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Landstrike Paperback – April 13, 2009

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About the Author

About the Author Ken Bass developed a lifetime love of disaster stories from the moment he read Disaster at Johnstown: The Great Flood as a fourth grader growing up in Columbia, SC. After attending Yale and Georgetown Law School, Ken practiced law for over 20 years before deciding to pursue his passion for writing. Having read every disaster book available, the first book Ken decided to write is the compelling story of the devastation New York City might suffer at the hands of a major hurricane. When he's not writing, Ken coaches his sons' soccer teams, closely follows the weather and blogs on politics at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (April 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441514864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441514868
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,179,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Milos Nesovic on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
In addition to being a riveting page turner this is an audacious and perhaps even brilliant book. What makes Landstrike so audacious is the author's use of the "fact based" anecdotal form perfected by journalist/writers such as Cornelius Ryan--Longest Day, Last Battle, Bridge Too Far--to weave together a fictional scenario so detailed and so informed that I needed to keep reminding myself that none of what I was reading had actually happened and, in fact, was "made up." What the form also accomplished with its use of multiple characters, points of view, situations and settings is to put the reader into the heart of these events so that they are experienced rather than merely related. In short, you the reader are there to experience these events as a participant and not merely an observer. Reading the Sandy Hook/Verrazano Bridge sequences I literally had the chills and from that point on I could not take my eyes off the page and finished the book in a single sitting. The reason I think that the book may be brilliant is that by using a journalistic form it jettisons the "hero saves the day" standard fictional approach which encourages the reader to project themselves onto a larger than life protagonist. This standard fictional form my make for good diversion but, in the end it is just that; a diversion which leaves the reader with very little once they put down the book. In Landstrike, exactly as would happen in reality, it is the event itself--a hurricane barreling towards New York City--on which everything hinges and it is this hurricane that affects and changes the many lives with which it comes into contact. Both compelling as well as true to life, after putting this book down I can assure you, the reader will be thinking about what he or she read for quite a long time afterwards. For all the above, as well as it being a damn good yarn, this is a must read book that may actually be breaking some new ground in a popular fiction genre'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Heeb on August 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This exciting and expertly written novel details in compelling and spellbinding narrative the story of a devastating level-4 hurricane that makes landfall in New York City and the very probable impact of the twenty-five foot high wall of water the storm is pushing ahead of the strongest winds. Author Ken Bass presents a scenario so realistic and frightening it is impossible to put the book down until the very end. The two themes of his story are first, what could happen if such a hurricane makes landfall at New York, and secondly, the difficulty of predicting the trajectory of hurricanes. The protagonist, Daniel Chen, developed a new prediction model, The Dynamic Hybrid Model Interpolator II, but the National Hurricane Center doesn't accept its validity until it is too late to warn New Yorkers to prepare for the devastating wall of water that is about to swallow Manhattan. Not that it would matter. New York is unprepared to deal with a twenty-five foot surge accompanying a level-4 hurricane. Almost all hurricane warnings and alerts focus on wind-speed and size. But in truth, it is often the surge of oceanic water and the flooding in the aftermath that causes the greatest damage and misery. We learned this with the aftermath at New Orleans. And, in 1996 Hurricane Fran made landfall near Cape Fear in North Carolina and flooded almost a third of the state. The flooding caused more than $3 billion in damage and was responsible for 26 deaths. Weeks after Fran departed, the air in eastern North Carolina was acrid with the smell of the burning carcasses of livestock lost in the floods. Ken's story details the susceptibility of New York with it massive underground infrastructure of subways, basements, and public works, and the city's fundamental unpreparedness for such a catastrophe. His book is unforgettable and should be required reading at The Federal Emergency Management Agency, i.e., FEMA.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carefulbuyer on August 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
This page-turner will happily consume a weekend at the beach in late August. The author obviously did his homework and imagined every detail of a major hurricane's path through New York City. The first third follows Hurricane Nicole through the Caribbean and toward the East Coast -- but for me the middle third is where it really takes off, when the hurricane passes over the Verrazano Narrows and across the bay to Manhattan. The author has studied how high the stormsurge would be when it hit Coney Island -- and then imagined not only the destruction there, but how far the destruction would reach into Brooklyn and Queens. He has imagined what would happen when that stormsurge hit the subway and tunnel entrances --and what it would be like to be in a skyscraper at the height of the storm, or on a tugboat frantically trying to maneuver the swirls. And, just as good and truly stirring, the final third deals with the storm's aftermath, as the might of the US military is applied to succoring millions of citydwellers suddenly deprived of water, elecricity, food, and any hope of getting out of the city. A very satisfying read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth S. Ternlund on August 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Great book. if you are into hurricanes you will love this book. its very realistic and depicts what would really happen if a hurricane did strike new york. simply could not put this book down. even read it while i was on vacation! it was that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Smoak on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you want to experience a hurricane without getting wet: read LANDSTIKE!
This fictional account of Category Five Hurricane Nicole is so realistic you'll think you'd been there, from flying with hurricane hunters into the eye as it forms across the Atlantic, to its rampage up the Hudson River into New York City. The characters are well defined, believable people who meet the challenges in sometimes heroic, but always human ways. Landstrike is the name of a fictional computer model that one wishes could be used to predict real time hurricanes. With it there would be fewer surprises!
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