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Tornado Hunter: Getting Inside the Most Violent Storms on Earth Hardcover – May 19, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1426203022 ISBN-10: 1426203020 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; 1 edition (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426203020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426203022
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tim Samaras, an electrical engineer and storm chaser for almost 20 years, is a highly touted National Geographic Grantee and the star of National Geographic Channel’s Disaster Lab (2009) and Master of Disaster (2008). He holds the Guinness World Record for measuring the lowest pressure drop of a tornado.

Stefan Bechtel is a member of Samaras’s tornado-hunting team. He is founding editor of Men’s Health, and the author of seven books on conservation, health, and investment, which have sold more than two million copies and been translated into eight languages.

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Love books and articles on tornadoes and severe weather.
Tanglefootin
I found this book very interesting and it was hard to put it down once I started to read it!
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Thanks to Charlottesville's Stefan Bechtel for his skill in bringing this story to life.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Firefighter Butch on July 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I actually checked this book out of the library this week and began giving it a read. As a disaster junkie, I try to read every tome released and I will clearly say that while interesting, this book doesn't have the great storytelling of other disaster classics like Isaac's Storm or The Perfect Storm.

Tornado Hunter follows along/behind tornado hunter Tim Samaras and his band of merry mesocyclone hunters as they crisscross the plains on the path of severe weather. Some of the stories of actual chases are quite good and there are a couple that truly are edge-of-the-seat exciting, but throughout the book, Bechtel tells the same story over and over, even using the same hackneyed phrases. He describes the same equipment and the same scenes over and over, in case you missed them the first three times. (How many times can he compare a soggy dirt road to cake batter?)

And at times his somewhat stilted storytelling jumps from place to place and year to year in a way that's hard to determine where he's going or what path he'll go down next -- much like the storms he writes about.

And while I know that it's not uncommon for an author to solicit positive reviews for his work on Amazon, the fact that one reviewer appears to be a relative (if the same last name and same hometown are any clues), one appears to be a neighbor or other local friend, and one has only reviewed one book not by this author, their reviews are perhaps a bit questionable.

Not a bad book. Some interesting stories. Some interesting meteorological discussions. But it won't be up there with the truly great books of this genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fast_matt on March 28, 2010
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Tim Samaras' story was fascinating, though I admit to being predisposed to find it so. From the sheer techno-geekdom of taking apart TV sets in grade school (someone would be calling Child Protective Services today!) to his successful deployment of instrumented probes in a tornado's path, it was a vicarious thrill to ride along on his chases.

Bechtel's writing is for the most part successful; once things get going his narrative paints a clear picture of events as they unfold and the story is hard to resist. His descriptions of the underlying science are intelligent enough to be interesting to the technically-minded without alienating "normal" people.

However, Bechtel is a writer and not a scientist... and apparently never met a metaphor (or simile) he didn't like. Once the story takes off this is hardly noticeable, but you'll need to suffer through a chapter or two of phrases "like a disemboweled tomb" (how DO you disembowel dusty bones?!) to get there.

Once the story took off, I eagerly turned pages all the way to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lindapanzo on October 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I love to read pretty much anything about storms and weather but the first few chapters of this one, when the author talks about storm chasers, were almost too breathlessly written. Then, he moved on to other tornado-related topics, including just about anything you'd want to know about tornado science and tornado history and I was hooked.

Who knew that, when storm chasers get together to show off their tornado pictures and videos, this is "torn-porn"?

Several chapters were exceptionally interesting, including the one about the Marine Corps pilot who was trying to go over a violent thunderstorm only to have an onboard emergency causing him to parachute out of his jet at high altitude right into an incredible storm and get buffeted about by updrafts, downdrafts and all sorts of weather phenomena for 40 minutes.

The chapter about the "father of tornado science" Ted Fujita was interesting as well, as was the chapter on storm chasing tourists.

If you can get past the at times breathless writing and the at times scientific jargon, this is quite an interesting book.

Even if you don't want to read it, it's worth it to get your hands on a copy just to look at the astounding tornado pictures, including a series of photos taken from inside a tornado. Amazing!!
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It is a great read, made all the more poignant by the fact that the subject of this book, Tim Samaras, became a storm casualty himself along with his son and another colleague,during a chase gone wrong while in El Reno on 5-31-13. His was an epic life and this book described a man in love with his work and a passion for his cause. The stories are thrilling and showcased the work that he did and the exuberance he had for everything that he did . He was a person determined to learn what he could, that he could save others with what he had discovered. This book is a legacy of him in his heyday and what he was able to accomplish while he lived. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him-or of him and his work.
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By Daniel C. Mcgauley on February 11, 2011
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I was surprised by the different journeys this book took me on. I didn't read any reviews before buying it, so I didn't know what to expect. The book covers a lot of what Tim and his team does, but also goes into stories about the life of Fujita, many famous tornadoes, and The Man Who Rode the Thunder, as well as many other interesting tangents. I read the kindle version of the book. The photos didn't come through very well, but overall was a nice experience. The only thing I didn't like is that the book was written before Tim became famous on Storm Chasers, and much of that is left out.
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More About the Author

Stefan Bechtel is the author of "Mr. Hornaday's War: How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World" (Beacon Press, 2012). He has written ten other books that have sold more than two million copies and been translated into a dozen languages. His recent books include Tornado Hunter(National Geographic), about "boy genius" storm chaser Tim Samaras, and Roar of the Heavens (Citadel), about 1969's Hurricane Camille. He is a founding editor of Men's Healthmagazine. His work has also appeared in Esquire, the Washington Post, American Way, and other publications.

Photographer Copyright Credit Name: Peggy Harrison, 2012.

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