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Like in Jaws, something weird is killing people along a coast--in this case, the Pacific Northwest. Like in Godzilla, something we've done to the environment has caused simple creatures--in this case, tiny marine protozoa--to go crazy and mutate into a new killer entity. The Titanic touch comes when billions of these nasty creatures gather together to form a huge floating blob the size of an iceberg, which gives off a noxious gas that not only dissolves human tissue but also stops boat and plane engines dead.
By the time marine microbiologist Brock Garner and his ex-wife, whale sonar expert Carol Harmon, figure out just what the murderous agent is, the mucky mountain is caught up in a terrific storm that is pushing it toward Seattle. And the government isn't doing a lot to stop it, because they know who's behind the monstrous mutation--a former Defense Department consultant who happens to be Carol's father.
Powlik keeps this all from falling into the dangerous waters of "high camp" by making sure his characters are as reality-based and accessible as his scientific expertise. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book had a great cover and was an icky bug novel about the sea. I couldn't resist!
The story is about a bacteria that is killing off people and wildlife and the... Read more
I was disappointed in this book because I was looking forward to more of a full mystery,adventure fictional novel. Read morePublished on September 19, 2010 by C. Nina Farley
Thrillers with an oceanic twist invariably end up being amongst my favorite. It's an admittedly small sub-genre and one that I greatly enjoy. Read morePublished on January 21, 2009 by Yolanda S. Bean
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, although the pace is slow in the beginning. There's a little action but it's mostly character development and to the author's credit, the... Read morePublished on January 2, 2009 by Barbara L. Lemaster
This book is written with a lot of scientific terminology and medical references that take some getting used to. Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by Valentina
I really liked this book and it was hard to put down. It's not the best but it was well worth the money and it was scary about what could happen in the water. Read morePublished on February 7, 2007 by Dawn Dellarocco
James Powlik did a mediocre job in writing so that his work would appeal to a wider range of audiences. Read morePublished on March 20, 2005 by Brian Fantana
Peter Benchley frightened us from the water with stories of humongous sharks. Steve Alten took it up a notch with his action-packed thrillers featuring thought-to-be-extinct... Read morePublished on August 17, 2004 by ED Detetcheverrie
James Powlik is very obviously a biologist of the oceanic kind. It comes through all too well in this book. It's not that it is not a good read... Read morePublished on September 28, 2003 by K. L Sadler