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Echoes of Fury
by Frank Parchman
Edited by Don Graydon


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Product #: 1433
Price: $24.95
432 pages
Hardbound
6"x 9"
Memoir/History
35 B&W photos
Pub Date: 2005
ISBN: 978-0-9745014-3-7
A GREEN BOOK: Text was printed on rcycled paper with 100% post-consumer content.

The 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens & the Lives It Changed Forever

Former investigative journalist Frank Parchman becomes embedded in the lives of eight people whose fates are profoundly altered and ultimately become intertwined in the aftermath of the volcanic fury in southwest Washington state. The story begins on March 20, 1980. After 123 years of geologic tranquility, a swarm of earthquakes signals that Americas youngest and most dangerous volcano is coming back to life. At first, no one notices. Then, two months later, after much "what now?" speculation by scientists and bureaucrats, the once-beautiful mountain explodes with a force 1000 times greater than Hiroshima. All hell has broken loose. This is an epic account of the volcano's awesome display of raw-throated power; the heartbreak and anger of survivors whose lost loved ones were largely unaware that they were in danger, even 30 miles away; the thrill of scientific discovery; and, ultimately, the recovery of nature and healing of the human body and spirit.

"Frank Parchman's story is a gripping thriller filled with enthralling science and a moving study of people."
    --Walla Walla (WA) Union-Bulletin

"This is the real inside story about what happened at Mount St. Helens-- the most accurate book I've read on the subject."
    --Don Swanson, USGS volcanologist

"Compelling...dramatic...chilling.... "
    --Seattle Post-Intelligencer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Frank Parchman has an extensive journalism background, having worked as a staff writer, investigative reporter, and editor at a dozen daily and weekly newspapers and magazines in California, Oregon, Washington and Tennessee, where he was deputy city editor at the Knoxville News-Sentinel. He has won more than 75 journalism awards, including the prestigious E.W. Scripps Award. The author was public relations director at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon when Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. On that chaotic day and for weeks to follow, he gained a unique perspective of the drama unfolding around him as he worked with families, hospital staff, rescuers, law enforcement officials, and the media. Parchman lives in Redmond, Washington with his family.


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