With the hurricane season fast approaching and living on an island off the east coast of Virginia, I’m terrified that one day I’m going to be scrambling for my life. I can’t swim either. We’ve really been lucky the last four years we’ve been here, but I know we can never be completely confident those terrifying hurricane winds won’t slide up the east coast and completely swallow us up. We on Chincoteague just do a lot of good old fashion praying.
But I wanted to tell you about a terrific book that’s on tour with Pump Up Your Book this month and into next month.
It’s called Eyewall and the talented creator of the book just so happens to once be a veteran meteorologist who has spent 13 years as a senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel and 33 years as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force. He’s had first-hand experience with hurricanes, having penetrated the eyewall of Hurricane Felix in 1995 with the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters. The mission he went on wasn’t nearly as exciting–or as terrifying–as the one described in Eyewall, but he did get an up-close and personal look at how the job is done. At The Weather Channel, he worked closely with some of the most highly regarded hurricane forecasters in the business.
His name is H.W. Bernard, but we all call him Buzz.
Besides his trip with the Hurricane Hunters, Buzz has flown air drops over the Arctic Ocean and Turkey, and was a weather officer aboard a Tactical Air Command airborne command post (C-135). Additionally, he’s provided field support to forest fire fighting operations in the Pacific Northwest, spent a summer working on Alaska’s arctic slope and served two tours in Vietnam. Various other jobs, both civilian and military, took him to Germany, Saudi Arabia and Panama.
This. Guy. Knows. His. Stuff.
Eyewall takes you on a dramatic ride into the eye of a major hurricane and the lives of the people who challenge it. Major Arlen Walker is on his final mission with the Air Force Hurricane Hunters. As commander of a WC-130, he’s been tasked to recon Hurricane Janet just off the Georgia coast On paper, the flight looks like a milk run. In reality, it turns out to be anything but. Walker, having been briefed that the hurricane is weak, penetrates the storm hat low altitude. Too late, he realizes Janet has turned savage and that he’s chosen a death wish flight level. The hurricane pummels the plane. The aircraft, spewing fuel, limps into the calm eye but is so severely damaged, Walker cannot fly it out. He and his crew are trapped in the center of a catastrophic storm as it swirls toward the mainland.
Whew, that really makes you yearn for hurricane season, doesn’t it?
Watch his exciting book trailer for Eyewall:
This is a terrific book and one you don’t want to miss, even though it will scare the pants off you! Exciting, mind-blowing and unbelievable.