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Review: Tsunami Blue by Gayle Ann Williams

TitleTsunami Blue

Author: Gayle Ann Williams

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Tsunami Blue (Book 1)

Publication Date: March 30, 2010

Format: Paperback, 290 Pages

ISBN-10: 0505528215 (Dorchester Publishing)

ISBN-13: 978-0505528216 (Dorchester Publishing)

Synopsis (Product Description):


With her badass rain boots, her faithful dog, and the ability to predict the monster tsunamis that have reduced the US to a series of islands, Kathryn O’Malley isn’t afraid of much. Cut off from all society, she takes to the airwaves as Tsunami Blue, hoping to save something of humanity as the world around her crumbles. But Blue should be afraid—because her message reaches the wrong ears.

Now she’s the target of ruthless pirates known as Runners who want to use her special talents for their own profiteering—as soon as they can find her. Blue’s only shot at survival lies with the naked stranger who washes up on her rocky beach. A man who might just be working for Runners himself. Torn between suspicion and attraction, the two will have to navigate a surging tide of danger and deceit if they hope to stay alive.

Quick & Dirty: Strong characters, imaginative world-building, great action and deadly conflict make this book a must read.

Opening Sentence: “And so, my friends, the moon is full, the sea calm, and the wave?”

Excerpt: N/A

The Review:

Kathryn “Blue” O’Malley has an unusual ability.  She can predict tsunamis.  As a child, Blue predicted the first giant tsunami that hit, killing her family and millions of people.  Raised by her Uncle Seamus, Blue is exposed to the harsh realities of life.  Kill or be killed.  He taught her how to survive and defend herself.  In 2023, the U.S. is just a shadow of its former glory.  Ravaged by giant tsunamis, only remote islands remain.  The oceans are deadly, not just because they swallowed up whole cities, but because ruthless pirates called Runners troll the deep and unpredictable waters looking for their next victims.  Unfortunately for Blue, her shortwave radio broadcasts have brought her to the unwanted attention of the Runners.  Blue soon finds herself on the run with the deadly and dangerous Gabriel Black, a Runner…on the run.

While Blue is certainly far from the perfect heroine, she has many redeemable qualities.  She is compassionate to a fault.  Despite the hardships that she’s been through, Blue is quick to stand up for what’s right and to put her own well being at risk to help others.  She cares very much about humanity and tries to save as many people as she can.  She is strong, capable, funny, yet vulnerable.

I like Gabriel Black, but he doesn’t make it easy.  I did take issue with how he handled the situation with Max, Blue’s loyal and lovable dog.  Aside from that, he’s a great alpha hero.  Gabriel has definitely met his match with Blue.  While he did save her a few times on their perilous journey, Blue did a fair amount of fending for herself, saving him a time or two in return.  They complement each other, each counter balancing the other’s weaknesses with their respective strengths.  Gabriel and Blue have sizzling chemistry, but their connection goes much deeper than their physical attraction.

Ms. Williams has created a fascinating post-apocalyptic water world.  Readers will be easily drawn into this story of survival, hope and high adventure.  Ms. Williams has a beautiful and descriptive writing style, expertly capturing a wide range of emotions and bringing this intense tale to life.

Overall, Tsunami Blue is well worth reading.  It is a refreshing and imaginative paranormal adventure.  The world of Tsunami Blue is bleak, but filled with compelling characters, and topped off with a beautiful love story.  Don’t be afraid of the water – jump into Tsunami Blue.

Notable Scene:

The scream of outrage resonated throughout the tiny engine room; the echo of pain rang in my ears.  The sickening copper smell of blood filled my nostrils.  I willed myself not to gag.  I’d dealt with plenty of blood in my time.  It was just that, in some remote area of my very frightened brain, I wasn’t a hundred percent sure that limb didn’t belong to Gabriel.

I should have known better.  It wasn’t his voice that was screaming.  And screaming still.  And it wasn’t Gabriel’s style to be caught unaware, unprepared.  I remembered when he stood up in the living area of my small cabin, confident, strong, in control.  Losing a limb to scum like these men?  Not possible.  No Way.

The cries continued and I knew Snake had not stopped at a hand.  He’d gone for the gut, moved to the heart, and now he’d take out the throat.  Limb, gut, heart, throat.  The best Runners could complete the kill ritual in seconds.

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FTC Advisory: Dorchester Publishing provided me with a copy of Tsunami Blue.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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5 Responses to “Review: Tsunami Blue by Gayle Ann Williams

  1. Kelly/YllektraNo Gravatar

    The title seemed “funny” to me and it’s not a book I would choose based on the cover, but your review made me reconsider.
    It is obviously better than it seems! I might give it a try!
    Thanks so much!!

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  2. Rebecca @ Dirty Sexy BooksNo Gravatar

    So this isn’t a YA? For some reason the chick on the cover looks extremely young to me, and I figured she was a teenager.

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  3. AngelaNo Gravatar
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    Hey Rebecca – Nope, this isn’t YA. Adult Paranormal Romance.

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  4. Heather (DarklyReading)No Gravatar

    Loved this one! I agree about what happened with the dog in the beginning – I was not happy with that part but glad to see how it turned out… I like Gabriel “teaching” sessions with Blue too – it was cute..

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  5. Chas @ LLLNo Gravatar

    I loved this title. Everything from the cover to the content. I was sad about the dog but wasn’t it cool how Gabriel left him behind to look after her.

    I live surrounded by the water and practically live in it so everything about this book appealed to me. Oddly, I learned of this title right around the time Hawaii at a HUGE tsunami scare so I placed the book in the back of my mind to take a breather and then seen it for a giveaway here… soon after picked it up and read it.

    Boats fascinate me but having to through travel open water for an extended amount of time (not in a cruse ship) is hard.

    I would recommend this one as well to anyone! Great read. Although I am still curious as to how Gabriel healed so quickly after the near death experience in the get go. It almost seemed as though he had super human powers of some sort.

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