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Rogue Wave

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,030 ratings  ·  195 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 421 pages
Published (first published January 30th 2009)
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Dammit, dammit, dammit! I was just looking for a quick fun timepass read, I was NOT ready for so much heart-wrenching turmoil! Such an unexpectedly sad ending... :'(

Suffice to say, one of the best disaster stories I've ever appreciated either in movie or book or any other medium, and truly this is one of the most depressingly realistic humane disaster-suspense thrillers. Like me anyone who enjoys a great nailbiting, edge-of-seat, literally breathlessly thrilling, suspenseful disaster adventure
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2015
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
Jennie Leigh
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...

Nicole R
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ellie Risby
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2014
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
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
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
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
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 ...more
Julie Carter
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Brian's Book Blog
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Monica Mac
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Plenty of action and suspense, in a story where the characters are amazingly perfect and conventional...
Kay Cugini
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb book, I was so engrossed I read it in a day, on my day off - jobs be damned! Grips right from page 1, great characters, fast exciting plot, very good writing - intense! *SPOILER ALERT* I was also happy that the writer saved the dog, always upsets me when they don't. (I Am Legend I've not forgiven you). Will read the authors' other books after this, highly recommend
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!!
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.
Gaynor Evans
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed, first time I've cried while reading in a long time!
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 Stars
Terence Kong
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Daniel Rudge
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Definitely an edge of your seat drama. Finished it in 2 days, as I just couldnt put it down.

Basing the science off of real research and projections, this has been the best tsunami story I've read yet. Unlike many disaster stories, this on cranks up right from the starting line and doesnt slow down until the epilogue. Naturally, it has all the "no, dont do that!" parts of a Hollywood movie, creating more tension and suspense. Nevertheless, the characters are realistic, and the destruction is
Lee Yun
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot recall the last time I read a book in 2 days (and it only took me that long because I had to go to work). This was literally unputdownable. The suspense had me just turning over for one more page, then one more, then one more. I have a love hate relationship with waves. On one hand they terrify me but on the other, I can't read or watch enough about them. So this book sated my perverse obsession, while keeping safe in the comfort of my bed.
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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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