Item description for Tornado Siren by Patrick Gabridge...
It all began with footprints Tornado researcher Victoria Thomas discovers an impossible set of footprints in a muddy field near Memphis. They indicate that a man walked away unharmed after being engulfed by the full fury of a twister. A year later, Victoria finds an identical set of mysterious tracks in Kansas and she becomes obsessed with finding this odd wanderer. His existence challenges her very conception of reality and stimulates something deep within her imagination. When she finally does find Ben Fulgar, Victoria can't believe her own eyes or his improbable story. She'll risk her life to prove to herself that the world operates according to rational rules. During their adventures on the prairie, their relationship intensifies into a love that will be challenged by the ultimate forces of nature. Tornado Siren is the story of two outsiders drawn together by the simple beauty and deadly destruction lurking on the Great Plains.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Behler Publications
ISBN 1933016361 ISBN13 9781933016368
Availability 0 units.
More About Patrick Gabridge
Patrick Gabridge is the author of two novels, Moving (a life in boxes) and Tornado Siren. He has written numerous plays, including Fire on Earth, Flight, Distant Neighbors, Constant State of Panic, Blinders, and Reading the Mind of God, which have been staged in theatres around the world. Patrick seems to like to start things: he started Boston's Rhombus Playwrights writers' group, the Chameleon Stage theatre company in Denver, the Bare Bones Theatre company in New York, the publication Market InSight... for Playwrights, and the on-line Playwrights' Submission Binge. His plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus, and Original Works Publishers. His radio plays have been broadcast on NPR, Playing on Air, Icebox, and Shoestring Radio. You can read more about his work at www.gabridge.com. Patrick and his wife have moved 11 times. For the moment, they live in Boston with their two children. In his spare time, Patrick likes to farm.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tornado Siren?
Fascinating read Aug 10, 2006
It's a tall tale that works to suspend disbelief. Well developed characters pulled me into the story. I wanted to believe Ben's story; I found his character interesting in part because of his willingness to learn from others and how he viewed his place in the world. Victoria is interesting by being willing to consider what by her training, she shouldn't be willing to consider. It encourages introspection. I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to others.
Enduring life-honoring metaphor Mar 7, 2006
In a compact volume, Patrick Gabridge manages to tell a long (and admittedly tall) story that resonates long after the book is closed on the final page. The volume seems larger than its narrative because so much is accomplished. The author's two central characters are engaging and well-written in this economy of words. Yes, they both stretch credulity, for different reasons, but no matter. I applaud the addition of the heroine's loving, eccentric, but somehow plausible parents. They figure significantly into the story and offer a touch of gentle comic relief. While Gabridge's two protagonists carry us through their personal storms with passion that matches Nature's own tornadic drama, we learn to care about them as much for the humanity they manifest as for their quirkiness and defiance of natural laws. Gabridge admirably handles two other jobs with just the right touch. He conveys the sense and science of weather, and he employs poetic restraint to a vivid description of weather's gruesome effects. One of the most sturdy of compliments one can make to an author is, I think, to say: You wrote characters into surreal situations that felt present and real, and I wanted to know what happens after the final word. I still do.
She said, "Awesome". Mar 1, 2006
Patrick Gabridge's "Tornado Siren" is a fascinating book. I purchased it and while it took me a chapter or two to get "in the swing" of Mr. Gabridge's *style* I kept reading it, thankfully, to see how the plot played out. My wife picked up the book and became immediately engrossed. When she finished the book I asked her for her opinion. Her reply was remarkably succinct, "Awesome".
Fun Read Feb 26, 2006
The history of one of the main characters is not plausible, but, as one continues to read, that becomes less and less important. The main characters are engaging and the minor characters are true to life. Definitely worth a read.
A complex book Feb 25, 2006
A complex and engaging book, making me nostalgic for the Midwest. . . I highly recommend picking up a copy, the character development alone is worth it, but the twists in the story make the reader question their own reality, and come out on the other side much richer! Great writing!