The Storm Seekers Trilogy Boxed Set: 3 Complete Novels Kindle Edition
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In the first book, Funnel Vision, Jack Andreas is a PhD candidate and member of a large research team of meteorologists who are chasing tornadoes and "gorilla" hail. Obsessed with tornadoes, he passes the time between storm seasons with drinking and brief affairs. There are sisters Judy and Shannon Hale who are scarred from their own early experience with a storm in Kansas. Judy is an introspective wedding photographer and Shannon a beautiful coquette. Slightly geeky web designer Robinson drives out to Tornado Alley from Maryland every year to chase storms with a group of friends. There is also Brad Treat, a clueless storm chase tour leader with his first group of tourists and Marcus, a rumpled long-haired graduate student who had never seen a tornado because he was always sent into the storm to collect hail. This motley group interacts in unexpected and interesting ways as they traverse the Great Plains. There is romance both on the chase and between storm seasons. At times, Funnel Vision is amusing and at other times, sad. Like a storm, the unexpected can happen. Ms. Kridler's detailed descriptions capture the beauty and power of not just the tornadoes but also the wind-swept landscape of the American heartland. She is an experienced storm chaser and this shows through the accuracy of her writings yet she does not get bogged down in technical jargon
The second book, "Tornado Pinball" is an enjoyable and sometimes quite funny adventure as a motley group of media types and storm chasers track storms across Tornado Alley and attempt to plant a human tornado probe. There is a rival production crew with a washed-up adventure TV host also chasing tornadoes with a drone. They find romance and rivalries along the way as they overcome unexpected and amusing complications. There are other returning characters including a storm chasing couple who are triggering lightning strikes with rockets. As with the first book, Ms. Kridler really conveys the awesome sublime beauty of the storms that cross the American Plains. "Tornado Pinball" is quite entertaining. The outrageous, almost satirical concept of a human tornado probe is entirely possible, and it is a commentary on what production companies will attempt for ratings
Ms. Kridler ends her Storm-Seekers trilogy with a “Zap Bang.” A storm chaser joins a lightning research project funded by an eccentric billionaire. The chaser is paired with a veteran and pilot who will fly a refurbished A-10 Warthog as a part of the coordinated storm chase. Also out chasing is a group filming a reality TV show, “Zany Weddings” including a less-than-honest storm chaser and an adventure television host. Adding to the mix of interesting characters is a wandering hippie who drives a food truck and dispenses philosophy with his tasty food as he tracks storms and storm chasers. All these people converge for an entertaining, scary and sometimes funny romp across Tornado Alley. There is adventure and romance and some have hidden agendas. Ms. Kridler accurately portrays the beauty and danger of the American Plains during storm season along with the difficulty of the chaser lifestyle. It is not all glamor and often the need for money will override rational decisions. The pace is quick. Her characters are strong. Some are not likeable but are at least interesting and funny. As the third book in a trilogy, there are returning and new characters. I highly recommend the Storm Seekers trilogy. One does not have to be a storm chaser to enjoy these books. A bit of caution: Don’t start in the late evening as you’ll be sucked in and will stay up too late reading these books.