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“Sizzles with tension and twists.”
—Steve Berry, author of The Paris Vendetta, on Black Rain
 
 
“A terrific read . . . smart, intelligent, and poised to shake up the whole thriller community. I loved it.”—Linwood Barclay, author of Never Look Away

“Armchair travel for the adrenaline set . . . Brown infuses nonstop action with spiritual, scientific, and ideological elements without ever pausing for breath.”
—Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Sorry

About the Author

Graham Brown is also the author of Black Rain and Black Sun. A pilot and an attorney, he lives with his wife, Tracey, in Tucson, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553592424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553592429
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm just going to put this out there--I loved Graham Brown's debut novel. In my review of that book, I basically concluded with, "I want more." And I was very fortunate, because not only was the follow up, Black Sun, released a mere seven months later; it's basically the second half of the story begun in Black Rain. (And it's not that you can't read them both as stand alone novels, but I certainly think you'll get far more from reading them sequentially.)

So, Black Rain had a complete arc and came to a satisfying conclusion, but it was fairly obvious that the story would continue. In fact, it picks up two years later in Black Sun. Four of the surviving characters from Black Rain are back, and eventually they are united in a quest that involves the Mayan prophesy regarding December 21, 2012 and the fate of the world. Sigh.

Oh, sorry, did I sigh aloud? Just what we need, yet another 2012 thriller. (Do these things expire once that date passes?) Anyway, suffice it to say, despite the goodwill Mr. Brown had banked with his debut, I wasn't too enthused about the concept. I'll say this for him--he actually went somewhere quite interesting and different with it.

In Black Rain, I was delighted with Brown's use of exotic locations, ancient puzzles, and cutting-edge science. All of the above are back, and this time he adds a whole lot of sharks to the mix! (Oh, Mr. Brown, I think I love you.) Add sharks to any thriller and that's a winning recipe right there. As it happens, I'm kind of an expert on all things shark- and dive-related, and Brown does a reasonably good job with the material. Just when I'd think I was going to catch him writing something completely implausible, he'd add a little something or explain something that fixed it.
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For those readers who only read a couple of Sci-Fi novels a year, this should be one of them. It combines the action of a James Bond Earth-bound action thriller with the mystery of Dec. 21st, 2012 and whether that date will prove to be the end of the world as predicted by some Mayan Calendar mythology.
In this story, a strange, glowing, oval shaped stone has been unearthed in an ancient Mayan ruin and it is admitting electro-magnetic pulse signals on a regular basis that scientists realize is a count down to Dec. 21, 2012. The action in this film involves the finders of this first strange stone searching, racing to locate three other similar stones before the count down reaches zero and the legends and predictions of the ancient Mayan legends come to pass.
The Russians, Chinese and a Chinese Billionaire who thinks the stones will give him eternal life are also looking for the glowing stones. Naturally, things get pretty dicey and interesting. There are some rather fascinating, maybe even original scientific theories included in this tome, but they are explained in such a way as to not lose the reader.
The book includes the usual assumptions that various departments of all governments are competing with each other for more power. In this book it is the CIA verses the even more secret NRI--National Research Institute "a strange hybrid of an organization, often considered a science-based version of the CIA." The NRI has discovered and kept secret the discovery of the powerful ancient stone with strange powers. The President is aware of the mysterious discovery, but not the CIA. The CIA suspects that they are out of the loop and don't like it one bit.
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I wish I realized Black Sun was the sequel to Black Sun: A Thriller because I would have loved to read the first installment prior to starting Black Sun. While it is not required to read Black Rain first it may have been helpful. As a stand-alone novel, Black Sun is a fast moving, end-of-the-world Mayan suspense story. Well sorta.

As we approach 2012 (and maybe pass it, depending on when you read this review) there have been numerous stories about the end of our planet. In some ways, "BLack Sun" falls right in line with them, however the story is able to create a fresh science-fiction take on the meaning of the calendar. While it does require to suspend belief in a few scientific concepts, for the most part, Black Sun" works.

Graham Brown writes the store with a brisk style and is able to deliver believable characters. "Black Sun" is a fun ride, and while it does require you to suspend belief at times, it is a worth a look. It is clean cut and if it was made into a movie it would be rated "PG" and while this may not be the perfect story for your Thursday night book club, but for a weekend at the beach it will certainly help you pass a few hours in the sun.

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I had read Black Rain and enjoyed it, even though some of it was a little far out there. Black Sun is a much better read. It is different than most of the maya 2012 novels and much more believable. I enjoyed the science and the way it made you think. If you are a Rollins fan, you will enjoy this one.
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