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"Chasing The Storm is a fine crime fiction debut, and I'm happy to learn that we're promised further books featuring Torgrim Rygg and co." - CrimeFictionLover.com
"This one is definitely recommended."- 11/13 Jack Quick @ The Bookbitch "I'd highly recommend this book to all the fans of the genre." - Lakis Fourouklas @ Fiction & More "Five shiny stars from me." - Ella Medler @ ellamedler.wordpress.com
Chasing the Strom is an international thriller based on a true story.
Martin Molsted picked up real-life events and turned them into an action-packed, relentless story. The plot is jam-packed full of conflict. Clash after clash, the tension builds until you feel like screaming ‘watch your back’ or ‘no, don’t do that’, like I did.
The locations are varied and very well-described. You’ll get a clear picture, whether in Cairo or rural Russia, in a Hamburg café or in an old propeller plane. Imaginative and original, crammed with authentic detail, Chasing the Storm gets the concept of well-organised corruption spot-on. The dialogue is intelligent, lively and peppered with expressions befitting each character’s place of origin, but they are all explained, so you won’t feel like you need a degree in linguistics to understand them.
I left characterization ‘till last because it is one of the deepest I’ve read in the last couple of years. I’m talking about the layers upon layers of understanding that come from not missing one beat to add to the characters’ dimensions. In addition to the usual physical and emotional tiers, you get the ethnic diversity, and within it the class, origin, background, and all these elements are beautifully interwoven.
Overall, the complete package is that of a very well-written book, definitely good value in terms of both time and money. This is a novel I would like to read again.
There is a degree of violence, so I wouldn’t recommend it for teens, but if you like a good read, the kind that won’t let you eat or sleep until you’ve seen the last line, this book is just the thing for you. Five shiny stars from me.
I am picky when it comes to my thrillers and am usually difficult to please but this time around I was very happy to find that Chasing the storm really is as described, an intelligent thriller that will keep you hanging on till the last. I was impressed with the twists and turns of the plot as the story travels the globe, but my favourite parts where the surprising little tit-bits of history and culture thrown in amongst the action.
The characters are well thought out with plenty of depth and I find I care and want to learn more about them as time goes on. In my opinion that's the way a good book should have you feeling. The story line seem to have a natural rhythm and did not seem forced or stretched. All round I found this a great read and will be back for more from Martin Molsted.
I am not usually a thriller fan, but I decided to give Chasing the Storm a chance. I was surprised to find a fast-paced, well-plotted novel I had difficulty putting down.
The plot sets this book apart. The narrative is based on the 2009 real life hijacking of a Russian ship in the Baltic Sea. A complex and realistic series of connections will maintain the reader's interest and leave him or her wondering how the author put this information together so precisely across multiple locations and lifestyles.
Torgrim Rygg , the main character, evolves throughout the story and becomes more layered as his background is revealed as the plot develops. This is the first book of the series, Rygg & Marin Thrillers, and there is certainly enough depth to Torgrim to justify a series.
This edition of Chasing the Storm is free from distracting errors, which is unusual for an independently published ebook. I look forward to reading the second installment of the series.
It begins with murder. Torgrim Rygg, a mid-level oil executive in Hamburg on business helps a survivor - and as a result he is sucked into the wild events surrounding the disappearance of a Russian cargo ship.
The novel jumps back and forth in time between its two concurrent story-lines, and it can get confusing. Nevertheless, Chasing the Storm is a whip-crash globetrotter of a spy thriller that delivers a truly surprising twist at the end.
Rygg turns out to have been in the special forces, so he actually has some background for the spy game. But twenty years have gone by: Torgrim Rygg is thus allowed to be the capable spy while simultaneously playing the slightly dopey Everyman swept up in events beyond his ken.
Torgrim flies from Hamburg, to Oslo, Moscow, Cairo, and Cyprus along with enigmatic Marko Marin, who describes himself as a "journalist" and beautiful heroine Lena. There are breathless chases, daring escapes, and clandestine meetings. The tale plays out like a classic James Bond story - and it is certainly better than the abysmal recent Bond novel Carte Blanche.
Chasing the Storm's greatest strengths lie in its language. The descriptive passages are vivid if mechanical: terse language that recalls the style of Hemingway. However, the prose occasionally veers into rare flourishes of flowery language that actually work.
A debut novel, not only for Rygg but for author Martin Molsted as well, Chasing the Storm makes a good airplane thriller. It should be happily received by fans of James Bond or even Dirk Pitt. Molsted promises more to come for Torgrim and company. I look forward to seeing the characters developed further in forthcoming adventures.
Fits and starts and confusing timelines make it a less than desirable book. While there is the heart of a good story here, the telling leaves a lot to be desired. The book starts off fast, slows way down while character development takes place and then jumps back and forth between timelines to the point where it just gets confusing. Disappointing as I had high hopes based upon other reviews, just not my cup of tea.
Spies, lies and espionage with enough underlying truths to be truly scary. This book will keep you guessing and intrigued til the end. But then there really is no end. The spy games and the arms sales and wars are still out there and seem to be never ending. There is power to be had and money to be made and no remorse for who dies in the process with loyalty going to the highest bidder.