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Friday, April 16, 2010

Tsunami Blue by Gayle Ann Williams

Tsunami Blue by Gayle Ann Williams
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Futuristic
Length: Full (290 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

With her badass rain boots, her faithful dog, and the ability to predict the monster tsunamis that have reduced the US to a series of islands, Kathryn O’Malley isn’t afraid of much. Cut off from all society, she takes to the airwaves as Tsunami Blue, hoping to save something of humanity as the world around her crumbles. But Blue should be afraid—because her message reaches the wrong ears.

Now she’s the target of ruthless pirates known as Runners who want to use her special talents for their own profiteering—as soon as they can find her. Blue’s only shot at survival lies with the naked stranger who washes up on her rocky beach. A man who might just be working for Runners himself. Torn between suspicion and attraction, the two will have to navigate a surging tide of danger and deceit if they hope to stay alive.

A first person, mile-a-minute adventure with chills, kills, and thrills, Tsunami Blue grabs the reader and doesn’t let go until the very last word and even then it lingers in the mind along with all the “what if’s” that creep in.

Reared among a barbaric bunch of men with cruelty all around her, Tsunami Blue learned to survive at all cost. Her Uncle Seamus had taken her when her parents were killed. He taught her how to kill or be killed, yet she had kept a part of her humanity that others seemed to have lost.

At her uncle’s death, Blue’s isolation deepens, but the sea whispers to her. She knows when the big monster waves are coming and tries to warn anyone who might be out there. Many who hear her call her a witch and worse. She knows many think of her as a freak.

Max, her huge dog companion, plays a major role, even though he is not notably present much of the time.

Gabriel Black, Blue’s dark angel that she saves by breathing her own life breath into his unconscious body, proves to be a mystery of a man that is beautiful as an angel to her even though he wears the tattoo of a Runner. Their relationship is an enigma that enthralls. As they sail their way through constant danger, a terrifying, gripping story keeps the reader turning pages with bated breath.

Gayle Ann Williams creates a world that stems from enough reality to lure the reader in. Her graphic descriptions alert all the senses and assail them relentlessly. The cold, the wet, the depravity, the greed, the evil make the blood run cold, yet the humor that bubbles up in Blue’s thoughts and expressions show a side of her that is resilient to horrors she sees and endures and that she even metes out at times.

The secondary characters range from killers and cannibals to innocent children that love life. The descriptions make the reader wonder if good can ever overcome such evil that seems to run rampant without anything to bring it to account.

Tsunami Blue fascinates. It teems with danger and evil, but amid all the suffering, LOVE that spans almost two decades never gives up. This is a love story and a setting long to be remembered.

Compelling reading!