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The Rift

2 Ratings: 1.0
Catastrophe Tale by Walter J. Williams

A devastating earthquake strikes the American heartland along the New Madrid faultline, destroying homes, severing communications, and changing the course of the Mississippi River. As the inhabitants of cities from Missouri to Louisiana seek to recover … see full wiki

Author: Walter J. Williams
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Eos
Date Published: April 4, 2000
1 review about The Rift

A Little Slow at First, Then Bam!

  • May 13, 2009
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Don't let this book's size daunt you or the sometimes terribly boring parts at the beginning stop you. Once you get past the first 250 pages or so we have a powerful book that will have your head spinning because it could happen! The largest earthquake in recorded history hits the central of the country. Thousands dead, millions homeless, and the nation's economy about to crumble.

The book has two very likable central characters. Firstly there is Jason, a teenager from a broken home, whose mother dies in the earthquake and whose father doesn't really seem to care about him, even after finding out that Jason survived. Jason floats a boat down the Mississippi (not quite like Huck Finn) and encounters Nick, a real kindhearted sort whose best friend gets gunned down by a deranged cop and who gets shot by the same cop and then has to do battle with a poisonous snake. Nick and Jason form a strong bond that is far greater than Jason ever had from his family.

Meanwhile, there is a crazy evangelist, a KKK sheriff, and an Army general that are each coping with the disaster in different ways. Though these characters are less interesting, they add important roles to the plot of the book.

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