REVIEWS OF NOCTURNE, OPUS 1: SEA FOAM
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WATCH OUT FOR STRANGE FOAM AT THE BEACH
By Thomas Hollyday
From Nocturne: “At first, Tara thought the clouding of her vision and the stinging along her eyelids resulted from the mixture of sweat, sunscreen and sea foam running into her eyes. Then the pain intensified to a fiery burn as the colonies of Bacillus nocturne embedded in the sea foam etched the surfaces of her eyes. Hungrily they began their search for the specific human proteins they had fed on in the polluted water of the bay.
"The bacteria continued to navigate through the aqueous layers of her eyes, replicating as they absorbed the proteins scattered among their protective tissues. Blood pooled in the corners of her eyes as hundreds, and then thousands of rapidly multiplying bacteria swept across her lenses and eclipsed her vision.
"Fighting through the excruciating pain, Tara struggled to turn her kayak around. Her fingernails gouged the soft wood of the paddle as she flailed it from side to side. Her splashes reverberated against the side of the kayak, and she lost all sense of direction. In desperation, she realized that her only hope was for the ebb tide to carry her back to the university’s pier. Terrified by the increasing pain, she slid down into the bottom of her kayak, her desolate cries for help the only sounds echoing across the marsh.”
Are you as scared as the editor is now?
Dr. Norene Moskalski, a retired university professor, is the author of Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam, a fact-based, international suspense thriller about recombinant DNA, genetic tampering, and eco-terrorism. Nocturne is a story about justice and our struggles to correct injustice; it is a story about love and maintaining balance–balance in everything–our work, our families, our lives, and nature. Read more at goo.gl/Rlv4Js or NoreneMoskalski.com.
This ESWA author loves writing here and is determined to halt the loss of clean unpolluted water in our region. “We love the beaches, the history, the restaurants,” she said. “When we come to Lewes, we just feel like we’re on vacation. People are so welcoming and the atmosphere is so relaxed.”
Norene works hard at internet promotion of Nocturne. At the same time she is working on a follow-up in her specialty, eco thrillers. She is gaining fans by publishing other Delmarva novelists through her start-up company, Divinity Press. Nocturne itself can be purchased at http://www.NoreneMoskalski.com or found at Amazon.com.
I can't believe I stayed up all night reading Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam--I haven't done that for years. This is a great book with believable, rounded characters in a fast moving plot that is enhanced by its engaging subplots. Everything ties together in the end, but until then, we're kept guessing about the outcome because of well-placed ironic twists and turns and an unusual ending. This is fact-based fiction at its best--the author's research for this story enhances the plot and makes the sequences of events seem plausible, and a little scary! I read the 6 x 9 Paperback Version, but my friend bought the new Kindle Version and says it looks great on her Kindle Fire.
The characters are so true-to-life that I felt like I was in the scenes right beside them. The author certainly is skilled at setting the scenes--her descriptions are beautiful but never over long or tiring to read. The story stands strong by itself, without any salacious sex scenes or offensive language, and Christian fiction fans will love this book for its subtle values and morals that never come across as preachy.
As I read this book, it became clear that this was more than just a fast-paced thriller. I've read hundreds of books for entertainment and for literary assignments, and I must say that I would consider this book to be a literary thriller. It reminded me of the classics taught in classrooms, like Lord of the Flies or Catcher in the Rye, that can be dissected to teach literary elements and writing style, yet still hold the readers' attention. It's a contemporary novel with current issues that would hold a young adult's attention quite well--in English class or a science class--and should be considered for such purposes, as well.
This book will be an exciting and interesting read for all who are concerned about the impact that the human race has on our ecological systems. The story leaves you thinking about the possible global consequences of pollution, human irresponsibility and genetically altered organisms. The reader will find the book fast moving with plot twists and surprises.
By D & D
The first half of the book does an excellent job of setting the stage, introducing us to the characters, and building the suspense; the last half picks up the pace, escalates the action, and takes hold of the reader. This is a book we'll read again to get back into it, and I am sure we'll find many enjoyable nuances missed the first time around!
This book was a fast paced and fun adventure, backed by good location research and interesting scientific ideas. I enjoyed it greatly and would be willing to read more from this author.
By Frances Bowman
Very well written. It built the suspense until the end. Makes you think about the impact on the world we have as individuals.
By Shore Lover
As an annual vacationer to the New Jersey shore I was intrigued to learn of the potential danger of naturally occurring sea foam. Drs. Kate and Jake Connors, professors and covert researchers, confirmed the presence of Bacillus nocturne embedded in sea foam in the mid Atlantic coast and later in coastal Europe. This reoccurence of the bacteria was a much stronger form than that which was discovered five years before.
Does their research identify a possible connection between Bacillus nocturne and the death of young adults in their twenties and early thirties who came in contact with the sea foam? Will Kate's younger sister die as a result of her contact with the deadly sea foam? Scientific teams need to discover why Bacillus nocturne has reappeared in a more lethal form and who or what is responsible?
High drama, betrayal and scientific intrigue make this novel difficult to put down. Congratulations to Dr. Norene Moskalski for an outstanding job on her first novel, Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam. I hope we see more of Kate and Jake in the near future.
You don't have to have a scientific mind to enjoy this book. Dr. Moskalski's excellent writing style takes the reader from one heart-stopping moment to another culminating in an ending with several twists and turns. Her thorough biological and medical research reveals that threats to our beaches, oceans and mankind are very plausible in this age of terrorism. Her diverse characters have a wide range of personalities that keep the reader interested and curious as to their outcomes. This book will leave you with a new understanding of the importance of our beaches and oceans and the need to be not only vigilent but good stewards of our eco system. I highly recommend purchasing this book for teens and adults alike--it is not only entertaining but thought-provoking as well.
Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam delivers believable characters in a surprising scenario of how genetically modified micro-organisms could create an unstoppable pandemic. The possibility of terrorists attacking our water supply pales in comparison to what a group of well-intentioned genetic scientists could wreak if just one of them unknowingly makes a mistake. This is a well-written, exciting, fast-paced thriller!
Kate and Jake Connors, a likeable husband-wife covert agent team, embark on the task of finding a solution for stopping the spread of a genetically-altered, normally passive, waterborne bacteria, Bacillus nocturne. Incidents from around the world provide clues and subplots that come together at the end to show us that the enemy may be closer than we think.
The unique plot and effective subplots are all plausible and unite at the end to form a satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed the contemporary premise and the true-to-life characters, and I am looking forward to reading the next adventurous confrontation that Kate and Jake must face.