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3.0 out of 5 starsGood Book, But...
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2016
Good book, with "good action" plot, character interactions and relationships, and lots of techno-gadgets. The downside was the overblown world-ending danger (everything was the worst, the biggest, the scariest) and highly unlikely solution. But because our main characters only do things perfectly, expertly, and smarter and better than anyone else, I guess that's to be expected. This is definitely the best book of the series as the rest of the books become a soap opera of personal relations that, to me anyway, never made any sense or had any logic behind the characters' actions and reactions. In the later books you will find pages and pages of internal examination as characters rehash their relationships - I skipped most of it because it became redundant and nonsensical. If the author had stuck to the stories, it would have been much better.
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
If I could give this book 10 stars or more I would. It was the most exciting and intense book I have read in a long. time. Sure gave me a better understanding of Hurricanes and their workings, especially since Harvey and Irma went through. I would be headed in one direction and all of a sudden the author would make a 360 degree turn and head off in a different direction. The greatest thing is NO F Word used anywhere. Very little swearing at all. But then a good author doesn't need them. Looking forward to more works from him.
5.0 out of 5 starsFirst novel featuring Donovan Nash gives the reader insight to Mr Nash's problems, talents, and personality.
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2016
Philip Donlay's first Donovan Nash novel is a great start to a series that just seems to get better and better (if that is possible). Mr Nash is one of the wealthiest men in the world, but only a very few are aware of this fact. He is the owner and chief pilot of an ecological oriented company, and seriously damaged emotionally as a result of the events leading up to him staging his death. I don't want to spoil this novel by telling too much of his background, but Philip Donlay does a wonderful job of developing his characters, and his descriptions of the flight scenes are realistic, and based on his thousands of hours flying corporate jets. For any aviation buff, or thriller reader this is a great way to begin his novels. He has now published six Donovan Nash novels, and I can hardly wait for number seven, due out this fall of 2016. Hope I will see him in Minnesota for his book signing here. When finished you WILL want to read the entire series, but not recommended on a long flight. White knuckles are optional.
Yes, it is fiction - the story has over-the-top action scenes that would be extremely unlikely ever to occur in real life, especially those in the last part of the book. However, the theme is interesting, the characters are are realistic, the writing is excellent, and it is one of the best edited books I've read recently.
The pace of and surprises in the action kept me glued to page after page, with other embedded mysteries providing additional motivation to keep me engaged.
I hope that I find other books in the series as satisfying.
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2015
A gripping, well-written story with as much action anyone could want. Most of the harrowing scenes involve combat not with human enemies but with Mother Nature. You'll be a white-knuckle flyer holding fast to whatever's near. And the backstories of the main characters are rich and tightly integrated into the plot.
While I didn't enjoy all the flying and storm details, too much unless your a pilot or a weather man, I thought the story was hold your breath, can't put it down good. Donovan reason for not telling Lauren about Williams cousin was ridiculous. He could made a better reason to keep the relationship. The author kept the reader hanging till the last in Bermuda and in the last big disaster. Used to be stories don't kill a staring role person but these days anything is possible. Not heavy on the love story, just enough. The book evokes anger, exciting highs & lows, and sadness. Enjoyed the book
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
If you're looking for a thriller without lots of sex and gore, try this. Tension remains high; my interest never flagged. The writing is decent--no grammar or punctuation errors to distract you. Characters are mostly fleshed out, though a bit formulaic. Overall an engaging, entertaining book. Definitely not deep literature, but a solid 5 stars in its genre.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2013
Author Philip Donlay has placed me in a seat of a 3D theater to watch his exciting, suspenseful, high action novel unfold. I'm sitting on the edge of my seat watching unbelievable scenes. But, first, I'll start at the beginning. Doctor Lauren McKenna, a graduate of MIT, has tracked hurricanes for years. She currently works for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) monitoring global weather patterns. She is on Bermuda, hoping to make her scheduled Air Force flight back to Washington after her team has placed weather equipment on a U.S. Navy destroyer. The vessel is headed toward the eye of hurricane "Helena" which is rapidly developing. Her computer analysis of storm "Helena" is that it will be a super storm, highly dangerous to primarily New Jersey and New York City. As the storm rapidly moves toward Bermuda, she and her team race to the airport but her car slides off the road into a ditch, upside down. Unknown to her, Donovan Nash, her ex-lover of two years past, is aboard the Eco-Watch jet tasked to replace the cancelled Air Force plane. Lauren is shocked to see Donovan who rescues her from the wreck; she nearly drowns, but physically is unharmed. Upon arrival at DIA, she meets with her boss regarding her secret research project called "Jonah" which will be activated aboard the Navy vessel. There is something to be very concerned about as he reveals another project scientist has been lost off the destroyer. It is also believed that Lauren's accident, was no accident. What is going on? Again, I could not put this excellent book down. It is well edited, written simply to make it a fast read, and the excitement never ends. After the 2012 devastating hurricane "Sandy" it is believable that there are yet bigger, more destructive storms in our world's future. This book is well documented and researched. I highly recommend.
3.0 out of 5 starsEntertaining enough, but no classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2009
Thriller set against the background of a mega hurricane heading for the States. Pilot and hero Donovan Nash with his estranged girlfriend (a scientist and hurricane expert) battle both the elements and the bad guys to try and stop things getting out of hand. As eventually a bomber with a nuke is despatched to try and vaporise the hurricane, the couple are caught in the think of it and seem doomed.....
This is okay but nothing special, probably a two and a half star book for me. Lots of people in the UK and US rave about this book, but while it was entertaining enough, it failed (for me) to rise above the many books of this nature.
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved it from the first till the last page!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2015
If you like Clive Cussler, you will love this book. I found myself reading late into the night on more than one occasion. A great read full of suspense and adventure! I can't wait to start the next book.
1.0 out of 5 starsToo many unrealistic situations; badly researched aviation facts
Reviewed in Canada on December 28, 2016
I stopped reading this book at the very beginning. Too many things didn't make sense, and some the facts were totally unrealistic. Two people die in an accident and the policeman lets the only surviving witness leave the country without any formal statement or clear way to reach for further questions, because his friend told him it was OK ?? Also : the pilot asked for "maximum aileron" for takeoff... Airplanes usually apply Flaps during takeoff, not ailerons - those are used for turning the airplane. Flaps help to increase lift, and are usually NOT applied at maximum angle except when landing...