ST PAUL, Minn., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- US military intelligence veteran Alan Thorne's controversial novel, The Tiger's Tail, which depicts a real-world natural disaster scenario set in motion by terrorists, reached 6,584 downloads in 24 hours during the novel's first free promotion, catapulting it to #2 in the free Suspense/ Thriller category, and #14 in general fiction.
"As a first-time author, I was hoping to get 50, maybe 100 downloads during the promotion," commented Thorne. "But to get over 6,500 in 24 hours was mind-blowing! I know several reviewers on Amazon had made comments regarding whether the topic of this novel should have been explored through the scenario of a terror attack, but I think most will find it's no different than what Tom Clancy, Nelson DeMille and others have done – just on a bigger scale, perhaps."
The controversy is rooted in the plausibility of the event that takes place in the novel actually occurring at the hands of terrorists.
Time Magazine® ran a cover story on tsunamis, explaining that scientists believe the collapse of a major part of La Palma island – should the volcano 'El Cumbre Vieja' erupt again – is entirely possible. From the article: "In the Canary Islands, the western slope of the Cumbre Vieja volcano poses a threat to Atlantic coastlines. Should it collapse, a scientist from University College London warned last week, the big splash would send tsunamis coursing through the Atlantic at hundreds of miles an hour. According to one nightmare scenario, cities up and down the East Coast would be swamped by waves as tall as five-story buildings."
SOURCE Alan Thorne