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Rogue Wave

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This book was previously published as The Palmyra Impact.

A minor seismic disturbance in a remote section of the Pacific causes barely a ripple of concern for Kai Tanaka, acting director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu. But when an airliner en route from L.A. to Sydney vanishes in the same location, Kai is the first to realize that a mysterious explosion

Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published 2009)
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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...more
Jennie Leigh
Mar 07, 2011 Jennie Leigh rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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 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...more
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...

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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...more
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...more
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...more
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)...more
The original title for this book was 'The Palmyra Impact' which references the asteroid impact that causes all the tsunamis throughout the story. It's probably an appropriate title change since the asteroid impact is never seen and hardly referenced, but the new title isn't exactly fitting either as there are four major tsunamis that occur. So despite the confusion, there's still an interesting, exciting story here. Tsunamis will always be scary, and this book is set in Hawaii so things are even...more
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.
Dark Matter
This review was written by James Kennedy for Dark Matter Zine. This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine.

Protagonist Kai Tanaka faces a once-in-a-lifetime dilemma when a mega-tsunami heads towards his home state of Hawaii. Kai is both the acting director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu, and also a father of two typically rebellious and hormonal teenage girls. Tsunami Countdown tells the story of Kai’s strug...more
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.
Very informative about tsunamis - less than desirable character development. Boyd Morrison does a good job of giving the reader a ton of information on tsunamis, which is a good thing. He does this without being boring or stale. However, I didn't find myself caring much for the characters. When they were in imminent danger, I was more concerned about having to get out of bed for a refill of Makers Mark. When a few of them inevitably died, I didn't really care. Oh well...

He does a good job of kee...more
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...more
Sophie Dusting
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C.C. Thomas
I would have to classify this book as an apocalyptic weather novel--a fun genre if you're into the world ending through a cataclysmic and unlikely event. In short, not very realistic but a very fun read.

When a meteorite smashes into the ocean, a mega-tsunami is formed, the largest ever seen or recorded; one that is too big to be believed. And, that's the problem. No one really believes it. Kai Tanaka, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, can scarcely believe it when he sees the eviden...more
I know nothing about tsunamis, but I understand what people are like in emergency situations and I believe that this story accurately describes a variety of people put in a crazy situation. The actual plot wasn't totally convincing (4 huge waves that hit the pacific with the last one being over 200 feet tall????), but the humanity and recklessness shown in the characters was convincing. I believe that a person's true character shows in an emergency situation; some people are unexpectantly heroic...more
My husband and I both read Rogue Wave by Boyd Morrison, one right after the other. We agreed that it was an enjoyable and interesting read. As he gave me the book, he said that reading this wasn't going to convince me to go to Hawaii anytime soon. Since I am not a fan of flying, he has been trying to convince me to go to Hawaii to celebrate an upcoming weddding anniversary. He was right. This book's mega-tsunami seems particularly relevant on the heels of the terrible Japanese tsunami of 2011. I...more
This book was quite frustrating and draining to read. The situations of the characters was incredibly un-realistic and the unbeliveability of their situation was far too distracting and silly, especially considering the tragic plot of the novel. It had the feel of a story written by a primary school student and was melodramatic and immature in the end. I did learn some interesting facts however, in regard to the science of tsunami's and the warning systems involved. The emotional aspect of the n...more
A disaster movie in book form that is the literary nutritional equivalent of cotton candy. I ate it up, though got bogged down at times with too many characters. Still, a number of them rang true as did the scope and fearful power of giant waves reminiscent of the real-world tragedies of the 2004 Southeast Asia and 2011 Japanese tsunamis still in memory. One major difference is that Morrison’s waves are MUCH bigger. Could have used some plot tightening, but not bad escapist fare.
The first 2/3 of the book was interesting, informative, and exciting. When the disaster strikes it makes for some nail biting moments, but it's how the author handled the rest of the story that caused me not to finish it.

I wanted to like this book and laboriously tried to make it to the end. Reading 50 pages more than I should have over several days (it was hard to pick the book up), I skimmed the remaining 100 pages of the book and found more of the same. The problem is although the author had...more
Mark Landen
The first 2/3 of the book was interesting, informative, and exciting. When the disaster strikes it makes for some nail biting moments, but it's how the author handled the rest of the story that caused me not to finish it.

I wanted to like this book and laboriously tried to make it to the end. Reading 50 pages more than I should have over several days (it was hard to pick the book up), I skimmed the remaining 100 pages of the book and found more of the same. The problem is although the author had...more
Sean Kennedy
(2.5 / 5)

Your stock standard disaster tale - it was almost perfect for what I was desiring to read at the time and packed with every disaster flick cliche - but towards the end it seems rushed, as if once the build up was over the author just wanted to get the book finished and move onto the next. And hey, I might have wanted to do the same but I felt I should have been made to care a little more.
This novel describes the run-up to a strike of a mega-tsunami, and of the immediate aftermath. The thing with a thriller like this is that it fails to bring out something new for the reader to imagine, in addition to what one has already seen (or read about). With the Asian tsunami captured vividly on video and the world having already seen it, there was nothing more left to imagination, and that's where this novel becomes too descriptive, repetitive and ordinary (and also, for instance, descrip...more
Little Gold Pixel
This book got me from the very first chapter. I couldn't put it down because it was like reading a transcript of a fast-paced disaster movie. It was easy to picture Dennis Quaid ("Day After Tomorrow") or John Cusack ("2012") as 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...more
Nikki Barnabee
I started this book earlier this evening and I'm already almost halfway finished. Having seen so much news video of the recent Japan tsunami probably enhances and intensifies the images in my head as I read this fictional account of a tsunami heading toward Hawaii. It's well-written so far.

I'm done!

I finished Rogue Wave in less than 24 hours, which is unusual for me these days. I hadn't read a disaster story in quite awhile and I enjoyed the excitement. Kind of Michael Crichton-ish. No dinosaurs...more
Can't believe we made it, me reading the slowboat to Hell and the characters not comitting suicide from boredom and shame.

Half of the book was ok creating suspense and informing about tsunamis and warning systems, but then Morrison tries to keep rollercoasting the events safe home - like endlessly repeating some dramacurve from authorschool. And makes an effort to deepen the characters with the empathy of a freight train. Argh - allways bring books when travelling, never buy at airport.
Rogue Wave Rogue Wave had me at the first page. Boyd Morrison doesn't fail in bringing this "edge of your seat" suspense thriller that will keep you spellbound to the very end. You'll be drawn in from page one with his very believable characters that will leave you with a lasting impression of their lives and their determination to live. In Rogue Wave Morrison has done his research and displays a true setting for a very real tsunami disaster that makes you think "it's not if, it's when."Rogue Wa...more
Jenny Delandro
This would make a great movie.. … a meteor shower crashs a passenger jet and creates a series of tsumamis.
How do they determine the the cause before confirmation from NASA is realistic and sincere... how do you leave that level of responsibility in the hands of so few... You feel like you are there when the girls go kayaking with two boys they met on the beach.... and the father sees that his daughter is directly in the path of the approaching waves...
You feel like you are there when the first w...more
If they said this book is 'unputdownable', it is. You really can't wait turn to the next page to see what happens next. however, i still think the main character's (Kai) run of good lucks are too much. I can't help visualizing the whole ordeal with '2012' movie where one group of survivors held on through the toughest tests of mother nature. I thought it would be good for the story to end after the third wave of the tsunami, where Kai's wife's struggle to survive finally ended.

the fourth tsunam...more
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Boyd Morrison is an author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. He started his career working on NASA's space station project at Johnson Space Center, where he got the opportunity to fly on the Vomit Comet, the same plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity. After earning a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech, he used his training to develop eleven US patents at Thomson/RCA. Boyd then...more
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