Book: Tsunami Blue
Author: Gayle Ann Williams
Rating: 5 Stars (FB's Top Ten of 2010)
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Kathryn “Blue” O’Malley has always had an affinity for water. When the first waves came dooming humanity to live the rest of their lives on islands surrounded by wave prone oceans of death, it was the first indication that she was able to do something “special”. On that day, humanities last blast, Blue was able to save lives, and warn those that would listen. Call her what you want, savior or witch, that very gift has also made her highly sought after.
Now the world has adjusted as well as they can to its blue surroundings. Humanity is limping along as best as they can. There are Uplanders…those who dwell on land in what cities still standing, scavenging the leftovers of civilization, and other pioneers living in remote isolation. And there are Runners…modern day pirates, some with an evil cannibalistic bent, scourge to anything living and dead. These days, Blue is in the wind…with her short-wave radio, saving the innocent and teaching the ignorant that when the sea talks you listen.
When Gabriel Black lands on Blue’s remote island, half dead, the dreaded 666 Runner tattoo emblazoned on his shoulder, Blue scarcely knows what to think. Does she save his life or kill him? Not far behind him are the smoking fires of Runners. Decision made, Blue and Gabriel embark on a treacherous journey to outwit an entire fleet of bloodthirsty pirates. The tentative trust between these two main characters is chock full of erotic suspense and the searing attraction licks off the pages. But who is Black exactly and what does he want from her? Does he work for Indigo the leader of the Runners? Or someone else? What powers does he possess?
Tsunami Blue translates as an experience, and so much more than a book. Williams will take you on an amazing adventure; her stunning vision brilliantly conceived, and rapid fire from start to finish. At times I felt propelled by jet fuel as I ripped through the pages. Her exceptional sense of humor and the witty repartee present within the pages are screamingly funny. Blue is not a meek female by any means, but a knife-wielding temptress that can quip with the best of them, and hold her own against the worst of Runner scum. And Gabriel Black will die first before giving her up.
The world building of the newly submerged Pacific Northwest that Williams portrays is completely believable and illustrated with ferocious examples: lethal cage fights (reminiscent of Mad Max), the great white shark pens where the unlucky end up as daily meals, and the predators that exist around every corner. In Williams’ world its kill or be killed. But there is room for love and Gabriel and Blue must learn to depend on one another, giving into the tsunami of feelings that is inevitably building between them. I am a huge speculative fiction fan, and this is the best original work I have read in ages. It’s an exceptional meshing of Williams’ unique storytelling skills, her post-apocalyptic vision and red-hot romance. More please! Fans are definitely going to demand a sequel!
Find out more about Gayle Ann Williams and her novels here.
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