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On the Back of the Beast Paperback – July 2, 2013
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About the Author
A lifelong Northern Californian, S F Chapman traded his construction job for the more docile profession of novelist in 2008 when the economy faltered. The tireless author has since written eight books. His first, "I'm here to help" (published by Striped Cat Press in July of 2012), is a literary fiction novella about a teenage daughter looking for answers to some troubling inconsistencies in her birth certificate. "The Ripple in Space-Time" (published by Striped Cat Press in February of 2013) is Chapman’s second book. It is an exciting science fiction detective adventure set in a moldering and corrupt future controlled by greedy warlords. Other completed works awaiting publication are the post-apocalyptic soft science fiction MAC Series consisting of "Floyd 5.136", "Xea in the Library" and "Beyond the Habitable Limit" and a recently completed sequel to "The Ripple in Space-Time" entitled "Torn From On High." Chapman is currently writing a rough and tumble literary fiction novel about homelessness called "The Missive In The Margins."
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The day starts normally, with families going to work and school suddenly finding themselves struggling to survive the massive earthquake that strikes, and trying to find out if the other members of the families survived.
If you like a story filled moments of sheer terror, and courageous people who have the skill and ability to help themselves and others survive, this is the one for you.
This book needs more editing. Glaring errors in spelling.
I gave this story three stars because I appreciate the effort of any author, but if you're looking for stories about San Francisco or the next big earthquake, stick with non-fiction or scientific books.
This article was written a decade ago and helped me realize just how serious the impending disaster will be. I lived and worked in Oakland from 1973 until 2005 and my regular route work work passed under the double decker Cypress Freeway which collapsed.
Just as the New Orleans area is still not fully recovered from Hurricane Katrina 10 years after the fact I think the Bay Area will suffer such extensive damage to infrastructure that recovery will be a very long, painful process. If this book results in even just a few more people making serious disaster plans for themselves, their neighborhoods and workplace it will be a good thing. Time for me to send another donation to the National Search Dog Foundation, they will need all hands and paws on board after a major earthquake in the Bay Area or further north in the Seattle area.
My one criticism of the story is that I think the airliner would have been better off diverting to Travis AFB which mostly likely would have been allowed due to the severity of the situation.