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A Brewing Storm: A Derrick Storm Short by [Castle, Richard]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1473 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A577SQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book starts out as a bad adventure novel written by a good author pretending to be bad. Once the author stopped with the shlock set up, it became a well written (though brief) spy-ish novel that kept me reading till it was over.

It's entertaing to me that so many reviewers felt they were being ripped off because of the book's short length. C'mon - you are reading a book written by a fictional character, and you expect that the book is written to be anything but a money-making enterprise?

While this book isn't as funny as the Nikki Heat books, it works well as an hour or so of escapist reading. Best of all, it'll give Nathan Fillion something new to star in once "Castle" is finished!
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Some readers take offense to a book being serialized. It used to be common practice for upcoming books to be serialized in magazines such as Look, but then I'm old enough to remember that. Regardless, I liked the story-line and look forward to the next episode.
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I'm pretty sure this is the first part to a 3 part novella style Derrick Storm book. It looks like A Raging Storm will be the second part and there is an unknown named 3rd part Untitled Derrick Storm 3. So don't get all worked up, the other 2 parts are coming soon, and this is meant to be here.
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This Derrick Storm novella is a great introduction for any Castle fan who has ever wished the "famous" series featured on the show was real. As clearly stated in the description, it is equivalent to about 83 print pages, and there are two more novellas of similar length and price due out during the summer. Taken as a whole, it seems that they will amount to the equivalent of one average full length novel in both price and size. It is true that this is not a stand alone short story, but rather the first of three installments. So far the story itself, a political spy thriller, is entertaining in its own right and of similar quality to other works of the same genre. I don't think you have to be familiar with the show to enjoy the book, but there's probably much more added humor if you're a fan of the show. I'm looking forward to the next two to provide some poolside entertainment this summer and provide my Castle fix while I await the return of season five in September!
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After finishing the last Nikki Heat book (also by "Richard Castle") I decided to read the Derrick Storm trilogy. They are just not the same. While they're interesting and have a lot of action, they're short and are not of the same quality as the Nikki Heat series. Almost like they were a second thought, to really have the Derrick Storm series that this fictional author had in his list of credits, each of these books was worth reading, but not something I'd look forward to the next installment of. I'm not sure that the same author penned both series.
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I ordered this because I love the show Castle and needed something to keep my occupied until S5 comes on. It's not a great book by any means, but I didn't expect it to be. It's a short, fluffy read that I enjoyed and I look forward to the next 2 installments.

I don't understand why so many people are upset and feel cheated because this isn't a full length novel. It states in the description that it's the first of 3 shorts and is listed as being 83 pages. How can you feel cheated? Did you not read the description? Come on.
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I went in to this fully aware that it was a short (not a full book). This review takes that into account.

CONS:
- Slap-you-in-the-face cliches and ridiculous character names. Derrick STORM, meet APRIL SHOWERS. Oh, look, here's the top-heavy girlfriend Samantha TOPPERS. Her boyfriend, who's not interesting enough to actually meet before he's killed off, is Matthew DULL. If it was done creatively, this might actually be funny...but when the author has to point out it's a dumb joke, that just makes it that much more pathetic. And if you're going to go on and on about the man making feeble attempts to get a woman in bed, make it more than a one-liner some drunk would deliver in a bar.

- Inner monologue is distracting. You switch from the narration to inner monologue, which would be fine if there was a sharper transition than just the simple use of italics versus regular type. Also, if you want to sell your readers on the brilliance of your character's deductive skills, don't make him sound like a self-absorbed idiot.

The writing is full of feeble attempts at humor and attempts to be sexy, which fall far from the mark. The characters are TOO stereotypical and TOO cliched, the jokes TOO forced. I'm actually glad this was a short that I paid less than $2 for--if it had been a full book, I wouldn't have finished it.
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Am I the only one who knew this was the first part of a trilogy? I'm finding it hard to get worked up over paying $2 for the first third of a book. At the very least, my payment encourages ABC and Amazon to continue to think outside the box and try some creative ideas.

What did irritate me is the content of the story itself. I was looking forward to an intelligent, thrilling, and fun literary ride with exciting characters and snappy dialogue. I got none of the above. Well, intelligent, maybe. But the story was so dry and uninspired that it took me over week to get around to finishing the last two chapters. (By contrast, the Nikki Heat books have all been devoured in less than 24 hours!) So here's hoping the next two installments kick up the storytelling to appropriate Castle levels. Because this story, regardless of the length or the cliffhanger, was a huge disappointment.
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