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Volcano Watch (The Forensic Geology Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Toni Dwiggins
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NO WAY OUT--so says the note in the pocket of the murdered mayor.

The volcano beneath her town is seething, and the fate of Mammoth Lakes now rests in the hands of emergency planner Adrian Krom. But Krom has his own agenda.

Investigating the case, forensic geologist Cassie Oldfield tracks mineral clues to discover how the mayor died--and what she found. As the volcano moves toward red alert, Cassie races to prevent 'no way out' from becoming a prophecy.

NOTE: bonus content included: the opener of Ethan Jones' thriller Arctic Wargame.

Editorial Reviews


"The first half of Volcano Watch is structured like a mystery... The latter part of the book turns into pure thriller with enough heat and ash for any action fan. ... I couldn't put this one down!"

Readers are saying:
"An exciting character-driven thriller, fast-paced, in which a mountain blows up. What more could you want?"

"If you enjoy 'literary mysteries' or Nevada Barr, you will love this book."

"As a geothermal thriller, this ranks with Free Fire by C.J. Box."

"This is a hybrid of murder mystery and action thriller, and it works well both ways."

"I was pulled along by a story that developed an intensity that almost did me in."

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All books in The Forensic Geology Series are stand-alone and can be read in any order.

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  • File Size: 702 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Toni Dwiggins (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XJ5NC2
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278 of 285 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read With a Plot Twist March 12, 2012
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This is my first Toni Dwiggins book to read, and I look forward to reading more from her. She spins a pretty tight tale filled with a lot of research that doesn't bore you to tears, gets you into the heart and mind of the main character, and has you feel real emotion as the characters lose their loved ones and their possessions. What I really liked was the hard left turn she took on the "whodunit" aspect of the book, as it was not something you can typically figure out as in other books about halfway through.

I picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion, and as I type this review the price is now $2.99 - it is well worth it and very entertaining. Now, it's time to go grab the other book in the series!
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This goes to my auto buy list January 28, 2012
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I don't 'gush' in my reviews but this book almost makes me wish I did. A keeper, one of my rare 5 star ratings at the first reading. This series is now on my quite restrained auto-buy list.

None of my 'off buttons', no snarky kids, wimpy females or "Bluebeard's Castle syndrome' events, just good, solid writing.

Characters were vivid and individual and are getting more depth as series characters. Geology was accurate as far as I could tell as an amateur, descriptions of mountain terrain and the people dealing with the weather and terrain very accurate.

I liked the first book in the series very much. Excellent writing, good plot, interesting characters. This is even better and if the author can maintain this level of writing for this series, I can see my only complaint is that she doesn't write fast enough.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough! February 8, 2012
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Truly captivating! I read this in one sitting, and it was well worth the sleep sacrificed. I took a chance on this book, never having heard of the author. I expected the average free kindle read - full of errors, thin plot, stereotypes as characters, etc. What I got was a WOW! I loved the character development. These were REAL people, as opposed to the Scooby Doo ridiculous dialogue so many so-called authors are using lately. Their conversations were intelligent with doses of sarcasm and humor exactly where they should be. These people jumped out of the pages and became real friends and/or enemies, powerfully engaging the emotions. The story is also refreshingly compelling. We are given not only a suspenseful plot but also infinitely more realistic subplots than can be found in the usual free fodder. I can't praise this book anymore without going into details and giving things away, so I'll just stick with BRAVO!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars strange book -- volcano noir? April 21, 2012
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This was a frustrating book to read. First, it was about 100 pages too long -- needed drastic tightening.

Parts of it were hard slogging. Not from the geology -- there was surprising little of that for a "forensic geology" novel. Not from the vulcanology, which was interesting. But because it went into detail about the past and current behaviors of characters where it did nothing to advance the story or add depth. The character sketches that mattered only came at the very end

Most of the characters are not believable. Krom not at all. Lindsay, nope. Not Eric, not Jimbo. Relationships are alluded to, nothing fleshed out. Nothing is really answered -- it's all conjecture, no proof is ever established and motives are murky: BS for the most part.

The dialogue is weird. Mike said, "O-kigh" or something like that. Who talks like that, and why only Mike? What is the point?

This is not a procedural, nor a mystery novel, nor a SHTF tale, not really. The ending is rushed and really, really unsatisfying, not even "there's gonna be a sequel" unsatisfying -- plot points are just not resolved.

The book reads like a SyFy-produced Movie of the Week. It just takes a lot longer than two hours to get through it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written... January 31, 2012
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The town of Mammoth Lakes comes alive in the characters and setting of this chilling adventure-suspense novel about a small town murder investigation and imminent threat of an eruption from the mountain's long-dormant volcano.

When forensic geologist Cassie Oldfield and her partner are assigned to the case of the mysterious murder of the town's mayor, Cassie finds herself embroiled in the messy inner-workings of her town's politics and up against a FEMA agent with a sinister side she doesn't quite trust. Forced to question her childhood friends and even her own brother about the mayor's murder, she must unwillingly distance herself from the people she cares about in order to do her job effectively. Meanwhile, the volcano is rumbling, and as the town prepares for evacuation, Cassie discovers disturbing clues about the murder investigation that put her in more danger than she is willing to accept.

Dwiggins has a knack for writing clean, polished prose that evokes the sort of sensory detail that places the reader deep into the story, into the plight of the characters, and into the frigid, stark beauty of winter in the eastern Sierra. I highly recommend this book and Toni's previous book, BADWATER, about Cassie's adventures tracking a maniac with intentions to unleash a storm of radioactive waste in a California desert.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh. October 22, 2013
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I am a geologist. I like reading books that have a strong geological bent. It's nerdy, but whatever. So help me, I like my job. That being said, I'm no volcanologist so unless mistakes were glaring I probably didn't catch them, and I'm not going to go on about those I did notice. This isn't supposed to be a textbook.

What I did notice, though, was the incessant and overwhelming and distracting and maddening overuse of incomplete sentences. The author has a strong tendency towards dropping the pronouns off the beginning of sentences and leaving descriptive phrases just hanging. This can be a very effective technique when used appropriately (in tense moments, in a particular sort of character's speech, etc) but these were scattered liberally throughout the text, not only within the characters' speech but in the narration of the heroine. By the end of the book it had just about driven me bonkers and I found myself literally making little exasperated "tuts" and "tsks" aloud. It completely detracted from the story and this issue alone probably cost it a star.

Apart from this grammatical thing that is now the defining impression left to me of this book.... The plot was pretty good on a larger scale, but in detail it fell apart as a bit amateur and overblown, with uneven pacing and a few too many suspension-of-disbelief moments. The characters were cliched and it was only the fact that their names were different that allowed me any distinction between a few of them. I had something to say about the main character (only a week or two after reading it I struggle to recall her name - Cassie? Carrie?) but honestly I remember so little about her beyond thinking, "Moron!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Written
Nicely written, a great new twist on a detective story, enjoyed immensely. A very definite page turner.
Published 2 days ago by R. Morse
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
A good read, filled with suspense, surprise, and much sadness. I look forward to reading more books by Toni Dwiggins.
Published 2 months ago by David Hamann
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series and the geology
I like all the mysteries in this series! This one is my favorite. I love how the author takes her time and develops the story slowly - such a treat to find mysteries that I can't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cicada
4.0 out of 5 stars best of this series.
Best of her books series only because it focused most on her the main character who relied heavily on her mentor.
Published 4 months ago by rudiclem
4.0 out of 5 stars nice mixture of science and intrigue.
This novel is a nice mixture of science and intrigue. It pulls the reader into the story and whether you know a lot about forensics or only a little, it will be an interesting... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Traveler46
3.0 out of 5 stars Volcano watch
It was an interesting book. It was dull in some places. It did have some excitement. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in volcanos.
Published 5 months ago by Pam Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Over interesting and entertaining mystery/action adventure.
This is a second read for me and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it. The story reminds me of the real events of My. Saint Helens. Read more
Published 5 months ago by your reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series
Best of the series, less wordy than the previous books. Well-written story with a lot of good geological information. I highly recommend all three books.
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Schwartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read. Very informative details.
Published 7 months ago by Glen H. Egstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I have read thousands of books and this rates in the top five
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Ward
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Toni Dwiggins is a third-generation Californian who migrated from southern Cal to northern Cal. What she likes most about her state is that one can go from the ocean to the mountains in one day, with a lunch stop in the desert. She likes it so much she has chosen those settings for her forensic geology books. These stories feature a young woman and her father-figure mentor, who analyze earth evidence to solve crimes and crises--and in the process get entangled in outdoor adventure and thrills.

Her book Badwater won's Golden Bot Award for the 'Best Whodunit.'

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"Fans of Nevada Barr will love this suspenseful literary mystery."
--Lisa Brackmann, Amazon Top 10 Mystery and Thriller author

"The best closing act of any book I have read in years."'s GeekDad, Golden Bot Award Best Indie Whodunit

"The mystery kept me guessing, the suspense made me sweat, and the pace was as blistering as the heat in Death Valley."
--Good Book Alert

"A fast paced thriller with the terrifying theme of radiation exposure as a weapon. CSI type fans will appreciate the science...even those of us less well versed in the technical side will feel the fear and horror as events unfold."
--Bookstack Reviews

"I couldn't put this one down!"

From Amazon reviewers:

"An exciting character-driven thriller, fast-paced, in which a mountain blows up. What more could you want?"

"If you enjoy 'literary mysteries' or Nevada Barr, you will love this book."

"As a geothermal thriller, this ranks with Free Fire by C.J. Box."

"This is a hybrid of murder mystery and action thriller, and it works well both ways."

"I was pulled along by a story that developed an intensity that almost did me in."

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