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The Big One Paperback – June 12, 2014
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About the Author
Kevin E. Ready is currently a government attorney in California, where his duties include being legal advisor to a law enforcement agency. He has served as a commissioned officer in both the U.S. Army and Navy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from of the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Denver. He was an intelligence analyst and Arabic and Russian linguist for military intelligence and was decorated for activities during the Yom Kippur/Middle East War. He served as an ordnance systems officer onboard a guided missile cruiser off the coast of Iran during the Iranian Hostage crisis and later served as a combat systems officer for a destroyer squadron and as a tactical action officer for a carrier battle group. He also was the command judge advocate for a major military weapons command. Kevin was a major party candidate for U.S. Congress in 1984 and 1994. Kevin is the author of several books and editor of a translation of the Koran. He lives in the Santa Barbara, California area with his wife Olga and their children.
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***** Update on my review. Due to the many typos, added words, missing words, disjointed dialogue and quake history between chapters I could not finish this book. I gave up at 25%. The constant interruptions made me unable to relate to or care about the characters in the story. Sorry.
However, if we got hit with 3 major quakes, it would be a lot worse then this book describes, imo. Also, yes, Officer Barry not thinking about finding his wife for so long was not usual behavior. Still, I enjoyed the book. Thank you for writing it.
Mr. Ready has exceptional technical knowledge of his subject matter and he takes the reader through several different likely scenarios of what would happen during and right after the monster quake hits. Including a couple scenarios most people don’t even think about, like what would happen to the financial system not only locally, but nationally and globally after a big quake. I found the factoids at the beginning of the chapter to not only be informative, but they helped to ground the reader into that particular chapter.
The characters the Mr. Ready creates to take the reader through the various scenarios are for the most part well done, but several are too one-dimensional. And as other reviewers have already mentioned there are numerous spelling, grammatical and continuity errors scatter thorough out the book. While these errors are for the most part minor, they do distract the reader and since Mr. Ready is charging for his product they cannot be overlooked. I think improved storytelling would have made THE BIG ONE a more enjoyable read.
THE BIG ONE is a big book, at 358 printed pages, the average novel weighs in at between 200 and 250 pages for the most part. Perhaps Mr. Ready should have figured a way to tell the story in two parts or maybe a trilogy. I think the storytelling would have been better in a series of smaller formats.
With all that said, THE BIG ONE contains exceptional technical knowledge and decent enough storytelling for me to recommend it to anyone.
This book was such a contrast with the previous book I had read(on a similar topic). The authors of both books had tried to do something similar but with the other book the author failed miserably, while with this book, it was a total success. I was completely invested in the characters and whether they lived or died. I also loved the graphic and obviously well reserched descriptions of the disaster itself. Additionally the little "information" sections at the beginning of each chapter were really useful and helped put the disaster in context with what is happening to the characters in that chapter.
Highly recommend this to disaster/big one hitting California buffs!!