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 ...more
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
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...more
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
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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
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
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!!
I will say the novel opens well! The opening chapter describes an airliner traveling above a storm when the pilots see what they think is lightning, only the flash is strangely followed by a mushroom cloud. The plane immediately ...more
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 ...more
It had me gripped from the third paragraph, rarely does a book grip me so deeply that I can't put it down. This book kept me up all night, I simply couldn't switch off to sleep. Tiredness left me I had to see it through to the end.
Whilst some areas of the book seem lacking in charector information and back story, it would have been nice to have got to know some a bit better. It doesn't lack in here and now story,its fast paced and flows well, it e ...more
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
A great read, the book is broken down by chapters that want you to keep turning those pages. Well researched, thrilling, and believable, this is a not a beach novel t ...more
He does a good job of kee ...more
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
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 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
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.