Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Holy Hot Tamales!

CALDERACALDERA by Larry LaVoie

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


If you can suspend belief long enough, this is a fun read. If you can't, don't bother.



I love me a good disaster. The Yellowstone caldera is just about the worst disaster I could imagine. From what I can tell, some day that thing is going to spew harder than a college freshman after his first kegger. When it comes to Yellowstone, this is a very bad thing indeed.



Even if you haven't heard about this danger, you would know this is dangerous. You are told throughout the book that the explosion would plunge the planet into a nuclear winter. Sayonara food chain, hello extinction.



And yet the ending of the book disregarded at the end. Nuclear Winter? What nuclear winter?



I won't even mention the numerous sub-plots that neither add to the story nor add extra suspense.



Not gonna waste time trying to figure out how the bad guys think this mega-explosion will further their cause.



I will say there is a romantic element that is nice.



Would I recommend this book to a fan of the SyFy channel's disaster films? Yes



Would I recommend this to a volcanologist? Only if they wanted a good laugh.



Would I recommend this to a man in a bear suit? Yes. He probably has family in Yellowstone and he'd probably want to tell them to haul ass putts there



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