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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161194001X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611940015
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Batten down the hatches: the forecast for Eyewall predicts a tour de force that will blow you away. The pace is frenetic; the characters realistic as neighbors; and the plot causes your stomach to tighten, one scene after another.

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!
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I picked up this title when it was free and just got around to reading it recently. I enjoyed it, but I didn't think it was as exciting as some other reviewers have said. I live in a hurricane prone state (Florida) and found the subject matter interesting. The characters on the other hand didn't have much depth. While I was curious to find out how each character made out after the storm, I didn't care much about any of them. They weren't memorable. This sounds like I didn't enjoy the book but that's not so. I did enjoy the story, but don't want to mislead anyone into thinking it's a wonderful book.
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I am the author of War Worlds, and I am not a friend of Buzz Bernard's, nor did he solicit this review from me. In fact, I've never met or spoken to the writer of Eyewall. I purchased Eyewall on Amazon, and what follows is my honest appraisal of the work.

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.
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Just finished Eyewall, Buzz Bernard's thrilling account of a Cat 5 hurricane hitting St. Simon's Island in Georgia.As seen from three perspectives, readers struggle with flying through a huricane eyewall, frantically trying to get away from a storm surge rolling over the island, and dealing with the varying emotions involved.

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
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After reading all the rave reviews for this book, I bought it to take to our family's beach vacation. I enjoyed the storm parts and appreciated Bernard's expert, in-depth meteorological knowledge. However, I thought that the female characters were stereotypically weak. It included the shrew of a wife and two come-hither women who might otherwise have been written as stronger, career-minded women. It's as if Bernard were writing a script for a cheesy, made-for-TV movie.
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Very enjoyable and what I would call good "escape reading". A book in which you can certainly get lost for short intervals, but it is still an easy read. I give it 3 stars. It is not a great novel, as the characters are shallow, and I am not sure why the author painted all the females to be particularly "simple". Still, I enjoyed the action being placed outside, inside, and parallel to the storm, and it had moments of being a real page-turner. An extra bonus for me was the setting, since I am a Georgia resident, and have a good visual of some of the areas depicted. Would recommend for a rainy day!
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I downloaded this book when it was free and just got around to reading it now. I wish I'd picked it up sooner. This tells the tale of a catastrophic hurricane that develops off the coast of the Southeastern US. Due to some unusual meteorology, it is behaving atypically and is on a collision course with Georgia, a region that rarely has experienced hurricane landfall due to its topography. And it's happening at one of the worst possible times, on a holiday weekend when the beach resorts and vacation homes are in full use.

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.
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