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Dawn of the Storm

A Raina Storm Action Thriller
Narrated by: Sarah L. Colton
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A jihadist pledges his allegiance to al Qaeda with an unthinkable act...and the terrorist cell is just getting started. 

Raina Storm, the CIA's most lethal operative, is off the grid, leading a secluded and comfortable life with her six-year-old daughter in Barstow, California. But peace is short-lived when a former FBI agent and an ex-intelligence officer track Raina down and blackmail her into helping them stop a new threat. 

In a race against the clock, the team must hunt down the terrorists before a dirty bomb is smuggled out of Colombia and into the United States. 

A new action-packed crossover series featuring Raina Storm and characters from Kim Cresswell's award-winning Whitney Steel romantic thriller series.

©2018 Kim Cresswell (P)2018 Kim Cresswell

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not bad

Good solid story, Raina Storm a deadly operative, at times seemed lacking to me. Other than that I listened to the story in one setting.

The narrator does a wonderful job in her narration.

I was provided a copy of this audible free at my request. Opinions in this review are mine and I gladly provide this review.

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nonstop action for Raina and her team

One of the CIA's deadliest operative, Raina Storm is taking a break from her job to raise her young daughter. But life is never quiet for this operative...when a former FBI agent and ex intelligence officer track her down to help stop a terrorist plot, Raina refuses...at first...but then is blackmailed into helping. When the team, who is moving them to a safe house, is attacked, Raina accepts that she must put an end to the terrorist group before it's too late. What follows is nonstop action as Raina and her ragtag team travel to Columbia to deal with the group. You are never bored with any book by this author...on the contrary, you will be salivating for more. Like right now...I am dying to know what's Raina's next adventure...the ending of this book gives us a bit of a teaser!
I voluntarily accepted a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Enjoyable read

Dawn of the Storm (Raina Storm Action Thriller #1), my first read from author Kim Cresswell. Well-written thriller with captivating, well-developed main characters, I’ll be reading more by this author and look forward to reading Dawn of the Enemy, book 2 in the series! Narrator Sarah L. Colton adds greatly to the listening enjoyment with a wide variety of entertaining voices & inflections. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Action Packed

Full of Action from the start. The book moves fast and there is a lot of information but it's not overwhelming. The author is new to me but I look forward to seeing what else she has available.

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Action-packed from the first to the last word.....

Dawn of the Storm is hopefully the first in a new series by Kim Creswell. In this book, Hal and Angela, covert, freelance agents, recruit/blackmail former CIA assassin, Raina Storm, to help them stop the detonation of a dirty bomb. The book starts out with an Al Qaeda sleeper agent blowing up a nuclear power plant, and the organization for which Hal and Angela work assigns them the task of preventing the delivery of a nuclear bomb through Columbia, the second planned attack of the Al Qaeda terrorists. As a former CIA assassin, Raina Storm has extensive contacts in Columbia, and her skills and contacts prove invaluable to Hal and Angela. Although truly action-packed from almost the first to the last word, this story also gives the reader some background on the three main characters and sets the groundwork for future collaborations between them. I hope to see additional stories in this series soon.

Sarah L Colton does a terrific job with the narration. She differentiates well between the characters, and her accent for the Columbia natives is excellent. She uses just the right amount of emotion to increase the suspense without sounding over-the-top. I would definitely listen to another audiobook narrated by Colton is the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 01-09-19

Awesome Listen!

Dawn of the Storm by Kim Cresswell immediately pulled me in. I love the character of Raina Storm. This listen is full of thrilling action, unexpected twists, suspense and hope. The imagery in the story is incredible. I could envision so much. Sarah L Colton performs this book wonderfully. She gives the right suspense and emotions to the various scenes. She adds to my enjoyment of this book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will most definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. Without giving away spoilers, the ending is awesome!

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Special Ops in Columbia

When Muslim extremists team up with the Colombian cartel to smuggle a dirt bomb into the United States, a retired CIA assassin gets drawn back into the world she thought she'd left behind to take on one more mission with the Feds. Lots of suspense, fancy guns and high-tech toys plus a kick-ass heroine and a couple of sidekicks who can definitely hold their own.
A great read with some fairly current themes and plot points.
If you're a techno-thriller fan, you'll probably like this one. I certainly did.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 01-05-19

Quick and to the Point

I had never heard of Kim Cresswell before picking up Dawn of the Storm, but I will be seeking her out in the future, especially the continuation of this series.

Dawn of the Storm tells the story of a terrorist plot and how we plan on stopping it using one of our best operatives. We are quickly introduced to Raina Storm and we’re not sure why they want her and only her for this mission. But, we also quickly find out that she’s the exact person we need.

Raina was a likable character who did everything almost right (she is human, of course). Cresswell writes her as this sort of perfect shadowy assassin (in numerous meanings of those words). And we’re treated to numerous showings of just what she can accomplish. I could tell that we were being introduced to a character but the plot and story made the introduction interesting and action-packed. Cresswell was able to write action in a way that was fast, brutal, and to the point without sacrificing much.

Overall, I thought that Dawn of the Storm was a good intro book with action, intrigue, and a no-nonsense approach to a terrorist thriller. Short, and to the point, Storm is the first book in a series and I’m curious to see what happens next.

I did not read any of the books where some of these characters were from, but I don’t think it took anything away. It was a shorter book that did skimp on some details, but it didn’t stop me from understanding who they were, why they were there, and what was going on.

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  • Cindy
  • Splendora, Texas USA
  • 12-22-18

A good short.

Yes, a good short story. Characters were well built, had action and a good ending. Just what you would like on a short trip or an afternoon just chilling at home.
The narrator was ok, not bad, but a little monotone in areas. Did not take away from story.
This audio was given to me free, and I voluntarily gave this review.

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More Please

Hal from Kim Creswell's other books is back but in a different role, this time he must go to Columbia to stop terrorist from bringing in a nuclear dirty bomb into the US. But first he needs to convince a mother of a 6 year old to go with him, oh did I mention she is probably one of the most lethal operatives in the US?

This book is so action packed and full of suspense you might fall off of your seat if you are not careful. Kim Creswell is so awesome at the story, characters, and putting all those puzzle pieces together, and narrator Sarah Colton really brings this story alive. I love Raina and would love to see her again but also I don't want to see her taken from her child. But Hal has been my guy for so long, it was nice to see him back, I just can't wait for more, because they seem like family now.