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Rogue Wave

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  1,715 Ratings  ·  165 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
ebook, 416 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  ·  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 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  ·  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
Recommended to Jennie by:

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  ·  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...

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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 th
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 h
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 novels) ...more
My Inner Shelf
Lorsque la dernière Masse critique de Babelio proposait ce roman d’un auteur inconnu de moi mais aux promesses d’action et de suspens, je me suis dit que j’aimerais bien tenter, pour une fois, l’équivalent des téléfilms de catastrophe américains. Car ne nous y trompons pas, c’est bien de cela dont il s’agit. Action, suspens, danger imminent, personnages luttant pour leur survie, rythme effréné, etc.

[Vous pouvez lire la suite sur mon blog, merci :)]
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
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!!
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.
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 Jones
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 t
Sophie Dusting
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Un roman très américain sur un tsunami dévastateur et les réactions humaines tantôt héroïques tantôt stupides ou lâches sur le mode Deep Impact mais à l'échelle hawaïenne tout en s'inspirant du terrible tsunami de 2004
Les informations scientifiques bien qu'intéressantes sont parfois longues et coupent l'énergie de l'action
Quant aux principaux protagonistes, assez clichés, aucun n'a particulièrement attiré mon attention
mais comme le dit si justement dans son commentaire My Inner Shelf au sujet
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
Linda T. Stotler
Excellent, riveting, a real page turner

This is the best of any book I have ever read. And believe me I have read my share and have my favorite authors. This story had me living every moment, and feeling like I was their right now. I can't say enough about it. Will recommend it to everyone that I can.
4.5 stars
This is one of the better books I've read these past few weeks. While it reads more like a movie, the plot is engaging and the characters extremely likeable, a mix of loving and annoying ones! I truly enjoyed this book, and would have liked a longer epilogue, to satisfy my need to know everything was well.
Cherie Parks
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Murphy Comes Out to Play

"Anything that can go wrong..." I truly had my heart pounding for the protagonists in this novel. The nail-biting tension didn't let up, and the science was realistic. Make sure you start this one early in the day.
Audrey Ecelbarger
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always being a fan of the disaster movies of the 1970's I really enjoyed this book! It was insightful and engaging. Very fasted paced!
Dark Matter
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This review was written by James Kennedy for Dark Matter Zine. This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine.

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
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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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