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The Storm Glass

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Jim Wilson, a fiftyish ‘regular’ guy, is anything but. For a decade he has used an extraordinary antique ring, a trinket found in an antique store, to feed the kitty, as he likes to put it. Using the invisibility and ability to levitate that the ring magically allows…Wilson is, arguably, the world’s greatest sneak thief; a phantom with a sense of humor and a taste for dope...more
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published November 2011 by Fred Limberg
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Nicole Storey
I have a few Indie writers I consider favorites. These are authors whose books I want to adorn my shelves — to proudly display and share with others. Fred Limberg is one of those authors.

He has the ability to make his characters come to life. When I read a book, I must be able to feel something for the characters. If I can’t, then the book is a bust, regardless of the plot. By the end of this book, I just wanted to keep reading — to go on another adventure with Jim, Iris, and their friends. I wa...more
I found The Storm Glass an enjoyable read with a very decent storyline and believable characters, each of whom start in a separate thread and are very nicely woven together into a fairly climactic scene. From there, it just gets faster and more intense.
It's got suspense, action, a goodly bit of violence and a smattering of sex. Add that to the underlying mystery of Wilson's ring and the back story of his kids and their drug problems and it makes for a very readable tale. It's also nicely lined u...more
A suspense/thriller that has Jim Wilson and his lady friend headed off down the Mississippi when they are boarded at night while at anchor. It seems that Jim has a ring that he found in an antique store that has some strange properties. Giving it a twist the wearer becomes invisible and is able to levitate and fly. Using the ring, he is able to thwart the boarders and continue their journey. They meet an older couple at one of the overnight stops and becoming friends continue to travel together....more
A fun fantasy involving a magic ring that renders the wearer invisible, a cruise down the Mississippi River system in an apparently modified 42 foot Chris Craft Commander (I can find no reference to any of them having outdrives) and a retired CIA couple they meet along the way. The plot involves a bank robbery, bank fraud, murder, a son jailed for drugs, river barges, running aground and other adventures from Minnesota to Hannibal, MO. I found what I believe to be 8 errors in the book. The autho...more
Limberg excels at world and character building. As the story progresses, the lives of the characters and their personalities are slowly revealed. There is no info-dump here. Rather, you feel like you have suddenly found yourself floating above these characters, watching events unfold. As time progresses, you learn more and more about what makes them tick.

In Limberg's novels, I get to where I almost don't care about the plot (which is fun and fast-paced, by the way) because I am so involved in th...more
Feb 28, 2012 Alison rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alison by: Amazon
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, crime
I enjoyed this book as it moved at a pace I like - pretty fast!
I haev to admit that early on in the book I did wonder why there was a chapter detailing the drugged antics of a fat bloke with a young very sexually active, drug taking teenager, but all thatd did become apparent and the 2 or 3 stories were twined into together by half way through and made for a plot with twists and turns the whole way through.
Robert Parker
A very well researched book that was hard to put down. Take a bank president who fancies himself as a wannabe 70's porn producer (in the body of Oliver Hardy), a magic ring that allows the wearer to levitate and become invisible and first-hand accounts of Area 51 aliens and throw them all together. Well... I don't know, but somehow it just works.
My second Limberg - not bad at all - really 3 1/2 stars. Author introduces the main character and gives him a ring that can make him invisible. He even explains how it works in an almost rational way. Anyway, a fun romp. Now I am reading his "First Murder". So far no ghosts or rings. More later,
David Makinson
I really enjoyed this well crafted thriller. The characters were well drawn and distinctive, whilst the plot accelerated just as you hope for in a thriller - a page turner. I particularly liked the geographical setting of the Mississippi River as a backdrop for the story.
Joe Vitucci
Very interesting use of being invisible. I also liked the way the author used ancient history (from the 1950's) to provide some sound reasoning (a bit of a stretch, but hey - it's a novel) why this all works. I thought it was pretty good.
Was pleasantly surprised. The beginning had me a little confused as there were so many characters but when it all came together it was hard to put down. Quite enjoyable, will be looking for more from this author.
It was hard to get into this book, but once I did, it was an okay read. It starts slow but eventually gets kinda interesting. I found it difficult to care about the characters, though.
Totally improbable story, which the author had me believing every word of. Nicely done.
Carole Meeter
I REALLY enjoyed this book. Well executed story, great characters, what more can you ask for ?
I enjoyed The Storm Glass. I did (and still do) wonder if there is a prequel...

A well written mystery, once I got into it it was hard to put down
A fun read! Crime, mystery, interesting relationships and a bit of sci-fi!
Not a bad book ... worth a read if you see it at the library
Thought it was slow to start but a great read.
Dorothy Ottinger
enjoyed this one very much
We both gave this one 5 stars
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