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)
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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 :-)
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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