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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