Badwater

Badwater Golden Bot Award Wired Best Whodunit 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 des

  • Title: Badwater
  • Author: Toni Dwiggins
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  • Page: 119
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  • Golden Bot Award Wired Best Whodunit 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 Golden Bot Award Wired Best Whodunit 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 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.

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    1. What the heck is a forensic geologist? Don’t let fear of the unknown make you skip this book. Jump right in and find out. Just make sure you have stocked up on bottled water. Trust me. I had no idea Death Valley was such a lively place. That’s what Ms. Dwiggin injects into her setting: life. You come to see more than a hot, dry desert; you see a fascinating, diverse eco-system. Add to that characters as textured and layered as the scenery she describes, and you have a novel that educates as [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. Synopsis: When a freight truck is hijacked, forensic geologists Cassie Oldfield and her partner Walter Shaws track the mineral trail into Death Valley. The stolen cargo they seek is hotter than the desert in August: radioactive waste.As scientists, Cassie and her partner Walter are familiar with background radiation in the rocks they study. But as a woman of child-bearing age and a man of advancing years, they become acutely aware of the risk of their hunt. How many exposures are too many? What' [...]

    4. I enjoyed BADWATER by Toni Dwiggins, an independently published thriller that compares well with traditionally published paperbacks available at any bookstore. Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws are forensic geologists—a new term to me, but I know about it now thanks to the book—who are called in to assist in the investigation of missing radioactive waste in Death Valley. The setting is well described, the technology well researched, and the bad guys engineer diabolical plot twists. The actio [...]

    5. This is a strong mystery investigation novel. I was drawn to it by the unusual premise of investigative geologists. Cassie and Walter are well drawn characters. We see most of the book through Cassie's first person POV. Our geologists protagonists are called in by the FBI supervising agent in charge of investigating an attack on a radioactive waste transporting truck. I almost put the book down. I felt the villain was too amazing. He can do anything. He can track, fight, hide, steal valuable equ [...]

    6. Forensic Geology wasn’t a term I can remember coming across until I saw this book. The meaning seemed obvious: according to it is “the study of evidence relating to minerals, oil, petroleum, and other materials found in the Earth, used to answer questions raised by the legal system.” Just what I thought. Maybe if I watched more of the CSI TV series franchise I’d have been familiar with the term. The same article says this science goes back at least as far as the late 1800s when Sir Art [...]

    7. Synopsis: When a freight truck is hijacked, forensic geologists Cassie Oldfield and her partner Walter Shaws track the mineral trail into Death Valley. The stolen cargo they seek is hotter than the desert in August: radioactive waste.As scientists, Cassie and her partner Walter are familiar with background radiation in the rocks they study. But as a woman of child-bearing age and a man of advancing years, they become acutely aware of the risk of their hunt. How many exposures are too many? What' [...]

    8. I came across 'Badwater' last Friday on /Kindle and instantly knew this was a book I wanted to read. 'Badwater' is the first book in a new Forensic Geology Series by Toni Dwiggins. I have to say this is a first rate beginning. Loved the fast paced, action packed, technical suspense thriller. I think this series will appeal to those readers who love Nevada Barr, Jessica Speart, J. A. Jance. The setting is Death Valley, which is a place I know well from growing up in Southern California. I intend [...]

    9. I'd never considered reading an eco-thriller until I came across Toni's work. The woman can put you in the desert, set the dogs loose on you, and make you grateful for your next cold glass of water.

    10. Closer to three and half stars. A pretty decent mystery and a fight scene at the end. Bonus for rock geeks like myself this is a lady geologist and the rock chatter is pretty darn cool.

    11. Cassie and her older partner and mentor, Walter, are forensic geologists. They are called in by the FBI to help trace some highly radioactive waste stolen from a nuclear storage facility in Death Valley. The opening sequence hooked me. The author did a terrific job of pulling me right into the story by describing a mysterious figure walking down the road. The lead characters—Cassie and Walter—are multi-faceted and interesting in their own right, and the interaction between them works well th [...]

    12. Badwater follows a team of forensic geologists (think CSI with rocks) as they race against time to stop a catastrophic release of nuclear waste in unspoiled Death Valley. The premise of the book fascinated me from the start, although, to my shame, I could not see how rocks could be that interesting. I was however pleasantly surprised.The book has a trilling start, a road crash site in the middle of the desert with a murdered driver and a missing barrel of nuclear waste. The thrills continue thro [...]

    13. By MommaG on May 14, 2013Badwater I liked the book Badwater right from the start. It follows a pair of forensic geologists hired on to help with a case for the FBI. I was intrigued with this premise as I had never heard of this type of job and as it turned out the geologists were only some of the specialists needed to consult on the nature of the case. The characters were very engaging. Although the characters of the specialists were competent, they were believable in that they were not over the [...]

    14. Because I am also an author, I hesitate to give 5 stars. People may think I am "helping" friends. Toni Dwiggins hardly knows me and did not ask me to buy or review her book. I did so because it sounded interesting and I am glad that I did. When a book really deserves 5 stars, would it be fair not to give them? No. Badwater earned every single one of those 5 stars. One for well-built, solid characters that I could picture in my mind. I really cared about several of them. The second star is for a [...]

    15. As a retired geologist, I was driven to Bad Water initially by the premise of forensic geologists solving a mystery of missing radioactive wastes. Back in the distant past when I graduated this was not mentioned as a career choice. The story line is excellent and believable and was developed in a logical suspense-building progression. Although two different points of view were used, the transitions were seamless and not an encumbrance to the story.The main characters: Cassie, Walter, Pria, and R [...]

    16. I'm not much of a mystery fan, perhaps because mysteries too often require one to focus on the human reactions. Mediocre mystery writers find it hard to imbue their characters with enough life to allow such reading.That's not Toni Dwiggins; not only are her human characters fully realized, but there is a whole set of non-human entities to gauge in order to solve the mystery. In Badwater, bats, rocks, canyons, mines, weather and the desert itself are recruited to present a complex thriller of sto [...]

    17. I am interested in Geology and this takes place in and around Death Valley one the most fascinating places I have ever visited. As for the book I was not thrilled with the writing some parts were a little hard to follow. The story was okay but the author really had to work hard to get the Forensic geologist angle into the book. Sorry I did not buy most of it. There is an empty nuclear waste container that the bad guys go to a mine and fill with a mineral so it looks full of nuclear stuff which g [...]

    18. First sentences - There was something odd about the figure coming down the dark road and I was not going to be happy until I could put my eyes on the details. Walter, stowing the donut bag in his field pack, had not yet noticed. Uphill of the figure, emergency spotlights cracked the deep night and more could be seen. Big vehicles clogged the road. Adjacent to the road, yellow rope zoned off a large chunk of desert where a tractor-trailer lay on its side. Well uphill of the crash was another rope [...]

    19. As others have said, the real interesting part is the field of forensic geology. the author seems to know his filed and has built an interesting story around the concept. for e-book fans this title was available for free on the site when I acquired it and I've seen it offered since as a free book. Often, I find these free offerings to be rife with grammatical errors but this book avoided those problems and I appreciate the effort to present a book without those distractions. I did find myself w [...]

    20. This book as a decent mystery with some suspense. I am not exactly sure how to describe it, but even though I am into geology, and the concepts behind radiation threats should keep me at the edge of my seat, when the author started getting into the finer points off both these things, she almost lost my interest. I was intrigued enough, though, that I pushed through and finished, and I am glad I did, but I might have to approach future readings of books in this series with caution. Those into Nat [...]

    21. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Having a degree in Geology, I can tell you she got the science right. This is a who-done-it but you know right away who the guilty party is. The mystery is how is does what he does and who is in cahoots with him. The author keeps you guessing while mixing in the forensic information and the mixture is a book that you can't put down. I would like to see more from this author and very much look forward to any future books in this vein.

    22. Before reading BADWATER, I didn't even know there was such a thing as forensic geology! That's what really piqued my interest and Toni Dwiggins really delivers the goods.Toni does a great job of sucking you into the story. The writing is excellent with great characters and scenes. I felt parched following the desert action in Death Valley. I'm not a big science guy, but Toni does a great job of mixing it into the action and delivering a taut thriller in a cool new setting for thrillers.

    23. Unusual protagonist, unusual plot very well constructed. This series serves well as a tutorial on geological forensics. This series has well developed , believable characters. The plot is complicated but so very well constructed- makes total sense, no rushed cobbled ending, a real gem. I immediately downloaded the rest of the series and am starting the next on the list right now!

    24. I enjoyed this novel very much. It is the first in Toni Dwiggins' Forensic Geology series, but the 2nd one for me. (I read Volcano first.)This is the novel where we first meet Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws, forensic geologists. A terrorist has stolen radioactive material and threatens to release it in Death Valley. Cassie and Walter must find, not only the terrorist, but where he has hidden the hot materials. Good light reading.

    25. A forensic mystery starring geologists (how many mysteries star geologists?).These people are brought in by the FBI to solve the mystery of why and how a truck driver (driving a load of radioactive waste) was murdered. Their path to solving the mystery leads them through the best and worst of Death Valley and old mines.Of course they come out safely and solve the mystery.

    26. Very good, interesting, well-rounded characters and realistic setting. Liked the geology tie-in, old mines and desert setting very well. Some interesting plot twists and didn't really see the ending coming.On my 'may re-read' list, would have definitely been re-read and 5 stars except for the demise of the poodle.

    27. Another great book by Toni Dwiggins! I first read Volcano Watch (#2 in the series) and then had to read this one as well. It's so nice when you enjoy characters and get to share new adventures with them! The plot twists are always surprising and intriguing. I love the relationship between Cassie and Walter. You won't be disappointed with this book!

    28. Another interesting book in the Forensic Geology series. Enjoyed the Death Valley setting, particularly the action in the trapped water reservoir at the top of the cliffs. Really looking forward to the next in the series, since volcanoes are my absolute favorite geological feature!

    29. I downloaded this a fair while ago but for some reason I just wasn't in the mood for it when I inititally tried. Today however was perfect for me. This was a really nice read, well constucted without telegraphing what was going to happen.I'll be adding this author to my 'watch out for' list.

    30. I spent 2 days in Death Valley coincidentally before reading this book. The setting of the story is like a character in this story and I enjoyed it immensely. The forensic geology is great fun as it the story.

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