Quake is a disaster novel of epic proportions that will have listeners thinking twice about their next trip to New York City.
New York City has seen its share of disasters: Terrorist attacks, blackouts, hurricanes, floods. But nothing has prepared the Big Apple for the biggest earthquake to ever hit the United States - 9.0 on the Richter scale. Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs are a smoldering catastrophe, plunging New York into terrifying chaos. Skyscrapers and bridges have collapsed, killing hundreds of thousands. For a handful of survivors, the nightmare is just beginning.
Clawing north, navigating the ruined city amid violent aftershocks, FBI agent Francisco Mendoza hopes to reunite with his wife. Assistant US Attorney Nick Dykstra is hell-bent on finding his daughter way uptown at Columbia University - before a 9/11 conspirator who escaped during the quake finds her first. But the Indian Point nuclear power plant, forty miles north, is severely damaged. A deadly cloud of radiation is drifting toward the city. The only chance for survival is going down into the subways - and deeper still.
©2014 Jack Douglas (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I found this novel to be excellent in its portrayal of the aftermath of an earthquake. I lived through a major earthquake and identify with the anxiety and desperation to get to your loved ones even if you have to walk on a twisted ankle or walk by leaning buildings as you pray that they don't fall on your head during an aftershock. I only found the constant Sept. 11 reference to be a tired storyline by now, and in this novel, it's overplayed.
The book was okay. I got a little bit tired of the terrorism because it's New York City. I understand New York City feels it's the center of the universe but if everybody New York feels like this father and daughter then they need some psychological help. Lots of codependency. I get the father's trying to get his daughter. But this is a little extreme.
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