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A Review of ARK STORM by Linda Davies


by Linda Davies

ARK STORM is a very exciting, fast-paced, scientific techno-thriller. This book was written in the perfect style for the story. There are 154 short chapters. The point of view and location changes with each one. This adds to the quick, fast-changing, movie-like feel of the book. The science of the weather patterns and potential disastrous events feel right on, like it really could happen. The financial profit-making that occurs in the story seems very likely, and the terrorist angle rings true. So all the story elements feel authentic. The writing is crisp and fairly tight. And there are enough engaging characters to tie it all together. All of this works quite well, and makes for a very entertaining, if somewhat frightening book.

The only gripe I have, and it’s a minor one, is that the description of the ARk Storms (Atmospheric River Storms) are repeated a bit too many times, using the same phrases, but I guess that Ms. Davies really wants to hammer home the scientific basis of her book.

I really enjoyed this book. I am glad that I was able to host a giveaway of two copies of ARK STORM earlier this month. I hope that the winners will come back and comment on this review, so that I know what they thought of the book.

I give ARK STORM 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up! I recommend it to anyone who likes a good science based techno-thriller.

I received this book for free from the publisher, Forge Books, in return for an honest review.

Book Description

Ark StormThe Ark Storm is coming—a catastrophic weather event that will unleash massive floods and wreak more damage on California than the feared “Big One.” One man wants to profit from it. Another wants to harness it to wage jihad on American soil. One woman stands in their way: Dr. Gwen Boudain, a brave and brilliant meteorologist.

When Boudain notices that her climate readings are off the charts, she turns to Gabriel Messenger for research funding. Messenger’s company is working on a program that ionizes water molecules to bring rain on command. Meanwhile, Wall Street suits notice that someone is placing six-month bets on the prospect of an utter apocalypse and begin to investigate. Standing in the shadows is journalist Dan Jacobsen, a former Navy SEAL. War hardened, cynical, and handsome, Jacobsen is a man with his own hidden agenda.

Linda Davies’s Ark Storm brings together the worlds of finance, scientific innovation, and terrorism in a fast-paced thrill ride that will leave readers gasping.


Book Details

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (August 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765336731
ISBN-13: 978-0765336736
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds


About the Author

LindaDaviesLINDA DAVIES is a graduate in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University, and worked for seven years an as investment banker before escaping to write novels. Davies’s first novel, Nest of Vipers, has been published in more than thirty countries, selling over two million copies. She is also a winner of the Philip Geddes Prize for journalism. Davies is married with three children. She lives by the sea in Suffolk.

Book Description and Details are from Amazon. ARK STORM


A Review of The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston

The Kraken Project
by Douglas Preston

This book will grab you, and hold you hostage until the last page. You will finish it much faster than you thought you would, because you won’t want to put it down. If you start it tonight, better make sure that you don’t have to go to work tomorrow, because you may be up all night.

I have read most of the Pendergast series written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, but I don’t think that I have read any solo works by either of them. This felt like it could have been a standalone book, not part of a series. The story didn’t rely on any previous knowledge of Wyman Ford, but i liked it so much that I have put the previous books in the series on my “Books to Read” list. The more books I read, the longer it gets. How does that happen?

The Kraken Project is an exciting techno-thriller. It takes place in the near future, so there is a small increase in the state of technology, and a corresponding small amount of “suspension of disbelief”. Once you accept that a computer program could jump out of a computer, and actually act independently, traveling across the internet, and then find other devices that it could hide in, you are home free. This allows you to accept that Dorothy can become a complete character, and not just lines of code inside of a memory chip. Mr. Preston uses Melissa Shepherd to create Dorothy, a believable “Strong A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)” program. She is every bit as much of a human character as anyone else in this book, and you connect with her, and care about what happens to her. Shepherd and Ford work together to try to save Dorothy.

The story is exciting, and fast paced. There are a few separate story lines that all come together at the end in an explosive climax. It is an enjoyable thriller, with a message. It feels like there could be more coming soon.

I give this book 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up! If you are ready for a straight forward story, that you won’t want to put down, this book will fill that need.

I received a copy of this book for free from Forge Books.

Book Description
Release date: May 13, 2014

Wyman Ford is back again in The Kraken Project, the thrilling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston.

NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed “Dorothy,” a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the internet.

Former CIA agent Wyman Ford is tapped to track down the rogue AI. As Ford and Shepherd search for Dorothy, they realize that her horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her in ways they can barely imagine. And they’re not the only ones looking for the wayward software: the AI is also being pursued by a pair of Wall Street traders, who want to capture her code and turn her into a high-speed trading bot.

Traumatized, angry, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy has an extraordinary revelation—and devises a plan. As the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a deserted house on the coast of Northern California, Ford must face the ultimate question: is rescuing Dorothy the right thing? Is the AI bent on saving the world… or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?

Product Details

Series: Wyman Ford (Book 4)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (May 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765317699
ISBN-13: 978-0765317698
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the Author

DOUGLAS PRESTON is the author of The Monster of Florence, currently being developed as a film starring George Clooney as Preston himself, and the New York Times bestsellers Impact, Tyrannosaur Canyon, and Blasphemy. He is the co-author, with Lincoln Child, of the famed Pendergast series of novels, including such bestselling titles as The Book of the Dead and The Wheel of Darkness, as well as The Relic, which was made into a number one box office hit movie.

The book description is from Amazon.  The Kraken Project (Wyman Ford)