Book Review: Coldwater by Jeff Rovin

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Book Review: Coldwater by Jeff RovinColdwater by Jeff Rovin
Published by Adaptive Books on October 6th 2015
Narrator: Danny Campbell
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
Genres: Apocalyptic, Sci Fi
Pages: 272
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Please note that this is essentially a 'novelization,' adapted from a screenplay by Rudy Gaines. COLDWATER is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller from the New York Times bestselling author that follows three characters in Los Angeles during the aftermath of a terrible series of earthquakes.
The Ring of Fire: 25,000 miles of oceanic trenches, volcanic belts, and seismic plates circling the Pacific Ocean. Enough dormant power to reshape the world as we know it waits to be unleashed beneath the Earth's crust. Until now.
In a matter of moments entire swaths of America's west coast slide into the ocean. Los Angeles becomes a crumbling ghost town. Refugee camps are littered with flyers for missing loved ones. The city is a scene of utter devastation and despair. Within Hollywood the military quarantines Coldwater Canyon due to the extreme damage; however, suspicions are growing that this is not the true reason why.
Wes Harding is a FEMA field director who has stayed behind, searching the wreckage for bodies. He’s finding plenty of them, but many have an odd similarity: the ribcages have been sliced open – their respiratory systems meticulously removed. The only thing that's clear is that something more is going on here.
With the help of dedicated activist Hannah Lonnegin and hippie scientist Dr. Bernard Dumas, Harding must get to the bottom of the mystery. Humanity hangs in the balance - and maybe more.

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What an interesting read! I was a little worried when it started out and had a military feel but that quickly moved on to a more apocalyptic story. Much more my style! Military is not my normal and for some reason, even though I was in the military and you would think I would have some interest, any books with a military feel totally throw me off. This changed up quickly and kept me interested.

Funnily, this is my second novel about Coldwater canyon. I may have to visit this place. Or stay way, way away since both were based around horror. This is more sci fi but there are definitely some horror type moments in this but for the most part it is an apocalyptic with sci fi.

Sci fi is normally not my go to genre but this was fun! The idea of finding corpses with lungs missing made me quite curious about what the characters were going to find. All kinds of horrific things flitted through my mind, but it took me quite some time to figure out the whys behind the corpses.

The characters are all quite rich. With the amount of action that is going on in this they have to be or they would be erased by the drama. Dumas was my favorite though. He just stands out! All of the characters are quite unique but the villain of the story is amazing. I love a good villain!

I really enjoyed the narration for this one. Danny Campbell had the perfect voice for how I pictured Dumas but he does the other characters just as well. He has a raspy voice that is actually very calming with a hint of a smile that makes me feel like he enjoyed narrating just as much as I enjoyed listening. Very good production as well. A little slow in between some parts. Listening at a rate of 1.3 cleaned that up.

The ending was pulled off wonderfully. Everything comes together but there are other questions involved now. It seems like Jeff Rovin finished the story but left it open just enough for a sequel.

Rating Report
3.5 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5



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