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Rogue Wave

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,773 Ratings  ·  169 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

Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Pocket Books (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 a sad ending... :( Suffice to say, one of the BEST disaster story I've enjoyed either in movie or book or any other medium, and truly this is one of the most depressingly realistic HUMANE disaster-suspense thriller. Will try to write a detailed review later after my mind (more or less) stop reeling from the devastating blowout of nonstop experiencing the (excuse my ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Während ich den Roman las, wurde ich nie das Gefühl los, ich würde mir eine Kombination aus "Flammendes Inferno" und "Erdbeben" ansehen. Die Atmosphäre glich in der Tat jener Katastrophenfilme aus den 70er Jahren. Und so darf der Leser natürlich auch keinerlei Tiefgang erwarten, was nicht weiterhin stört, wenn er einfach eine spannungsgeladene Handlung konsumieren möchte. Denn kurzweilig und mitreißend ist sie durchaus. Die Charaktere bleiben jedoch oberflächlich und austauschbar, manche Szenen ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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 c

Eigentlich wollte ich erst 4 Sterne geben, aber nur weil die Übersetzung zum Teil echt Mist ist, aber das haben das Buch und der Autor nicht verdient, daher werden es doch 5 Sterne. Auf das Sprachliche werde ich am Ende der Rezension noch einmal eingehen.

Schon zu Schulzeiten fand ich das Thema Plattentektonik und damit verbundene Naturereignisse wie Erdbeben, Tsunamis und Vulkanausbrüche total interessant.
Die Geschichte in Todesflut erinnert ein wenig an die Katastrophenfilme, die ich früher im
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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...

Suspense Magazine
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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