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Eyewall Paperback – April 15, 2011
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Bernard knows weather and nature, and he knows how to write about it so that the rest of us can understand barometric pressures, cloud nomenclature and storm surges in everyday terms.
He also knows human nature. He overlays three plot perspectives and the dynamics of several relationships that cover just about every range of emotion from work stress to marital problems, family struggles and heroism, all in a manner akin to Greek tragedy.
Hurricane season (and school vacations) start soon. This is a definite beach read for the summer!
Entertaining, light fare, Eyewall by Buzz Bernard delivers plenty of tense and exciting moments in a, should we say, breezy style. The story begins with the standard disaster movie formula - a warning of impending doom that no one, except the hero, is willing to acknowledge. In fact, this part of the story is so formulaic that most readers can supply the story line for themselves. However, Bernard backs up this rather weak story with two better stories. The story of the family trapped on St. Simon's island is heart-poundingly exciting, and I defy you, the reader, to read some of the narrow escapes with dry palms.
Eyewall really takes off, however, with the story of hurricane hunters flying into the storm. This part of the story is easily the best part of the book because it takes us places where we haven't been and are very damned unlikely to ever go. I hope. The flying sequences are perfectly balanced with the personal struggles of the people aboard the plane. I became so enthralled that I found myself frightened for them as they spun helplessly at the mercy of a storm that seemed alive and malevolent.
I do find it odd that females disrobe in this novel at the drop of a hat. I've never really experienced that. I also find it odd that one of the heroes is willing to work for a boss who is cartoonishly villainous. Those oddments aside, I recommend Eyewall as a smoothly constructed tale of narrow escapes. Three stars for professional execution, deductions for overuse of familiar plots and stagy characterization.
Eyewall will be on the lips and laps of many beachgoing readers this summer, especially in the South. A new writing star has appeared. More, soon, please.
James Stevens, author of Listening to Van Gogh and Coal Cracker Blue
The story is told from the perspective of three groups of people. First is Major Arlen Walker and his crew. He's a reservist who pilots a Hurricane Hunter aircraft, the people who fly into the storm to collect the data that can't be measured remotely. He's having trouble in his marriage and is making this his last flight to try and please his wife once again. Next is Alan Grant and his family. He's here to have some quality time with his family, and nothing is going to interrupt his schedule. Besides, what are the chances that a hurricane will actually hit St. Simons Island? Last is Dr. Nicholas Obermeyer, a meteorologist with what used to be the Weather Channel. Now it's called the Natural Environment Television Network, and actual forecasts have taken a backseat to infotainment. He's an expert in hurricanes and is seeing signs that the storm named Janet has the potential to become very nasty very quickly. But he's caught between a rock and a hard place - the National Weather Service hasn't issued a warning yet because the last scheduled Hurricane Hunter aircraft was grounded, so they are behind on data. But any time delay could mean the difference between life and death for people on the coast and barrier islands.Read more ›
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How often does hubris put people at risk? More often than you think. Although [Eyewall] by [H.W. Bernard] is a work of fiction it is grounded in fact. Read morePublished 2 days ago by christine hooker
Fascinating read, especially for someone who lives in Florida and has experienced four hurricanes personally. Tense and full of action.Published 2 days ago
What a great read! It truly was hard to put down. It even invaded my dreams. The characters were all wonderful people that I find myself caring about right from their first... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Lynda Raynor
Very exciting read. I stayed on the edge of my seat. Looking forward to more from this author. Very realistic.Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
Lots of action. Learned a lot about hurricanes and don't want to be in one. Plot a little contrivedPublished 12 days ago by Q
Wow! I felt like I was in the hurricane. What a great surprise of a book.Published 12 days ago by Paula
Not the greatest, but pretty good. Read fast. Will try one more by this author.Published 14 days ago by James