Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Tsunami Blue
Author: Gayle Ann Williams
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: The San Juan Islands, Washington State, 2023
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Gayle's Website/Blog: gayleannwilliams.com
Kathryn O’Malley has seen her world crumble before her by tsunamis. The US has been reduced to a number of small islands and so many people have died. There is a silver lining to the tsunamis. Kathryn is able to pinpoint where and when they will hit because she is able to listen to the sea. She decides to use her ability to help save many lives. She finds and rigs up a short wave radio and goes on the air as Tsunami Blue to warn people about upcoming waves. She is met with varying opinions about her ability to help others. Some view her as a saint and savior while others view her as the devil and believe she is causing the waves. One evening, while walking the beach with her dog Max, she finds a man washed up on the beach. Kathryn is bent on saving him when she finds a strange tattoo on the man’s back. Her worst fears look her in the face as she realizes the tattoo is that of the Runners.
The Runners are nothing more than modern day pirates bent on raping, pillaging and destroying everything in their path. Kathryn, while her intentions were good, has reached the wrong people with her broadcasts. The Runners have been searching the seas for her in order to use her abilities to put them at the top of the food chain. As she is saving the mysterious stranger, she hears the warning sirens of invading Runners. Her only hope lies with the stranger. Kathryn becomes aware of a giant tsunami that is about to hit the islands and must rush to save more people while avoiding capture by the Runners.
If you have watched the movie Waterworld starring Kevin Costner, this book is very similar. The world as we know it has been rendered to nothing more than scattered islands and the surviving people have had to adapt. Kathryn has emerged as a strong force of nature, partly because she has had to and also because of her ability to predict the tsunamis. As a young girl she saw her family drowned by a tsunami and then later watched as the Runners killed her uncle. She was forced to grow up quickly and to take care of herself. Now she has the added responsibility to help those around her by going on the radio and sharing her predictions. Added to everything else, she finds herself with a Runner. It makes for a really great story. Ms. Williams has truly weaved a wonderful debut into the paranormal world.
This book is full of action, drama, and a wonderful romance. Kathryn and Gabriel (the Runner she saves on the beach) are thrown into action from the minute he wakes up because of the invading Runners chasing them to get to Kathryn. The book follows their escape from the Runners and subsequently their growing attraction to each other. This book will capture you from the first chapter and take you on a wild wave ride to the very end.
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