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"Hurricane is a gripping tale of triumph set in Galveston, Texas where unforgettable heroes come to life against all odds." -- .
"It is so important to review history for accuracy. HURRICANE provides an excellent learning tool." -- Dr. Neil Frank - former director of the National Hurricane Center --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
- ASIN : B071YYWRFB
- Publisher : Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (May 7, 2017)
- Publication date : May 7, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2034 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,414 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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On the heels of a tumultuous electoral race, the courage of a nation of rebels and mavericks setting aside race, colour, politics and pride amidst its greatest natural disaster to date is both captivating and empowering as it tears deep into your soul to ask who you believe yourself to be and if your current actions will have the sort of eternal consequences that bring healing or division.
But after reading this book, I must say I found myself very apathetic about the characters, and the situation in general. I give this book 3 stars, because it did keep me reading. But it was by no means a page-turner. The beginning and ending moved at a very slow pace. The narrative is partially written in the first person, which usually gives me an even greater affinity for the character, since you are 'in their head'. But I found the main character inspired no real emotion. The most moving character was secondary...a young nun working with orphans in a convent. Her story was also the only one that really kept me biting my fingers at times and hoping she made it. (Sorry, can't tell you if she did or not ;)
The main saving grace of this book was the description of the hurricane and events surrounding it, and since that takes up a majority of the book, all in all it was not a bad read. Like I said, the hurricane was what I wanted to know more about. I actually went and researched the subject more, based on some of the descriptions. The author did a good job of portraying how desperate the situation was, and at times I did feel like I was swimming through the rising water myself. I got a glimpse of the anguish of not knowing the fate of loved ones, and the aftermath of trying to fend for yourself.
In hindsight, I should have just read a non-fiction account. I believe the effect would have been the same. I would try this author again, albeit reluctantly, and I enjoyed learning more about the Galveston hurricane. But in all, the book just did not grip me.
Janice skillfully wove multiple plots into a quick moving, could not put down, novel. She brought me into their lives and I could feel their pain and angst, which helped to define and better understand an event that is a pivotal part of the history of the Texas Gulf Coast.
I am looking forward to Janice's Titanic novel and would like to see her do more historical based writing. A good follow up novel could possibly be Hurricane Ike - there are islanders that could be interviewed and there are pictures that certainly elicit "story" - I am thinking of the boats on Interstate 45 and how shocking that was to see and the demise of the Balinese Room Pier and the Flagship hotel. These two Galveston icons would be great historical places to research and bring past (from opening) and present together - if I was a writer, I might attempt it! Go for it Janice!
My problem with the Kindle book was the formatting for the Kindle itself. The type on the eInk Pearl screen was very light. I normally read at the smallest font size but that was very uncomfortable with this book. And, when I tried to adjust the font size, I had to go to the 4th smallest before there was a change and ended up reading on the 5th smallest. In addition, there were many, many times when I would try to advance to the next page and would get the "Before you go..." screen that should be at the end of the book -- it would take several tries to advance correctly. Further, there were also many times when one page would end 1/3 to 1/2 way down the screen and then would skip several paragraphs when I advanced to the next page. Solving that required going back and forth between 2 pages, sometimes more than once. This wasn't due to my ineptitude as I've read in excess of 12,000 pages on the Kindle without either of these problems showing up.
But, if you can tolerate the poor formatting, this book is a great read.