The Variety Pages by Jamie DeBree: Recommended Read: A Brewing Storm by Richard Castle
Recommended Read: A Brewing Storm by Richard Castle
So we all know that Richard Castle is a fictional character played by the super charming and extraordinarily attractive Nathan Fillion,
right? Does it surprise anyone that he's Canadian? I don't know about
you, but it seems to me that some of the best actors in the world come
from up north...
But I digress (do you blame me?).
In any case, some savvy marketer somewhere decided that the TV
writer Castle should publish books. And somewhere out there is an
anonymous writer (writers?) giving Castle a writing voice and stories to
tell. Which is just fun, I think.
In any case, while I have all the "heat" novels (those based on the
actual TV show), I haven't actually read them yet. Instead, I started
with this Derrick Storm short story, and was completely captivated in
about five seconds with the main character. That could have been because
he was hiding out in my home state of Montana (a good place to hide
out, just ask Teddy K. and several cult groups...).
Storm is the quintessential action hero. He's reluctant, but he'll
do what needs to be done however he sees fit, and no one and nothing
will get in his way. He thinks for himself, makes snap decisions based
on quick and very sharp analyses of details that most people miss, and
his past haunts him even though it makes him who he is.
Think Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Or the mysterious John Reese (Jim Caviezel) from Person of Interest (TV show).
Been done before? Of course! I mean, that's why we watch action
flicks - because we want to see a tough but flawed guy kicking ass and
beating the bad guys. And lots of explosions too. And car chases are
also fun. It's what the genre *is*!
A Brewing Storm delivers like a good action flick - which
is my whole point, and exactly why I loved it. If you're into action and
mystery and suspense, you'll enjoy this short story. I'm personally
looking forward to picking up the rest of the Storm books, and reading
the Heat novels as well.
If you aren't an action flick fan, you probably aren't going to
like this story either, sorry. I got hooked on them from a very early
age as my dad was (still is) a fan and I love 'em to this day.
Anyways, mad props to the mystery writer(s) behind this book. I love it, and I'm ready for more...
I'm not a
professional reviewer, I don't accept offerings direct from writers or
publishing houses (so don't email asking me to review your book - that's an
excellent way to ensure I never read it), and there's a very good chance
I know the authors of over half the books I'll recommend, so my opinion
is likely biased on any given day. This is just me telling you about a
great book I recently read. Nothing more, nothing less.
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