Echoes of Fury, by Frank Parchman

Echoes of Fury: The 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens and the Lives it Changed Forever
Echoes of Fury
ISBN: 978-0-9745014-3-7
Hardcover: $24.95

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 America’s 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. Echoes of Fury (432 pages) 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 skillfully trackes the devastating effects on his subjects from those first horrifying moments of ash fall and pyroclastic flow, to the psychological wounds lingering decades later.”
    –Peter Potterfield, author of Himalayan Quest

“This compelling true story powerfully illustrates the paradox of life’s delicate fragility as well as its great potential.”
    –Gary W. Buffone, Ph. D., author of The Myth of Tomorrow

“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, Volcanologist, US Geological Survey

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