New Madrid Earthquake: A Disaster Thriller Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In the not too distant past, along the Mississippi River, North America tried to tear itself in half.
It failed. It won’t the second time.
New Madrid Earthquake is a stand-alone disaster thriller from international best-selling author Bobby Akart, one of America's favorite storytellers who has delivered up-all-night thrillers to readers and listeners in 245 countries and territories worldwide.
Two hundred years ago, several faults within the New Madrid seismic zone along the Mississippi River ruptured triggering some of the largest earthquakes in American history. The three massive quakes ripped open America's Heartland, shaking residents as far away as New York City and Washington, DC, while ringing church bells in Boston and Charleston, South Carolina.
Akart's stand-alone novel New Madrid Earthquake is based on actual events. It just hasn't happened yet, until now. Two hundred years later after the historic quake sequence of 1811-12, it's reawakened.
The New Madrid fault zone, six times larger than the San Andreas in California, has generated a series of massive earthquakes thrusting the Atwood and Chandler families in a fight to survive. Attorney Jack Atwood and his brother-in-law, Tony Chandler, are winding up their year-end tax-planning presentation atop The Met, a skyscraper in St. Louis, before returning to Memphis for their family's Christmas celebration. Jill Atwood, her daughter, Emily, and teenage son Tate are in a downtown Memphis performing-arts theater attending the dress rehearsal for Emily's Christmas pageant. Beth Chandler, 28 weeks pregnant, together with her three-year old autistic son, are traveling from Louisiana to join the rest of the family in Memphis.
Will they arrive for Christmas? Will they arrive at all? Their lives are about to change forever.
Prepare to be shaken.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 21 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 10, 2020|
|Publisher||Crown Publishers Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #43,914 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#217 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#741 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,610 in Mystery Action & Adventure
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2020
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I liked that the story showed glimpses of humanity at its worst without delving into the horror of a disaster of this magnitude. Good read from a very human and compelling perspective. Thank you!
Bobby has researched the area and the New Madrid Fault line in great depth and is spot on as to the damage area and the destruction this little heard of and even less feared fault line would inflict on our country.
He has created some of the best characters yet in Jack, Jill, Beth, Tony and the children. They are family and that is what matters most to them. They will go through hell and high water, no pun intended, to reach home for Christmas knowing that if any of the others survive they would do the same.
St. Louis and the Gateway Arch is also a landmark I have gone to and ridden the elevator to the top. Bobby took me back to my trips to and up the arch and made me very thankful the Fault didn’t act up while I was in it.
The Fault line spreads from Cairo Illinois to New Madrid in Missouri through parts of Arkansas and West Tennessee including Memphis but that is only the tip of this monster Ice Berg. It will affect Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Mississippi and will be felt far further than that.
This is Bobby Akart’s first stand alone novel and he couldn’t have done any better than this. I loved the book and the attention to detail of a disaster and location I was very familiar with. More importantly he wove a tapestry of fortitude, love of family and selfless caring for other people. He showed the height of dedication a police officer would go to helping two husbands attempting to reach their families and the love and fortitude two wives had in protecting each other and their children both born and unborn.
I rank this as perhaps Bobby Akart’s best work yet and that is indeed high praise if you have read any of his other stories. I love the fact this is his first stand alone novel but hate the fact that I will not be able to follow Jack, Jill, Beth, Tony and the children as they rebuild their lives in a new and devastated landscape. Five Stars Bobby. I can’t wait for your next book.
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There is some strange almost-fantasy stuff sprinkled in, which I thought was unnecessary. It's barely mentioned but sticks out a mile. Just stick to the raw reality of the situation without talking about butterflies...
Apart from that, which is a minor quibble and doesn't affect anything plot wise, this is a perfect read for fans of the genre.