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Storm Cycle

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  2,972 Ratings  ·  201 Reviews
Rachel Kirby is a computer genius whose personal life is falling apart. While her beloved younger sister is dying of a rare illness, Rachel is running out of time to connect the intricate pieces of a technological puzzle that will keep her alive. When a call comes from thousands of miles away, she is shocked to learn that a mysterious man named John Tavak has unearthed a s ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published July 2009)
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Jul 28, 2009 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So...I was really excited to read this book as I generally really enjoy Iris Johansen's books. This, however, was a dud. I don't know if it was her son's co-authoring that ruined it, but it was very cheesy, completely predictable, and the "romance" was so cliched and corny that I literally rolled my eyes and skipped the sections.

However, I could understand how writing romance with your mother (or son) could inhibit your imagination, so I'm willing to overlook that.

The book had interesting idea
Jun 27, 2010 Judy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
VERY predictable! I skipped entire chapters and kept up with the storyline. I'd skip this book and move onto another.
Deanna Anderson
Apr 10, 2013 Deanna Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually enjoyed this book and after reading some of the less-than-favorable reviews from other Book Readers I am left to wonder why it was given bad reviews, of course I have not read any other Johansen books and many reviews on here compare this title to her other titles. But, regardless, I did enjoy this title. It was fast-paced and maybe a few things were a little over-the-top, however, in Hollywood movies are like that too...what we see in the movies is rarely possible in real-life but we ...more
Krissy Mayse
Iris Johansen seems to be like so many other authors that find popularity in a particular genre and then start pumping out book after book only for the readers to find that in order to do that - she seems to have to sacrifice the time needed to actually put together a good story. The first few suspense stories I read from this author - I loved. I was hooked. But it seems like -after about 3 stories into the Eve Duncan series, the stories all became "the same." Same type of characters, same type ...more
i've read a great deal of Iris Johansen, in the past. one thing i love her for is the way she can draw out the sexual tension between her lead main characters and then steam up the pages when they finally consummate their attraction.

this book was a little different in that i did *not* want to witness any fireworks, because i could not forget that she was writing this book with her SON. i was on the edge of my seat, nervous this line would be crossed. i'm such a nut! at any rate, i worried for no
Mar 18, 2010 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is lots of action, and I lost track of the body count as well as who the good guys and bad guys were. Though it says Iris on this page, there are actually two authors--Roy being her son. The main character is scientist Rachel Kirby who has a sister Allie who suffers from a rare genetic disease. She searches for answers to a cure, helped by Johb Tavak. Will they find one without being killed? When was the last time that you read a book where the hero perished?

Jun 15, 2010 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
what a piece of crap. why do people recommend iris johanssen? this book was god awful. I may give her 1 more chance in case this was a fluke, but that is it.
Crystal Starr Light
Unlikeable characters + Unbelievable circumstances + Insipid writing = Storm Cycle

NOTE: I received this book as part of the Amazon Vine Program

Another Vine choice, this one seemed interesting as a high-tech thriller based in Egyptian mythology.
Rachel Kirby is desperately trying to find a cure for her ailing sister using a computer called Jonesy. But not only is someone--John Tavak--siphoning off some of the computer's processing power but someone is out to kill her. Furthermore, John Tavak in
Quick read and enjoyable book. It had some logic errors that left me twitching.
Aug 14, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Betty by: Reader To Reader Review Site

Storm Cycle
By Iris Johansen
St. Martin's Press
August 2009

Authors: Iris and Roy Johansen

Allie Kirby is dying of a rare disease, late on-set Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy GLD. Her sister, Rachel is a computer genius who masterminds one of the most powerful and sophisticated computers known to mankind and is known as Jonesy. Using her influential connections, Rachel has created a foundation for the cure of GLD, and even though there have been some breakthrough
Apr 06, 2014 Billy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has no real mystery, no pulse-pounding excitement (maybe some adventure but nothing exceptional) and poor writing. There is nothing noteworthy about the story and the characters are cardboard, milquetoast at best.

I read Deadlock by Iris Johansen (this book really seems to have been penned more by her based on what I read compared to Deadlock) and this book falls at the same level; characters that are not especially likeable, a story that is too cliche in its layout, a plot that leaves
Sep 25, 2013 Kati rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Initially picking up this book, based on the title, I thought it'd be about a super-storm, set to wipe out the world, if humanity didn't discover a way to stop it in time..... Ya know, good ol' apocalyptic fiction. Instead, the title has NOTHING to do with the story, which is about a lost Egyptian physician, Peseshet, who happens to be the greatest female doctor of all times, who's power was so great that she earned the wrath of a pharaoh & subsequently murdered & erased from history. Or ...more
Though I may have read one of Iris Johansen's books a while ago, it didn't feature any of these characters. The impression I got from this book was that the characters weren't introduced in a previous book, so although I know she has written many books, she clearly isn't an author whose books need to be read in order to avoid missing something while reading the recent ones.
Overall, the subject didn't sound exceptionally appealing, a bunch of people searching Egyptian temples for insight on an an
Mar 05, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love when Iris Johansen teams up with her son Roy to collaborate on a book, it seems to raise the intrigue and suspense to a whole new level. In this book, the main character, Rachel Kirby, has spent her life trying to find a cure for her sister Allie's chronic illness that is slowing killing her. Rachel uses her supercomputer to research all available data to try to find that cure. But someone is trying to stop her, not only with an attempt on her life, but also by stealing some of the comput ...more
Aug 09, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Kirby runs a computer lab at a university which manages "Cycles" of computing time from participating computers world wide. The time is the allocated to various projects one of which is for research into a cure for GLD (Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy) a disease affecting her sister. Running to work one day she is grazed by a bullet and is taken to the hospital, the shooter is unknown and the police haven't come up with a motive. While searching for the cause of "cycles" that are being draine ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was written by the team of Roy and Iris Johansen and is the 3rd I've read by the duo and I must say that I really like Storm Cycle and the previous being Kendra Michael mysteries which I'm hooked on.

Rachel Kirby is a genius who runs a program at the university with the world's most powerful computer. She is in charge of allocating what projects get 'cycles" to use this computer called Jonsie. She went into this field because of medical research to help her sister who has a terminal disease.
Sep 02, 2012 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This was an ok read. I could see this being made as a 'made for TV' film - lots of action, B actors and lots of unbelievable flying around the world with no delays, technology working all the time and money no object!

I did find Rachel extremely self-centred and not very forgiving; and to be honest I preferred her sister as being a better & more likeable character. What annoyed me with Rachel was that she was allowed to get away with pretty much anything as long as she was doing it for her si
Feb 18, 2015 Karolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iris-johansen
Rachel Kirby is a computer genius whose personal life is hell. While she continues to climb the corporate ranks, her beloved twin sister is plagued by a chronic illness that will eventually kill her, leaving Rachel all alone.

Serendipity in the form of a mysterious email lands in Rachel’s lap one day, but not without a price. Thousands of miles away, archeologist John Tanek sits trapped inside a collapsed Egyptian tomb with a functioning laptop. He knows that Rachel is the only person who can hel
Apr 01, 2012 Kajsa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent book. The plot was based on the use of incredible technology with some striving to use it to serve the greater good, and some trying to use it for their own gains. This struggle provides a backdrop for an action fulled adventure, with all the foreign violence and scandal a reader could hope for. The added paranoia of screwy government was a nice touch, my only complaints is the sister moments are overdone and while I like the smart people doing crazy things, it does get to be a bit ...more
If you love fast-paced thrillers that span the world, you'll love Iris Johansen's Storm Cycle. This is the second one she wrote and teamed up with her son Roy, a mystery writer. Rachel Kirby was a computer genius and climbed up the corporate ladder, while her personal life is a living hell. Her twin sister had a chronic illness that would kill her someday. When she received a mysterious email one day, she became intrigued and wary of the price. Thousands of miles away, archeologist John Tanek w ...more
Jul 12, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy books that Iris and roy write together.there action,drama,technolgy,spy and updated. Not a lot of swearing or sex but well rounded stories.
Dr. Rachel Kirby is in charge of a supercomputer that gets lots of computers together when people arent using them and leads projects one for NSA and other research one for the cure of a dease her sister is dying from. Someone tries to kill Rachel. Someone else was stealing her cycles on computer through backdoors.Tavak is the genius who figure
Sep 09, 2010 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Computer genius Rachel Kirby runs a myriad assortment of data for various organizations through her super computer as well as utilizing the computing power of many private machines throughout the country. Utmost on her agenda is to find a cure for her ailing sister's rare disease. John Tavak is on the hunt for the formula of a brilliant ancient physician, and illegally taps into Rachel's computer to decipher information he's uncovered. Circumstances bring them together and on the run to be the f ...more
Sep 12, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Kirby is a computer genius. Her beloved sister has a terminal neurological disease and Rachel is determined to find a cure. She oversees a unique computer system owned by the university where she is employed. She is in charge of allocating the computer time. When someone hacks into the computer system and starts stealing computer time, it means less time to work on the needed cure. Then the hacker has the audacity to email for help from Eqypt where someone has trapped him in a tomb. He ho ...more
Richard Kuhn
This is my second journey with the Johansens. This one felt more forced than the other-one in a series. My impression is that the authors saw the sales potential of other parchment thrillers and tried cashing in. I'm not sure this type of thriller is their forte. All that being said, I do appreciate the stick-to-it, no overload on exposition type of style they use. It's that style that drew me to the book. Although I do like the parchment thrillers, they are getting old. The concept that an Egyp ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Kirby is brilliant but brilliance alone won't be enough to find a cure for her sister's rare disease. Nonetheless, she's devoted her life to ensuring that the computing power is there. John Tavak is also brilliant. He's been siphoning off computing power from Rachel's project for his own ends. When he comes across what might be the cure, the two cross paths and a race begins - not a race to find the cure but a race to decode the cure. Unfortunately, they aren't the only ones who want the ...more
I can't recall having read a Johansen book before by either mother or son.

This? So full of implausible extremes that I gave up about a third into it. The concept of "Jonesy" is clearly based on the SETI idea but the way that its described how Kirby got control of it and is able to dole out cycles doesn't jive. Nor the disregard for letter agencies. Or how there happens to be "one" guy able to blithely hack into Jonesy.

If this was steampunk, cyberpunk, or flat out scifi, maybe I could but this
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Jun 14, 2011 BBMoreB ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up before I read the reviews - I had second thoughts about listening to it. OK, so it took a while to get into this story but, I really enjoyed this book. I felt that the romantic relationship between Rachel and John wasn’t as strong as her other books (maybe a result of co-authoring this book with her son). As a romance book I felt slightly stiffed but, as an action book – I feel that the authors were very generous. Tanya Eby, the narrator, seems to capture each character per ...more
Sep 11, 2009 TJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you have never read a Johansen book, you will probably really like this one. If you have read any number of her other offerings, this will prove the same 'ol, same 'ol. Exactly the same plot and characters as every other book she has ever written. The same plot isn't so bad, the author puts enough research into her subjects to keep it interesting. But, the hero and heroine are EXACTLY the same in every single book (heroine is strong, driven - almost to the point of being brash but with a good ...more
Nov 09, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Kirby, a computer guru at a Houston University, narrowly escapes death when a campus sniper wounds her in the temple. On the other side of the world, a genius archeologist discovers a puzzle piece in an Egyptian tomb, that offers a recipe for a cure to the deadly disease that Rachel's sister is battling. With the help of a Vegas billionaire, Rachel and John Tavak search the world for other puzzle pieces, trying to beat the pharmaceutical empire that wants to be sure the cure never sees th ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Harris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I began to read Storm Cycle, I thought I would get lost in computer technology terms and acronyms which I am not very familiar with. I was surprised and excited about the Egyptian hieroglyphic element. I eagerly awaited the outcome of science and technology combined to save a life. At the end of the book I was left wanting.

Since the book is a fictional one, I expected a lot more depth in plot and characters. I would recommend this book to those who are the field of medicine and computer sci
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more
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