Wave and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$0.01
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: :
Comment: Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Wave Hardcover – March 15, 2005


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$12.58 $0.01
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Available from these sellers.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Pub (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937548561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937548561
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,122,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“This is a fast-paced, nail-biting treat for the reader…. The panic generated by a total evacuation of the island highlights the inadequacies of our alleged “preparedness” for catastrophes of this sort.

Wave is an exciting but frightening glimpse of an all-too-plausible scenario. Read it at your own risk.”

—HOME NEWS TRIBUNE

Wave has emerged as a summer hit among the throngs of Jersey shore residents and beach-goers…. Long Beach Island vacationers and inhabitants in particular are so enthralled with

Wave that local booksellers have had difficulty keeping the book in stock.”

—BLOOMBERG NEWSWIRE

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

WIL MARA is the author of more than seventy books for adults and young readers.  His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.  Wave won the New Jersey National Book Award when it was first published. 
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I found this book to be very predictable and somewhat boring.
Halleabq
If you haven't had a chance to read this book, you're really missing out!
sophie
Good story line, plot and character development and enjoyed the read.
SEAL Dad

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sophie on August 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you haven't had a chance to read this book, you're really missing out! The story line itself is a little frightening because something like this really is in the realm of possibilities and that made it more interesting because that sense of reality was tangible. I love what he did with his characters, even the ones I didn't really like. And any time there is a chance of redemption and a shot at being a hero, it's good to see that.

Really, a great summer read, but a good read even mid-winter :-)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Klingaman on August 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was one of the best books that I have ever read. I am from NJ and have been vacationing on Long Beach Island my whole life and love it there. It is always awesome to be able to read a book and to be able to picture everything that is being talked about. Which made it that much more real. This book was very well written and grabs the readers attention right from the beginning. I couldn't put it down.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ZAMom on August 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
An amazing read. I read it in TWO nights (and as the mom of two small kids, that is not an easy accomplishment). You fall in love with the characters and have to find out what happens to each of them. I have recommended this book to all of my friends and family and everyone has had the same response. If you are looking for an exciting, suspense filled book, this is the one for you. Happy reading!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat on January 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love me a good disaster novel - terror, destruction, action - yes please! So when I picked up Wave, I was pretty excited to get reading.
However, although Wave is a quick read, it wasn't exactly what I expected. Yes, there was the varied cast of characters, the build up to the tsunami was well thought out, some science gave the plot a backbone, but I found that I didn't actually LIKE any of the characters - and in any kind of disaster novel, if you don't care about the characters as a reader, the tension just isn't there.

Firstly, a large part of the character story-line revolved around the corrupt mayor of Long Beach Island, and the political aspect is just not my thing. I found myself skimming over large parts of the narrative focusing on these characters, because I simply wasn't interested in what was happening to them.

The young lovers were sweet but the boyfriend was infuriating - reading about his emotional issues meant that he came across as a whining, insecure boy rather than a man that I cared about. Probably the only character that I actually found interesting was the slobby trailer trash girl who had an addiction to junk food and Jerry Springer, and pretty much did every stupid thing possible in the face of impending doom.

And the actual tsunami itself doesn't actually happen until the very end of the book - and although I appreciated that the author was trying to build tension, in the end it actually made the pivotal part of the story, the tsunami and the aftermath feel incredibly rushed.

I don't want to say that Wave is a bad book, because it certainly isn't. The writing is good, the science is well-balanced and the scenario is pretty plausible. It just wasn't what I was expecting, nor what I look for in a good disaster novel - ultimately this just wasn't the book for me.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Guerrieri on September 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The characters are all so realistic, and I felt a range of emotions for each and every one of them and couldn't wait to see how they all made it through. Even though the novel is fiction, it reads so true to life that it could have been -- hope it never is -- a true story. Definitely one I'll read again!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Dunn VINE VOICE on January 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you like suspense, you will LOVE this book. When you put it down to do something else you will be looking forward to picking it back up, it is that intriguing. A great thriller!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Page Maker on October 28, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The fact that I grew up in this general area of NJ probably biased my opinion of the book a little, but still, I believe even omitting that fact, anyone reading Wave will have to agree it is not only well written, but downright hypnotic. The attention to detail of the area along with the Keep you on the edge of your seat writing made it very hard to put down. The authors use of such a diverse group of characters, and the slow build up of their personalities, keeps your interest ever peaked. I Truly enjoyed reading WAVE, and wish I could find a dozed more books half as much fun to lose myself in there false reality.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Nina M. Osier on November 11, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Long Beach Island, New Jersey has one highway connecting it to the mainland, and that causeway becomes its only land-borne escape route when a tsunami warning goes out. A tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean? It's happened before, most notably in Newfoundland in 1929. But this tsunami isn't of natural origin; it was caused by the explosion of a nuclear device and the resulting undersea landslide. The waves will be of record height, and the people on LBI have two hours' warning.

The book follows several very different people as they try to escape the island themselves, or try to get loved ones off it safely - or both. There's BethAnn Mosley, a self-centered and unabashedly dishonest woman who wants to take her talk show videotapes and junk food along. There's Karen Thompson, who fights desperately to get back onto LBI from her mainland job and save the lives of her two little boys after she realizes that the retired couple taking care of the children probably hasn't heard the warning and isn't going to answer their phone. Photographer Mark White is wandering the convoluted interior of a wildlife refuge, his cellphone shut off, in search of cover photos; and Mark's girlfriend, Jennifer King, is frantic to find him before it's too late. Jennifer's wealthy and influential mother is just as frantic to find her daughter and, if necessary, force her to leave the island. Meanwhile, disgraced mayor Donald J. Harper faces the crisis with a curious kind of joy. For this is his one great chance to redeem himself, and that suddenly matters more to him than life itself.

This is a grand adventure that Irwin Allen would have loved to film.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


More About the Author

Wil Mara is the award-winning novelist of the 2005 disaster thriller 'Wave.' His second book in the disaster group, The Gemini Virus,' was released by Macmillan Publishing in October of 2012 to tremendous reviews by consumers and critics alike. In 2013, he released the first book in a new suspense series, 'Frame 232,' which features pivotal character Jason Hammond. 'Frame 232' begins with the discovery of new evidence concerning the Kennedy assassination. Wil has finished the second Jason Hammond novel, 'The Nevada Testament,' and is now developing the next story in the disaster series, 'Fallout.' More information about his work can be found at www.wilmara.com.