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The Gathering Storm: The truth can set you free. It can also kill you. Kindle Edition

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The Gathering Storm is a wonderful "whodunnit" that kept me guessing and turning the pages. Barbara Warren has crafted the perfect rainy-night read! --Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, author The Genesis Trilogy

Barbara Warren has created a thrilling story filled with hairpin curves. THE GATHERING STORM is a must-read for all mystery/suspense lovers. --Anne McDonald, Dancing Word Writer Network

Barbara Warren pens a mystery that will draw you in with dimensional characters and a well layered plot. You won't easily put this book down. Judith Miller, Author of First Dawn and Morning Sky --Judith Miller, author of First Dawn

About the Author

Barbara Warren is married and lives in southwest Missouri in the heart of the beautiful Ozarks Mountains. She is currently working on her next upcoming novel.

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  • File Size: 735 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (October 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064FJVTG
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on September 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Gathering Storm is a pretty involved murder mystery. The whodunnit piece was very well done. Every chance I got, I grabbed the book to read more. That's a very good sign considering I have about thirty books to read.

As far as characterization goes, the author did a great job keeping about ten different key players distinct throughout the book. The initial murder was abrupt so I didn't get to know the victim very well before he was no longer in the story. The daughter seemed to flip from hating her dad to refusing to stop until his killer was found. That switch-off didn't work so well for me. The fact that the plot was interesting and kept my attention made up for that small weakness. There were at least four people that I flipflopped over in regards to their guilt.

The twisted ending suprised me, but that's good. I don't want it to be too easy to solve. The author did a bang-up job at making you get whiplash trying to decide who the killer was in their midst. The tale was enthralling and the faith piece was pretty good, too, though I did feel like the heroine transitioned too quickly to faith in Christ after resisting for so long. But that's just my opinion. It's certainly not enough to take away the overall entertainment value of this book.

I sort of felt like I was in a Perry Mason show with occasional victims showing up and upping the anxiety a little more each time. For a murder mystery, this probably ranks as one of my favorites. It's original, fresh, and definitely worth reading, IMHO.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Miller on July 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Stephanie Walker longed for a loving relationship with her father, but knew he would never change enough to make that possible. Then, after his murder leaves her covered in blood and looking quite guilty to the authorities and everyone else at Harrington Lodge, she decides to team up with Brad Wilson to try to find her father's murderer. Stephanie begins finding out that there is more than one secret harbored at Harrington Lodge and also finds herself to be the new target of what might be her father's killer.

The Gathering Storm was an excellent pageturner that kept me locked in suspense, unable to put it down. A wonderful mix of mystery and romance, love blooms throughout the lodge. I personally enjoyed the beauty of the new found relationships between God and Stephanie, Brad and many others throughout this impressive novel. ~Maisie of Chadron MOPS
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trish Perry on January 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I tend to take a few chapters to get into most novels, and The Gathering Storm was no exception [but bear with me--this is a totally favorable review]. Halfway into Chapter Three I realized I was confused by all of the characters to whom I had already been introduced. I mention this to encourage all readers to do what I did--go back to Chapter Two and scan for the character names again to get a relationship map firmly planted in your mind. After doing that, I found the book a breeze to follow and a delight to read. Warren quickly fleshes out the cast of characters enough to keep you guessing who-dunnit through the entire book. Just like Stephanie, the heroine, you'll see motives and suspicious behavior in everyone at the Harrington Lodge. Eventually I even suspected Kate, a ten-year-old, simply because she was the only person unlikely to have committed murder; I won't tell you if my suspicion was correct. Warren kept me guessing all the way to the denouement--who doesn't love that in a murder mystery?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Francine Shaw on November 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love suspense thrillers, but it seems the majority of current thrillers are filled with blasphemous names for God and Jesus, sex, and profanity. I always wonder why the writers feel they have to include all of that in their books. A well written book does not need that garbage and it is insulting to moral, God-fearing people.
The Gathering Storm is a wonderful wholesome book that provides you with mystery and suspense combined with some sweet innocent romance, and holds your attention without the profanity, Godless attitudes or filth.
Let's have lots more of this type of nook and movies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judie Amsel on March 7, 2013
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Stephanie Walker last saw her father three years previously at her mother's funeral. Suddenly he showed up at her Independence, Missouri, home and invited her to visit the Lodge in the Ozarks where he and his second wife lived. Stephanie had not been in touch with the woman for whom he had left her and her mother when she was a young child and she refused. Right after he left, though, she had a change of mind after finding that he had stolen a necklace, leaving in its place a note telling her where to find him. Very upset, she took off after him, driving during a very treacherous rainstorm. When she stormed into the Lodge and up to his room, she found his body.
She also met his second family and their extended family as well as other surprising people.
The Lodge held several secrets, including the disappearance of her stepmother's daughter-in-law three years earlier. She learned that no one really liked her father, making the list of suspects quite long. The daughter-in-law was also not admired.
Eventually, of course, she is able to put the puzzle together.
The story is well-told though I was able to figure out one major deception midway through the book. The characters are rather stable and show little change. I found it unrealistic that the police would make her remain at the Lodge for an extended period of time since she lived in the same state.
There is strong subplot to the book: The need for people to be Christian; not just Christian but the right kind of Christian. A few of the characters were quite judgmental about anyone who wasn't one. It added very little to the plot and the part it did play at the end was contrived. It seemed to have been included to pander to a particular audience.
I read this e-book via a free Amazon download.
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