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Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam Paperback – October 30, 2012
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Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam is a fact-based, medical eco-thriller that examines the impact climate change will have on infectious organisms in our eco-system and throughout the world. Dr. Norene Moskalski writes that imperative into a high stakes thriller where scientists struggle to strike a balance between their careers and personal lives while maintaining the balance of nature. Drs. Kate and Jake Connors must track down a rogue scientist while preventing nocturne from spreading into the world's aquifers. For Kate and Jake, life's become a balancing act with one sea saw scene after another.
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Nocturne is a story about justice and our personal struggle to recognize injustice and correct it; it is a story about balance--balance in everything--our work, our families, our lives, and nature.
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"Nocturne" is a fast-moving medical eco-thriller that would make terrific beach reading if it weren't for the subject matter. A normally passive, water-borne organism has gone rogue, attacking and killing beach-goers in the Mid-Atlantic States and coastal Europe. It's up to Kate and Jake to find the cure for Bacillus nocturne, track down the rogue scientist who genetically modified the bacterium, and find out why deaths are occurring only among young adults in their twenties and thirties--before nocturne spreads and contaminates the world's water supply.
"Nocturne" involves a tremendous amount of scientific explanation and backstory. I thought Moskalski did an excellent job of presenting the science. Her website describes her as a naturalist and environmentalist by nature and a medical diagnostician by avocation, with a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. So she is well-equipped to research her ideas and familiar with institutions such as the ones described in her book. Although she used many technical terms, I felt that Moskalski made the science accessible to any reader who is reasonably well-educated. Her resort settings are also beautifully described; it is obvious that Moskalski has visited these places. The authenticity makes the premise especially frightening, since it is clear that this is a scenario that could happen in real life.
I found Moskalski's presentation of the characters' history a bit awkward. In some cases, I didn't think I needed to know as much backstory as she gave me. In other cases, I found myself wondering, "Didn't I read about this in an earlier novel featuring these people?" But no, "Nocturne" is the first of a series. In a few instances I felt the explication got in the way of an otherwise rapidly-moving plot. One thing is sure--Moskalski has laid plenty of groundwork for potential prequels as well as sequels to "Nocturne."
In discussions on Goodreads, the author stated that the flow of the narrative is designed to imitate a musical nocturne, with tranquil passages abruptly giving way to chaotic action. I recognize this pattern in the novel, but since I'm musically challenged, the comparison is lost on me. I regret that I'm missing an interesting dimension of Moskalski's work. However, I thoroughly appreciated the wordplay involved in choosing "nocturne" for the name of an organism that multiplies rapidly in the dark.
Overall, "Nocturne, Opus One: Sea Foam" is an engrossing read, a thriller with substance. I'm looking forward to the next Kate and Jake Connors story.
"Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam" is quite the thriller. This fast paced eco-thriller kept me up late several nights. And that's a very good sign. Carefully written in clear clean writing, without gratuitous sex or violence, the plot is realistic and the story moves along well.
A solidly FIVE STAR tale from Norene Moskalski. I am so glad I ran across this new writer's first Kindle book. Keep writing, Norene.
The book focuses mainly upon the response of the medical community and is a bit clinical. It has a
lot of characters and a lot of victims but doesn't dwell on victims stories. Character development is
focused on a few main protagonists and is not deeply pursued. Probably not a good book to read during
your beach vacation.