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Black Rain: A Thriller (Danielle Laidlaw) Mass Market Paperback – January 26, 2010
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"Black Rain sizzles with tension and twists that both entertain and magnetize. The plot envelopes the reader into a brilliantly conceived world, full of strange and amazing things. Graham Brown is an exciting new talent, a writer we're going to be hearing a lot from in the years ahead. I can't wait."—Steve Berry, author of The Paris Vendetta
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A former pilot and lawyer and later part of a start up health care firm, Graham decided he hadn't had enough different careers yet and decided to become a writer.
A huge fan of Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton, Stephen King and television shows like the X-files and Lost, Graham's first novelÂ Black Rain debuted in January 2010. Since then he's written two other books in the Hawker/Laidlaw series: Black Sun and The Eden Prophecy and is also co-writes the NUMA Files series with Clive Cussler. As well as writing with Spencer J. Andrews on the Shadows series and the Sci-Fi hit The Gods of War.
"I'm a huge fan of all kinds of writing. I enjoy the traditional publishing world because of it's reach and breadth, and I love the world of self publishing through Amazon, where you can write books the traditional publishers would never be able to take a chance on."
"This year is going to be a busy one. The next NUMA FILES novel is coming together with Clive. I have a short story in the Hawker/Laidlaw series that will be self-published and at least two other books that will come out, starting with Shadows 2: The Half Life. This is the sequel to Shadows of the Midnight Sun. It really takes the story in some unexpected directions."
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Top Customer Reviews
What's the story? Well, it's too complex to go into real detail, but basically the National Research Institute believes there's an artifact lost deep in the Amazon that may hold the key to a limitless source of clean energy. An expedition sent to search for it has to contend with hostile natives, terrifying creatures, and cut-throat competitors who will do anything to beat them to the discovery.
I'll admit that none of these story elements is especially unique or original. But Brown's novel is--for lack of a better description--just darn entertaining. And he does so much right. The plotting of the novel is nice and tight. I won't swear that all of his science is accurate, but it rings true. And based on the creature he creates in Black Rain, it's obvious he knows a thing or two about animal biology.
Finally, it's worth mentioning that Brown does an unusually good job with character development. And this is great news--because it looks like his central characters are coming back in his next novel, Black Sun. I can't wait!
So our intrepid team goes on their mission (where the team before them have all been killed) bringing together the thriller standards of the tough female leader, the snarky male co-leader with a checkered past, the hard mercenary and his team of cannon fodder as well as the linguist and two academics, one old and one young. They face the elements, a group of savage tribesmen that may not be as savage as they let on and of course monsters, lots of big scary monsters. Working against them is a greedy billionaire who has a mole on the team. Beside the setting, there isn't too much original about this somewhat bloated 500 pager.
Yet, despite this rather contrived setup, Brown manages to keep the action level and the interesting facts about Mayan culture coming fast enough to propel you through the book. Sure, you know right from the start who will live and who will die if you've ever read a thriller before, but hey, you aren't exactly expecting Eco when the cover has "A dark secret that kills" written on the cover.
This book is for genre fans and won't win any new converts, but Brown keeps things interesting enough that I will look forward to his next book, a promised sequel to Black Rain.
The heroine of Black Rain is Danielle Laidlaw, an intrepid adventurer who works for an organization that acquires technological secrets for the U.S. through whatever means necessary. When an artifact dug up decades ago shows signs of tritium - a byproduct of hydrogen fusion - Laidlaw starts believing that an ancient Mayan tribe may have somehow discovered cold fusion.
Beyond hostile tribes and a dangerous jungle, Laidlaw and her team will have to face off against a ruthless competitor also after the secret. Getting to the site is only half the battle; the other half is fighting the deadly creatures within a strange monument. It is the battle against these creatures which is reminiscent of Starship Troopers. Certainly the movie influenced Brown, who named one character Verhoven as an allusion to the film.
Somewhere between adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, Black Rain is a decent, if not particularly memorable, debut novel for Brown. As a beach read, it works fine, as the story moves quickly and entertainingly. If you enjoy these sorts of treasure hunt stories, then this will probably be worth reading.
This is a story about a secret, ill-fated, government-funded expedition to the Amazon jungle. The expedition, led by a tough female "researcher" (really a highly trained, highly paid covert government operative), seeks to locate a Mayan temple site that is probably sheltering an artifact that is capable of producing energy by cold fusion. Such an artifact would solve the world's energy problems, and therefore unlimited funds are available to the expedition. But the government's ultra-secure computer system has been hacked, and word of the prize has leaked to a corporate millionaire, who sends his own mercenary forces after the expedition and the artifact.
Adding to the expedition's danger is that a previous government expedition to the same site never returned. The expedition's members--all but one--were killed by the arrows of hostile natives, or by a beast that attacked so swiftly that it remained unseen, even as it carried its victims away, leaving only a swath of blood behind. For me, the "unseen beast" is nearly as terrifying as the beast in RELIC (Preston & Child).
However, the novel delivers far more than a series of descriptions of bloody dismemberments. The story is about the expedition, and the devious political maneuvering behind the expedition that is continuing in Washington, D.C. and other locations around the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very slow read. Before reaching the middle of the book, I started skipping pages - then chapters - then went straight to the end. Not one of my faves by this author. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Brenda
Suspend your disbelief? Normal for science fiction, but in this instance harder to do than I would have thought possible.Published 3 months ago by David Rothenbuecher
Started off with some good humorous lines and situations but then seemed to peter out at the end.Published 3 months ago by Jacko
A fun read. Lots of action and some sci-fi and mythology elements. Two primary characters-Danielle and Hawker-were developed and interesting.Published 3 months ago by Frogger
I enjoyed this book although parts were gruesome. I literally couldn't put it down. On to the next one. I wonder if Hawked comes back?Published 4 months ago by Pamela Williams
The author has woven a oft repeated story line. The holy grail here is Cold Fusion. The journey into the Amazon jungle is well written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Wolfe