Derrick Storm, the guy the CIA calls on when it wants something investigated domestically, is 33,000 feet in the air, returning from a rock-climbing vacation in the Swiss Alps, when the plane spirals into a nosedive. Storm uses his climbing gear to tether himself to the wing and heroically save the plane and all the people onboard. Sadly, Storm is not available to come to the aid of the three other planes that have crashed under similar circumstances, killing everyone onboard. Interestingly, many of the victims are powerful people in politics, business, and religious groups.
The always elusive Jedidiah Jones, leader of the National Clandestine Service that has no name, calls on Storm to investigate. Storm determines that an unknown extremist has secured enough of the rare earth element promethium to create a laser with the power to shoot down planes from the ground. The problem swiftly becomes a global one as four more planes crash in the Arabian Desert.
Details, intuition, and courage lead Storm to Monaco, Panama City, and Egypt as he meets beautiful women, rides angry camels, and rescues innocent victims in his valiant effort to track down the maniacal mind.
©2015 Richard Castle (P)2015 Hachette Audio
This latest Derrick storm book penned under the Richard Castle name is the best book of the series, including the Nikki Heat books. This book captures the style you would expect from the fictional author perfectly.
It is rare that a book is so enthralling that it makes me want to listen to it in one session (if that were possible). I found myself taking the long way home, just to get a little bit more driving time to listen to this book.
Even if you haven't listened to any of the other books in the series, this one would not lose anything by being the only one you read. There are a few subtle comments that you might not appreciate fully if you are no a Castle for them, but they are inconsequential.
Once again, Richard Castle and Robert Petkoff did a wonderful job of bringing Derrick Storm and other characters to life. I've enjoyed this series as well as the Nikki Heat series, both at times are a little out there, but none the less entertaining! Keep up the good work and Mr Castle as long as you keep writing them, I'll keep listening! I highly recommend both series, they won't disappoint!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
We know author Richard Castle is a fictional person from ABC's Castle TV series. One suspects there are different writers. This is one of the best books in either the Derrick Storm or Nicki Heat series. It's outlandish and over the top, so just suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride in this suspense thriller.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is always an entertaining listen of the Derrick Storm series. I really enjoyed the storyline and the narrator.
I am a big fan of the television series and this was just like watching another show since all the characters were just like those I already knew. An awesome read.
I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
Sure. This is a lotta fun, if pure escapism is your thing. Robert Petkoff is great. Richard Castle is also a very gifted writer. I have been reading the Nikki Heat books for the last several years, because they too are pure fun. It's TV level stuff, but who really cares? It's a gas.
I think that the character Storm is a fantastic creation, one of the most outlandish, comically gifted mega-heroes I've ever enjoyed. He doesn't even need a Tonto. He does it all by himself. In the desert, on the ocean, walking on the wing of an airplane and saving the lives of everyone on board: you get the idea. As Susan Sarandon said about Raul Julia, when he walked into a room, women would swoon. Storm does everything and never breaks a sweat, even in the 120 degree heat of the Sahara desert.
The very early scene in which Storm actually does slither out of an airplane, somehow gets out to where a partially broken aileron hangs, fixes the thing with some superior form of duct tape, and then coaches the pilot on how to bring the plane down safely out of its "death spiral." You can almost hear the background music. A movie has to be in the offing. Casting the part of Storm would be an intimidating process. Know any actor who could do this kind of stuff without irony? I don't. Maybe the Hulk.
Not possible. I can't listen to eleven or so hours of anything without taking breaks. Also, it gives me pleasure to be able to anticipate what is going to happen next. At this point, almost at the end, Storm is going to single-handedly overpower a massive ocean liner designed by a fabulously wealthy and severely nutty Swedish woman, who has concocted an amazing lethal weapon that really does cause airplanes to drop out of the sky, the thing being powered by some giant laser beam that is made with Prometheum, a uranium-like substance...you get the point. So over the top that the top is a distant bottom. I love Cate Blanchett for the part of the evil genius lady.
It feels like Castle and Petkoff can keep up this kind of fun for a long time. I hope so.
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