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Her comment placed her in the center of a maelstrom of criticism.
  a powerful whirlpool; or any wildly turbulent situation
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  • Her comment placed her in the center of a maelstrom of criticism.
  • must be careful when navigating past the maelstrom
  • whirling round the maelstrom in my mind
  • A hovercar passed overhead, blowing a maelstrom of dust and loose wood chips into her eyes.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies

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  • Empty and closed like my sister, genetically locked in a maelstrom of meaningless apologies.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • The maelstrom inside the Portal was almost a relief.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • A maelstrom of icy wind roared through the broken window, and I heard Dumbo scream, "They’re landing on the roof!"
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • When we’d resumed an even keel, we squinted into the maelstrom and screamed our friends’ names.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • These people were in shelters asleep instead of in these homes, which were now being crushed under a maelstrom of flying concrete and rebar.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • For a failure of imagination and in the darkness, it feels as if Werner has reached bottom, as if he has been whirling deeper all this time, like the Nautilus sucked under the maelstrom, like his father descending into the pits: a one-way dive from Zollverein past Schulpforta, past the horrors of Russia and Ukraine, past the mother and daughter in Vienna, his ambition and shame becoming one and the same, to the nadir in this basement on the rim of the continent where the apparition…
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • The helicopter appeared, landed rapidly and efficiently, received the motionless Blossom into the dark angel with the rotating wings, lifted into the sky in a maelstrom of debris and air, then disappeared over the top of the trees.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Soon they were in the eye of a maelstrom.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Had I actually chosen to come to this particular time because it offered some sort of haven from that whirling maelstrom?
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • When the shriek of a whistle pierced through the maelstrom of sensations I was already drowning under, my resolve to not cave in disintegrated.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Light, blinding, heat churning, and the wind that whirled it all into a maelstrom.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Submerged in the maelstrom, he knew neither who nor where he was.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • "Why?" I say, watching as yet another filthy man stomps off in a maelstrom of curses.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • There was a sensation as if the world were spinning—not the same sensation as being flung through a Portal, Clary thought, into the heart of a maelstrom, but more as if she were sitting on a merry-go-round that had begun to spin faster and faster.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • By the time his vision had settled, the dwarf had disappeared into a maelstrom of churning muck.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • For a moment, the magicians floated in a maelstrom of storm clouds, chunks of fuselage, luggage, and spinning passengers still strapped to their seats.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Paris is a maelstrom where everything is lost, and everything disappears in this belly of the world, as in the belly of the sea.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Now as he rounded the corner and left their sight, the camerlegno felt a maelstrom of emotions like nothing he thought possible in human experience.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It was like a gigantic rock in the flood, creating maelstroms in the current around it.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • But when she swallowed the sea water down we saw the funnel of the maelstrom, heard the rock bellowing all around, and dark sand raged on the bottom far below.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Babi tried to rise, but a maelstrom of Body Shop products surged around him—lotions, loofa sponges, and shampoos all battering him, squirting in his eyes, and trying to give him an extreme makeover.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Scipio immediately grasped the challenge: a cultural maelstrom of more than a hundred nationalities in an area slightly larger than one square mile, poverty, and a haphazard layout—sprawling apartment complexes with countless dark corners and wooded thickets where drug dealers could hide or dispose of weapons or stash—that put criminals at an advantage.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • She was brash and buoyant, bobbing like a brightly colored cork in the maelstrom, unsinkable and unafraid.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Breakfast! A maelstrom of noise and activity in the galley, all the electric elements blazing and the ranges like kilns.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • She’d been unlucky enough to stop in that morning en route from the beach house, walking right into this maelstrom.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • She fell whirling through the heart of a black and gold maelstrom.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Dust and dirt poured out of the mine, and Lou coughed and gagged in this maelstrom.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • It was precisely the odd absence of surprise in her that gave him the sense of her having been plucked out of a very maelstrom: the things she took for granted gave the measure of those she had rebelled against.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • It was gestures such as Mike’s—probably hundreds of them, most lost to history—that enabled the Americans to withstand the maelstrom of hidden firepower, and even to begin inflicting damage of their own.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The effect of it was soon apparent in his manner, and his wife but too sadly perceived that in strenuously steering off the rocks of the licensed liquor-tent she had only got into maelstrom depths here amongst the smugglers.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But one human being flaring up into violence could open up a black hole, a maelstrom that pulled in the sky.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • screamed BB, and suddenly there was a sound louder and larger than the maelstrom of noise surrounding and consuming us.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The barracks was inundated in an ocean of sound, a maelstrom of the human voice straining toward absolute limits, toward nullity, toward inconceivable thresholds of derangement.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …transoceanic currents, gulfstream, north and south equatorial courses: its violence in seaquakes, waterspouts, Artesian wells, eruptions, torrents, eddies, freshets, spates, groundswells, watersheds, waterpartings, geysers, cataracts, whirlpools, maelstroms, inundations, deluges, cloudbursts: its vast circumterrestrial ahorizontal curve: its secrecy in springs and latent humidity, revealed by rhabdomantic or hygrometric instruments and exemplified by the well by the hole in the wall at…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …to me of trousseau (and it my trousseau), of all the dreamy panoply of surrender which was my surrender, who had so little to surrender that it was all I had because there is that might-have-been which is the single rock we cling to above the maelstrom of unbearable reality; —the four years while I believed she waited as I waited, while the stable world we had been taught to know dissolved in fire and smoke until peace and security were gone, and pride and hope, and there was left only…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • …one was naturally inclined to slip away out of the reach of its attentions, and even the slumbering water, whose repose was perpetually being invaded by the insects that swarmed above its surface, while it dreamed, no doubt, of some imaginary maelstrom, intensified the uneasiness which the sight of that floating cork had wrought in me, by appearing to draw it at full speed across the silent reaches of a mirrored firmament; now almost vertical, it seemed on the point of plunging down…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The school parking lot itself was too close to the maelstrom for her to drive safely.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • Thirteen mushroom clouds formed, rising ever higher toward the churning maelstrom above.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • It seemed to Dina that she might be just as vulnerable if she stayed, so she chose to return to the maelstrom of Kindu.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The hunger for voyages, the hunger that haunts Americans, who are a nomad race, was halfassuaged here in this maelstrom of the war.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Suddenly the Ichthyosaurus and the Plesiosaurus disappeared beneath the waves, leaving behind them a maelstrom in the midst of the sea.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The journey toward this particular truth was not an ascension toward a glorious light but a descent into darkness, chaos, the maelstrom.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • The maelstrom above gathered mass and energy, assuming enormous proportions until it seemed a colossus, capable of swallowing the world.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • And as the pattern is erased, each particle discharges its portion of energy, turning the entire body into a shuddering maelstrom of dissociation.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Incredulous, he looked around at the maelstrom of weapon play, flames, grappling bodies, and furious shouting that had moments before been the Grand Council.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Five wild Event Maelstroms swirled in vicious storms of unreason and spewed up a payment.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
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