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on July 19, 2013
At this point, 89% of the reviewers give "The Mounting Storm" 4 or more stars! This book was so irritating, the only reason I gave it as many as 2 stars is because the plot had unrealized possibilities. I shall list.
1. On page 7, our heroine Kate does a rant on philandering husbands and makes it clear she's a lady, thinks they are pond scum and will have nothing to do with them. She then meets married multi-billionaire Winston and on the 2nd or 3rd meet, hops into bed with him without requiring any persuasion on his part. She knows he has a wife and 2 young kids and she never has a scintilla of doubt about the right and wrong of it. It threw me so much, I had to flip back to remind myself that she knew about his family.
2. Kate escaped a rape attempt wherein her father's partner knocked down her front door, ripped her clothes off and attacked her so roughly that she was badly bruised on her legs and thighs. Her supposedly doting father still sees this cretin as potential husband material! Am I supposed to believe this?
3. Kate has done extensive research on Winston's entire family pursuant to writing an in depth interview piece on his mother. Page 17 Winston's mother tells Kate she'd named her son Winston. Page 35 she was introduced to Winston Winship. Page 36 he tells her to call him Winston and her reaction is as though that's the first she's heard of his first name. Page 36 still, she goes home, takes a shower, and starts fantasizing about him. The married father of 2 whom she just met. She feels all warm and fuzzy.
4. Page 144 Winston's MOTHER tells Winston's father that his married family man son has been "seeing" Kate. Page 176, on their way to meet Winston's father, Winston's MOTHER warns Kate "for God's sake, don't mention that you are seeing Winston." Uh, sorry lady, the cat's out of the bag and you're the one that did it! Again, I had to flip back to 144 to verify I wasn't misremembering.
5. The villain is so EVIL he becomes a cartoon character, metaphorically twirling his mustache while chortling "mwahaha". There's not one trace of humanity in this guy and at the point we truly loathe him beyond tolerance, more icky stuff gets piled on. It exhausted me. If there's evil to be done, this guy has done it. Ridiculous. Even Hannibal Lecter was given a sense of humor for crying out loud and they pretty much don't come more evil than he. That smidge of humanity is what makes him believable.
I wound up skimming the last 3rd of the book just to see the plot resolution. With the exception of Kate's grandmother, I just couldn't tolerate these people anymore.
Simply having a literate friend go over this book before publication might have caught these major points and SEVERAL minor ones so that a bit of a rewrite would have made this a 4 star book. At least some logic might have been inserted. As it is, I cannot recommend this to anyone. I will try the 2nd book simply because I stupidly bought them both and maybe the next one will be better.