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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553592424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553592429
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Sizzles with tension and twists.”
—Steve Berry, author of The Paris Vendetta, on Black Rain
 
 
“A terrific read . . . smart, intelligent, and poised to shake up the whole thriller community. I loved it.”—Linwood Barclay, author of Never Look Away

“Armchair travel for the adrenaline set . . . Brown infuses nonstop action with spiritual, scientific, and ideological elements without ever pausing for breath.”
—Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Sorry

About the Author

Graham Brown is also the author of Black Rain and Black Sun. A pilot and an attorney, he lives with his wife, Tracey, in Tucson, Arizona.

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Customer Reviews

The story moved along and the action was good.
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I'll say this for him--he actually went somewhere quite interesting and different with it.
Susan Tunis
I highly recommend this book and Black Rain to anyone who likes action packed reading.
J. Stroh

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 12, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm just going to put this out there--I loved Graham Brown's debut novel. In my review of that book, I basically concluded with, "I want more." And I was very fortunate, because not only was the follow up, Black Sun, released a mere seven months later; it's basically the second half of the story begun in Black Rain. (And it's not that you can't read them both as stand alone novels, but I certainly think you'll get far more from reading them sequentially.)

So, Black Rain had a complete arc and came to a satisfying conclusion, but it was fairly obvious that the story would continue. In fact, it picks up two years later in Black Sun. Four of the surviving characters from Black Rain are back, and eventually they are united in a quest that involves the Mayan prophesy regarding December 21, 2012 and the fate of the world. Sigh.

Oh, sorry, did I sigh aloud? Just what we need, yet another 2012 thriller. (Do these things expire once that date passes?) Anyway, suffice it to say, despite the goodwill Mr. Brown had banked with his debut, I wasn't too enthused about the concept. I'll say this for him--he actually went somewhere quite interesting and different with it.

In Black Rain, I was delighted with Brown's use of exotic locations, ancient puzzles, and cutting-edge science. All of the above are back, and this time he adds a whole lot of sharks to the mix! (Oh, Mr. Brown, I think I love you.) Add sharks to any thriller and that's a winning recipe right there. As it happens, I'm kind of an expert on all things shark- and dive-related, and Brown does a reasonably good job with the material. Just when I'd think I was going to catch him writing something completely implausible, he'd add a little something or explain something that fixed it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on October 15, 2010
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For those readers who only read a couple of Sci-Fi novels a year, this should be one of them. It combines the action of a James Bond Earth-bound action thriller with the mystery of Dec. 21st, 2012 and whether that date will prove to be the end of the world as predicted by some Mayan Calendar mythology.
In this story, a strange, glowing, oval shaped stone has been unearthed in an ancient Mayan ruin and it is admitting electro-magnetic pulse signals on a regular basis that scientists realize is a count down to Dec. 21, 2012. The action in this film involves the finders of this first strange stone searching, racing to locate three other similar stones before the count down reaches zero and the legends and predictions of the ancient Mayan legends come to pass.
The Russians, Chinese and a Chinese Billionaire who thinks the stones will give him eternal life are also looking for the glowing stones. Naturally, things get pretty dicey and interesting. There are some rather fascinating, maybe even original scientific theories included in this tome, but they are explained in such a way as to not lose the reader.
The book includes the usual assumptions that various departments of all governments are competing with each other for more power. In this book it is the CIA verses the even more secret NRI--National Research Institute "a strange hybrid of an organization, often considered a science-based version of the CIA." The NRI has discovered and kept secret the discovery of the powerful ancient stone with strange powers. The President is aware of the mysterious discovery, but not the CIA. The CIA suspects that they are out of the loop and don't like it one bit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mckinney Carroll on November 12, 2010
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Absolutely. I have read many thrillers this year and Black Sun was by far my favorite. Graham Brown does a great job in putting this book together. Graham Brown is like a thriller architect. The way he designs this story is flawless. Everything flows and there are no bumps in the road. Once you start reading it is hard to put down. Black Sun has just the right amount of everything in it. Enough action to keep your heart rate up without being overdone and unbelievable. Just the right amount of background history to get you interested and so the reader knows the reasons for the actions, but not too much that you get bogged down in a history lesson. And perfectly placed drama. When one chapter ends you cant help but to read on to find out if everything is going to be okay. Fair warning everything is not!
This book is an intense, thrilling, gripping good read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Erwin VINE VOICE on September 16, 2010
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I read and reviewed Black Rain earlier this year. I thought it was a fun, if silly book with some scenes of great action.

Black Sun picks up where Black Rain left off. Unfortunatly, if you have not read Black Rain, I think you would be a bit lost through the first third of the book. Brown eventually does recap the events of the first book in pieces, but you would be better off starting with Black Rain and then deciding whether or not you want more.

I will spoil a bit of the first book here, so if you decided to buy the first one and read it before getting to this one, stop right here.

As you may recall from the first book, our motley crew of NRI adventurers discovered a powerful stone in a Mayan ruin that was guarded by monsters. The stone was determined to be from the future and was producing energy in a sort of countdown fashion to December 21st 2012, the date believed by some to be the end of the world.

In this book, it has been determined there are three other stones. Danielle Laidlaw and Professor McCarter are working again with NRI to find them. On their heels is a Hong Kong billionaire criminal who is trying to get the stones for his own purposes. After Laidlaw is captured she is taken back to Hong Kong where she meets a strange boy with a connection to the stones and is eventually rescued by a newly activated Hawker (another hero from the original) and off they fly for another jaunt around the world.

Like the first book there is political intrigue, action on top of action and nuggets about Mayan culture. Yet, the book is not nearly as tight as Black Rain. While Black Rain was able to paint that picture of the Amazonian jungle, the heroes dart around the globe too much to ever get a good feel.
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