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Supercell

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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

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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-26-16
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It's rather windy outside today!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, especially if that friend was interested in weather events.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not surprised and more than mildly amused.


    What about Drew Commins’s performance did you like?

    He was consistent, true to the theme of the characters and entertaining. A very good performance.


    Could you see Supercell being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I actually can see this appearing on the SyFy Network, or similar specialty networks.


    Any additional comments?

    I obtained this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review from audioblast.<br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>Recommended!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable."

    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.

    *I received a copy of this for review, this in no way affected my thoughts.*

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gypsycat Madison, WI, United States 01-09-15
    Gypsycat Madison, WI, United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2017

    audiobook addict

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    "tornado thriller that is a Hollywood as it gets"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 12-06-14
    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 12-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Great One-Off Novel"

    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.

    Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 04-17-17
    Amber 04-17-17
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    "Exciting"
    Any additional comments?

    I love books about weather phenomenon and this book is a very good book. Even though I know quite a bit about meteorology, I did learn a few things that I didn't previously know. This is the first book I've listened to by H.W. "Buzz" Bernard and I'm definitely going to listen to his other book that's available on Audible. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Nomi 04-12-17
    Nomi 04-12-17 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "Fun read"

    This was a fun read. I enjoyed the characters and the book was clearly well researched. Extreme weather has always been fascinating to me. I really enjoyed this.

    The narration was well done. Great performance.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Tammy 04-11-17
    Tammy 04-11-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "weather is an unpredictable"

    I was gifted this audio ARC from the author for a honest and unbiased review.
    The plot of Supercell , while slow at the beginning , really picks up towards the end. HW does a great job describing the weather in vivid detail. Also enjoyed the subplot of why the FBI was involved. It really makes you think, would people really stoop that low.
    The one thing that was off putting was the amount of Religion that was put throughout the book. ie: Chuck's disown ingredients of his son for * CHOOSING.* to be gay. (Sorry goes against my grain. Doesn't take any points from the book as its only my opinion)
    Drew Commins did a really great job with the reading of HW's book. He had enough voice variations that it was easy to follow who was talking and had the right tone for the right time.
    This story is told through humour, anger, love, and many other emotions that will have you not wanting to put the book down.
    I really enjoyed this audiobook, and would love to check out another book from this author. I could easily see this being a movie a lot like Twister! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is even a little interested

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    Nickie 04-07-17
    Nickie 04-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    What did you love best about Supercell?

    I Learned Alot Of Meteorology From This Book..Very Well Executed...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Ending Was Phenomenal!


    Have you listened to any of Drew Commins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My First Time Listening To This Narrator...He Was Good...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When The Main Character Feelings Started To Materialize For Those Around Him...


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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    Brian 04-05-17
    Brian 04-05-17 Member Since 2010

    Can't get enough books!

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    "Solid Weather Thriller"
    What did you love best about Supercell?

    I liked the intricate weather research the author used as well as the history of tornados given.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chuck. He had every reason to give up , but he didn't!


    What about Drew Commins’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed his different character voices - it was easy to tell the characters apart.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Twister-Part 2.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought there were a few heavy handed parts regarding the Bible and homosexuality but I would definitely try this author/narrator combo again.<br/> I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 04-01-17
    Jeremy 04-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, action packed story"

    The book was very entertaining, fast paced, and scientifically interesting. Good job Author!

    I was given this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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    "A great story with interesting characters."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Supercell to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I think the narrator does a brilliant job in bringing the book to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chuck. He's incredibly flawed and unlucky but he's a decent guy. I like the aspects with his son and the job that he's doing and his story concludes in a satisfactory way that I enjoyed. I find myself hoping that we can see him and his friends in another book. They worked well together.


    Have you listened to any of Drew Commins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. But the narration was spot on for characters, pace, driving the story. I really enjoyed it.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    That's hard as there are obvious synergies with Twister. But this book has its most interesting elements in a film crew pushing Chuck to be reckless and thieves taking advantage of disasters all on a collision course. How do yo tag line that because that's what I'd tag line.


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