Review by: Mandy Apgar
I realized I was in trouble when the uppermost endorsement was by Simon Winchester. And therein lies the main problem with this. Where the author stays on point he is quite good and manages the convey the human aspect of the situation - the Mount Saint Helens disaster- quite well- but like Winchester spends an inordinate amount of time explaining scientific concepts over and over again without necessarily doing so in a clear manner. I know what a volcano is darn well, as does the average reader of this probably, so there is no need to go into an "untold story" when so many know what you are telling.