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A review that made my day (BADWATER)
« on: June 16, 2011, 01:24:15 pm »
BADWATER is now on a pre-Thanksgiving sale, reduced from $2.99.






Just have to share my latest review:

A Smooth, Expertly Written Thriller, November 3, 2011
By Michael Wallace "author of The Righteous" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: BADWATER (The Forensic Geology Series) (Kindle Edition)
I was pleased to come across Badwater after hearing it mentioned on a writing forum. After sampling the first few pages I immediately recognized that Dwiggins knew how to weave a page-turning story. The plot at the heart of Badwater has elements of a technothriller, but the book avoids dumping too much information, instead doling out just enough background about geology and radioactive materials that I believed the characters (and by extension, the author) knew what they were talking about. In addition, there are some wonderfully nuanced characters, including the pair of forensic anthropologists, the villain, and a number of minor characters who Dwiggins deftly draws with a telling stroke or two.

Highly recommended.

http://www/amazon.com/dp/B005466WQ6
« Last Edit: December 09, 2011, 02:43:31 pm by ToniD »

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    Re: badwater
    « Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 07:27:04 am »
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    Re: badwater
    « Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 09:50:11 am »
    Thanks Ann!

    And, whoops, I put some reviews in my post. Shall I redo it?

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    A Death Valley Ecothriller
    « Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 02:55:22 pm »
    BADWATER:

    Forensic geologists Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws embark on a perilous hunt--tracking a terrorist who has stolen radioactive material that is hotter than the desert in August. He threatens to release it in America's most fragile national park, Death Valley.

    But first he must stop the geologists who are closing in.

    As the hunt turns dangerous, Cassie and Walter will need grit along with their field skills to survive this case. For they are up against more than pure malice. The unstable atom--in the hands of an unstable man--is governed by Murphy's Law. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.

    And it does.

    REVIEW:
    "In this superb, taut, action-packed thriller set in the California desert, a highway hijacking turns toxic and Cassie Oldfield, forensic geologist, is called in to help the FBI and the EPA's Radiological Emergency Response Team track down stolen casks of nuclear waste. Sophisticated soil analysis is not normally a deadly occupation, yet before it's all over, Cassie comes face to face with a sociopathic killer and with her own mortality. Notice to criminals: watch out for Cassie! She knows where you've been. Fans of Nevada Barr are going to love this book just as much as I did."
         ~ Marcia Talley, Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of the Hannah Ives mysteries




    --- edit... new post merged with original thread. please remember, only one thread per book. please bookmark this thread so you can find it again and please read our Forum Decorum.


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    Re: cast my character and win a free book
    « Reply #4 on: September 21, 2011, 09:48:31 am »
    I have a post (Can't We Get Angelina Jolie?) and giveaway of my ecothriller BADWATER at:

    http://webbweaver-zelda555.blogspot....est-posts.html

    If you're interested, please come visit.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Badwater on Daily Cheap Reads
    « Reply #5 on: October 25, 2011, 08:16:23 am »

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    Re: Michael Wallace reviews Badwater
    « Reply #6 on: November 03, 2011, 03:16:11 pm »
    bumping...

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    Re: Michael Wallace reviews Badwater
    « Reply #7 on: November 05, 2011, 02:03:21 pm »
    It really is a great book, Toni and I hope you're hard at work on whatever comes next. (And your thread title makes me blush.)

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    Re: 99-cent sale on BADWATER
    « Reply #8 on: November 10, 2011, 10:28:36 am »
    New thread title, Michael, saving you further embarrassment  ;)

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    Re: A review that made my day (BADWATER)
    « Reply #9 on: December 09, 2011, 02:44:27 pm »
    New review for BADWATER:

    5.0 out of 5 stars Badwater is Geology at its Best, December 4, 2011
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    Marlene Dotterer (Pleasant Hill, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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    This review is from: Badwater: The Forensic Geology Series (Paperback)
    I'm not big on crime investigation stories, but I do have a degree in geology, so I couldn't resist this book. The story brings us a pair of forensic geologists who use soil samples and rock types to solve crimes. In this case, they are on the trail of stolen radioactive waste, through Death Valley, California, one of the most amazing places on the planet.

    This is simply one of the best books I've ever read. The characters are strong, realistic, and sympathetic. The lead character is Cassie, and yes, I'm delighted she's a woman. Lots of geologists are women, but geology somehow still has a macho, guy-thing reputation. This story has Cassie tramping through the heat and hills of Death Valley and enduring radiation exposure, while protecting Walter, her older boss and mentor, who is strong, but has a heart problem. Cassie carries the action with a believable blend of ethics, intelligence, and humor.

    Geology and radioactivity are explained in seamless narrative or dialogue, never once detracting from the action. This is not a simple thing to pull off, but author Toni Dwiggins makes it look easy. The book is not long, but she layers plot twists and "who-dun-it" mystique throughout, taking the reader on a high-stakes guessing game scattered with scientists, truck drivers, mine owners, and government managers.

    Highly recommended.

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    Re: A review that made my day (BADWATER)
    « Reply #10 on: December 09, 2011, 03:02:00 pm »
    Congratulations! Great review!

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