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review 2018-05-14 16:44
Book #874 - 351,319 Pages Read
What Stands in a Storm: A True Story of Love and Resilience in the Worst Superstorm in History - Gillian Cross,Rick Bragg

I heard about this book from a podcast I listened to recently, entitled 'Tornado Talk'. I thought it sounded interesting and decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by one of the best books I've ever had the privilege of reading.

Slowly laying out a story that the author claimed "needed to be told", Ms. Cross has put together a book unlike any other I have read among similar genres. This book focuses on what has been called the worst tornado outbreak this country has ever experienced (4/27/11), surpassing even the infamous "Super Outbreak" (4/3/74). I was very, very impressed with the amount of research done, making the science understandable and basic, yet not oversimplified for laymen purposes as is found in so many other similar publications.

It is here that Ms. Cross begins to bring the human stories into the developing dangerous situation: a woman and her budding meteorologist-to-be son in Smithville, Mississippi; an experienced meteorologist in Birmingham who would spend literally all day in front of the cameras saving countless lives with his repeated warnings; college students in Tuscaloosa preparing in various ways for the worsening weather; a family in Cordova, Alabama frantically trying to survive. I bring these examples up because this may be the most ingenious way I've ever seen an author combine these stories with the scientific explanation of how that fateful day unfolded. The tension is palpable; the dread is real, and when the worst finally happens, the stories are really only beginning.

The second part of the book deals with the aftermath of the devastation. It is no less tense than the first part, but along with that it becomes literally, emotionally gut wrenching in parts. No spoilers, but I must mention the part of a particular search and rescue worker who volunteers her services along with her search dogs that literally had me bawling.

Whew.....Ms. Cross then does an outstanding job of slowly bringing hope back into the situation: descriptions of emergency rescue personnel along with other heroes, hundreds if not thousands of volunteers descending on Tuscaloosa to help any way they could, emotional reunions of victims with their rescuers, and people slowly getting on with their lives with hope for the future while dealing with the constant but receding pain.

Highly recommended....well done, Kim Cross, a truly magnificent effort.

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text 2018-05-11 12:00
Blog Tour Stop for True Storm by L.E. Sterling with Excerpt and Giveaway


Today’s stop is for L.E. Sterling’s True Storm , third book in the True Born Trilogy. We will have info about the book, author, and an excerpt . Plus there is a great giveaway ;)

Happy reading :)






Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself under pressure to choose her future: does it lie with her handsome new friend, Alastair; her guardian, the enigmatic True Born leader Nolan Storm; or the man who makes her heart trip, her savage True Born bodyguard Jared Price?

But while Lucy ponders her path, fate has other plans. Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But is the DNA of her will stronger than the forces opposing her? Can she turn the tide against the oncoming storm??

As they say in Dominion, can rogue genes ever have a happy ending?





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Another laugh, this one not at all pleasant. “God, Lu, do you think I’m actually in control here? You,” he says, his lips coming so close to mine I can almost feel them on my flesh. He brushes them lightly, and the already swollen flesh lights up again. “You,” he says again, his voice dropping into a purr as with one hand, he strokes my hair, “you’re like a drug. I can’t get enough of you, can’t break away no matter how hard I try.” I push at his chest and force him to let me down. “You make it sound terrible,” I grumble. His voice and eyes are ragged, wild, as he tells me with conviction, “It is terrible.” “Jared,” I warn. Blond curls fall over his handsome face as he takes my cheeks lightly in his hands. I reach up and curl my own fingers over his, remembering what those hands can do. How could such brilliant, clever hands be capable of such violence? Like his hands, this man has the ability to make me feel as though I’m flying through the air one minute, bruised and sinking the next. I try to look away, sick of the hurt, but he won’t let me. Staring intently into my eyes, he whispers my name like a prayer. “Don’t you get it? It’s ripping my guts out because I have never felt this way before. I need to be near you like I need oxygen. And I know full well I can’t have you.”








L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance, to which she remained faithful through an M.A. in creative writing and a PhD in English literature––where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of cult hit YA novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick) and the Urban Fantasy Pluto’s Gate. True Born, first in the True Born trilogy, won the Athena Award® from the RWA. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van––inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada.



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review 2014-04-05 07:03
The Perfect Storm
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea - Sebastian Junger

This is going to be my first review in English, just for the sake of improving my writing skills. And now I am quite excited how it is going to work. So here we go.


“The Perfect Storm” is actually a reread. In the late 90s my aunt gave me the German translation of the book and said to me, that I´m going to love it. And I loved it and after rereading it, I´m still loving it. My review in a nutshell: This book is awesome!


Sebastian Junger uses the first part of the book to introduce us to the crew of the Andrea Gail and gives an insight into a lot of topics surrounding fishermen, their profession, the boats, the history of commercial fishing, the weather, rogue waves and a lot more. I can hardly remember everything. The book is quite educational in that matter, but all these explanations give a great impression of the lives of fishermen and the problems, which occur along the way. There is an odd sense of foreboding to this part of the book and it just keeps you turning the pages.


However, the second part of the book is my favorite one. The storm is hitting the North Atlantic Ocean and the Andrea Gail and other boats and ships are caught right in the middle of this monster. The story turns from educational to sitting-on-the-edge-of-my-seat exciting. It´s gripping, awe-inspiring and sometimes I felt like I myself was caught up in that storm. It was terrifying.


My recommendation: Read this book and (do not) get blown away.

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quote 2014-04-03 13:31
The scientific name for swordfish is Xiphias gladius; the first word means "sword" in Greek and the second word means "sword" in Latin. "The scientist who named it was evidently impressed by the fact that it had a sword", as one guidebook says.
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea - Sebastian Junger

"The Perfect Storm" by Sebastian Junger, Kindle-Edition,  20% 

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review 2013-10-11 18:40
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea - Sebastian Junger The perfect book. If your idea of it was formed by the (imo) not very good film adapted from it, well, don't judge it from that. I found this book riveting, and absolutely nothing created by special effects technicians can match the awe-inspiring description of rogue waves. And just about nothing, no scene even from a Stephen King book, can match the frightening, evocative description of what it's like to drown. When I passed on this book to my mother, that passage would give her nightmares. Two things in particular amazed me about this book. Like "Into Thin Air" about Everest, it transported me into an alien environment like few other books. And this is based on a true story and reads like a novel, yet as far as I can recall--Junger didn't cheat. I mean this is primarily focused on a ship lost at sea with all hands--the Andrea Gail. But Junger doesn't say dramatize their drowning or describe a freak rogue wave using his imagination--instead he relates the experiences of survivors of rogue waves or people who almost drowned--and does so in such a seamless way you feel he's told a story truly--one for which there were no living witnesses.
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