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Gr 8 Up-Seventeen-year-old Susannah, her family, and an 18-year-old crewman are sailing from California to Hawaii. The trip starts out smoothly until they are driven by a storm into the path of a drifting powerboat. The mysterious vessel is carrying two dead bodies and a stash of 100-dollar bills. For Susannah and her family, this cash changes everything. Her father is in debt and could use it, but the teen would rather burn the money than keep it. Everyone on the yacht seems to have a different view of what to do with the find, causing dangerous divisiveness. The yacht is being followed by an airplane carrying some pretty bad dudes: Jeremy Tygart, a drug lord's son who wants to prove himself, and Shako, a teenage hit man who likes killing people. This adrenaline-filled adventure keeps readers on edge, and Cadnum has a way of making them feel as if they know each character personally. Teens who like action and adventure will enjoy this title.-Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Seize the Storm is a swiftly paced, exciting story written in clear, supple prose that is not easy to write but that is wonderfully easy to read.--Dean Koontz

Fans of sea stories and suspense will enjoy this one. (Booklist)

Seize the Storm is a swiftly paced, exciting story written in clear, supple prose that is not easy to write but that is wonderfully easy to read. (Dean Koontz)

An engrossing summertime escape, especially for guy readers. (VOYA)

Aboard a yacht en route to Hawaii, 17-year-old Susannah, her parents, and the crew discover a seemingly abandoned boat but soon find it contains two dead bodies and a large satchel of cash, which they haul aboard. Big mistake . . . Fans of sea stories and suspense will enjoy this one. (Booklist)

A masterful psychological thriller, seen through the eyes of multiple characters and told with enough suspense to keep you mighty wary of the sea for a spell. Fresh, unique, and well-plotted--it had me hooked from the first page to the last. I'm a fan. Definitely. Highly recommended! (Graham Salisbury, author of Night of the Howling Dogs and Under the Blood-Red Sun)

Cadnum takes threatening weather, a shark, a lost dog and guns galore and turns them into a nightmare scenario. (Kirkus Reviews)

Cadnum meticulously limns each character's personality and motives, embedding them in an expertly constructed web of intrigue. The straightforward prose attains elegance at times: Axel is described as 'simple the way a thumb is simple'; the yacht gets tangled up in a huge wad of fishing like 'a giant, diaphanous amoeba that spun out tendrils' . . . Lines such as these help place this drama of little people bobbing on the ocean's surface into a grander morality play in which big themes of fortune, greed, fate, and the certainty of death play out in a thrilling examination of 'life's tough truths.' (The Horn Book)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374367051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374367053
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Cadnum is the author of thirty-five books, including the National Book Award finalist The Book of the Lion.  A two-time Edgar Allen Poe Award nominee, and an award-winning poet, Cadnum's work is widely acclaimed.

He lives in Albany, California, across the bay from San Francisco, with his wife Sherina.

For more of the latest on Cadnum and his work visit his website

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By Mrs. Marjorie A. Atkins on February 14, 2015
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I always enjoy reading Michael Cadnum's novels.
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