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"Morrison's got the magic touch with science-grounded action adventure...If readers can only grab one book this year--make it this one." --Pat Cooper, RT Book Reviews

"This is top-notch suspense, with crisp plotting, believable characters, and well-researched science. A classic disaster novel, up there with the very best." --Douglas Preston, NY Times bestselling author of IMPACT

"ROGUE WAVE is the best thriller I've read this year." --Chris Kuzneski, NY Times bestselling author of THE PROPHECY

"ROGUE WAVE is a disaster novel stripped straight out of today's headlines. Not to be missed!" --James Rollins, NY Times bestselling author of THE DOOMSDAY KEY

"Morrison's smooth and savory mix of science and suspense brings the absolute best of Michael Crichton to mind." --Jon Land, NY Times bestselling author of STRONG JUSTICE

About the Author

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 managed a video game testing group in Microsoft's Xbox division before becoming a full-time writer. For non-fiction thrills, he enjoys white water rafting, skiing, scuba diving, and bungee jumping. Boyd is also a professional actor, appearing in films, commercials, and stage plays. In 2003 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! champion. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1561 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UYUORC
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 managed a video game testing group in Microsoft's Xbox division before becoming a full-time writer. For non-fiction thrills, he enjoys white water rafting, skiing, scuba diving, and bungee jumping. Boyd is also a professional actor, appearing in films, commercials, and stage plays. In 2003 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! champion. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife.

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This incredibly fast-paced thriller first appeared in the Kindle Store in 2009, under the name "The Palmyra Impact." It was self-published by a totally unknown author, cost just a few dollars, and I thought I'd take a chance and sampled it. Liked that, bought the eBook.

Love it! So intense that, Kindle in hand, I was way beyond the edge of my seat by the middle of the book. I had to pace the house and read. Frankly, it was a huge relief to get to the end to see who survived and who didn't--no promises were made by the author.

Here's my review from June 2009:
A rip-roaring thriller, The Palmyra Impact (now 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 of the books' characters and its readers as disaster looms for the Hawaiian Islands.

Boyd Morrison's taut prose plummets the reader through a series of disasters, near misses and anguish for the fates of deftly drawn characters, some of whom readers will quickly take under their wings as new friends. As in all disasters, real or fictional, not all loved ones survive.

For sheer readability, thrills, plot complexity and plain old nail-biting fun, Morrison's book earns a place on the top shelf among thrillers of the year.

Now, in 2010: Simon and Schuster, impressed by Morrison's ebook sales for this book and two others, including The Ark, now for sale once more in the Kindle store, is now Morrison's publisher.

I'm re-reading Rogue Wave after over a year. Even though I know how it turns out, I am pacing again. Boyd's prose delivers relentless action.

A must read book for anyone who loves a nail biter of a thriller.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
First: believe everything you've hear about how incredibly fast this book is. Second: believe everything you've hear about how incredibly fast this book is. There are some books that are fast reads; `Rogue Wave' will make you read fast! It literally drags you from page to page because it's that type of non-stop action reading. I literally had to physically slow down because I was moving so fast. This book deserves 100% of all the over the top praise it is getting. I was wondering myself what in the world could have caused such a wave, and when I found out... man!

The beginning was full throttle as Kai (love that name) has to determine if there is a tsunami, how powerful it is if there indeed is one, and do they need to evacuate. I laughed at the politics and how, no matter WHAT the emergency, politicians have to bear their 9-headed Hydra. Always and forever I guess. My only beef came near the late-middle of the book. I love disaster/annihilation novels, always have. What drives me crazy are the stupid heroics of the people in them. I know, I know, I know I'm Mr. Heartless. ' But I found that in this book, it drove me bonkers because it was one right after the other after the other after the other! I mean come on! All jokes aside, it did seem like a bit much for the "I'm going to save her/him", or "what was that noise, I need to save someone else". Either heed the warning or die idiots.

So that was a slight hiccup for me. The ending however... thrillers aren't supposed to be emotional right? Can we agree on that? I mean emotions are for books like `Lovely Bones', `Flowers for Algernon', any boring book that Oprah picks, or book #7 in the `Dark Tower' series. Not a book about a freaking killer wave.
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Another technically rich, page turning book from Boyd Morrison.

The Palmyra Impact requires no willful suspension of disbelief. The story is masterfully told so that you are right there, with the characters, and can see the story unfold before your eyes. A terrifyingly great ride.

Clancy, Grisham, and Cook can plan for retirement. Boyd Morrison sets a new standard for thrillers. I am impatiently awaiting the next book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I purchased this book while delayed between points A and B with nothing to entertain myself. My expectations were not high - I love even the silliest of the disaster genre and just wanted to keep my mind distant enough to ignore the cold. I expected pulp with a psuedoscience bent and half-drawn characters - a book that would earn two stars at best - but was surprised by Morrison's story.

The tacky cover art and the horrible name belie the actual science content of the plot. (I get that "The Palmyra Effect" probably wasn't a mass-market magnet, but "Rogue Wave" is inaccurate and protagonist Kai Tanaka would probably frown and fuss over its sensationalism.) Most of the time, Morrison succeeds at keeping both feet planted in science while leaning over the edge into plausible and possible, if not proven, ground.

Storytelling makes this an even three stars for me. It's honestly okay. Nothing about the characters really makes me think past the words on the page, but - the too-easy-to-hate Chuck excluded - they don't exactly bother me in their simplicity, either. Rachel's melodramatic self-sacrificing distracts from the ending. Lani and Mia are mostly believable as self-absorbed adolescents, and Kai cuts a decent, every-man figure without going all "aw shucks, ma'am" on us. The pacing is good and usually even.

Overall, there are nits I could pick, but this isn't that kind of book. For an inexpensive paperback of this type, I think Morrison's contribution is greater than average. Fans of the disaster thriller will enjoy "Rogue Wave", and anyone looking to kill some time in an airport or on the train will get more than they expected.
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