Storm Seekers Book 2: ‘Tornado Pinball’ by Chris Kridler
the sequel to Funnel Vision
When science becomes a stunt,
storm chasers reap the whirlwind …
Just when TV shows about storm chasing can’t get any more extreme, along comes a production company with the ultimate exploit: the Bubble, a manned tornado probe. As the reluctant consultant, expert storm chaser Jack Andreas must get the show’s nervous star, failed tour operator Brad Treat, into a twister. But Jack is losing his customary cool as a comedy of errors unfolds. Distracting him is co-star Saffire, a Hollywood actress who is more than she seems, and producer Wynda, who will do anything to make her documentary succeed. The daring star of another show pursues them, desperate for a shot with his own flying machine. As the disasters mount, will Jack be able to launch their device into a tornado?
The sequel to FUNNEL VISION, a Storm Seekers novel, TORNADO PINBALL delivers an unforgettable adventure with action, humor, romance and stunning storms.
READER REVIEWS OF ‘TORNADO PINBALL’ …
“The second book in Kridler’s Storm Seekers series is a riveting adventure in the land of tornadoes and the idiosyncratic individuals who chase them for love and money. Hard-drinking and obsessive, expert chaser Jack Andreas is the core of Tornado Pinball, a complex hero and inveterate womanizer with a heart built of painful ambiguities. Kridler’s diverse characters, from wannabe TV show hosts and other glory hounds to weather geeks and grad students, are portrayed with nuance and depth. Precise and lush descriptions of all-things-weather — hail storms, cloud formations, scenes of tornadic destruction — give the novel a lyrical side. And Kridler can write sizzling sex scenes.”
“funny, exciting, and sexy … Kridler takes us along on the chase and introduces some really neat technology. Expect some plot ‘twisters.’ This is a wonderful book.”
“As with the first book, Ms. Kridler really conveys the awesome sublime beauty of the storms that cross the American Plains. ‘Tornado Pinball’ is quite entertaining. One doesn’t have to be a storm chaser to enjoy the book. The outrageous, almost satirical concept of a human tornado probe is entirely possible, and it is a commentary on what production companies will attempt for ratings. I definitely recommend ‘Tornado Pinball.'”
“Chris writes about storms and stormchasers with insider knowledge, constructing characters we care about. Her sex scenes are the best I’ve ever read.”
“… a book that keeps you on the edge from start to finish. Chris captures the true visual details of thunderstorms and tornadoes that allows you to actually envision being at the base of some of nature’s most powerful events. This one kept me up late a few nights.”
” ‘Anyone who dared run their cherished hobby through pop culture’s brain shredder,’ Chris Kridler notifies us in her latest romp, ‘was looked upon about as favorably as an intestinal virus on a cruise ship.’ And that resentment runs strong in her second storm-chasing thriller, ‘Tornado Pinball’ But when your passion burns through massive quantities of cash, selling out no longer engages the gag reflex with the same urgencies it used to. And Jack, the uncompromising rogue swordsman who starred in ‘Funnel Vision,’ has done just that, along with so many fellow adrenalin freaks who’ve joined the competitive gravy train of insipid reality TV. After all, when your addiction is the ‘terrible magnificence’ of the storm as it ‘evolve(s) from a white cone wrapped by cascading curtains of brown dust into a massive, rusty cylinder of rotating ripples, a barber pole of violence’ – well, you’ll crank the bar straight into the ground in order to get that fix. Kridler shows us what happens when science meets the high-flying theater of the absurd, forcing Jack to take a good hard look at his own motives. And yet, despite the reckoning of swallowed pride – what happens when one of those fellow travelers turns out to be a woman ‘whose voice (is) the place where bourbon meet(s) vanilla ice cream’? How about climate change, where a barren prairie can morph into the tropics at the first strains of Ella Fitzgerald doing Irving Berlin? So read this rascal NOW!”