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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Winner of the New Jersey Notable Book Award!

It’s a beautiful day on the New Jersey shore. The residents of Long Beach Island—a narrow strip of land connected to the mainland by a single bridge—are going about their daily routines, enjoying the lovely weather.

They have no idea that far out to sea, a plane carrying a nuclear device has crashed. The resultant explosion trigge
Paperback, 306 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Tor Books (first published 2005)
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i bought this book at one of the doller stores a couple months ago for $1.25; and not giving it much thought after that. while waiting for my next "big title" to come in the mail - i reluctantly starte this book. hands down, one of the best stories i have ever read! money well spent too... lol
An interesting read about a terrorist traveling to Washington,DC to detonate a nuclear bomb. Mid flight, turbulence causes his bag to fall out of the overhead compartment and his cover is blown. Along with the detonator he has a gun. The gun goes off and due to depressurization several people, including the pilot, fly out the hole in the plane. The plane crashes and the bomb starts to fall to the bottom of the ocean when it explodes, causing a tsunami that will reach Long Beach Island in less th ...more
I love me a good disaster novel - terror, destruction, action - yes please! So when I picked up Wave, I was pretty excited to get reading.
However, although Wave is a quick read, it wasn't exactly what I expected. Yes, there was the varied cast of characters, the build up to the tsunami was well thought out, some science gave the plot a backbone, but I found that I didn't actually LIKE any of the characters - and in any kind of disaster novel, if you don't care about the characters as a reader,
Started this on 11/30. Giving it one and a half stars, because if it wasn't a library book I'd have thrown it out my back door. I'd started reading Mara's "The Gemini Virus" and gave up because it was so bad, and decided to try Wave to see if it was any better. Just a tad. I finished it with some skipping of pages, because I was interested enough to see if it would get better (no), and to see what happened.

There was lots to not like about this book: stereotypical characters-a Middle Eastern ter
An interesting twist to a terrorist threat.
The author of this thriller novel of a tidal wave wiping out Long Beach Island, New Jersey painstakingly delivers scientific data to back his thesis. Personally, I would have believed every word without any science at all. I wanted to love it, but it's simply not scary enough.
Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for this, but I just couldn't seem to get into it. I found Don Harper's story to be an interesting one, but felt the others lacked much drive. Overall, not a bad read, just not what I was hoping.
Jul 29, 2014 Kari rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Thrilling book, simply could not put it down. The characters are so engaging (whether you like them or not) you have to find out what happens to them.
loved this book, read it in two days...very real disaster.
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Wil Mara has been publishing books for the last 25 years. He began with nonfiction for school libraries, moved into children's fiction by ghostwriting five of the popular ‘Boxcar Children Mysteries,' then into adult fiction with his 2005 disaster thriller, Wave, which won the New Jersey Notable Book Award. The next disaster novel, The Gemini Virus, was released in October 2012 to rave reviews by c ...more
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