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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (August 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553526723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553526721
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,921,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Imagine a mix of Jaws and Godzilla with a touch of Titanic thrown in, and you'll have some idea of the scope and ambition of this debut techno-thriller from Canadian oceanographer James Powlik.

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.

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A life-threatening plankton bloom (a fast-growing colony of microorganisms that eats every living thing in its path) is gathering strength off the coast of Washington State. Meanwhile, marine microbiologist Brock Garner and his ex-wife, Carol, who are investigating the mysterious death of Carol's brother, slowly realize that Mark is not the only fatality and that whatever is causing mass destruction among the marine population is a serious threat to all life in the area. Mobilizing what resources they can, the Garners and a small group of like-minded individuals set out to stop the colony from moving into Puget Sound. Biologist and oceanographer Powlik brings a great deal of real-life knowledge to this fantastical story of microorganisms running rampant. The possibility that such an event could actually happen helps make this a suspenseful and gripping tale. A good summer read; suitable for most fiction collections.AJo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This was a fun and engrossing book to read.
"chan_lor"
The action in the story is great, but does get bogged down a little with a lot of technical jargon that Powlik tries to get through quickly.
Jason Birkby
All in all, it's a fun read with entertaining characters and an exciting storyline.
Yolanda S. Bean

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
James Powlik has pulled off a remarkable feat. He has written a book with a great deal of complicated and technical scientific language, yet he makes the narrative exciting. "Sea Change" deals with an environmental threat that poses a tremendous danger to warm-blooded mammals in an area near Washington State and Vancouver, British Columbia. Powlik has a background in biology and oceanography, and although the book is fiction, there is a factual basis in what he writes. "Sea Change" is frightening in its implications and the action sweeps the reader along until the end. A word of warning--this book is not for the sqeamish. The characters and the dialogue are, for the most part, believable. Readers who love scientific mysteries will find "Sea Change" enthralling and thought-provoking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While I appreciated the author's extensive research and obvious knowledge of his subject, he simply does not know how to write exciting fiction. The first few chapters started off with promise: inexplicable deaths. An ER doctor's horrifying loss of a child patient. A spooky ship far out at sea. And, yes, some funny repartee between characters. But from there, it became a tedious story of "telling, not showing," whereby the author tells us ABOUT what happens, but doesn't really show us the events with much vividness of language or even much dialogue. For instance, there's a scene toward the end where one helicopter loses altitude, crashing into a chopper below it. Crash! Lives lost! Sorry, but it was the most ho-hum description of a disaster I've ever read. I didn't bat an eye. Perhaps the most serious problem with this book was the nature of the "villain" itself. A microbe. Much as the author tries to infuse it with evil, it remains just that -- a microbe. And the heroes must race to -- well, kill it. That's it. Alas, not very exciting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane E. Harkins on March 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This novel could have the same effect on beach-going as "Jaws" did years ago! Reading the preceding reviews, I am amazed that SEA CHANGE is Powlick's debut; rarely have I seen a first novel that was so concise and well-developed from a literary perspective and so suspenseful and challenging as entertainment. Powlick made difficult oceanographic and biological concepts easy to digest and enjoyable to ponder, in terms of their dangerous implications. The romance was anticipated but not unwelcome, as I cared about the characters, and those I didn't care for (the media-hound) got just deserves. Don't be afraid of this thriller!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ehrhart on August 31, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book blends real-life science and a compelling mystery that makes for terrific beach reading! The author, James Powlik, takes a true-to-life menace from today's headlines and spins an exciting tale of suspense. In the tranquil waters of the Pacific Northwest, an invisible, indiscriminate killer is loose. As the body count begins to escalate, a group of intrepid scientists is left to make sense of the mystery and find out what has gone wrong. The storyline is quite clever and all the more intriguing because of the possibility that this type of disaster could really happen. I recommend this book to mystery lovers, action-adventure aficionados, and anyone concerned about real-life ecological issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on August 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book caught my attention as I was walking in a book store, and I just knew I had to buy it. I went with my gut instinct, and I'm glad I did! This story is amazing, and what's more amazing is that it could become a reality! The author knows a thing or two about such scientific matters, and I'm sure that he didn't just write this story to scare us, but because we should always be careful about our environment. We never really know what's out there. That's what makes it great. I would recommend it to anyone with strong guts, and a mind for science and mysteries. I sure enjoyed it, and I'm sure that a lot of people will agree with me. Read it, and you will not be dissapointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Oceanographer James Powlik strikes an excellent balance of science, action, and humanity (yes, that is still possible in a technothriller -- take note Crichton and Clancy). The menace du jour in protagonist Brock Garner's life is a toxic algae bloom that reads as believably as the latest headlines in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. Surrounding a core of credible science is a cast of believable, well-developed characters that lure the reader compulsively into page after page as the action mounts and the danger reaches strangulation levels. As Powlik himself asserts, we are not the commanders of Mother Nature as much as we'd like to think.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Larson on April 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first reading of Powlik and I must say that I was impressed. I was drawn into this book by the plot and wonderful characters that Powlik creates.
The idea of a biological weapon getting into the wrong hands, or slipping from a research facility takes on more interest in the wake of Sept 11. This book is both thrilling and frightening, because it might be able to happen. Well, maybe not, but it is a fun read that will keep you turning the pages wanting to see what will happen next.
All in all I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next Powlik work, Meltdown!
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