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But Krom has his own agenda. Investigating the case, forensic geologist Cassie Oldfield tracks mineral clues to discover how the mayor died--and what she found. As the volcano moves toward red alert, Cassie races to prevent 'no way out' from becoming a prophecy. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Edition Language.
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Strange book -- volcano noir? This was a frustrating book to read. First, it was about pages too long -- needed drastic tightening. Parts of it were hard slogging. Not from the geology -- there was surprising little of that for a "forensic geology" novel. Not from the vulcanology, which was interesting.
But because it went into detail about the past and current behaviors of characters where it did nothing to advance the story or add depth. The character sketches that mattered only came at the Strange book -- volcano noir? The character sketches that mattered only came at the very end Most of the characters are not believable.
Krom not at all. Lindsay, nope. Not Eric, not Jimbo. Relationships are alluded to, nothing fleshed out. Nothing is really answered -- it's all conjecture, no proof is ever established and motives are murky: BS for the most part. The dialogue is weird.
Mike said, "O-kigh" or something like that. Who talks like that, and why only Mike? What is the point? This is not a procedural, nor a mystery novel, nor a SHTF tale, not really. The ending is rushed and really, really unsatisfying, not even "there's gonna be a sequel" unsatisfying -- plot points are just not resolved. The book reads like a SyFy-produced Movie of the Week. It just takes a lot longer than two hours to get through it. View 1 comment. LOVED this book! The mayor of Mammoth Lakes, California, a ski resort town set high in the eastern Sierra over a vast and ancient volcanic caldera, has gone missing.
She left behind a scrawled note: No way out. With the volcano stirring and evacuation planning underway, this warning adds urgency to the investigation of what turns out to be a murder. Cassie, a lifelong resident of the community, works to figure out what the mayor knew and who tried to silence her, while the town simmers in fearful anticipation of a possible eruption.
Dwiggins has improved significantly on what she started with Badwater and this book easily matches the quality of most traditionally published thrillers. I was once again especially drawn to the science in this story.
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Dwiggins also has a phenomenal knowledge of the natural world in the eastern Sierra, using plenty of relevant details of tree types at elevations, thermal activity, hot springs, fumaroles, and of course volcanic eruptions. She uses some of my favorite real-world locations—especially Hot Creek—and real activities, such as biathlon and gold mining, to great effect in the plot. Character development is rich, with several town residents who leap out of the page.
Probably the most intriguing is Adrian Krom, an emergency operations vulcanologist sent by the federal government. The first half of Volcano Watch is structured like a mystery, and the tone is brooding as Cassie mourns the loss of a friend while the geologists monitor the volcano in anticipation of raising the watch status. I recommend that you read a few pages for free and see if you like her voice; I did, but not all readers may appreciate the voice which is quite distinctive.
The latter part of the book turns into pure thriller with enough heat and ash for any action fan. Mar 23, Sarah rated it did not like it Shelves: ebook , read-for-school , did-not-finish , lost-interest , started-but-put-aside , hated-it. Really, it was so poorly written and plotted out I actually couldn't finish it and I had to read it for school.
The author writes these characters like we're actually supposed to give a damn about them, but gives half-assed back stories to them and they are severely lacking in any kind of traits. You can tell who is good and who is bad right off the bat. I figured out the murderer by chapter three because the author basically gives it away for you - everything is literally written in black and white. Some of the scenes were so absurd I had a hard time comprehending the stupidity.
At the beginning when they find the mayor's body, she isn't revealed right away. But the characters say something along the lines of "Didn't she leave her car at her office? The language used is also really weird. Sentence structure is rough, words are spelled out ayem instead of A.
I wouldn't recommend this unless you are seriously into forensic geology. Even then, it just has a bunch of rock names strewn in for names sake. I would save your time and your money on this one. My Kindle Prime Lending Library book for the month. Great opening!
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