​​When you really think about it, it’s a wonder we are still here.  We all live on this tiny rock that is hurtling through space at over 66 000 miles per hour without anyone at the helm; this space that happens to be filled with thousands of other rocks.  Add this to the fact that this rock is not solid, it is covered with these plates that are in constant motion, banging into one another, pulling apart; and just under these plates – molten rock that is hot enough to incinerate the balls off a nanny goat.  I think that this is the appeal of any good disaster book, these factors that are completely out of our control, but that we can potentially overcome.

Tim Washburn has given us a great disaster book.  It is fast paced and exciting, always having another kick in the crotch from Mother Nature right around the corner.  I have to be honest, I didn’t even know that there was a super volcano right under Yellowstone Park.  His disaster realistically shows how we take things for granted; the age old “It won’t happen to me” concept.

Cataclysm has a good mix of characters, from scientists that work at the park, vacationers, politicians and park rangers.  Some of these characters were better developed, while others were simply cannon…I mean, volcano fodder.

In the end, Cataclysm was a fun book to read.  It really did come alive in my mind.  I could picture Cataclysm making a great action movie.

*4 Stars

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By Tim Washburn