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The Storm Glass [Kindle Edition]

Fred Limberg
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Book Description

Like a thunderhead heedlessly bearing down—The Storm Glass builds in fearsome intensity, drawing the good, the truly evil, and the innocent together when a despicable crime rocks the small city of Hannibal. Wilson is powerless to stop the heart rending violence and brutality. Getting revenge is an entirely different matter.

Jim Wilson, a fiftyish ‘regular’ guy, is anything but. For a decade he has used an extraordinary antique ring, a trinket found in an antique store, to feed the kitty, as he likes to put it. Using the invisibility and ability to levitate that the ring magically allows…Wilson is, arguably, the world’s greatest sneak thief; a phantom with a sense of humor and a taste for dopers’ dollars.

On a well-deserved vacation, a cruise the length of the Mississippi on his boat, the Thief of Hearts, Jim and Iris encounter a sprightly retired admiral, Hans, and his charming wife, Millie, who are heading downstream to their home in Hannibal, Missouri.

None of them are aware of the convoluted plot to utterly destroy a local bank, a crime involving millions of dollars and cold blooded murder. None of them suspect the portly local banker of the depravity and homicide he’s capable of, aided by a hardened thief and killer just out of prison and lusting for the biggest score of his life.
No, Jim’s biggest worries are that Iris wants him to retire from the business and he fears that Hans, who is actually ex-CIA, may know more about the ring than Jim likes.

But after heart-rending tragedy befalls during the robbery, Jim and Hans mount their own investigation heedless of the threats by the inept local Sheriff and the confused FBI agent in charge of the case.

They don’t have to follow the rules and they aren’t trying to put the bad guys in jail…they’re after payback…call it justice or retribution—or the cold-blooded quest for revenge that it actually is.

They’re bringing the bad guys down and they’re not afraid to use Jim’s ring to make that happen.


Product Details

  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fred Limberg (November 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00641GGPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to see this one end! February 22, 2012
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This is a very unique story about a new romance with some very seasoned folks on the Mississippi River. As the yachts churn downstream through the locks and past the barges, the story gets more intense and interesting. A few murders, a big bank heist, just a tingle of magic, and shazam! A great read that leads up to the climax and leaves you breathless!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure cruise for the reader January 5, 2012
By I bite
Format:Kindle Edition
Fred Limberg is a truly gifted writer. When reading this book something remarkable happened, I became lost in the story. Instead of analyzing and critiquing, as is normal, for many pages I was sucked into the flow of the Big Muddy river along which the protagonists floated for much of the tale.
Characterisation was flawless. With a one-legged admiral who was ex-CIA, or not, a real estate developer who wasn't and a wife with a strange smile who might have known more than she let on ... or not, together with a whole cast of dubious, or not, players which populated the story with real lives and a real sense of evil-doing from the crooks. The main plot line centred on a bank heist which goes badly wrong and how the river cruisers become entangled with the robbers after one of the wives is shot during the heist. A tale of greed, perversion and revenge but one also of friendship and compassion.
I must admit to having some doubts at the beginning when a 'magic ring' allowed 'Jim Wilson' to disappear and tackle a gang of river pirates with nonchalent ease, but any similarity to 'The Lord of the Rings' was dispelled after it was revealed the ring was alien technology from American legend which was cleverly worked into the storyline.
A famous British author once said that the key to writing a good book was accurate research. "Some smart alec would be sure to find you out if you winged it". For the most part Limberg plays the game. I could almost smell the fumes from the twin Volvo engines of Wilson's boat, The Thief of Hearts', as it cruised the river, bringing back fond memories of my own cruising days on 'the salt'. True-to-life touches, like running out of fresh water for showering and running aground in unfamiliar waters. But here and there he did slip up.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Mike P.
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There's a lot to like and a bit not to like in this mystery drama thriller set on the Mississippi river and surrounding towns. The premise is interesting: regular guy Jim Wilson has a special ring that allows him to turn invisible and levitate. He's been using this ring to steal money (apparently only from drug dealers, not good folks) and build up his retirement fund. He and his fiance are now looking to travel and enjoy life. The interesting thing about this story is that the power of the ring doesn't really play into the story until the last half of the book and it's really not the dominant theme. Ultimately, Jim finds himself involved in a nefarious plot by a local banker to steal money and tries to stop it. Along the way, he meets a semi-retired CIA official who has a ton of special tricks. The good,the bad and the ugly about the story, highlighting why I couldn't give it more stars:

1. The Good. It's an interesting plot and premise with good character development overall -- the dialogue is reasonable and you will be engaged in the story along the way. The fact that Jim has this power is delibarately understated and I liked that he didn't use it every second. The bank robbery plot is devious and well developed.

2. The Bad. Hans, the CIA official, can talk to the President by picking up a special phone, has contacts that can get any information or decode secret codes on the fly, keeps a ton of loaded weapons in his office and even has a dose of an LSD-like substance that comes in very handy at one point. Convenient all around. He even comes to know why the ring exists and figures out its special power...but doesn't want the government to jump in a take it. Iris, Jim's fiance, hates the ring and wants him to get rid of it.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By JayGreg
Format:Kindle Edition
What's right with this book: there were very, very few typos (unusual on Kindle books).

What's wrong with this book: plenty!

The plot of this story seems like it is geared for the Young Adult audience. A magic ring, that the main character found in an antique shop, gives the wearer power to become invisible and fly/float. The explanation to how this ring works is rediculous at best (hint: Area 51). There are plenty of plot holes involving the ring (one example: do the objects the ring wearer uses become invisible, too?).

More problems abound in this story. There are puzzling coincidences, unrealistic motives, and more plot holes (not centered around the ring - just one quick example: The main character has hired a PI to search for his sons with no results for years. The author would have us believe it takes someone with CIA connections to discover that one son is dead and one is in prison - Really! Why didn't the PI just do a search with the sons' SSNs).

I would not recommend this book to anyone. There are pleny of great books out there and sadly, this is not one of them.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Work on racial portrayals November 7, 2012
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I'm not the most politically correct person, but the early part of this book basically came across as racist. It was no single item, just one thing after another that added up. The white superhero (has a magic ring) fights off evil Asian gang members. OK, perhaps; there are Asian gangs. But the hero also ponders his run-ins with various other drug dealers, every single one of them minority. Major reality problem 1, given the white-dominated meth production in the Midwest. A little later, 2 criminals are introduced, and while the white one is bad but not *that* bad (the text actually says this), the black one is hateful and evil. There are also some issues with how minority speech is portrayed.

I'm not making any judgments whether the author intended this or not. I'm just saying it is (a) unnecessary to write this way, to have a good plot, and (b) fixable, especially if stories are shown to a little more diverse group of people prior to publication, for feedback. I don't think it would lose much of the core audience that already is a fan of these books, and it potentially helps the author's sales by opening readership up to a much larger demographic who otherwise are going to stop reading, like I did. And I'm probably part of the target audience for these books, in terms of my age and race and sex.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like suspense, and this story fit the bill. I'll be looking for more books by Fred Limberg.
Published 1 month ago by |Darlene A|
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable reading!
This book is fantastic.I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The characters are so well written and the story exciting and fast moving. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sharon F.Roy
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Suspension of Disbelief Required
If you take a moment to review the book description, you will find the book's plot explained well. Furthermore, read the review by Mike P. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just finished
Read this in record time. Really enjoyed it. I'll be looking for more of his books. The characters are interesting and the plot kept me going.
Published 12 months ago by Gym Rat 71
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Limberg excels at world and character building. As the story progresses, the lives of the characters and their personalities are slowly revealed. There is no info-dump here. Read more
Published 13 months ago by liirogue
3.0 out of 5 stars Great action story
This was a great blend of action, suspense, and some romance thrown in. It started a little slow and somewhat disjointed, but once it started to come together in all made sense.
Published 14 months ago by Leanna L Barber
4.0 out of 5 stars light scoff and good story
Fast action, even the slower parts keep you interested. The fantasy part of the story is not overdone, it just supports the story.
Published 14 months ago by George L. Pagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Patiently Waiting for More!
I have a few Indie writers I consider favorites. These are authors whose books I want to adorn my shelves -- to proudly display and share with others. Read more
Published 15 months ago by SeaWitch
5.0 out of 5 stars I am impressed at how the story held me!
In reading the description the premise interested me, yet I feared wasting my time. I gave it a try and am so glad that I did. It is a well-written and compelling story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by P. Lach
3.0 out of 5 stars Stormy book
I purchased this book only because it was supposed to center on the Mississippi River and the town of Hannibal. Read more
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More About the Author

Fred Limberg, author of Ferris' Bluff,The Storm Glass,and the international bestselling First Murder, lives and writes in Croixside, a community on the shores of the St. Croix river just north of Stillwater, Minnesota. He recently made the decision to publish his books independently and his first offerring was Ferris' Bluff, a thriller set in the Ouachita Mountain foothills in Arkansas, which has sold over 6,000 copies in 2012!

Fred's books have all appeared on numerous Amazon best-seller lists in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads have been overwhelmingly positive! Fred is committed to keeping his e-books affordable.

Current projects include sequels of all three published books and the introduction of a Young Adult/New Adult coming-of-age thriller called The Last Analog Summer in the near future.

When not writing and editing you can find Fred in his woodworking shop building furniture and what-not, in the vegetable garden, or on the water with a fishing rod in hand.

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