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The Storm Protocol [Kindle Edition]

Iain Cosgrove
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Imagine creating the perfect drug; all of the highs with none of the lows. No side effects, no painful physical withdrawal, no drawbacks.

Or are there....

Deep in the Louisiana bayou, Thomas Eugene O’Neill, a.k.a The Street, an Irish immigrant mob enforcer, waits patiently with his gun amidst the sweltering heat of a southern storm. His employers, Italian American drug lords Guido and Ernesto Mancini, have a guaranteed formula to create the perfect narcotic and Thomas knows too much.

But he is not alone.

Detective Charles Roussel, ex hot-shot city lawyer turned small town Louisiana lawman, is investigating a strange case at the old plantation house he used to call home. He gets drawn inexorably to Ireland, as all his research begins to guide him to the same inevitable destination; Cork.

Agent Dale Foster, unorthodox New York DEA agent and victim of one too many bogus leads, hears murmurs of the next big thing; a drug without equal. The whisperings lead him to one last tumultuous confrontation with his superiors, who compel him to take an enforced vacation. As his plane lands in Ireland, and he follows the trail of rumours to Cork, he knows his professional instincts are leading him to the biggest bust of his life, or ending his career forever.

For Thomas, the middle-aged hit man, all roads seem to lead back to Cork; the city of his birth and the ghosts of his past.

He has plenty of questions and needs some answers, and all the while the words echo in his head.

‘Be careful what you wish for!’


Editorial Reviews

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"I received this book from the author and it was an enjoyable read out of my typical reading zone, but something I liked nonetheless.The Storm Protocol is full of action, mysteries, gangsters, detectives, and a brand new, extremely dangerous drug about to get into the wrong hands." - Steph Langer, Unlikely Librarian Blog

"The Storm Protocol redeemed my faith in creative authors who are willing to give their readers a taste of intrigue and room for discovery....I definitely recommend The Storm Protocol to anyone who loves a good challenge." - Lisa Jones, 300 Word Book Reviews Blog

"The plot was original and he weaved in social issues without being heavy handed. It was an interesting, edge of your seat thriller." - Lisa DuVal, I Feel So Unnecessary Blog

"I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting concept, had some action, thrills, and some good twists....Overall, I did like the book. The main character is a hit man with a conscience and there are all sorts of drug-dealing bad guys and good cops. A good thriller dealing with the development of a perfect drug." - Brinda, WiLoveBooks Blog

"This is not my genre of choice. I thought the book was extremely well written....If you like gunfire, explosions and plenty of action, then this book will be right up your alley." - Kathy Jambor, Literary R&R Blog

Product Details

  • File Size: 3450 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Iain Cosgrove (August 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BM17C8Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit Confusing At Times November 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Kathy's Review:

This is not my genre of choice. I thought the book was extremely well written, but suffered from two flaws as far as I was concerned: first, too many characters to keep track of, and second, too long. I also found the shifting POV to be a bit confusing.

If you like gunfire, explosions and plenty of action, then this book will be right up your alley. Think Tom Clancy, James Patterson and the like. For me, it was entertaining but like I said, a bit confusing at times with the POV shifts. I would have preferred a focus on 2-3 characters, with a first person POV section for each, and then the other characters receiving minor mention. I think the story would have been considerably easier to follow.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful drama April 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What a fantastic read! The pages turn themselves, and you can't put this down. From the very first page there is action and it thunders through remorselessly to the last.
There is a plot that is stronger than anything I have rad from Dan Brown or John Grisham. There is a trail of darkness and evil that runs through every character. But above all there is a blistering pace that just keeps you moving.
A must read!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Thriller June 28, 2013
By Lisa
Format:Paperback
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

At first the book was hard to follow because there's so many different perspectives to the story but about halfway through it got clearer. Whew! The plot was original and he weaved in social issues without being heavy handed. It was an interesting, edge of your seat thriller. I did have one tiny problem and that was the dialogue when the story was set in America. We don't usually say " arse". We're an ass kind of nation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW best book I have in a long time October 5, 2013
By Mario
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Storm Protocol kept me at the edge and just one of the best books I have ever read. Well done Don Cosgrove
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining! September 7, 2013
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This is a great story and we'll worth the read. The characters are interesting and well thought out. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good spy novel October 14, 2013
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Enjoyed reading. Cosgrove has a knack for this type of writing. Although somewhat predictable there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader going.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 8, 2013
Format:Paperback
Are you tired of authors treating you like an infant reading a board book? Have you ever rolled your eyes at the pages of a novel because the author has assumed you can't make a single connection on your own? Do you just want to be involved in a mystery without resorting to "Make Your Own Adventure" books? I have often felt those feelings and lamented a lack of trust by authors for their readership, but The Storm Protocol redeemed my faith in creative authors who are willing to give their readers a taste of intrigue and room for discovery.
The Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove introduces Thomas Eugene O'Neill, also known as The Street, an Irish immigrant mob enforcer who has split from his long-time Italian-American bosses after a change in mindset and the acquisition of a binder of extremely important information. Besides his mob bosses, a Louisiana detective named Charles Roussel, a DEA agent named Dale Foster, and an Irish mobster named the Black Swan are also searching for Thomas to settle old and new accounts. All tips lead to the birthplace of Thomas--Cork, Ireland--and a mysterious new drug that could kill thousands of innocent people.
Besides not spelling out exactly the motivations of each character and ramifications of the drug called The Storm, Cosgrove also tests the intelligence of his readers by utilizing an unique technique: he begins each chapter without revealing the character. Gradually, the reader discovers the perspective by piecing together clues, which makes almost each chapter a small mystery. The only negative is the large amount of jaded, white males with generic names; I recommend keeping a running record of characters unless you have a better memory than me. I definitely recommend The Storm Protocol to anyone who loves a good challenge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting concept, had some action, thrills, and some good twists.
That said, it took me longer than average to read this book. The point of view abruptly switches from first to third and back again and that threw me off at first, though I did get used to it after a while. Then there was the sheer number of characters, which made it a bit difficult to keep track of what was going on. And we get all of their back stories, which slowed the action down and made me forget what was going on.
Overall, I did like the book. The main character is a hit man with a conscience and there are all sorts of drug-dealing bad guys and good cops. A good thriller dealing with the development of a perfect drug.
*I received a copy for my honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Wife whisperer
This guy is a good writer. He must develop a way to make a scene without be over described. He has created a good story and characters, but he has not given his characters original... Read more
Published 25 days ago by carol morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Story moved along nicely but at times just a little too much...
Engaging, interesting,enjoyable. Story moved along nicely but at times just a little too much description that wasn't relevant to the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Ghareeb
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
difficult to follow
Published 3 months ago by Betty J. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Tom Clancy
In my opinion, Iain Cosgrove's writing style is reminiscent of Tom Clancy with multiple plots. I found this book to be a real page turner with likable characters from the FBI,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by grannymo.
3.0 out of 5 stars The storm protocol
Very good enjoy this kind of story about gangster families and conflict between brothers would like to read more by lain cosgrove
Published 3 months ago by wilma becker
5.0 out of 5 stars suspense to the max
Very well written. Great cast of characters. Winding paths that finally culminate in as stellar finish. Good read! Well worth it !
Published 3 months ago by David Rains
4.0 out of 5 stars A Page-Turner
This novel was definitely a page-turner, focusing on the development of a drug called Storm and partially narrated by Irishman Thomas.
Published 3 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars All the elements are there.
The beginning was slow and slightly confusing as all the players were detailed and then the circle tightened and the factions came together and made sense. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L.L.Goss
2.0 out of 5 stars took too long to develop.
I was over half way through the book before it got interesting enough to keep. Fell asleep several times during the read.
Published 5 months ago by Jones D. Vidrine
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting, couldn't put it down
Character developement is fantastic, plot was brilliant, kept me enthralled the whole way. Strongly recommend this to all spy thriller lovers,
Published 5 months ago by Scott Willoughby
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More About the Author

Iain Cosgrove was born in Canada to English parents. He was educated in the UK and went on to study at Brighton Polytechnic, before starting a career in the City of London in IT. He moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1988, following hot on the heels of his future wife, and they subsequently got married and had three sons. He is currently an IT Director and has been writing in his spare time for the last 20 years. He has written two novels, a number of short stories and has a number of projects underway, including a sequel to "The Storm Protocol". Apart from his recent foray into Novel publishing, he has had flash fiction stories published in "A Twist of Noir", "Every Day Fiction" and "Indigo Rising Magazine".

He is a Taurean and an eternal optimist!

Short Stories on the Web:-
1) http://cafelitcreativecafe.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/family-tree.html
2) http://www.everydayfiction.com/cracks-in-the-pavement-by-iain-cosgrove/
3) http://a-twist-of-noir.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/interlude-stories-iain-cosgrove.html
4) http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-dancer-by-iain-cosgrove/

Interviews on the Web:-
1) http://www.thebookcast.com/indie-author-iain-cosgrove-the-storm-protocol/
2) http://www.omnimysterynews.com/2013/05/a-conversation-with-mystery-author-iain-cosgrove-1305080800.html
3) http://mylittlebookspace.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/author-interview-spotlight-iain.html

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