Several people have died from a MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS ONE THAT EATS AWAY illness one that eats away body from the inside It seems to be concentrated or related to a specific area of the Pacific off the coast of Washingto I didn t really dislike this book but I didn t much enjoy it either The story is definitely the draw for this book The characters are flat and very uninteresting which robs the story of some of its power Several characters meet gruesome deaths but because they were unappealing flat and boring I didn t A reviewer called this book an expert riff on the classic horror novel and I d have to agree And while the story is pretty interesting it would have been much powerful much scarier if the characters had been developedCharacterization is almost nonexistent Cardboard cutout charactersPossible Read A Likes Thrillers by Preston Child The hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy although Clancy s book is much better written This novel is set in the Pacific Northwest where people and marine mammals are dying after being exposed to something in the water that destroys them The main characters are a marine microbiologist and his ex wife a whale sonar expert and a doctor who treated some of the victims The race "to identify and neutralize the killer before it decimates the population in the Seattle area is complicated " identify and neutralize the killer before it decimates the population in the Seattle area is complicated an oncoming storm and the interference by other interested partiesdon t want to give it away but there is plenty of intrigue and technical detail to keep it interesting This is a pretty good thriller involving some deadly plankton blossoms in the sea that may or may not have been created by man and the deadly tide of these microscopic killers are getting closer and closer to SeattleThe plot was pretty good there is a lot of science in this book and I found most of it very interesting but it also tended to bog the story down at timesI didn t like the two main female leads very much at all Carol seemed to be in a rage most of the time I began to doubt if the w This 1999 yarn by James Powlik came to my att. BENEATH THE CALM SURFACE A DEADLY TERROR AWAITSIn 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
James Powlik Ð 4 Read & DownloadEntion in a used book store It is a riveting yarn pitting marine biologistoceaonograper Brock Garner against a deadly colony of rare phytoplankton previously unknown to scienceThe setting is the Pacific Northwest
BC and Washington StateBrock is doing his PhD thesis at the Bamfield Marine Station on Vancouverand Washington StateBrock is doing his PhD thesis at the Bamfield Marine Station on Vancouver When the novel opens Brock is at sea in the middle of the Pacific on a research vessel monitoring plankton and oceanographic parameters with his own novel towed monitor Meanwhile back on Vancouver Island Ellie Bridges a doctor in the ER at Port Alberni encounters several patients who turn up with weird symptoms and uickly die Brock s friend Mark Junker who is investigating sea lions finds some badly dissolved carcasses He uickly develops similar symptoms and ends up dead Brock is summoned back from the ship to attend his friend s funeral From there he is thrown into a maelstrom as he tries to track down the cause of the deaths and once he figures out what is happening by default he is thrust into leadership of the fight to bring the rampaging biological menace to heelFastpaced pageturner I still can t decideWas this one Sea Change inspired by Der Schwarm from Sch tzing or likely was the Schwarm inspired by this oneThey re ust TOO similarIt s not as bombastic You could say It s the Swarm without tsunamis and a bit well grounded biologyThe characters are as cheesy as Sch tzings but thankfuly it s a good deal shorter and therefore cut out most of that greasy pathos that Sch tzing has
overdoneAdditionally Powlik is an actual biologist maritime at that and not an advertiser like Sch tzing or me g That ust might be the reason for the better book this one not being as successful as The Swarm by far gA nice re read on the whole when you re read all those hundreds of other books on the shelf Thrillers with an oceanic twist invariably end up being amongst my favorite It s an admittedly small sub genre and one that I greatly enjoy Powlik s addition to the sub genre is a thrilling one The plo. Earching for a killer in the water Renegade oceanographer Brock Garner is at the center of the storm He wants to know why he's finding dead zones in the Pacificand 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 uestions of her own Throw.uite overdoneadditionally powlik is an actual biologist maritime
T holds plenty of excitement and the characters come to life above the stock character
genre level There s a definite effort here to give it a solidly scientific tonelevel There s a definite effort here to give it a solidly scientific tone a strong attention to detail which unfortunately can slow the overall pacing down at times There is one major gaping hole in the plot regarding this Pfisteria but it sounds like Powlik s second book Meltdown is a seuel so hopefully these loose ends will be addressed All in all it s a fun read with entertaining characters and an exciting storyline I definitely enjoyed Frank Schatzing s The Swarm but Powlik s novel is a lot stronger than Dave Freedman s Natural Selection I definitely plan on keeping
MY EYE OUT FOR THE SEUEL STARTED OUT Aeye out for the seuel Started out a too violent but then turned into a pretty good book A bit extreme at times dealing with practical things Navy would never send in a sub to destroy a civilian ship Good storyline I still can t decideWas this one Sea Change inspired by Der Schwarm from Sch tzing or likely was the Schwarm inspired by this oneThey re ust TOO similarIt s not as bombastic You could say It s the Swarm without tsunamis and a bit well grounded biologyThe characters are as cheesy as Sch tzings but thankfuly it s a good deal shorter and therefore cut out most of that greasy pathos that Sch tzing has uite overdoneAdditionally Powlik is an actual biologist maritime biologist at that and not an advertiser like Sch tzing or me g That Play Like You Mean It just might be the reason for the better book this one not being as successful as The Swarm by far gA nice re read on the whole when you re read all those hundreds of other books on the shelf This book is hard readingI have a very strong science background and even that didn t help with much of the terminology This is the first work of fiction I ve ever read that reuired a glossary I think so much could have been done with this topic The author spends time describing the ships and the gear than he does developing his plot Not really a fan of this one and won t be reading any from James Powlik anytime soon. N together in the chaos Brock and Ellie are about to uncover 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 SEA CHANGEEXCITINGWILL KEEP READERS OUT OF THE WATER AND ON THE BEACH READING THEIR EYES OU.