Sea Change

Sea Change

Audiobook(Cassette - Abridged, 3 Cassettes, 5 hrs. 15 min.)

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Sea Change by James Powlik


In the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest, two fishermen are the first to feel the heat. Then a young girl, playing innocently by the seashore—before dying an agonizing death. Now the media have a story. Reporters, scientists, and government officials are descending on the coastline, searching for a killer in the water. Renegade oceanographer Brock Garner is at the center of the storm.

He wants to know why he's finding dead zones in the Pacific...and why his best friend's heart stopped after he examined ravaged sea lions on a beach. Dr. Ellie Bridges, on duty when the little girl died, has questions of her own. Thrown together in the chaos, Brock and Ellie are about to uncover some disturbing truths: about a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions that is growing. Gathering strength. And moving—unless they can stop it—south toward a new victim. Seattle.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553526721
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/17/1999
Edition description: Abridged, 3 Cassettes, 5 hrs. 15 min.
Product dimensions: 4.53(w) x 7.26(h) x 1.36(d)

About the Author

James Powlik is a researcher with a Ph.D. in biological oceanography and has been a consultant to science and education projects for a variety of concerns, including the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The author of numerous articles on global warming and other timely biological issues, Powlik lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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Sea Change 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The interest in diving, submarines, interpersonal relationships, and sea life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's spent time on the Mid-Atlantic coast in the past few summers needs to read this book. The threat of nasty red-tide organisms is brilliantly brought to life by James Powlik, who introduces us to a fictional beast based on fact, then tosses it into the Pacific Northwest for good measure. There are plenty of characters easy to like, plenty more that are fun to dislike, and a finish worth every word of the build-up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Sea Change' gets off to a quick start and manages to maintain the pace through to a most enjoyable 'heart-stopping finish.' The expectations set up by the book's beginning hold up extremely well, unlike any number of other books in this genre. The characters are likable and the science is introduced clearly without becoming preachy or too technical. Anyone looking for a great mystery or an environmental thriller with plenty of twists and turns along the way will not be disappointed by this one. I look forward to more from this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Sea Change' is a scary and well written scenario by an author who clearly knows a lot about oceanography and biology. Kept me turning the pages! -- John Cullen (John Argo), author of 'The Generals of October' (Clocktower Books)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great story until the end...he had me going until he threw ever single cliched ending into the last three pages. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terrific! A must read! Not only horrific because it could happen, but just neatly done! I personally like how he puts acronyms and scientific details in because it's necessary to the usual crowd. Thanks for the details, Powlick! And he didn't need to 'sex it up' as most do. But still, with marine ecology being my passion, this was HARD TO PUT DOWN! I can't wait to read the next one! From prehistoric sharks, to perfect storms and killer micro-organisms, keep the stories in the wet and wild too, Powlick! Sorry-it doesn't keep me out of the water though!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE HOT ZONE meets 'Jaws' in James Powlik's debut novel SEA CHANGE, an environmental thriller that gives new meaning to the phrase 'Don't go into the water.' The culprit here isn't anything so obvious as a gigantic great white. It's an altered marine protozoa, a transformed plankton bloom that has become an horrifically dangerous, eerily purposeful organism hunting the waters off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. The author, an oceanographer who has acted as a consultant to agencies including the NSF and NASA, obviously knows his research subject. Although the narrative flows relatively smoothly, his dialogue and characterization are sometimes, well, shallow. Full of the conspiracies and jargon that are the hallmark of a scientific thriller, SEA CHANGE is a smart novel in the sense that the author knows his stuff. Too bad that his knowledge sometimes coughs itself up in clumsy clots of dialogue; not too many people, even honest-to-God brainiacs, define acronyms between dashes (--) in the normal course of conversation, no matter how strained the circumstances. Nonetheless, SEA CHANGE is a neat riff on the biological terror theme, just far enough from the run-of-the-mill virus crowd.