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New Coastal Times

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  11 reviews
As Hurricane Walter, the worst hurricane ever recorded (at least so far), reshapes the overdeveloped East Central Florida coast, swallows condos up whole, and ushers in a world-wide disaster-filled era spurred by global warming, Mia Gionfreddo Fine crouches in the crumbling newsroom of the (let's face it) crummy newspaper she works for, listening to the publisher sing Broa ...more
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2010
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John Siers
Donna Callea has a deft touch with humor... kind of like J.K. Rowling, but without the British overtones. It's the kind of humor that lets you read a perfectly ordinary statement, and then a few moments later the incongruity or the subtle jab at human nature will catch up with you, and you find yourself smiling, maybe even chuckling to yourself.

Humor? So what's funny about a bunch of hurricane survivors on a tedious odyssey across America, while civilization crumbles around them? Well... the afo
The combination of comedy and a plausible Armageddon must be very hard to pull off, but this book managed it. After reading in the sample the scene of the newspaper editor belting out show tunes for her staff, to drown out the noise of the category 5 hurricane raging outside, I immediately downloaded the book.

The characters were mostly likeable and believable; as were the situations (pleasant and otherwise) they encountered on their exodus north through a battered and lawless East Coast. While
This is now the 2nd work I have read by Donna Callea. I have certainly been enjoying her writing. New Coastal Times is a story about what life would be like if we had natural disaster after natural disaster.

Not what you might expect
In the beginning it isn’t clear what has happened although from the conditions the narrator, Mia, finds herself in, we could guess it’s the aftermath of a hurricane. When the book takes place is also vague, I believe purposely. Although it has to be in the future, we can easily surmise it isn’t by much. The world Callea describes is credible given the underlying assumption of the string of natural disasters and the repercussions that would stem from them.

Mia is likeable and sympathetic. The othe
New Coastal Times is one of those books that I went into with a completely different expectation than was the reality. What I expected was a disaster story, with some fun but perhaps not completely real characters, and lots of death and destruction.

After Hurricane Walter destroys the small Floridian town in which Mia works as a reporter and her husband a doctor, she gathers up a small group of her colleagues, and they start on an epic road trip across a country that is increasingly ravaged by ex
Henry Le Nav
Although post apocalypse is not my bag, and I had some doubts about a 99 cent indie book, I was more than pleasantly surprised once again with Ms. Callea's works. She provides a realistic scenario of what happens when it not only rains but really pours. This is not some sci fi work with mutants and laser pistols. It considers what would happen if there was a Katrina, followed by a season of Katrinas followed by the big one in California and throw in some terrorism all in short order.

Not long int
Was this a humor book or a dark post-apocalyptic novel? That's what I was left wondering when I finished this book. And then I realized that it was... both. There's a lot of destruction in this book, the usual level you're used to getting when reading a good book about a dark and dreary future, but the characters made this book come screaming to life. They are quirky, weird and some of the situations are hilarious.

But there's the undertone of realism to it. Okay, maybe not the swamp people, but
I didn't enjoy this one. I felt like it was just a whole lot of random witterings without any real plot and I just couldn't empathise with any of the characters. Quite frankly I was glad it was over.
Brandy Hunt
While the story get off to a slow start, once you get past the information dumps (there are three or four, I think), the story really takes off.

The main character is a young woman who makes this huge journey to get back to her and her husband's families in the North after being almost literally flooded out of Florida. I have to admit by the end of the story I was so emotionally invested in her and her husband that I was crying. Not that the ending is necessarily bad, it is just a little sad and
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Before Donna became a novelist, she was an award-winning journalist. OK. She didn't win any awards you might have heard about. We're not talking Pulitzers here. But she did work as a reporter for a minor metropolitan newspaper for a number of years, during which time she wrote numerous stories that elicited laughter, tears, outrage, civic pride, civic shame-- and won a few prizes. But not any Puli ...more
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