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Tornado Warning: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller (The Damaged Climate Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01FT9J1ME
- Publisher : Rusty Bucket Publishing (May 28, 2016)
- Publication date : May 28, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1106 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 208 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #577,102 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ryan, an auto mechanic and weather spotter, lives outside a small town with his wife Cecilia, and young son Ty. Out weather spotting for the local fire department, Ryan barely escapes a monster tornado. A couple of days later another huge storm comes through just as Cecilia decides to drive into town. Escaping to their storm cellar with Ty, and where Ty is severely injured, Ryan and his son wait out another monster tornado. When the storm is past, Ryan opens the door to discover the land as far as he can see is scoured clean. Houses have not just been damaged, they are missing altogether. Ryan must deal with a lack of resources, looters, his desire to find his missing wife, and his son's need for urgent medical care.
None of the characters have strong personalities. Ryan is reactive to everything that happens in a hand wringing sort of way. Ty has almost no personality at all; his presence in the story only there because Ryan needs a reason to leave shelter. Luckily, despite the unpredictable weather, Ryan's father walks to Ryan's home, providing child care while Ryan goes to find his wife. In fact, the liveliest character is one of a looting pair.
The description of the seared land and the weather that produces such devastation is good. Little bits of weather information are used well to describe what Ryan sees, although a little extra description of the physical placement of phenomenon within the overall storm would be helpful to understand what is coming. The idea that such storms are capable of producing such appalling damage is well integrated with Ryan's surprise and fear.
This reader would have appreciated a little more description of the aftermath of the storm; not just the damage, but comparing the damage in terms that would be easily understood. "The house is gone," while correct, doesn't carry the same weight as "The farm house, made of bricks and field stone, home to generations of Johnsons, had been erased."
This reader may have found an inconsistency in the plot. It may be a plot device not yet introduced and integrated, or an editing error. Cecilia , we are told, is driving to town as a huge storm blows up unexpectedly. Among such devastation that no cars are visible for miles, Ryan's father is dismayed to see Cecilia's car, undamaged, parked on the road between the men's houses. Yet farther on in the story, the car is implied to be in the town.
When Ryan finds an upright car and discovers the engine significantly damaged due to flood waters, he ruminants how the engine is so damaged he would recommend the entire thing be replaced if it had been brought into the repair shop, but then starts collecting hand tools and bits of detritus he thinks he can use to fix vehicle. Either the car is so damaged it can't be repaired, or somehow Ryan believes he is able to get the car running with minimum effort. As Ryan works for an automotive repair shop, it is difficult to believe he can't make an off the cuff evaluation of the likelihood the car can be made to run, and then decide if fixing it is reasonable with the resources he can find.
Ty's son is described as being five years old, and yet with a compound fracture of his arm he rarely cries. A little aspirin controls his pain, and other than occasionally confirming his arm hurts, doesn't complain, and whining is minimal. This is frankly unbelievable.
The book generally reads smoothly, and the plot proceeds reasonably. The impact of weather on a small town and the surrounding farmland makes the story more immediate, and the characters are easier to relate to as they try to help their neighbors. It can be hoped what is causing such deadly weather will be explained in the next book.
3.5 out of 5 stars
I love weather stories. I took a meteorology class in college because I wanted to learn more about extreme weather. I also (if you couldn't tell by my other reviews) love post-apocalyptic books so when I saw that this seemed to combine both of them into one package I was pretty excited.
The story revolves around Ryan and his small town in Texas. A major tornado hits the town, and then another and another. Things turn from bad to worse in a heartbeat and everything gets turned upside down. Ryan's son is injured and his wife is missing. Everything has fallen apart in a matter of hours.
First and foremost -- this is a post-apocalyptic book. Not the zombie apocalypse or and EMP strike. But mother nature unleashing her fury and leveling part of the earth. It's not as much about the weather as it is about the survival of one family. Go into this thinking that you're going to be watching some of Twister mixed a little with the story part (saving his son) in The Day After Tomorrow and you'll enjoy it. If you go into it thinking you're going to get an in-depth look at what a tornado is and the destruction that it does and you'll be disappointed.
Overall this floated between a 3 and a 4 for me. I think that I'm going to rate it closer to a 4 because I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It was a different post-apocalyptic story and I liked the characters and their interactions.
Ryan... the 'hero' is having a bad couple of weeks, as anyone would who got hit by a major tornado.
And the story goes down hill from there.
He's the towns ace mechanic and a small farm owner but doesn't seem to have much of a clue about either.
He lives about 10-12 miles from town and decides to walk in to see if he can find help for his son, who's got a broken arm, bone sticking out... but doesn't leave for about a week.... He takes about a week to cover the 10-ish miles? Really? Back in the day, i could have covered it in about 2 hours and would expect that the 'average' person could do it in about 3 hours, 4 tops.
The reason i finished the book is because i wanted to see how things resolved, which they didn't, and that i don't like not finishing a book.
J.R. Tate doesn't know much about weather, so-called "Climate Change", mechanics, country life or much of anything else, at least judging from this story.
As someone else posted, the story ends with no resolution. I certainly won't pay for the second book.
Top reviews from other countries
Natural disasters have always fascinated and scared me in equal measures. I love watching things like Storm Chasers and I almost went on a storm chasing holiday in the US but chickened out at the last minute. Part of me wishes that I had gone now. I can never resist wild weather programmes on TV so I was interested as soon as I saw this trilogy of bad weather novels. They are also quickish reads which is ideal for a night of entertainment. I bought the series based on reading a sample couple of chapters free on Amazon and liking the look of the story and it didn't disappoint.
Ryan is a normal guy who fixes cars for a living and does his storm chaser for the local fire department whenever there are reports of bad weather coming in. During this particular period, the weather has been threatening Harper Springs and the nearby towns where his family and his wife's family live, causing damage everywhere. Ryan himself has a scary encounter with a tornado that he barely escapes from and they hope that the worst is over. However when Cecilia nips out for something she forgot for dinner, the tornado hits the town dead on. Ryan and his son Ty barely make it to the storm shelter and with no idea where his wife is, Ryan is stuck, trying to look after Ty and hoping for rescue. With only potential looters in the area and no sign of help, Ryan knows that he needs to look for help and find out what happened to Cecilia.
The lack of law enforcement coming from the town means that isolated homes like Ryan's are a prime target for looters who want to take supplies from any survivors for themselves. Two nasty individuals are doing the rounds, killing or enslaving survivors they find and Ryan fears that they might harm his son if they can't get help soon. Ryan's father Darryl has his own problems as he sets out to find his son and grandson, dodging the same looters and hoping that no more storms are going to hit the area while he is travelling. Ryan's dilemma is over Ty who is not well enough to travel but cannot be left alone, despite Ryan needing to find help for both of them, and for his wife.
This was an enjoyable survival story with characters that you do care about. Ryan is just a normal guy who needs to think on his feet in the aftermath of a disaster. He is not a super prepper but the extra supplies he gathered for storm season could be the difference between life and death for him and his son after the tornado hits. He is also a bit shocked by the appearance of the looters so soon after the disaster but is determined to protect his son at all costs. I also liked following Darryl on his adventure as he tries to find the rest of his family. Overall I liked the book and hope to read the rest of the trilogy soon.
Will still read the next book though in hope that the same errors don't keep happening