along the way, I got a bit distracted by the increasing unbelievability of the way the main characters seemed to continually avoid major injury and/or death. They just seemed to be leading charmed lives. This resolved itself a bit at the end, but by then I'd gotten used to everyone surviving against insurmountable odds and instead of lending a more realistic feel to the novel, it just annoyed me. Still, there is something to be said for how much time and energy the author spent in trying to help us get to know the characters as "real" people. The inner struggles and angst was perhaps more realistic than many other novels of this ilk, though in the end, many of them settled into cliched roles. It took longer than I expected for the "jerk who's only concerned about himself" character to appear, but sure enough, he did. The end of the book felt somewhat rushed, as though once the final wave struck, the author was through with the story and just tacked on a bit more to keep it from stopping cold. I would have liked a bit less of the "running for you life from each successive wave" and a bit more of how everyone coped with the aftermath. In general, I enjoyed the book because I have always enjoyed this genre, but when it was all said and done, I was left feeling marginally disappointed. Still, I would recommend the book to anyone who likes this kind of story. I certainly have read worse.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steffi

    Eigentlich wollte ich erst 4 Sterne geben, aber nur weil die Übersetzung zum Teil echt Mist ist, aber das haben das Buch und der Autor nicht verdient, daher werden es doch 5 Sterne. Auf das Sprachliche werde ich am Ende der Rezension noch einmal eingehen. Schon zu Schulzeiten fand ich das Thema Plattentektonik und damit verbundene Naturereignisse wie Erdbeben, Tsunamis und Vulkanausbrüche total interessant. Die Geschichte in Todesflut erinnert ein wenig an die Katastrophenfilme, die ich früher im Eigentlich wollte ich erst 4 Sterne geben, aber nur weil die Übersetzung zum Teil echt Mist ist, aber das haben das Buch und der Autor nicht verdient, daher werden es doch 5 Sterne. Auf das Sprachliche werde ich am Ende der Rezension noch einmal eingehen. Schon zu Schulzeiten fand ich das Thema Plattentektonik und damit verbundene Naturereignisse wie Erdbeben, Tsunamis und Vulkanausbrüche total interessant. Die Geschichte in Todesflut erinnert ein wenig an die Katastrophenfilme, die ich früher immer gerne geguckt habe. Todesflut verbindet Informatives mit einer spannenden Geschichte. Zu der Handlung selbst kann man nicht allzu viel sagen, ohne zu viel zu verraten. Ich fand das Buch aber unglaublich spannend und haben sehr mitgefiebert. Das Buch hat mich sogar bis in meine Träume verfolgt, aber zum Glück war ich da eher ein stiller Beobachter. Wie schon zu Beginn erwähnt hat mich an der Sprache einiges gestört. Ich hatte das Gefühl, dass die Übersetzer sprachlich noch im vorherigen Jahrhundert angesiedelt sind. Das Buch ist 2012 auf Deutsch erschienen und bin mir sicher, dass Zehensandalen auch vor 5 Jahren schon FlipFlops hießen. Außerdem wirkt vieles so als ob es sehr wörtlich übersetzt wurde. Ausdrücke wie "es tut mir so sehr leid" und "xy ist nicht mehr" benutzt man im Deutschen einfach nicht bzw. klingt es für mich sehr veraltet. In dieser Richtung gab es so einige Formulierungen über die ich mich nur wundern konnte. Todesflut war für mich dennoch eine rundum spannende Unterhaltung, die ich irgendwann nur schwer aus der Hand legen konnte und führt einem die Macht der Natur wiedermal vor Augen.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sharron

    I really enjoyed this book and it's not something that I would have chosen had I not read The Noah's Ark Quest. It's fast paced and very much like a disaster film so if you like that sort of film you'll like this book. The chapters are short so it's ideal if you don't have much time but I didn't find it easy to put down! Yes it's a bit over the top just like disaster movies tend to be but given that, the subject is something totally believeable, after the recent floods all over the world and the I really enjoyed this book and it's not something that I would have chosen had I not read The Noah's Ark Quest. It's fast paced and very much like a disaster film so if you like that sort of film you'll like this book. The chapters are short so it's ideal if you don't have much time but I didn't find it easy to put down! Yes it's a bit over the top just like disaster movies tend to be but given that, the subject is something totally believeable, after the recent floods all over the world and the earth quakes and the tsunami in Indonesia, it is not a totally inconceivable plot. Boyd Morrison is a good writer from the two books I have read and I will certainly try his next one. The only thing I have to criticize it over is the number of acronyms used n the beginning of the book there were a couple of pages where I totall got bogged down with capital letters and a bit confused, they have been necessary but not in a short space! Thankfully though after the initial onslaught, they died away and I could get into the book. All in all, a jolly good read :o)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    As I began this book, I found a review here that mentioned that the book is all action, all the time. There was no 'rest' for the reader and the events kept happening, one after the other. Now, I can see why. While Morrison writes a good story, there is no end to the madness, which piles one issue onto another. The premise is good, especially after the Japanese tsunami this past Spring. The ideas are well researched and the plot is somewhat credible. I am so pleased to see that we are not off in As I began this book, I found a review here that mentioned that the book is all action, all the time. There was no 'rest' for the reader and the events kept happening, one after the other. Now, I can see why. While Morrison writes a good story, there is no end to the madness, which piles one issue onto another. The premise is good, especially after the Japanese tsunami this past Spring. The ideas are well researched and the plot is somewhat credible. I am so pleased to see that we are not off in some distant impossible realm with things that could never happen. That said, I think the book is too 'television movie' with one thing going wrong after another. I found myself wondering if this would be the last end-game for one of the characters, but the waves kept coming and the deaths along with them. I suppose because my book library has some gems I wanted to read, I rushed the book, but I did not find it overly stellar. Then again, that is just my opinion!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    A thoroughly enjoyable, utterly gripping disaster novel - I wanted the world to stop while I read it. I've had my issues with Boyd Morrison's mystery thrillers but I have no problem with giving this the full five stars. It's difficult to imagine how a disaster novel could be any better than this. I'm not sure it will do much for Hawaii tourism, though. Better stick to the mountains...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love a good disaster novel - and Rogue Wave absolutely qualifies. The action moves fast, often not giving you time to process what just happened before the next big thing. I didn't want to put it down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicole R

    The Ark, Morrison's debut novel, was in my Top 10 last year, which is really high praise from me for a thriller, and I have been chomping at the bit to get to his sophomore publication. Rogue Wave was equally action-packed and scientifically-plausible but lacked that "something special" that the debut novel had. Kai Tanaka is a tsunami scientist on Oahu with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center; as assistant director, his job is to monitor the submarine earthquakes along the Pacific Rim and determi The Ark, Morrison's debut novel, was in my Top 10 last year, which is really high praise from me for a thriller, and I have been chomping at the bit to get to his sophomore publication. Rogue Wave was equally action-packed and scientifically-plausible but lacked that "something special" that the debut novel had. Kai Tanaka is a tsunami scientist on Oahu with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center; as assistant director, his job is to monitor the submarine earthquakes along the Pacific Rim and determine which of them have the potential to cause tsunami. On Memorial Day, he is a part of a skeleton staff at the PTWC when a fairly small earthquake occurs, but it's not along the PacRim, it's coming from the middle of a continental plate which is geologically impossible! Not only that, but this relatively small earthquake has created a mega-tsunami reaching 300 feet in height! As Kai works to evacuate the shoreline of Oahu, the most densely populated shoreline in the United States, he must choose between warning the general public and saving his friends and family. Ah, science, how I love you! This book, of course, made me research tsunami because, honestly, a 300 foot high wave seemed too far-fetched - especially considering the Asian tsunami of 2004 was about 60 feet high. However, these mega-tsunami have been happening even since 1950! There was a wave in Alaska that was over 1,000 feet high! The difference: no one lived in the part of Alaska it hit. Scientists believe that mega-tsunamis are not only plausible, but likely in the Hawaiian island. The PTWC: real place. The science of calculating the height of wave: real NOAA technology. I love the realistic nature of Morrison's books even if it is on the more extreme side. So, what had me just a little less excited about this book than The Ark? While I liked the characters in Rogue Wave I didn't find them nearly as fascinating as the characters in The Ark; this is most likely because I tend to prefer to read about kick-ass single people who rock their career field than family-oriented characters (hmmm, could that be due to the lifestyle I lead?!). Also, while both books have lots of great science, I really liked the biblical implications in The Ark and kept hoping for another layer of the tsunami story. Overall, The Ark was the perfect storm of ingredients for me that made it phenomenal! Rogue Wave is non-stop action from start to finish that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, and hesitant to visit Waikiki Beach ever again! I am already anticipating Morrison's next novel, The Vault, which comes out this summer.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Ballinger

    My version of this book was titled 'The Tsunami Coundown', and is the reason I was drawn to it. I have just graduated with a degree in geography and have always had an interest in natural hazards. If this book had still been called Rogue Wave I may not have bought it, but I'm glad I did! The story follows Kai, assistant director at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, and the difficult decisions he has to make to try and save as many people as possible from an imminent tsunami, including his fami My version of this book was titled 'The Tsunami Coundown', and is the reason I was drawn to it. I have just graduated with a degree in geography and have always had an interest in natural hazards. If this book had still been called Rogue Wave I may not have bought it, but I'm glad I did! The story follows Kai, assistant director at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, and the difficult decisions he has to make to try and save as many people as possible from an imminent tsunami, including his family. Thanks to the events in 2004 and 2011, there is now a greater, if basic, awareness of tsunamis around the globe. Having just finished a geography degree I also have a little more in-depth knowledge. Part of me was a little cynical before reading this book, and I was expecting there to be a lot of gaps in the scientific knowledge. However I was pleasantly surprised. Morrison has clearly done a lot of research, and the scientific background and explanations are mostly accurate and based on fact. The cause of the tsunami in this novel could theoretically happen, but hasn't yet (thank goodness)! Although there have been predictions of what could happen in this scenario, nothing is certain, which allowed Morrison a bit of creativity in his story, whilst keeping it credible. Although it's based on fact, it is like any typic disaster movie or novel. The main characters will get themselves out of a fatal situation, only to find themselves in another one in the next chapter. From start to finish the action never stops. This book is fast paced, and the countdown to the next 'wave' at the start of each chapter highlights the urgency of the situation. The lead group of characters are likeable, and their (mostly) selfless actions makes the reader even more hopeful to see them survive the tragedy with every page turned. It is not hard to forget that people have had to live the horrors of these events in the recent past. Although parts of it are over dramatised and perhaps a little unrealistic, the novel is rooted in facts and I enjoyed reading it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suspense Magazine

    This thriller starts out fast and speeds up. Kai Tanaka, loving father of thirteen-year-old Lani and equally loving husband of Rachel, finds he must risk his job with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to save his family. An event unprecedented in human history, but one which has actually been predicted for some time, could throw his world into chaos. Kai is acting director of the PTWC when strange events start occurring. Most of the staff is absent or unavailable. Kai and Reggie are alone in th This thriller starts out fast and speeds up. Kai Tanaka, loving father of thirteen-year-old Lani and equally loving husband of Rachel, finds he must risk his job with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to save his family. An event unprecedented in human history, but one which has actually been predicted for some time, could throw his world into chaos. Kai is acting director of the PTWC when strange events start occurring. Most of the staff is absent or unavailable. Kai and Reggie are alone in the center when an earthquake registers in the south Pacific where one has never occurred. Sensors meant to relay data from various islands then mysteriously fail. At first, they issue a tsunami bulletin—a minor notification that is ignored—as usual. If Kai orders an unneeded evacuation it will cost the islands dearly and Kai may lose his job as a result. But if he waits too long, it could be too late for the the entire population of Hawaii. The warnings may not only be too late, the standard tsunami procedures may be useless in the face of the unbelievable gigantic rogue wave that he is beginning to suspect is on its way. His daughter is out of reach and his wife, manager of the swank Grand Hawaiian Hotel, is staying there too long, trying to save her clients, including a group of disabled vets. Lani's best friend, Mia and her mother Teresa have not picked a good time to visit from Seattle. Kai's reckless and irrepressible half-brother, Brad Hopkins—part playboy, part Hell's Angel—refuses to get out of the say and stay in the background during the crisis. But he comes through in the crisis, in his own way. Kai must choose between losing his job because of a poor decision and losing his wife and daughter as precious minutes tick by, leading to unimaginable catastrophe. This book had me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath in case a wave washed over me. Reviewed by Kaye George, author of “A Patchwork of Stories” for Suspense Magazine

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Gibson

    I started this book the morning of the Japan earthquake tsunami. I was a third through when the disaster struck and news started appearing. I was perplexed by this art imitating reality paradox. So unnerving were the circumstances, I set the book aside for almost a week before finishing it. A fast paced thriller, Rogue Wave tears off to a start with an asteroid's impact in the Pacific Ocean. The shock wave it triggers tests the tsunami warning system to its limits, and equally strains the nerves I started this book the morning of the Japan earthquake tsunami. I was a third through when the disaster struck and news started appearing. I was perplexed by this art imitating reality paradox. So unnerving were the circumstances, I set the book aside for almost a week before finishing it. A fast paced thriller, Rogue Wave tears off to a start with an asteroid's impact in the Pacific Ocean. The shock wave it triggers tests the tsunami warning system to its limits, and equally strains the nerves of the books' characters and its readers as disaster looms for the Hawaiian Islands. Boyd Morrison's taut prose propels the reader through a series of disasters, near misses and anguish for the fates of deftly drawn characters, some. As in all disasters, real or fictional, not all loved ones survive. For sheer readability, thrills, plot complexity and plain old nail-biting fun, Morrison's book earns a place on the top shelf among thrillers of the year. I am still a little creeped out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa / Little Gold Pixel

    This book got me from the very first chapter. I couldn't put it down because it was like reading a screenplay of a fast-paced disaster movie. It was easy to picture Kai, the protagonist trying to save his family against a mega-tsunami that threatens to wipe out Hawaii. My only complaint would be with Rachel, Kai's wife who is apparently too busy worrying about evacuating her hotel to care about the fact that her daughter is missing on Waikiki Beach just minutes before the first wave is about to h This book got me from the very first chapter. I couldn't put it down because it was like reading a screenplay of a fast-paced disaster movie. It was easy to picture Kai, the protagonist trying to save his family against a mega-tsunami that threatens to wipe out Hawaii. My only complaint would be with Rachel, Kai's wife who is apparently too busy worrying about evacuating her hotel to care about the fact that her daughter is missing on Waikiki Beach just minutes before the first wave is about to hit. She's all "I can't abandon my duties." Give me a break! What about your family, woman? Anyway, I read this book cover to cover in less than five hours. A good beach read, as long as you are watching the coastline for tsunami warnings while you're engrossed in the tale.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Johnston

    It was cheesy, unrealistic and cliched... and I loved every minute of it! This book is a disaster epic. For those of you of a certain age (and you know who you are), the best comparison I can give is that this is the "Towering Inferno" of novels. (By the way, how did they really get Paul Newman to star in that movie - I wonder who had pictures). The charater's narrative is a little unrealistic and the concept of using time countdowns as a plot device is a little old hat now (think 24 for novels) It was cheesy, unrealistic and cliched... and I loved every minute of it! This book is a disaster epic. For those of you of a certain age (and you know who you are), the best comparison I can give is that this is the "Towering Inferno" of novels. (By the way, how did they really get Paul Newman to star in that movie - I wonder who had pictures). The charater's narrative is a little unrealistic and the concept of using time countdowns as a plot device is a little old hat now (think 24 for novels), but I honestly couldn't put it down. It was a very quick and easy read with a relatively obvious outcome, but this one is definitely a guilty pleasure worth reading on a day at the beach.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lectrice Hérétique

    Lorsque la dernière Masse critique de Babelio proposait ce roman d’un auteur inconnu de moi mais aux promesses d’action et de suspens, je me suis dit que j’aimerais bien tenter, pour une fois, l’équivalent des téléfilms de catastrophe américains. Car ne nous y trompons pas, c’est bien de cela dont il s’agit. Action, suspens, danger imminent, personnages luttant pour leur survie, rythme effréné, etc. [Vous pouvez lire la suite sur mon blog, merci :)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian's Book Blog

    My first Morrison book, and boy did I read this one in a hurry. I bought it on a whim shortly after the tsunami destroyed most of Japan--but not because of that--it just sounded like it had a great story line. And I was dead on. Set in Hawaii and following a researcher who works for NOAA -- a great tsunami is headed towards Hawaii... and there isn't much time to evacuate, and even the ones that do may not make it. Another book that felt more like a novella or short story with the length, details a My first Morrison book, and boy did I read this one in a hurry. I bought it on a whim shortly after the tsunami destroyed most of Japan--but not because of that--it just sounded like it had a great story line. And I was dead on. Set in Hawaii and following a researcher who works for NOAA -- a great tsunami is headed towards Hawaii... and there isn't much time to evacuate, and even the ones that do may not make it. Another book that felt more like a novella or short story with the length, details and great character interaction that you would want.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carter

    A fast-paced novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. This reminds me of the old disaster movies like The Towering Inferno and Earthquake. You know some people may not make it because of the scope of the disaster, but you hope against hope that they all survive. As someone who has always lived near the coast of Florida, I have to say the idea of this wave is terrifying. The author did a great job of portraying the emotions of the characters as they faced huge obstacles A fast-paced novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. This reminds me of the old disaster movies like The Towering Inferno and Earthquake. You know some people may not make it because of the scope of the disaster, but you hope against hope that they all survive. As someone who has always lived near the coast of Florida, I have to say the idea of this wave is terrifying. The author did a great job of portraying the emotions of the characters as they faced huge obstacles in their race for survival. I could not put this book down!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mansi

    This book is probably one of the best books I've read so far! It captures The concern of a man in every aspect, how a father is protective for his daughter, a husband for his wife, a government official for the citizens of the country! Truly a masterpiece! I was not able to put it down once i started reading it! It gave me all the chills. Emotionally i felt connected th the characters of the book at each stage! Must read! Cheers!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    So I did read the Ark before I read the Rogue Wave. I was so in love with how Boyd Morrison tells a story that I wanted to read all his books. Rogue Wave was not as great as The Ark, but still very compelling. When I was finished, maybe a week later, was when the news came about Japan and the Tidal wave there, It gave me chills and made me relive the book again. I am excited to start his new novel "The Vault." I'm first in line at the library.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Fitzgerald

    Definitely one of the best disaster novels I've read, and I love apocalyptic novels! As cliche as it sounds, I killed me to put this book down. I WAS up til all hours blazing my way through it! I'm definitely surprised the movie rights to this haven't been bought.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gaynor Jones

    Really enjoyed, first time I've cried while reading in a long time!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    3.5-4 Stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Terence Kong

    This book was recommended to me by my uncle soon after I asked him for a good thriller book. Not long after, I spent several days gripping onto the story the book contained. Wave after wave of tsunamis, each larger than the last racing across the Pacific Ocean to the Hawaiian islands, bringing devastation and destruction within its path. After the waves had completely smashed the islands, the population was left in a catastrophic state. Simultaneously, they are racing against time to save what t This book was recommended to me by my uncle soon after I asked him for a good thriller book. Not long after, I spent several days gripping onto the story the book contained. Wave after wave of tsunamis, each larger than the last racing across the Pacific Ocean to the Hawaiian islands, bringing devastation and destruction within its path. After the waves had completely smashed the islands, the population was left in a catastrophic state. Simultaneously, they are racing against time to save what they can before another wave of disaster returns to land. This book is absolutely stunning. If you envy disaster-themed novels like me, then this book is right up your alley. The Tsunami Countdown features characters with just enough interesting background to make you pay attention to them without ever feeling bored by their petty rants. Boyd Morrison set his mission to keep his target audience engaged and he did so successfully with his commitment to develop a nail-biting story such as this. You could actually feel the fear that those who have actually been involved in one must feel. Authentically, the inclusion of people who ignored the warnings mimics human behaviour that we see in real life in the event of a pending tsunami. Boyd Morrison is an thorough observer of life and an meticulous researcher and it is this set of skills that make this an excellent read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Rudge

    A fast-paced action thriller, Morrison checks all the right boxes in "Rogue Wave." While character development is almost non-existent, the plot and incredible pace will leave action/adventure readers begging for more. One man. One hour. One million people to save. Over the remote central Pacific, an airliner is rocked by a massive explosion and plummets into the ocean, leaving no survivors. Twelve hundred miles away in Hawaii, Kai Tanaka, the acting director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center A fast-paced action thriller, Morrison checks all the right boxes in "Rogue Wave." While character development is almost non-existent, the plot and incredible pace will leave action/adventure readers begging for more. One man. One hour. One million people to save. Over the remote central Pacific, an airliner is rocked by a massive explosion and plummets into the ocean, leaving no survivors. Twelve hundred miles away in Hawaii, Kai Tanaka, the acting director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, notes a minor seismic disturbance but doesn't make the connection with the lost airplane. He has no reason to worry about his wife, manager of an oceanfront luxury hotel, or his daughter, who is enjoying the sunshine at Waikiki beach. But when all contact with neighboring Christmas Island is lost, Kai is the first to realize that Hawaii faces an epic catastrophe: in one hour, a series of massive waves will wipe out Honolulu. He has just sixty minutes to save the lives of a million people, including his wife and daughter. A great read for those who like an adrenaline rush in their novels.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gregoire

    Un roman très américain sur un tsunami dévastateur et les réactions humaines tantôt héroïques tantôt stupides ou lâches sur le mode Deep Impact mais à l'échelle hawaïenne tout en s'inspirant du terrible tsunami de 2004 Les informations scientifiques bien qu'intéressantes sont parfois longues et coupent l'énergie de l'action Quant aux principaux protagonistes, assez clichés, aucun n'a particulièrement attiré mon attention mais comme le dit si justement dans son commentaire My Inner Shelf au sujet Un roman très américain sur un tsunami dévastateur et les réactions humaines tantôt héroïques tantôt stupides ou lâches sur le mode Deep Impact mais à l'échelle hawaïenne tout en s'inspirant du terrible tsunami de 2004 Les informations scientifiques bien qu'intéressantes sont parfois longues et coupent l'énergie de l'action Quant aux principaux protagonistes, assez clichés, aucun n'a particulièrement attiré mon attention mais comme le dit si justement dans son commentaire My Inner Shelf au sujet de cette Vague même si elle ne laissera pas un souvenir impérissable, elle permet de passer quelques heures très…immersives à réserver aux amateurs de catastrophes naturelles, de courses contre la montre pour la survie et de héros à la Tom Cruise !!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lee Yun

    An exciting blend of natural disaster and humanitarian crisis, this book by Bod Morrison does extremely well at capturing the scenes of a Tsunami, while at the same time gives a thrilling account of how one might be able to survive a Tsunami by taking shelter in strategic points between each Tsunami wave. Heartbreaking to the end, Rogue Wave also captures the various reactions of people towards an impending disaster from the heroic, to the the indifferent, to the downright selfish. All in all, a An exciting blend of natural disaster and humanitarian crisis, this book by Bod Morrison does extremely well at capturing the scenes of a Tsunami, while at the same time gives a thrilling account of how one might be able to survive a Tsunami by taking shelter in strategic points between each Tsunami wave. Heartbreaking to the end, Rogue Wave also captures the various reactions of people towards an impending disaster from the heroic, to the the indifferent, to the downright selfish. All in all, a satisfying disaster story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    This book was a rare DNF for me. I expected to like this book: I generally like natural disaster books and I lived on Oahu for 10 years, so this book seemed right up my alley. Sadly, I did not like any of the characters and some of them were downright annoying. I also felt like the dialogue seemed off, it read like a writer trying to imagine how people talk, rather than actual human speech. Since I failed to connect with the characters the action became meaningless to me: I simply didn't care abo This book was a rare DNF for me. I expected to like this book: I generally like natural disaster books and I lived on Oahu for 10 years, so this book seemed right up my alley. Sadly, I did not like any of the characters and some of them were downright annoying. I also felt like the dialogue seemed off, it read like a writer trying to imagine how people talk, rather than actual human speech. Since I failed to connect with the characters the action became meaningless to me: I simply didn't care about the character's fates. It's a shame too, I wanted to like this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monica Mac

    This was a page-turner, from start to finish. What do you do when you crunch the numbers and realise that a huge tsunami is heading your way, one that is larger than anyone has ever seen before, and you have millions of people to evacuate? That is the situation Kai Tanaka finds himself in. As well as the general public, he has to worry about his wife and daughter too, who are in different locations to each other. I came across this book by chance, it sounded good so I grabbed it. I am very glad This was a page-turner, from start to finish. What do you do when you crunch the numbers and realise that a huge tsunami is heading your way, one that is larger than anyone has ever seen before, and you have millions of people to evacuate? That is the situation Kai Tanaka finds himself in. As well as the general public, he has to worry about his wife and daughter too, who are in different locations to each other. I came across this book by chance, it sounded good so I grabbed it. I am very glad that I did because it was a heck of a read!! I give this book 4.5 stars.

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