The Wave: A Novel


226 pages
ISBN 0-00-223040-2





Reviewed by Joan McGrath

Joan McGrath is a Toronto Board of Education library consultant.


The Mica Dam on the Upper Columbia River hides a terrible secret. It is threatened by a waterlogged landslide — one that cannot now be prevented — and an unimaginable tragedy is about to strike, first Canada, then the United States. A wall of water, 745 feet high, will sweep away everything in its path. Millions will die; cities will vanish. Not only flooding, but radioactivity and accidentally released nerve gas complicate the horror. Add to these evils terrorist activity and a frantic, murderous cover-up attempt by those whose mismanagement and chicanery have invited catastrophe. The Wave is one of those rapid-fire, sexy disaster novels that just have to be finished at a sitting.


Hyde, Christopher, “The Wave: A Novel,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 23, 2024,