With the help of a beautiful and mysterious foreign agent--with whom Storm is becoming romantically and professionally entangled--he discovers that Volkov's treachery has embroiled a wealthy hedge-fund manager and a U.S. senator. In a heated race against time, Storm chases Volkov's shadow from Paris, to the lair of a computer genius in Iowa, to the streets of Manhattan, th ...more
Each book from both series' stand on their own and can be read independently, but they are best read in the order they were published. The only exception being Derrick Storm books 1-3 (A Brewing Storm, A Raging Storm, and A Bloody Storm); they need to be read in order as they are essentially one book.
With this in mind there are certainly events and actions that take place in one novel that impact the following books or take place directly following the end of the novel. So although technically all books can be read independently, to avoid spoilers they should be read in the order they were published as those events will be referenced or directly impact the following novels.(less)
1) Manufactured financial crisis story line. Ugh. Please stop writing these and pretending they are thrilling. They aren't. They're boring. So. So. Boring.
2) Unlikeable characters. They are all over the place! I am still finding it hard to believe the trope that claims that Storm ...more
If you take these books in this series and the Nikki Heat series for face value they are very enjoyable. They are entertaining and not meant to be serious. Storm is basica ...more
However, the TV show back story was that Richard Castle had originally become famous for a series character named Derrick Storm. After the success of the Nicki Heat ...more
Its rare that you find that a character in your series is made so believable that there are people who write books and publish under his pen name...why would one do that you wonder...and then you pick up the book, just out of curiosity...debating that the book might actually be good because the series is still decent in the 7th season and you still like the author w ...more
Recommendation: Easy breezy mystery plots with heavy political and international crimes being solved by the most capable person of all in CIA; naturally there is lot of intrigue, suspense, a bit gory and edged with light romance.
Storm Front is the fourth Derrick Storm novel published in April of 2013 by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) (My review of the TV series here: http://inspirethoughts.livejournal.co...). In this plot De ...more
First impression: 1 star
Have you ever started reading a book that was so bad that you became convinced the author was doing it on purpose? With characters names like 'Graham Cracker' and 'XXXX Wormsley' and 'Xiangbang'(pronounced she-bang in the book), I quickly decided I must have picked up an audio edition of a comic book. Even the reader gave it a comic-book like cadence.
I admit it, I didn't get the joke. After reading great authors like Vinc ...more
All the way thr ...more
Fictional author or not, I would expect much m ...more
From Tokyo, to Bonn, to London, high-level bankers are being tortured and murdered. The killer, caught in a fleeting glimpse on a surveillance camera, has been described as a psychopath with an eye patch. And that means Gregor Volkov, Derrick Storm's old nemesis, has returned. Knowing only one man can match Volkov's strength and cunning, the CIA calls on Storm to track him down, figure out who he's working for and why. With the help of a beautiful and mysterious foreign agent, Storm discovers a...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this one and will definitely pick up other Derrick Storm books in the future. Sometimes it's necessary to suspend belief while reading a book. Derrick's chasing a plan by running down the runway was just such an event.
Still the action is non-stop and it's a nice mystery for cold winter (I mean spring) evenings. ...more
Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan ...more