Funnel Vision

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Kansas photographer Judy Hale loves to chase storms, but at the heart of her passion is a fear she longs to quell, born of the tornado that destroyed her childhood. Devil-may-care tornado researcher Jack Andreas wants nothing better than to forget the past in his dangerously close encounters with twisters. After meeting on a chase, Judy and Jack have dueling destinies as they cross paths with Judy's flirty sister Shannon; clueless storm-tour operator Brad Treat; geeky, likable chaser Robinson Marvell; and a bevy ...
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Funnel Vision (Storm Seekers Series, #1)

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Overview

Kansas photographer Judy Hale loves to chase storms, but at the heart of her passion is a fear she longs to quell, born of the tornado that destroyed her childhood. Devil-may-care tornado researcher Jack Andreas wants nothing better than to forget the past in his dangerously close encounters with twisters. After meeting on a chase, Judy and Jack have dueling destinies as they cross paths with Judy's flirty sister Shannon; clueless storm-tour operator Brad Treat; geeky, likable chaser Robinson Marvell; and a bevy of other storm chasers pursuing the gorgeous, violent storms of Tornado Alley. Their stories intertwine as they chase the monster storm that forces Judy to confront her deepest fears and Jack to find the courage to face the ultimate twister. With action, humor, romance and rapturous skies, "Funnel Vision" takes you into the heart of Tornado Alley -- and the hearts and minds of the adventurers who populate the nomadic, exhilarating world of storm chasing.
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Editorial Reviews

Kindle Book Review - Rachel Abbott
"This book ... certainly packs a lot in and has something for everyone: a great leading lady, a truly dislikeable guy, the science of tornados, the thrill of storm chasing as well as romance, humour and adventure - not as lethal a combination as a real tornado but as close as most of us would like to get!"
The Reading Reviewer - Mary J. Gramlich
? ? ? ? ? "Chris Kridler has written a book that makes every reader feel as if they are standing on the side of the road experiencing the full effect of Mother Nature."
The Beachside Resident - Mark James
"Kridler knew she had to appeal to insiders and outsiders -- to be both inclusive and exclusive enough to please die-hard storm chasers and the safety-loving laity. She pulls this off adroitly and also manages to fit the book into several genres -- romance, thriller, suspense, high literature, satire, social commentary, specialist fiction, and an old fashioned, cracking good page-turner."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984913909
  • Publisher: Sky Diary Productions
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Kridler is a writer, photographer and storm chaser who lives in Florida. A journalist who has covered subjects from space science to books, she travels every year to Tornado Alley in search of the perfect storm. She is the author of FUNNEL VISION and TORNADO PINBALL.
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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    Being a storm chaser is exciting, challenging, and completely te

    Being a storm chaser is exciting, challenging, and completely terrifying even for a seasoned professional. When Judy takes her small town photography career up a notch and moves from weddings to tornadoes anything may come blowing her away. More than something does happen when Judy meets Jack; the best in the storm chasing business passion for their work takes on a new meaning.

    Jack shows Judy how to not only capture the photograph, but also recreate on film the intense emotion delivered with each storm. Jack is also interested in exploring Judy on a personal level. With all the background noise going on this adventure may be more difficult than figuring out which storm to chase.

    Jack, Judy and a rag tag group of adrenaline junkies chase every storm they can are as devoted to each other as they are to catching the illusive "perfect storm.” People come in and out of the frame for Judy but consistently she knows that every member of the group have her back. Judy may be sailing through uncharted waters, but during the process of staying alive, she is out to pursue the money shot.

    Chris Kindler has written a book that makes every reader feel as if they are standing on the side of the road experiencing the full effect of Mother Nature. Ms. Kindler knows how to perfectly characters, relationships, and the effect a storm has on everything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Wow

    I felt like I was on a chase. The imagery was fantastic. There was humor and the characters real. There was unexpected depth and yet lightness and hope. A great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    A Romantic Adventure Across Tornado Alley

    I recently had the opportunity to read Funnel Vision by author and journalist Chris Kridler. This is an exciting novel that transports the reader into the storm chasing world. Ms. Kridler adroitly combines adventure and romance with her cast of wanderers across Tornado Alley and the deserts of Arizona. Jack Andreas is a PhD candidate and member of a large research team of meteorologists who are chasing tornadoes and "gorilla" hail. Obsessed with tornadoes, he passes the time between storm seasons with drinking and brief affairs. There are sisters Judy and Shannon Hale who are scarred from their own early experience with a storm in Kansas. Judy is an introspective wedding photographer and Shannon a beautiful coquette. Slightly geeky web designer Robinson drives out to Tornado Alley from Maryland every year to chase storms with a group of friends. There is also Brad Treat, a clueless storm chase tour leader with his first group of tourists and Marcus, a rumpled long-haired graduate student who had never seen a tornado because he was always sent into the storm to collect hail. This motley group interacts in unexpected and interesting ways as they traverse the Great Plains. There is romance both on the chase and between storm seasons. At times, Funnel Vision is amusing and at other times, sad. Like a storm, the unexpected can happen. Ms. Kridler's detailed descriptions capture the beauty and power of not just the tornadoes but also the wind-swept landscape of the American heartland. She is an experienced storm chaser and this shows through the accuracy of her writings yet she does not get bogged down in technical jargon. One does not have to be a storm chaser to enjoy this book. I highly recommend Funnel Vision.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Silverkit

    Mews. I need to learj to hunt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Stormflower

    Scents the air then pads back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Mistpaw to darkjay

    Result 7 sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Royalheart

    She padded in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Swiftpaw

    She smiled, and an attack of butterflies surged through her. "Yes Falconstar." Was all she could meow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Frostpelt

    Very good. Keep your tail tucked in case the enemy swipes from behind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Braveheart

    Then buries it and resumes sitting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Flamewind

    Pads in and starts hunting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Hunting Grounds

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

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    Ms. Kridler certainly knows storms and storm chasers. Having gr

    Ms. Kridler certainly knows storms and storm chasers.

    Having grown up in Missouri on the outskirts of tornado alley, I have always been fascinated by both the storms that produce tornadoes, and of late, the people who put themselves in the path of these storms. No surprise, then, that I jumped at the chance to read Chris Kridler's novel about storm chasers. Although Funnel Vision is Ms. Kridler's debut novel, she is no stranger to writing. I am always interested to see how well an established journalist can transition to the world of fiction. In the case of this author, I would say her foray into fiction is a success on the whole. The book is both well written and well researched. You can certainly tell the the author understands all aspects of her subject. Her knowledge of both the science of the storms and the technology and science used by the storm chasers is excellent. Not being either a meteorologist or a storm chaser myself, though, I did find myself up to my eyeballs in terms that were unfamiliar to me at the beginning of the book. With the help of a dictionary and as the story progressed, though, I found this to be less and less of an issue. 




    The strongest part of the book for me was the story of the storm chasers. As a storm chaser herself, the author was able to capture the passion, bordering on obsession, that storm chasers feel for the storms. I especially liked the way that she used her characters to showcase the various levels that passion. As a nature photographer myself, I found Judy's descriptions of the colors and visual manifestations of the storms was amazing. I was also mesmerized by Jack's obsession with the storms and being smack in the middle of things. And then there was Robinson, who excellently illustrated the middle ground between the two. 




    Where the book fell a bit for me was in the stories of the characters personal lives. As others have said, I would have been totally happy if the romance part of the story line had been left out altogether. I will admit, I am not a romance reader in general. Therefore I appreciated the fact that the romantic elements of this story took backstage to the storm chasing story line. But, in fact, I would rather the author had spent the time discussing the backgrounds of the characters that led to their passion for storm chasing instead of just alluding to them. I felt the whole Jack-Shannon story line did not fit into the book at all. 




    In general, though, I enjoyed this read, especially the last part of the book that mostly just dealt with storm chasing. For that reason, I am looking forward to reading the second book by this author,Tornado Pinball and I would give this book a solid 3 stars, maybe even 3.5.

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