- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467985430
- ISBN-13: 978-1467985437
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,165,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel Paperback – December 21, 2011
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"This terrific novel is tightly paced with well drawn characters and a finely crafted plot." - K. Victoria Smith
"Storm Rising was a thrilling ride that kept me glued to my seat." - Alle Wells
"A heart stopping race against time that is a wonderful read." - Joanna Lee Doster
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I have read few books that I want to read from beginning to the end in one sitting (“Red Storm Rising” by Tom Clancy being one) but this book is another. Tightly written, great character development, that by the end of chapter one you are in the story with the characters. Very similar to the police shows on NBC, "doink doink" and the addition of date and time prompts put me in the story with the characters. Kelli Strom isn’t just your typical hard as nails, female detective, but a woman who isn’t afraid to show her feminine side. However she’s not someone you would want to be on the wrong side off. Not to give away anything, but the ending has me ready to pick up the next “Storm Warning - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kelli Storm Series Book 2)” immediately.
If all of his novels are this well written I have my next 3 books already picked out. Time to start “Storm Warning - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kelli Storm Series Book 2)”!!
To the author, Great Job looking forward to the follow-on books!! Well Done!
I did not care for this book for several reasons.
First, the use of profanity was excessive. There are ways to write a character to show that they're a hard-nosed, no holds bar cop, and that's not through the use of foul language. That is done through character development, which I felt this book was lacking. I never felt connected to the main character, never bought into her story line or her struggle. What is the character arc? I really don't know.
Also, story lines needed to be better fleshed out. For example, in the beginning of the book, you read about Kelli's mother, who seems perfectly fine. Then, in the next chapter, you learn that she has advanced staged Alzheimer disease and needs to placed in a home, and Kelli is able to find a home in the matter of a day or two. It's just not believable. Kelli is also a recovering alcoholic, yet after reading half of the book, this also wasn't believable. There was no story line to show her struggle with this issue or seemingly no reason to even mention that she was a recovering alcoholic. When her ex husband enters the picture, it goes from the two not having seen each other in some time, to all of a sudden, he's planting a kiss on Kelli's cheek as they're about to surprise some bad guys.
Key to the story is this plot line that the current case Kelli is investigating has something to do with her father's death, yet I never fully understood the connection. Even at page 180 I still didn't understand this connection.
This story may have the underpinnings of a good novel, but in my opinion, significantly more character and plot development is needed.
I also found numerous grammatical and punctuation issues. I normally wouldn't mention this in a review (after all, to err is human), however the number noted in this novel was excessive. If it was edited, it wasn't done well. And the formatting of the paperback wasn't on par. I mention this as for me, the formatting of a book is part of the experience. There were gaps at the end of pages, chapter headings split between multiple pages, etc. A paid service could have managed these types of issues.
At first I thought my feelings about the book were due to the fact that I've not read other police procedurals, but after making it halfway through the book, I simply felt that it fell short of being an engaging novel that I could finish.
Kelli Storm is a strong, and capable female lead, who can kick butt on her job, but struggles in her personal life. From the start of the story, she and her partner are on the hunt for a known drug dealer with a deadly reputation. At the same time, she is worried about her mother, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
Complications arise, when she learns that the man she is after is involved with a case for the DEA, and they want her to back off. When her life, and that of her partner and mother, are put in jeopardy, Kelli comes out fighting.
Kenneth Hoss was able to show that the death of her father, years earlier, was the driving force behind her ability to become a tough cop, and fuels her forward.
Author of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00, writing under pen name CR HIATT
This is a well-written, nail-biting read about a drug baron, who kills whoever gets in his way. I found myself being hurtled from one exciting scene to the next, as Kelli Storm's determination to find the truth, lead her and her partner into dangerous situations. Even when she and those around her are targeted, she doesn't give up. The author keeps up the suspense until the end. A must for thriller fans.
This is the first in a series of novels about Kelli Storm. I look forward to reading the sequel.