I enjoyed this ocean thriller quite a bit. It was an exciting read with interesting characters and a solidly scientific attention to detail... well, aside from one small question - of how EXACTLY did this Batch 9 Pfisteria come to be loose in Pacific Ocean... but, other than that, it had interesting characters and an exciting plot. Not as exciting as _The Swarm_, but certainly better than _Natural Selection._ I would read the sequel, for sure!
Blurb from back cover: "Beneath the calm surface a deadly terror awaits. In the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest, two fishermen are the first to feel the heat. Then a young girl, playing innocently by the seashore--before dying an agonizing death. Now the media have a story....
First book of Powlik's. Great sea story with an unusual predator!!Brock Garner appears to be a great hero.........looking forward to Meltdown!
A life-threatening plankton bloom (a fast-growing colony of microorganisms that eats every living thing in its path) is gathering strength off the coast of Washington State. Meanwhile, marine microbiologist Brock Garner and his ex-wife, Carol, who are investigating the mysterious death of Carol's brother, slowly realize that Mark is not the only fatality and that whatever is causing mass destruction among the marine population is a serious threat to all life in the area. Mobilizing what resources they can, the Garners and a small group of like-minded individuals set out to stop the colony from moving into Puget Sound. Biologist and oceanographer Powlik brings a great deal of real-life knowledge to this fantastical story of microorganisms running rampant. The possibility that such an event could actually happen helps make this a suspenseful and gripping tale. A good summer read; suitable for most fiction collections.
LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW
This was my first reading of Powlik and I must say that I was impressed. I was drawn into this book by the plot and wonderful characters that Powlik creates.
The idea of a biological weapon getting into the wrong hands is frightening, because it might be able to happen. Well, maybe not, but it is a fun read that kept me turning the pages wanting to see what would happen next.
All in all I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next Powlik work, Meltdown!
Like in Jaws, something weird is killing people along a coast--in this case, the Pacific Northwest. Like in Godzilla, something we've done to the environment has caused simple creatures--in this case, tiny marine protozoa--to go crazy and mutate into a new killer entity. The Titanic touch comes when billions of these nasty creatures gather together to form a huge floating blob the size of an iceberg, which gives off a noxious gas that not only dissolves human tissue but also stops boat and plane engines dead.
If you are willing to wade through a lot of scientific terms for bacteria and plankton, you'll should enjoy this ecological tale of disaster by way of Jaws. The only major problem I had with the book was the sheer number of jaw-droppinly stupid maneuvers made by various characters, major and background, in the book. After the third one I wasn't sure if I was reading this book or 'How Not To Contain A Dangerous Plankton'.
In the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest, two fishermen are the first to feel the heat. Then a young girl, playing innocently by the seashore - before dying an agonizing death. Now the media have a story. Reporters, scientists, and government officials are descending on the coastline, searching for a killer in the water. And renegade oceanographer Brock Garner is at the center of the storm. He wants to know why he's finding dead zones in the Pacific and why his best friend's heart stopped after he examined ravaged sea lions on a beach. Dr. Ellie Bridges, on duty when the little girl died, has questions of her own. Thrown together in the chaos, Brock and Ellie are about to discover some disturbing truths, about a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions that is growing. Gathering strength. And moving - unless they can stop it - south toward a new victim, Seattle..
In this novel real-life oceanographer James Powlik creates a chilling scenario that isn't just plausible it already exists. Because between nature's wrath and man's worst secrets, a deadly terror has been born at sea. And now the sea will bring it home
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