"I’d suggest anyone who enjoys thrillers or reality television to give this one a read... it is a solid, tasty treat." — Musings of a Starving Author
"The way our author goes about showing the different perspectives in these quick views, the layers, and the way it marks time with each chapter, like a countdown, all reminded me of Crichton." — Boom Baby Reviews
"If you like heavy drama, deceit, manipulation, villains and heroes, this is a must read." — Paranormaly Yours
The new reality show, Beneath the Blast, is poised to be the next big hit. Ten volatile contestants will be confined to an underground bunker for one month, during which they will compete physically, mentally, and socially in an attempt to win the one million dollar prize.
The production crew is well aware that their hands are going to be full running the show, but when it comes to light that they too are unable to leave the bunker or contact the surface, the situation becomes far more dangerous. They are faced with a dilemma: do they risk their jobs by calling off the game, or allow the rivalries and infighting to continue?
Beneath the Blast is a fast-paced and suspenseful drama that delves into the minds of every character trapped within the bunker. As tensions mount, their greatest challenge proves to be holding onto their sanity. Only one outcome is certain in this relentlessly gripping page-turner: anyone who does manage to escape will be forever changed.
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About the Author
Jeff Rorik is a Canadian author, currently living in British Columbia amidst the many trees that infest the province. When he's not writing, he can usually be found herding chickens, fixing computers, or trying to find his next musical obsession. He also enjoys procrastinating, but rarely finds the time for it. You can find him online at wwww.jeffrorik.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The game: a subdued version of Survivor. Everyone is competing for the million-dollar prize. But who will win? What’s interesting about this book is that it’s not really a story but a reality TV game show you’re reading. Told in the various perspectives of the contestants and the TV crew, Beneath the Blast presents the game on and off the cameras, relaying inner thoughts of alliance, strategy, and the fierce determination to win at all costs. Each short chapter focuses on a brief summary (thoughts and/or actions) of each character. There may have been a few too many characters too keep track of. In fact, sometimes I forgot some of them and I had to try to remember who was who. I also thought that the rules of the game were a tad complicated. You complete tasks and win tokens, which you can use to buy necessities, but you must decide whether it would be worth getting these necessities? The game itself was not as riveting as I expected it to be. I would’ve liked it better if it had more of a Fear Factor element, including tasks like jumping off a mountain or eating live scorpions. The plot seemed compelling, but the execution fell flat.