Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Storm Runners by Roland Smith
Storm Runners by Roland Smith is the first book in an adventure/survival trilogy for kids. Chase and his father travel around the country looking for storms -- Chase's father is a contractor who specializes in storm preparation and clean-up. When Chase and a couple of friends are stranded miles from safety in the middle of a hurricane, Chase's storm survival skills are tested to their limits. They face high winds, raging water, and wild animals . . . and even when they reach their destination, the danger is far from over.
This isn't really a book -- it's the first third of a book. It ends in a cliffhanger, so if this sounds like the book for you, have the second one on hand. This fast-paced read that will definitely appeal to reluctant readers, especially those who enjoy man-versus-nature survival stories. I wouldn't recommend this for adult readers, as adult fans of this sort of thriller will seek out longer and more complex works. However, for readers in the target age range, this will be a highly enjoyable book. I reviewed this book from an advance copy, but I took so long in getting around to reading it that the second and third books are already available.
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)