Review: SUPERCELL by H.W. Buzz Bernard

TITLE: Supercell
AUTHOR: H.W. Buzz Bernard
GENRE: Adult, Thriller, Suspense,
PUBLISHED:  November 1, 2013 – Bell Bridge Books
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(Courtesy of Goodreads)
They’ll pay him a fortune to find a killer tornado for their movie. 

He knows the risks all too well, but he never imagined just how dangerous the perfect storm could get.

Chuck Rittenburg was one of the most intrepid storm chasers in the country until a bad decision resulted in the death of a young couple who’d paid to ride along. A decade later— broke, divorced, and estranged from his college-age children—he’s got nothing left to lose. When a film producer offers Chuck one-million dollars to help find and photograph a deadly tornado in Oklahoma, Chuck sees a chance to earn his kids’ respect again—and maybe his own. 

The situation quickly becomes about more than tracking a monster tornado for Hollywood. FBI Agent Gabi Medeiros insists on riding along. A burglary ring is targeting tornado-ravaged neighborhoods, and their tactics now include murder.

With the stage set for a major heist, a deadly supercell, and a confrontation between Man and Nature on an epic scale, Chuck and his crew will be lucky to escape in one piece. 


Supercell is a triple doozie of plot twists. Pun entirely intended. It is a fabulous story. I was concerned it would be all too “Twister”ish (the 1999 tornado movie) and it turned out to be WAY more. I love that Buzz gave a nod to the movie, like he had to acknowledge what everyone was thinking. He pointed it out and then I didn’t think about it for the rest of the story. 

The three layers of plot worked really well together, setting a stage for an awesome mess of an ending. A movie company wanted him to lead them to an EF-4 or -5 tornado, an FBI agent needed to ride along to find some bad guys and Chuck invited his estranged son to join the hunt. Each layer made this a great read. I appreciated the calm beginning because I had a feeling things would get seriously intense and the climax did not disappoint. At times I felt like I was in the car with Chuck, Gabi, Ty and Stormy, the storm chasing wonder dog. What a ride!

The characters are quite believable. The main character, Chuck, is a mild mannered pessimist who was handed a raw deal ten years prior and his character is consistent throughout. He sees a bit of light at the end, giving us a glimpse as to how a mild-mannered man comes to a revelation about a few things without changing is personality.

What struck me the most was that he could describe these tornadoes and storms with such vivid vocabulary, I could see it. Even when describing the pain of a migraine Buzz used the theme of storm terminology. A descriptive adventure, for sure. Then I found out he is a retired weatherman. I thought, of course he's going to write about weather. It's in his blood, it's who he is. #WriteWhatYouKnow


I give this a 4: GREAT. A really good read. It was intense and interesting. I loved (without spoiling) what they were able to film. There were a couple of laughs that helped my stomach untie a little. There was even hint of romance mixed in keeping this girl hoping and cheering along the way. Loved it.


Not for teens. Definitely an adult book with bad language throughout and other adult references. Thankfully no nudity/sex scene.