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REVIEWS FROM THE CRITICS

"Crazy for the Storm is a wonderful book, extremely moving and beautifully written in a spare yet richly evocative style. It's also as good a dissection of the relationship between a father and a son as I have ever read."

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-- John Preston, Telegraph UK

"How to capture the spirit of a father and son's relationship? Norman Ollestad, the son in this equation, does it grippingly and gorgeously in Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival."

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-- Patty Jones, Straight.com

"The book shows how pivotal people can be in a young person's life - even moments - or decades - after they have gone. It's a fascinating tale about how a ghost can drive one to succeed - or survive."

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-- Mack, The Pursuitist

"This should be an easy sell especially if you are the type that loves a good wilderness survival tale, like Into Thin Air - but... this is even more mind-boggling. This is a true story about an 11 year old boy surviving the plane crash that kills his iconoclastic father who was also an FBI man who used to take him surfing when he was 3. This is a clearly a rollicking good tale."

-- Sherrie Gulmahamad, Twirlit

"Amazon recently added Crazy For The Storm to their list of the best books of 2009. I'm considering nominating it for my own list... Best Books of the 21st Century. Who would have thought this summer's biggest blockbuster would be a book?"

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-- Eric Yang, Gear Patrol

"This book is hard to put down once you start reading. I would recommend this book to outdoor enthusiasts. It is a thrilling ride through a boy's life on the bumpy road of icy slopes, gnarly waves, dad's guitar songs and running from the Federalies."

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-- Justin Adams, Powder Magazine

"...There is much more than an impressive, heroic survival tale: those are great; they make great movies-but this is bigger. This is a boy saving his own life by reliving the ways that his father had saved it in the past."

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-- Micah Ling, BookPunch

"At times beautiful, at times heart-wrenching, Crazy for the Storm is a commanding read. A tale that proves the power of the human spirit can rise against any challenge, and a father's legacy can be larger than he imagines."

-- Howard Shirley, Bookpage, America's Book Review

"There's enough drama in the plane crash alone to sustain a novel, but Ollestad has done something much more. He's written a beautiful story about a thrill-loving father -- ''the man with the sunshine in his eyes'' -- who taught his boy not just how to live but also but how to thrive."

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-- Maggie Galehouse, Miami Herald

"Crazy for the Storm is the right book for right now. It's a life-affirming tale that gives us pause to reflect on thriving in the face of adversity." And, because it's a story about a father and a son, "that makes it a perfect gift for Father's Day."

-- Chris Bruzzo, vice president of brand content at Starbucks

"An engrossing story of adventure, survival and psychological exploration. Ollestad hits several notes that should make his memoir irresistible to those looking for page-turning but thought-provoking summer reading along the lines of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air (1997) ... Ollestad presents a captivating account of high-altitude disaster that nicely dovetails with his coming-of-age story in '70s California. Deep and resonant."

-- Kirkus Reviews

"Crazy for the Storm is an absolutely compelling book which I read in one long sitting. The fact that it's true made me shudder, but then Norman Ollestad is a fine writer and every detail is convincing."

-- JIM HARRISON

"This is a heart-stopping story beautifully told, an 11-year-old boy's story that deals with profound and challenging moral and philosophical issues. When does the quest for ecstasy become a danger-junkie's kick? How does a good boy become a good man? How do you raise a child in a busted-up family? Norman Ollestad has written a book that may well be read for generations. It's a book that fathers should give to their sons, but sons should give it to their fathers, too. And mothers, wives, sisters and daughters -- read it and weep for all the boys and men you have ever loved."

-- RUSSELL BANKS

"In a spare, brisk prose, Ollestad tells the tragic story of the pivotal event of his life, an airplane crash into the side of a mountain that cost three lives, including his father's, in 1979 ... Although the narrative core of the memoir remains the horrifying plane crackup into the San Gabriel Mountains, its warm, complex soul is conveyed by the loving relationship between the former FBI agent father and his son, affectionately called the "Boy Wonder," during the golden childhood years spent in wild, freewheeling Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970s. Ollestad's unyielding concentration on the themes of courage, love and endurance seep into every character portrait, every scene, making this book an inspiring, fascinating read."

-- Publishers Weekly Review, March 23, 2009

"I could not stop reading this thrilling memoir. Why do we sometimes feel most alive when we are risking our lives? Ollestad answers this question with a heart-stopping adventure that ends in tragedy and in triumph, a love story that fearlessly explores the bond between a father and a son and what it means to lead a life without limits."

-- Susan Cheever

"Crazy for the Storm truly is extraordinary--an adventure story with a rich psychological foundation from an enormously talented author. Ollestad's portraits are beautifully contradictory and complex--brutal, brave, and human--and the book is filled with wonderful dramatic moments. In scene after scene, these images beg to be savored, yet they drive the story forward with tremendous force. Crazy for the Storm is a powerful book. It deserves to be a bestseller."

-- Lucinda Franks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of My Father's Secret War

"As much a thriller as a memoir ... Gorgeously written, perfectly controlled."

-- Carolyn See