A catastrophic earthquake struck China and caused the deaths of 70,000 people and injured hundreds of thousands while destroying villages and cities. What wasn’t supposed to happen was for someone to be at the fault line and survive the earthquake. Guang Xi’s life was ruined that day, but he did see the proof that the earthquake was not natural. With that knowledge, China realized the United States was behind all of it. Determined to stop it, they ceased all relations with the US and proceeded to retaliate. What they didn’t realize was the earthquake was the decision of a single man.
Dolphin Beach, Oregon is a small coastal town that lies in the path of a major disaster. With a new mayor at the helm of the small tourist town, they proceeded to be prepared for any natural disaster that might come their way, but especially earthquakes and tsunamis. While some refused to believe the idea it could ever happen to them, Willa refused to give up until she made sure her small town would be as safe as she could possibly make it.
The submarine USS Massachusetts set off on a patrol of Pacific waters. Many thought it was merely a routine trip to help a new crew get used to their duties. A routine trip quickly turned into a potential war-causing cruise.
This book was well written and on par with Tom Clancy. As a matter of fact, if you like Tom Clancy, you’ll enjoy this book. There’s enough technical data and thought behind everything to keep the more well-informed thinkers out there happy, while it wasn’t so overloaded it would keep a more relaxed reader away. I would liken this book to a roller coaster ride. The excitement at the very beginning when you strap in to begin and then the climb to the top. During the climb, you get to meet all of the players and become invested in their lives and what’s going on with them. You begin to feel for them because you know what’s going to happen. Then, at the halfway point, hang on! You’re not going to want to put the book down.
The author did a great job moving through the five different viewpoints that are represented in this book. He keeps you interested in what’s going on and how it’s going to affect everyone involved. The idea that the US government could possibly pull this off, and with such a massive retaliation from China, is realistic. We already believe the government is too big and can’t keep track of itself and what one lone person might be able to do if he or she wields too much power with an object such as the HAARP.
My biggest complaint about this book is the ending. It could have ended sooner than it did. Outside of that, I enjoyed every minute of reading it and even cried a bit at the end. I don’t do that often, so excellent job, DF Capps. This is definitely an author to keep an eye on in the future.