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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  48 reviews
They’ll pay him a fortune to find a killer tornado for their movie.
He knows the risks all too well, but he never imagined just how dangerous the perfect storm could get.

Chuck Rittenburg was one of the most intrepid storm chasers in the country until a bad decision resulted in the death of a young couple who’d paid to ride along. A decade later— broke, divorced, and estr
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Bell Bridge Books
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Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite movies is Twister and this had the same feel as that. Extreme weather terrifies me but it also fascinates me so I couldn't wait to jump into this audio!!

The plot is summed up in this part of the blurb "Chuck Rittenburg is a washed-up, former tornado chaser/tour guide. A film director offers him $1 million to find the biggest, baddest F5 tornado within a 2-week window" of course, he accepts but how do you find the mother of all tornadoes when the F5 is so rare?

Chuck was, for t
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zread-thrillers
I just love this guy. His writing has gotten so much better since his first book. This is more polished than his other two. His ability to write man-woman relationships has greatly improved. Much more believable now.

I am a big fan of tornadoes, although I am definitely not a chaser. And I do hate the destruction they cause. But it's the building and tension in the air that draws me. Buzz does a great job of describing the tornado. He is positively lyrical. Here are just a few of the phrases that
Dana Ridenour
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buzz Bernard delivers a fast pace, thrill ride with his novel, Supercell. I was hooked from the first chapter and I couldn’t put the book down. I especially liked the fact that most of his characters were flawed and rough around the edges. The book had a realistic feel and I learned so much about tornadoes. Thanks to this author, I will never live in Oklahoma!
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting approach to Hollywood movie makers in the tornado world. This book is not only about tornadoes, but also a suspense thriller to boot. It is a little slow at take off, but then the book gets really interesting. I have always been a fan of disaster movies and was thrilled to see a disaster book.

This is my first read by this author. H W Buzz Bernard did a good job at entertaining me. I loved the reason the FBI was involved with it too. The narrator, delivered a good story with multiple
Jennie Leigh
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, audible
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Ed-Eleanor Busch
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sound and exciting

A fun read for anyone who is fascinated by these monsters,particularly if you have ever experienced been in or too close to one.
Brian's Book Blog
Hollywood resurrects a twister chasing legend

4.5 out of 5 stars

Chuck might be one of the best storm chasers of his time. But his chasing is cut short when people on one of his tornado watching tours were cut down by lightning. Bankrupt, divorced, and down on his luck – Chuck is given a second chance. One that he is reluctant to take because he doesn’t want to re-live the things that happened in his past. He signs a 2 week contract with a Hollywood director to find him the biggest and baddest twi
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as an ARC here at goodreads. I loved everything about this book even right down to the most annoying character of them all, Metcalf.

Many years ago I fell in love with weather. I know that sounds strange and weird, but I was fascinated by all aspects of it. Why does it get cold, how do hurricanes form, how does lake effect snow occur, and my favourite weather occurrences...Storms and Tornado's. I would watch everything I could on the Weather Channel about Tornado's. They were abso
Holly Booms Walsh
I am a bit of a tornado junkie myself, so I was very excited for this book. The science and explanation was good. The author knows his stuff. The book is action-packed. I thought it was funny that the author has his character badmouth the movie "Twister", despite the many similarities between Supercell and Twister. There are two plotlines in the book: Chuck gets an offer he cannot refuse to find a big tornado for a Hollywood film company to get footage of; and we also meet two brothers that have ...more
Heather Trim
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Supercell is a triple doozie of plot twists. Pun entirely intended. It is a fabulous story. I was concerned it would be all too “Twister”ish (the 1999 tornado movie) and it turned out to be WAY more. I love that Buzz gave a nod to the movie, like he had to acknowledge what everyone was thinking. He pointed it out and then I didn’t think about it for the rest of the story.

The three layers of plot worked really well together, setting a stage for an awesome mess of an ending. A movie company wanted
John Boettcher
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Supercell was an immensely fun read! The story was fast paced and laced with excitement.

Supercell tells the story of a storm chaser seeking redemption on the high plains of the midwest. Given one last chance to salvage his life from a hellish storm of unfortunate events he endured, a production company makes him an offer he can't refuse: $1,000,000 for footage of an EF-4 or EF-5 tornado within a two week time period.

Now throw in thieves, murderers, an FBI agent, an estranged son, a crazy movie
Lee Clevenger
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buzz Bernard knows weather, but better still Buzz Bernard knows how to wrap a twister of a story inside a real-live twister of a tornado. Protagonist Chuck's life is broken, and he's accepted his beer-for-breakfast as the highlight of his day when out of nowhere comes a million-dollar offer that just might repair a lot of that brokenness. There are conditions, of course, and the odds are against Chuck finding what this Hollywood hotshot wants him to find in an impossible time frame. But throwing ...more
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Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chuck Rittenberg, is a broken man; an out of work storm chaser who’s lost his livelihood, wife, and children. Chuck has gone down without a fight, resigned to his fate... Until offers for his services come in from two unlikely sources: First, Metcalf, a Hollywood producer, wants Chuck to lead him to an F4 tornado. He’s willing to pay handsomely, but only if Chuck succeeds, and success has a timestamp. Second, Gabi, an FBI agent on the hunt for a thieving duo, who have no problem dispatching anyo ...more
Mary Shafer
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: weather buffs, storm chasers, thriller enthusiasts
Recommended to Mary by: Amazon
Shelves: disaster, weather, fiction
This was the first title I read in Buzz Bernard's series of thriller novels set during extreme weather events, and was everything I hoped it would be. He gives readers an unlikely hero, a washed-up storm chaser offered a great deal of money to return to the game after a chase that ended in disaster. It's all there -- excellent meteorological setup and nearly non-stop thriller action, and the plot even grapples with some very modern cultural aspects. The only thing that kept this from being a fiv ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm giving this book three stars because I enjoyed most of the story and the narration was good. The author definitely knows tornadoes and there is a lot of meteorological education interspersed throughout the story.

Down on his luck, Chuck Rittenberg reluctantly agrees to find a tornado for a slimy film producer. And then he immediately agrees to allow an FBI agent to go undercover as part of his team. And then he asks his estranged son to come along. Is this guy a masochist or what? I liked Ch
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating 4.5 stars!
When I first read the summary of this book, the movie Twister was what came to mind. Tornados are terrifying to me, so I knew I wanted to check this one out. It was a little slow to start, but by the halfway mark it had picked up so much steam! There was action, and so much going on other than just the expected tornado. Drew Commins was the narrator, and he was absolutely amazing! He really brought the characters to life, and each one had a different voice including sever
Eric Reeves
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Just like the plot line suggests, I think this would make a great movie!

The narration was great. I didn't ever feel bored or bogged down. Occasionally narrators will make me feel like a story is dragging on and on. Not in this case. Very good all the way through!

The story was very good. I really enjoyed all of the different situations presented as challenges to the main character. He really had his share of hard knocks and it was good to watch him conquer
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Per FTC guidelines this review for Supercell by H.W. “Buzz” Bernard is for a book received for free in a First Read Giveaway.

Supercell is an adrenaline fueled action packed adventure of a novel. It is obvious that Mr. Bernard holds a strong respect for storm systems and the power of the storm. This novel comes alive during the storm chasing scenes. I am taking one star away from the review because of the murder mystery aspect of the novel. It was painfully obvious that the introduc
Kasey Cocoa
There's something both exhilarating and terrifying about storms that produce tornadoes. Some people love them and even chase them while others run and hide. This book was clearly written by one of those who love them and has an understanding of how they come into being and move. The writing was good with only a few minor issues. The characters were fairly well developed with a minor plot involving a romantic thread. Overall it's an interesting read and a bit different than most of the books out ...more
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to ride on a tornado chase in the comfort of your home. Then this is the book for you. It has got the thrills of putting the reader in the drivers seat of a torndo chase vehicle to the site of a supercell and in addition the downhill effects of the chances of every supercell of having the potential of tornadic action not occurring The skills of a tornado chaser is one of "hunt and seek" in with a knowledge of weather patterns and being in the right place at the right time. I went alo ...more
Toni Boughton
Fast, entertaining read. Obviously the author knows his stuff, and the description of the storms are so well-written you honestly feel as if you are right there experiencing it. Where it lacked, in my opinion, was in the relationships between characters. The main protagonist invites his estranged son along on the tornado chase ostensibly to try and reconnect, but then they spend hardly any time together at all. I also didn't feel the relationship between the male and female protagonists was true ...more
Sarah Stevens
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sarah-s-reviews
Chuck was a storm chaser, he had his own business where he took tourists chasing after Supercells, which are storms that create tornados. His career prematurely due to an unfortunate accident , some tourists died.
Years later, a movie producer asks him to put it all on the line one more time and find them a class 5 tornado to film. If he can do it within a 2 week period, they will pay him a million dollars.

This book has lots action, interesting characters, a nice little love story on the side, a
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

As a person that lives in "Tornado Alley" I am intrigued by weather. The story of a down and out former storm tour host getting a chance for a

comeback was a must listen.

This novel is like an onion, each layer a story within a story. These layers provided an interesting story.As you listen and pull away the layers

you get a view of the characters. I want t
Sharon Hopper
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed by Supercell. Perhaps, I was spoiled by Eyewall. The first half of the book, I give a rating of 2. The last part a 3. So overall, a 2.5. Given my dislike of the characters, I am going with an overall rating of 2 instead of rounding up to a 3. The action was slower and the characters rather obnoxious. The main character, Chuck, grated on my nerves with his ongoing passiveness and self pity. His antipathy over his son's sexuality made him very unlikeable. The Hollywood mogul was ...more
Scott Leitner
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm an avid fan of severe weather, so when I saw this book pop up on my Kindle, I had to have it. Even though it's a novel, the insight & analysis Buzz adds to the story is well thought out. His meteorological knowledge is helpful to average users and to those of us who are at least moderately familiar with meteorology, he doesn't talk down to you. The characters all fit well into the story & all of the backstory of the characters works well. I loved the book & asked him on Facebook whether he'd ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty good. If you want to know a lot about how tornadoes form this will tell you. It's about a storm-chaser searching for a monster tornado for a movie company. There's a side story about a father unable to accept his son's homosexuality. Throw in a FBI agent, murderers and a jerk movie producer and it makes for an interesting story. At the end, of course, it has to go too far and becomes unbelievable but all stories like this do that. Overall I liked his book about hurricanes mor ...more
Jeanie Loiacono
What a ride! Bernard weaves one good novel after another. When you start reading SUPERCELL, you feel like you know these people; like you have met them before. You really feel for Chuck and want him to succeed so very much - in every aspect. I will not give an inch of it away. You simply have to read it, then watch the skies each time you hear of bad weather coming. HAHAHA! I sure do. I live in Texas! I want more!
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and the story was fast paced with lots of plot twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages. I have always been interested in tornados and storm chasing, so I was excited to see it as the primary focus of the book. I thought the information provided regarding this activity was very well presented and credible. This is the second "Buzz" Bernard book I've read and it didn't dissapoint. I highly recommend this book and plan to read others by this author. ...more
Tammy Kenney
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My 2nd time reading this book and still one of my favorite reads. I love all things weather related and his descriptions throughout the book make you feel like you're right there. He even manages to bring the movie "Twister" into the story. Between the search for an F5 tornado, the hunt for murders/thieves following the tornadoes and Chuck trying to repair his relationship with his son, there is plenty going on to keep you interested in the book. ...more
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H. W. "Buzz" Bernard is a best-selling, award-winning novelist.

His debut novel, EYEWALL, which one reviewer called a "perfect summer beach read," was released in May 2011 and went on to become a number-one best seller in Amazon's Kindle Store.

PLAGUE ("One of the best thrillers of 2012″--novelist Al Leverone) came out in September 2012, and won the 2014 EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coaliti

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