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Storm Front Audiobook

Storm Front

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Publisher's Summary

There's a storm front coming!

Four years after he was presumed dead, Derrick Storm - the man who made Richard Castle a perennial bestseller - is back in this rip-roaring, full-length thriller.

From Tokyo, to London, to Johannesburg, high-level bankers are being gruesomely tortured and murdered. The killer, caught in a fleeting glimpse on a surveillance camera, has been described as a psychopath with an eye patch. And that means Gregor Volkov, Derrick Storm's old nemesis, has returned. Desperate to figure out who Volkov is working for and why, the CIA calls on the one man who can match Volkov's strength and cunning - Derrick Storm.

With the help of a beautiful and mysterious foreign agent - with whom Storm is becoming romantically and professionally entangled - he discovers that Volkov's treachery has embroiled a wealthy hedge-fund manager and a U.S. senator. In a heated race against time, Storm chases Volkov's shadow from Paris, to the lair of a computer genius in Iowa, to the streets of Manhattan, then through a bullet-riddled car chase on the New Jersey Turnpike. In the process, Storm uncovers a plot that could destroy the global economy - unleashing untold chaos - which only he can stop.

©2013 Richard Castle (P)2013 Hyperion Audiobooks

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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 05-27-13
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the show..The book--Not so much."

    Richard Castle could learn much from Carl Hiaasen. The book has some funny names and the term "ruggedly handsome" was used liberally, but the plot was stupid and definitely not very clever.
    On the show, Castle is friends with James Patterson. They must have attended the same marketing class. In that, they excel. In writing, they are a disappointment to their fans. Two words--"not enough". Not enough was funny and not enough fun to justify the purchase price.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 12-29-13
    Catherine 12-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Fluff"
    What disappointed you about Storm Front?

    I expected a little bit of fluff, but I expected it to be more consciously tongue in cheek: funnier! The book took itself much too seriously. The plot was too cheesy (Romanian orphans? Really?)


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More balance between humour and plot. The plot was good enough for a TV show - but not deep enough for a book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Petkoff’s performances?

    The performance was one of the worst things about it. If it was read by a subtler reader, who was able to bring the characters more alive than they were written, it would have helped. I enjoy the TV show, and I could hear in the writing how it was trying to capture some of that mood - but the narrator wasn't up to the task - he played everything on the same level.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert FREEBURG, PA, United States 05-25-13
    Robert FREEBURG, PA, United States 05-25-13 Listener Since 1998
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    "Molotov Cocktails"
    Any additional comments?

    Author's use of Molotov cocktails was unworkable. He was using water bottles, which are made of plastic - these won't create firebombs when thrown, because they won't break on contact. This was something I felt he should have known. Also, I found the idea of Monex passwords silly - what system would have passwords that couldn't be cancelled? Aside from that, I'm a fan of the show - otherwise, three stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark T Sheldon 07-30-17 Member Since 2009
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    "A Richard Castle book this is not..."

    Richard Castle is way smarter than the author of this book. I know he's fictional, but they have continuously showed us how much effort Castle puts into research before and while writing his books.For crying out loud, he spent an entire evening duct taped to a chair so he could figure out how "Nikki Heat" would have been able to escape in a similar situation.
    The scenarios that Derek Storm got himself out of were incredibly implausible and ridiculous, and often defying the laws of both physics and gravity. I know that spy novels are supposed to be a bit over the top and while reading we are supposed to suspend belief, but I don't think we're meant to abandon our brains and reason entirely.
    I gave the story one star because it entertained my husband and I as we drove from San Antonio Texas, to New Orleans LA, and because unlike the entire entertainment industry, the author knew that a silenced weapon firing is not in fact, silent, but still makes a loud noise, albeit a slightly less loud noise.
    If you like campy spy novels (or at least I hope that's what the author was going for) and have a desire to read a "Richard Castle" book, I guess you would find it entertaining. The Nikki Heat books are WAY better and there actually seems like there was at least some research done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia 10-31-16
    Georgia 10-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pathetically simple minded and juvenile"

    I didn't even finish the book. It was terrible and juvenile. I do not recommend it at all.

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    Stephanie 06-17-16
    Stephanie 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Ruggedly awesome"

    I loved the little bits of Nikki heat references throughout the whole book. entertaining until the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scuba Sensei 05-05-16

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    Great story told with wonderful humor. This is NOT a Nikki Heat story - it is very original and unlike anything you would see on ABC.

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    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 07-18-15
    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 07-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Clearly this book wasn't written for anyone over the age of 12. Characters were named Ling She-bang (groan) and Graham Cracker (ugh). I realize it was written by a fictional character who acts like a 12 year old, but it was just too far out in left field to even be remotely plausible.


    What character would you cut from Storm Front?

    Cameos by Nikki Heat and Jamison Rook were completely pointless and unnecessary except to once again say how "ruggedly handsome" Rook and Storm both are. I know it's Castle's opinion of himself on tv, but it really didn't need to be included here. It was just one more ridiculous spot in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost gave up at the very beginning because of the background music for the first 5-10 minutes of the book. I should have taken that as a sign of how awful the book was going to be. The dialogue is groan inducing. The situations are over the top even for a spy novel. I read the first two Nikki Heat books and kind of liked them. But this was just painful to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Stewart 07-10-15
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    I enjoyed listening to this book. The plot was very good as well as the character development. I especially liked the gift at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sturgess Corona, CA 11-08-13
    Pam Sturgess Corona, CA 11-08-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Awful! A comic book that's 1 cliche after another"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is SOOOOOOOOOOOO bad, I can't believe it was published. It reminds me of the old Bat Man & Robin television shows, a cartoon made into "reality" that's so full of clichés any of us could have written it with a copy of "1000 Most Popular Cliches" plus extreme violence. And then there's Storm's love interest "She Bang". <br/><br/>I finished the book but only because I couldn't believe how awful it was with writing like:<br/><br/>"Impossible!" "But impossible is what Storm does."<br/><br/>And the narrator is just as bad as the story, at least in this book.<br/><br/>Don't waste your money OR your time. All of that said I actually really like the current television show "Castle".... go figure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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