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  • Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (3 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099469359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099469353
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An explosive thriller from the bestselling author of Flood

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johan RF on 17 May 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was a desperate buy in a hurry on the Pont Aven. So it was a gamble based on a quick flick. Must say I started reading and wanted to dislike it. Could not though, far fetched-ish but clever characters and twists leave the reader who is not expecting too much in the way of heavy literature entertained. Geologists avoid these books I suspect but everyone else should give this a look for a light read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By earthquake man on 22 Aug. 2007
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It appears Richard Doyle has written a disaster flick hoping it will lead to a phone call from a movie producer to turn it into a film. Everything in the storyline is completely cinematographically orientated with no concessions whatsovever to creative ficional writing.

Characters are annoying: The hero is a perfect american boatswain who part-times as a security guard, civil defense liaison, political canditate, volunteer fireman, etc., to fit into post 9/11 expectations. Girlfriend is a rich spoilt lass who turns nasty but returns to the straight and narrow at the end. Straggly-haired surfers, tough cops and God-fearing folk complete the crowd of a maine town about to be flooded by a tsunami during founder's day parade with annoying bands and uncle sams.

If this doesn't put you off already, readers with a minimum knowledge on earth sciences will be irritated at the description of the volcanic eruption on La Palma and the way scientifically incongruous pre-tsunamis wash up days before to set the scene.

But by far the most unacceptable aspect of the book is its full 100% devotion to cinematographic scening. Everything from scene switches, characterisation, storyline and setting is far too cinematographic to make confortable reading. This is unfortunately becoming increasingly normal practice in commercial writers. This is the fundamental flaw behind the book. It has not been written as a piece of fiction by a passionate author with a story to tell. It has been written as a screen script for future investment to be financed by american readers. Thank you very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2006
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Volcano gets a generous three stars. The plot keeps you going until the end, the characters on the whole are interesting enough and the promise of "the wave to end all waves" is indeed intriguing enough. However, depite having the right components, Volcano is just an run-of-the-mill action book, with all the pre-requisite Crichton-esque if-it-can-go-wrong-it-will-go-wrong beauty. It would be far more palettable if the book wasn't 200 pages too long. There are too many characters who just don't need to be there. Remove a quarter of those and you'd get a tidy, gripping, action yarn. Instead you get Volcano, which incidentally, should really be called Tsunami. It's entertaining, but just too cumbersome.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Rogers on 10 Jan. 2007
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This book has secured a special place in my heart as probably the worst I have ever had the misfortune to lay my eyes on. I am not even sure why I bothered to read it. The book was fairly well written but the fact that every single chapter ended with a impending-doom-type statement such as "little did they know what was about to happen" or variations of, rapidly became annoying. The plot was rather loose with the author seeming to forget to tie up some of his plot threads at the end of the book. He has obviously been heavily influenced by writers such as Tom Clancy, and Michael Crichton, sprinkling his book with scientific facts and figures. His research in some areas was extremely bad, especially his research into surf culture. Being a surfer myself his descriptions of "the tribe" (or whatever the hell he called them) and "the king of the mountain" (obviously based on Laird Hamilton) made me almost pysically sick. He seemed to have got all of his research from watching "The Billabong Oddessey" a big-wave surf documentary.

If you have the choice of reading this book or being slowly impaled, take the second choice it'll be far less painful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry Realto on 11 April 2007
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This is a rare opportunity when the phrase 'i couldn't put it down' really fits. I'd read Doyle's previous book 'Flood' last year, and although this is different, it was a joy to read. Doyle must be an extremely intelligent man: for Flood I understand he became the world expert on London Flooding. He has proved himself an expert on surfing and geology in this! I pity the academics in the field of his next book what ever it might be, because he's just going to blow them away. I can't wait to read it!
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By Jess on 7 April 2014
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I really enjoy a good disaster novel, where ordinary people pit their strength and wits against impossible odds and have varying degrees of success - but they have to be at least a bit realistic. I read and enjoyed Deluge and Flood several years ago so I was looking forward to reading this book. However, I was really disappointed. It appears that Richard Doyle has found a formula for his writing and is sticking to it. As usual, the book contained a lot of factual information and it is clear, from checking on the Internet, that most of it appeared to be fairly accurate which is only to be expected given Mr Doyle's record of being something of an expert on natural disasters. However, the characters appeared to be "wooden", their actions mostly unbelievable - especially the surfers - and the dialogue stilted, self conscious and downright silly at times. I found myself skimming over bits of the book and became quite bored at times even if the information is quite frightening. You may as well watch a TV documentary on the subject. I would say that this book is OK if you dont have anything else to read but otherwise choose something with a bit more meat to the story.
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