Funnel Vision (Storm Seekers Series, #1)

Funnel Vision (Storm Seekers Series, #1)

by Chris Kridler

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BN ID: 2940046304534
Publisher: Sky Diary Productions
Publication date: 01/25/2012
Series: Storm Seekers Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 514 KB

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Funnel Vision 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
wthark More than 1 year ago
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.
chickey1981 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I won this book from Goodreads first reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.There are many strong points to this book. First, it is completely obvious to me that this author knows her storms and tornadoes. These images pop from the page, and anything to do with storm watching is completely believable. I feel like I am right there watching the storm next to the characters. She writes very well and her descriptions are lush and many times beautiful. I really liked the protagonist, Judy, and her good friend Robinson. I had a couple of issues with the book, but this didn't change my rating of 4 stars because of the strengths mentioned above. First, while the author brought up great characters and great imagery, the main thing I was missing was a stronger plot. Events would happen and the characters would flow into those situations, but I was missing that specific journey. I believe that the author was trying to portray Judy's journey, and that this was her story. But I would have liked more.Secondly, to me, Jack was a completely despicable character that I would be happy not to ever see again. I worry about his staying power. While I loved Judy and thought that I could see her carrying another book, I'm not sure Jack can. However, that is for future purposes.Overall, I thought the book was very well written by someone who obviously knows her storms, and a very enjoyable read with a great heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mews. I need to learj to hunt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Result 7 sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She padded in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in and starts hunting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
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.