They'll pay him a fortune to find a killer tornado for their movie.
He knows the risks all too well, but he never imagined just how dangerous the perfect storm could be.
Chuck Rittenburg was one of the most intrepid storm chasers in the country until a bad decision resulted in the death of a young couple who'd paid to ride along. A decade later - broke, divorced, and estranged from his college-age children - he's got nothing left to lose. When a film producer offers Chuck one million dollars to help find and photograph a deadly tornado in Oklahoma, Chuck sees a chance to earn his kids' respect again-and maybe his own.
The situation quickly becomes about more than tracking a monster tornado for Hollywood. FBI Agent Gabi Medeiros insists on riding along. A burglary ring is targeting tornado-ravaged neighborhoods, and their tactics now include murder.
With the stage set for a major heist, a deadly supercell, and a confrontation between Man and Nature on an epic scale, Chuck and his crew will be lucky to escape in one piece.
©2013 H.W. Bernard (P)2014 Bell Bridge Books
I would, especially if that friend was interested in weather events.
Not surprised and more than mildly amused.
He was consistent, true to the theme of the characters and entertaining. A very good performance.
I actually can see this appearing on the SyFy Network, or similar specialty networks.
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Notwithstanding, this offering grew on me, and although there were some glitches in the performance production ( sounds in the background, some uneven editing, etc.) the overall experience was interesting, dynamic and actually fun to listen to.
One of my favourite movies is Twister and this had the same feel as that. Extreme weather terrifies me but it also fascinates me so I couldn't wait to jump into this audio!!
The plot is summed up in this part of the blurb "Chuck Rittenburg is a washed-up, former tornado chaser/tour guide. A film director offers him $1 million to find the biggest, baddest F5 tornado within a 2-week window" of course, he accepts but how do you find the mother of all tornadoes when the F5 is so rare?
Chuck was, for the most part, a good character. He ran a successful Tornado Tour Guide business till an accident caused him to lose everything. So when a movie company offers him a million dollars, he takes the offer. Chuck knows how hard it is to find an F5 but he will do all he can to try to find one. Now, I'm torn on how I feel about Chuck though. The one thing I really didn't like was the way he was with his son, he stopped seeing him years ago because his son was gay. I'm torn because while Chuck did make contact and bring his son on this mission, he still struggled with his prejudice with the fact his son is gay! I will say that Chuck did grow throughout the story and we do see his inner monologue and thoughts about his strict upbringing and how it affected his thoughts on gays, but I still didn't like the religious crap that was thrown our way.
The plot of this, while slowish at the start, really picks up towards the end. I loved how vividly the author described the weather. It shows that his back ground is in meteorology!! I also loved the subplot of why the FBI was involved. It really makes you think, would people really stoop that low!!!
In all, an enjoyable, rip roaring, tense and entertaining read. Once I started this, I found it very hard to put it aside! There was even a few laugh out loud moments, especially when it came to the TV executive ;) This is definitely one to check out for fans of weather or for anyone who wants a great read.
Drew Commins did a really good job. He had enough voice variations that it was easy to follow who was talking and had the right tone for the right time.
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I am a bit of a tornado junkie myself, so I was very excited for this book. The science and explanation was good. The author knows his stuff. The book is action-packed. I thought it was funny that the author has his character badmouth the movie "Twister", despite the many similarities between Supercell and Twister. There are two plotlines in the book: Chuck gets an offer he cannot refuse to find a big tornado for a Hollywood film company to get footage of; and we also meet two brothers that have been using tornado damage as a cover to burgularize victim's homes and businesses. Both plotlines are well-written and interwoven - up until the explosive finale that was straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster and way over the top. The author manages to give a lot of information about tornados in a remarkably fluid way without static information dumps.
The author did a good job with his main protagonist, Chuck, the down-on-his-luck tornado chaser. The secondary characters successful to varying degrees. I actually liked the treatment of the two brothers who are thieves. The dog, Smokey, was great. The son was a good device, but Chuck's religious objection to this son's homosexuality seemed forced as Chuck did not seem religious in any other aspect of his daily life. The FBI agent that pals along with Chuck was likeable, though her mission and her debilitating migraines seemed too implausible. The romance was handled well, and didn't get too intense too fast for the short time period the story covers. The hero's sidekick Sam was a good character but went overboard on the Vietnam part of his persona. The Hollywood film company bad guy was deliciously slimy.
Overall, this book was very much a Hollywood movie like Twister. Enjoyable, incredible, exciting, and fun. There was some awkwardness in the writing: wooden dialogue, too much Vietnam flashback, sentences or phrases repeated in the same page or paragraph, awkward treatment of the FBI agent and her self-description as a "tramp" and how she related to men that felt out of character. I enjoyed the listen but the book could use some editing to polish it up.
NOTE: I got a free copy of this audiobook for a honest review.
Ever since listening to Plague, also by "Buzz" Bernard and narrated by Drew Commins, I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Supercell on audiobook.
I have a real soft spot for disaster movies, and just watched Into the Storm a few days back. On the audiobook side of it though, I don't seem to come across many stories of that genre. Movies like "Twister" and "Into the Storm" do seem to be a bit formulaic in their story though and don't really try pushing the boundary of anything other than the special effects.I'm not saying that is bad, but I was kind of expecting the same with Supercell when I started. I was pleasantly surprised when the author added a real nice and very plausible plot thread to the tale - the concept of storm chasers who weren't chasing the storm for the same reason, but to do some rapid looting in the aftermath. That itself added a breath of uniqueness to the tale. And aside from the storm chasing part of the tale, and the crime plot, there is also a thread I can somewhat relate to, in the lead character trying to come to terms with making a conscious break from bigotry he had ingrained and trained into him by his father.
On the (I guess) primary plot of the novel, the storm chasing, the science of it all sounded pretty plausible, and given the author's background, I'd guess he would know what he's talking about.
And with the narration, I really hope Drew Commins has a prolific career. His narration is so easy to listen to. He is easy to understand, and carries off the accents fantastically, so each character is pretty easy to recognize.
I hope the author also continues to write more books! I'll keep reading them!.
In all I actually think Supercell would make a pretty spectacular movie, and provide as much excitement and a much better story than any similar ones out there.
I would, especially if that friend was interested in weather events
Yes, very much so
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Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
I'm giving this book three stars because I enjoyed most of the story and the narration was good. The author definitely knows tornadoes and there is a lot of meteorological education interspersed throughout the story.
Down on his luck, Chuck Rittenberg reluctantly agrees to find a tornado for a slimy film producer. And then he immediately agrees to allow an FBI agent to go undercover as part of his team. And then he asks his estranged son to come along. Is this guy a masochist or what? I liked Chuck. I liked Gabi. I liked the film crew. The slimy film producer provided some good comic relief. Buzz had me right up to the end of the story.
What I didn't care for was the anti-religion and LGBT agenda and tone of the story. Because-your-son-is-gay-and-you-are-religious-you-can't-love-him-anymore? It wasn't authentic to me. But I could get past it...and did to hear the end of the story. The last bit of negativity to my review is that Chuck is a smart guy, there is no way he would be so stupid when it comes to contracts and there was way too much packed into the ending for this to be a plausible thriller for me.
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A good listen makes for an amazing day!
It really kept me interested. I was skeptical at first but the characters and plot flowed well till the end.
Chuck due to his limitless inspiration
Chasing the end of the line...
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Actual rating 4.5 stars!
When I first read the summary of this book, the movie Twister was what came to mind. Tornados are terrifying to me, so I knew I wanted to check this one out. It was a little slow to start, but by the halfway mark it had picked up so much steam! There was action, and so much going on other than just the expected tornado. Drew Commins was the narrator, and he was absolutely amazing! He really brought the characters to life, and each one had a different voice including several accents. I liked the cast of characters, and their personalities worked perfectly. The main character was Chuck, and he had a lot of conflicting feelings regarding his sons homosexuality. At first I really didn't like him because of this. However, now I like that the author gave him those feelings, it made him more real somehow. I really enjoyed this audiobook, and would love to check out another book from this author. I could easily see this being a movie! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is even a little interested!
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Having grown up on the plains, gone to college in Oklahoma and currently residing in the Panhandle of Texas, this book was familiar in a lot of ways (except for the snake). My attention was captured early in the book and I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting, but couldn’t. The meteorological information was thorough and interesting, but it didn’t sound like a textbook. The characters were well developed. I loved the Osage Indian and hated the Hollywood mogul. “Sooner the Better”, the magazine cover for the FBI agent made me chuckle.
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I was pleasantly surprised I really enjoyed this book. Thought it would just be storm chasers but this book has much more: suspense, action and great characters. I think it was the narrator who did great job. I did recommend this book to a friend already, so listen to it even though like me not a weather person. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast. Thank You!
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