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A tale of obsession and daring. A contest between humankind and nature’s fiercest phenomenon. The saga of the greatest storm chaser who ever lived.
At the turn of the 21st century, the tornado was one of the last true mysteries of the modern world. It was a monster that ravaged the American heartland a thousand times each year, yet science’s every effort to divine its inner workings had ended in failure. Researchers all but gave up, until the arrival of an outsider.
In a field of PhDs, Tim Samaras didn’t attend a day of college in his life. He chased storms with brilliant tools of his own invention and pushed closer to the tornado than anyone else ever dared. When he achieved what meteorologists had deemed impossible, it was as if he had snatched the fire of the gods. Yet even as he transformed the field, Samaras kept on pushing. As his ambitions grew, so did the risks. And when he finally met his match - in a face-off against the largest tornado ever recorded - it upended everything he thought he knew.
Brantley Hargrove delivers a masterful tale, chronicling the life of Tim Samaras in all its triumph and tragedy. He takes readers inside the thrill of the chase, the captivating science of tornadoes, and the remarkable character of a man who walked the line between life and death in pursuit of knowledge. Following the tradition of Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, Hargrove’s debut offers an unforgettable exploration of obsession and the extremes of the natural world. 
©2018 Brantley Hargrove (P)2018 Simon & Schuster
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3 out of 5 stars
By Rudy_OSU13 on 05-10-18

Overall a good book.

The narration was great and the book was very informative. I just found it to be overly technically without a layman's explanation of certain things. Might listen again when I have time to concentrate more on the narrative and I'm able to cross reference the different aspects I didn't understand.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Prairie Girl on 04-22-18

Riveting!

Yes, I am a storm geek but I think this book would appeal to a general audience as well. The TV series Storm Chasers was immensely popular even with the general public and made Tim Samaras a legend. The mystique of beautiful summer days suddenly becoming harbingers of destructive monsters is a fact of life, both terrifying and awe inspiring, for vast swaths of this country.

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