The first earthquake felt coast to coast ... Oregon to New York
Full-blooded, character rich, and intensely suspenseful, RICHTER TEN is as far beyond other "disaster" novels as a ten earthquake is beyond a six -- orders of magnitude."
--- John Lescroart, bestselling author of THE 13th JUROR
Richter Ten is a strong character-driven disaster novel. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say it’s probably the strongest character-driven disaster novel I’ve read, and I read a lot. There are heroes and villains and some real surprises. Pretty remarkable. The writing is superb, even poetic at times and there is some nice humor as well. Dialogue is exceptional.
Never get between greedy men and eight billion dollars worth of anything---words to live by, as geophysicist Steven Bell is finding out. In Eastern Oregon, 90,000 cubic feet of mantle-hot gas is roaring out of the Devil's Pore fumarole every second. To Bell, this is a "leak," a pinhole, relatively speaking. But what is leaking? Where is all that gas coming from? And why is 700 square miles of land subsiding, inch by inch, year by year? The fumarole, it turns out, is just the visible tip of an iceberg. A disaster of monstrous proportions is brewing. Bell wants the fumarole plugged in order to study the problem, but the hot gas is carrying with it a rare-earth element worth billions, an element with military applications. The U.S. government wants Bell to shut up and go away; Drew Gannon wants Bell dead; 14-year-old Lissa Bell just wants to spend the summer with her dad; and gorgeous ex-model Kate is caught in the middle, forced into a disturbing agenda of her own. Forces of nature, government, greed, and love collide with the potential for an explosion that could make a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fault look like a whisper in the wind.
ABOUT THE NOVEL : A local geologist read this novel and asked me where I got my information/training in earthquakes and geology, since the book was full of accurate information. The best answer is that I'm a mechanical engineer, and I do research. The "love story" in this novel is one of my favorites. There's nothing like a good love story to temper the mayhem.