Life in the Danger Zone
Jim Edds & Jeff Gammons
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iPad. Books with interactive features may work best on an iPad.
Let renowned extreme weather cameraman and filmmaker Jim Edds take you on an educational journey into the realm of hurricanes.
In the first chapter, Lifecycle of a Hurricane, you'll learn basic hurricane meteorology. While most books just list the hurricane categories (i.e. 1, 2, 3, etc.) from the Saffir-Simpson scale, this book offers you corresponding video clips showing footage from a hurricane of that category. This interactive approach gives you a better feel for just how the categories differ, instead of only showing you a number on a page.
Next up is the Danger Zone - the storm surge, flooding, wind, and tornadoes/waterspouts associated with hurricanes. You'll get the chance to learn about different scenarios that can keep you safe during severe weather. The hurricane is a day out and a spiral feeder band approaching you has an embedded tornado or waterspout. How do you find out about it and avoid it if you're outside putting up shutters on your home? If a hurricane is approaching, should you evacuate or try and "ride it out"?
The author also takes you aboard the two NOAA Hurricane Hunter research missions. Video of crew members is included, and you'll hear them discussing the mission and see the equipment being used on board the two primary aircraft - the Orion P3 and Gulfstream IV high altitude sample jet.
Then you'll go with the author into two of the most dangerous and catastrophic hurricanes to hit the US. Watch the small town of Punta Gorda, Florida come apart piece by piece from street level as Category Four Hurricane Charley comes ashore on Friday the 13th. See record-breaking storm surge march up the shore and swamp the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, where 50 people chose to ride out the storm.
Finally, be sure to read the chapter on hurricane survival. It tells you what you need to know all the way through preparation, evacuation (or riding it out), and recovery. You'll learn what you need to know in order to survive a hurricane - and you'll learn it from someone who's filmed 27 hurricanes and typhoons in the last 10 years.
This interactive book is supplemented with 25 edited video clips and 115 photos from inside actual hurricanes and typhoons from around the world. It's a fascinating read for all ages.
Great read so far!
While I haven't finished reading the book yet, the information that I have read so far is outstanding. I am anxious to find the time to read the remainder that will prove to be insightful and educational. Thank you for putting this together!
iPad Book Done Right
I have seen the future of books, and this is it. "Hurricane Journey" is at once informative, entertaining, and interactive. The authors' use of the medium is exemplary, their accounts authentic.
This book serves simultaneously as a historical reference and a warning guide for future storms. Using the videos, pictures, and other multimedia, "Hurricane Journey" makes learning about storms not just fun, but first-hand.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Edds while covering the Deepwater Horizon spill that shifted the fortunes of the Gulf Coast; his passion for his craft is matched only by his friendly demeanor. I wholeheartedly recommend you purchase this book. It will show you all that books on the iPad are capable of, and how great the future of books can be.
Great blend of multimedia and text
This book takes you into the middle of a hurricane and you don't have to get wet or replace the roof afterward! The author provides outstanding, first-person context to complement the video clips. Both the narrative and the video are first-rate.