Forensic geologists Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws embark on a perilous hunt - tracking a terrorist who has stolen radioactive material that is hotter than the desert in August. He threatens to release it in America's most fragile national park, Death Valley.
But first he must stop the geologists who are closing in.
As the hunt turns dangerous, Cassie and Walter will need grit along with their field skills to survive this case. For they are up against more than pure human malice. The unstable atom--in the hands of an unstable man - is governed by Murphy's Law. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
And it does.
Awarded 'Best Audiobook' for 2013 by eFestival of Words.com/Best of the Independent eBook Awards, Format Specific Category.
©2011 Toni Dwiggins (P)2012 Toni Dwiggins
"Badwater is superb. It has a great plot with many twists and surprises, featuring real-life characters. The author did a very find job of characterizing the disconnect between all the measures intended to assure safety and the reality of things sometimes being unsafe. Truly well-written and engaging. A joy to read." (David Lochbaum, head of the Nuclear Safety Project, Union of Concerned Scientists)
"Forensic geology is cool, and the setting in Death Valley perfectly matches the plot...The whole situation feels creepy and dangerous throughout." (ScienceThrillers.com)
“This is a fast paced thriller with the terrifying theme of radiation exposure as a weapon. CSI type fans will appreciate the science... and even those of us less well versed in the technical side will feel the fear and horror as events unfold.” (Bookstack Reviews)
It reminds me of the entertaining, suspense writings of Kathy Reichs (and the tv series 'Bones') which focuses on the use of forensic anthropology. Here instead, the subject is forensic geology - which very few, if any suspense authors write about.
Oh, yeah! Cassie and Walter's jeep getting sabotaged, stranding them in Death Valley; the findings in the caves, not knowing where the killer was hiding; not knowing if anyone or everyone was getting radiation poisoning or not. The author did a great job with the realism of the topic and even had an ending with a twist to it.
She made Cassie's voice a bit tomboyish and matter-of-fact but not overly geeky - which fit the character to a T. Walter sounded appropriately grizzled as the older, slightly ailing mentor to Cassie. All of Ms. Padovan's voice choices seemed to fit each character very well. Pronunciations of the terms were great - I didn't find any mistakes like one listener did.
Yes, but it wasn't possible! It's a long book and the amount of detail with the geology terminology made you have to listen very carefully to the dialogue and descriptions.
Hope Audible gets more of Toni Dwiggins' books into audio!
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I liked the interplay between all the characters, and how the author kept you guessing until the very end. The author must know a lot about geology because it was as if a real trained geologist was taking you through the investigation. I learned a lot and was entertained at the same time :-)
Good distinction between all the character voices; nice conversational style as Cassie. A very pleasant voice to listen to.
Felt some sadness in a couple of scenes. Suffice to say, this author knows how to write a great story!
I'll definitely look out for more from Ms. Dwiggins :-)
Tried really hard to like this book!
i'm a geologist and studied near Death Valley and SoCal. Started promising enough but the narrator just drove me nuts. A very computerized English 2nd language feel to it.
I got about 15 minutes in and was lost as the narrator just killed it.
I have yet to get find a decent female narrator who can do mens voices without making them sound idiotic! Not all males can but there's a number of them who are expert at not making the female characters sound stupid.
The story need some good editing, I read the other books by the author and enjoyed them, I could skip the less well written parts, but I just could not listen to this audible, the reading was very poor.
Never got there.
Just tighten up the writting, and move the story along.
I'm a geologist, so I love a good rock story, but... this was just not well done. Too bad!!
First of all, this book had possibly the worst narration ever. The speaker's cadence was choppy and unnatural. Character voices were overdone and cartoonish. It was painful to listen too. And she mispronounced 'chalcedony' for goodness sake - if you're going to read a book based on geology, at least get the mineral names right.
The was compounded by the author's strange style of writing, with many short and incomplete sentences. The overall story was a bit on the implausible side, but I guess OK for the genre.
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