- File Size: 532 KB
- Print Length: 293 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fred Limberg (November 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00641GGPM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Storm Glass Kindle Edition
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The absolute best part of the story took on travelogue qualities: the descriptions of negotiating the locks, the dangers of pleasure craft travel on a river dominated by behemoths with right-of-way, snippets and glances at the passing landscape, homages to small town life still clinging to Mark Twain sensibilities. The authenticity, the sheer power of the river, was first and foremost the most compelling aspect of the story. I really, really wished it had remained the primary focus. Alas, it was not to be. Unfortunately, The Storm Glass hit that unenviable fizzled middle where not much happened, the characters and situations seemed contrived, and the dialog/patois assumed irritating proportions.
One could nit-pick that a magic ring with the ability to suspend gravity and render the wearer invisible might be stretching things--and leaving oodles of nerdy questions about how that works but the ring's not really a central focus. It's an enabler: it provides conflict between the MC, Jim Wilson, and his SO, Iris; it gives Wilson the edge he needs to take on drug dealers with a Robin Hoodish fervor; it provides the MC and the reader with a bird's eye view to the heinous crime taking place; and it has an interesting, if not entirely believable, provenance.
Be that as it may, my primary hesitation in embracing this tale rested in an unwillingness to accept Hans as a viable, shared MC.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A couple decide to take a cruise on the Mississippi on their boat the Thief of Hearts, but all is not what it seems. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elaina J Davidson
This was an enjoyable book. The plot was original and the characters were pretty well fleshed out. Only one character (and it's a minor side player) seemed stereotypical and forced... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cara
I really felt I was floundering through a large part of the beginning of this book. Who is Jim Wilson? He's not your average sailor and seems to be surrounded by secrets. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Betty Gelean
I also read Ferris' Bluff. Both were entertaining stories. Fred Limberg knows how to make his characters interesting.Published 12 months ago by Bobman
Great characters, an interesting but quirky plot - I'm ready for the next installment.
Please, Mr. Limberg, give us
I was pleasantly surprised. A good story line,cops and robbers, twists and turns, revenge and yes, a bit of sex. All in all, a great read. The magic ring will show again I'm sure. Read morePublished 13 months ago by indiver
Great story. Well told! Interesting characters and we'll-developed plot leaves you ready for more adventures with this crew!Published 15 months ago by Jim Richard
I like suspense, and this story fit the bill. I'll be looking for more books by Fred Limberg.Published 17 months ago by |Darlene A|
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Sharon F.Roy