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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  33 reviews
The Ark Storm is coming—a catastrophic weather event that will unleash massive floods and wreak more damage on California than the feared "Big One." One man wants to profit from it. Another wants to harness it to wage jihad on American soil. One woman stands in their way: Dr. Gwen Boudain, a brave and brilliant meteorologist.

When Boudain notices that her climate readings a
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Forge Books
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Lynne Nunyabidness
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, climate-change
Ark Storm isn't your average disaster book, where the focus is on the event and the horror it unleashes. The titular storm only occurs in, maybe, the last fifth of the book. Instead, the book is more of a thriller focused on the events leading up to the storm. These involve a confluence of activities and events that include suspicious car crashes, dead prostitutes, traumatized scientists, financial shenanigans, mysterious ex-military types, venture capitalists with a god complex, international t ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A book with an interesting premise (I thought it was fun reading about a superstorm and flood during a huge drought in the very area the book described) that is largely undercut by the cliched characters and storyline.

Mary Sue protagonist? Check.
Sensitive Special Forces Guy Boyfriend? Check.

And so on down the checklist. There is potential here, but really, this one contains so many cliches that I mentally checked out for a large portion of the book.

When the
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
ARK STORM is a very exciting, fast-paced, scientific techno-thriller. This book was written in the perfect style for the story. There are 154 short chapters. The point of view and location changes with each one. This adds to the quick, fast-changing, movie-like feel of the book. The science of the weather patterns and potential disastrous events feel right on, like it really could happen. The financial profit-making that occurs in the story seems very likely, and the terrorist angle rings true. ...more
Jessica Bronder
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gwen Boudain has developed weather tracking software and has reached out to Gabriel Messenger for funding to help her software expand. But Gabriel has a creation of his own. He has used Gwen’s software to create rain or even prevent rain in selected areas. This has the potential to help out areas in need or the ability to be used for a weapon. And that is exactly what is happening.

Gwen has been followed and her weather software is about to be stolen by a man that wants to use it to destroy Amer
Mike Dettinger
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The new thriller Ark Storm is a fast moving and engaging tale of weather jihad, killer capitalists, and heroic scientists. Once a technology for amping up rainfall and storms is developed and falls into the hands of the bad guys, the heroic climatologist has to wade in and bring down the scheme to demolish California with an super-sized ArkStorm.

As it happens, I am the developer of the original detailed ARkStorm scenario, so I know the science of these things. The science of the storm and ampin
Claude Hollebecque
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Linda Davies did it again. Linda keeps you enthralled from the beginning till the end while building the crescendo like a virtuoso. In all her books the female hero’s (thanks for portraying women in their most vulnerable and strong moments: they are indefinitely recognisable) have been through the hurdles of life. Scarred and scared but never giving up. Modern women facing and overcoming life. Linda does her research well and her stories are compelling and sound plausible. Her books left me with ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
First off, thank you Tor for sending me a copy to review! Although this genre of novel is a bit out of my wheelhouse, change is always welcomed. While I was reading this I kept reminiscing about the film "day after tomorrow" which has somewhat similar weather related phenomena in it. I am a sucker for big event apocalyptic weather and this book did not disappoint. Weaponized weather devices and the like have seemingly come into more and more novels and films, and I thought Davies used the concep ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent terrorism by weather!!! This is a really exciting thriller with lots of science included. I have family living in California so the premise is scary. A strong female main character leads this one with definite skills. The world of high finance and intrigue along beside the weather science is a new twist as well.A truly fun read, very entertaining.
Thoroughly enjoyed this clever thriller in which weather is used as a weapon. Well located (on the Californian coast) and tense with strong characterisation (excellent heroine) and some intriguing twists, I'm sure this will be among my top thriller reads of the year.

Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The 'storm' was refreshing! I loved it. The first page-turned I've read in awhile. It kept me up nights. I couldn't put it down. The action was paced perfectly and the characters were real and believable. My new favourite thriller. ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was like a frustrating cross between a cheap romance novel and a pulp science fiction novel, without achieving whatever payoff you'd expect from either of those genres. I could not finish it. And that's saying something. ...more
Debbie Carnes
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book it was full of action.

The story sounds like something that could happen for real.Which makes it very scary and more interesting
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book. Well researched, good action, good story ... . I particularly like the fact that the author has a professional background, and it showes.
Desiree Miller
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Good idea. Little choppy. Storyline fell apart at the end.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if? What if a billionaire terrorist has found a new way to wreak devastation on the United States?
And what if he and a few others could make millions while doing it by using insider information to cheat the market? They are going to create an ARk storm to wage jihad by weather and destroy a good part of California and it's economy while they're at it.
Enter beautiful surfer girl/meteorologist Gwen Bourdain and ex-Navy Seal/journalist Dan Jacobsen to figure out who the villains are and how t
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you like science with you fiction, as well as a little bit of action, this is the book for you. The romance isn't even that cringey either! ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gwen Boudain is a meteorologist working on a program she calls Oracle that she���s hoping can predict catastrophic storms earlier than any other models. She wants to use this program to warn people of extreme weather coming their way and potentially save lives. In order to complete her project she needs funding. Billionaire Gabriel Messenger offers to fund Oracle in return for her expertise and help building a project that his company is working on. Gwen is initially skeptical of this program th ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meteorologist Doctor Gwen Boudain has researched a method for predicting and controlling the Atmospheric River 1000, a naturally-occurring storm that periodically threatens California. Her boss intends to profit from her work by selling the research to a hostile nation along with a process that will allow those enemies to increase its effect, thereby creating a devastating torrential downpour.

What follows is a mile-a-minute, pulse-pounding thriller as Gwen, aided by Navy SEAL-turned newspaper r
Susan Beamon
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We all learned the cycle of water when we were in grade school. The water is in the ocean. Warm air caused the water to turn into vapor and rise up in the atmosphere, where they become clouds. When the air chills enough, we get rain and the water eventually returns to the ocean. What we didn't learn is just how much water is in this cycle. We have invisible rivers in our upper atmosphere, called atmospheric rivers, which gives us the ARk in the title of this weather thriller. A jihadist plans to ...more
Mar 14, 2015 added it
This book was a very exciting book from the start to the finish. Gwen is a meteorologist who has invented a machine that could predicate when the next mega storm could happen. She was hired by a company that invented a machine that could make it rain called Zeus; add to that a terrorist that wants to use both machines to destroy southern California and a mega storm that does actually happen and you have a recipe for an exciting book.
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
One thing that drove me crazy about this book was the author's constant use of the word "reckon." This is more of a regional word, and I do not think it would be coming out of the mouth of Californians from all walks of life. "Guess" would be a good synonym, and that word would not call up visions of cowboys walking through dusty streets, saying, "I reckon you need some help, little lady." ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
What if a terrorist could control the weather? Create a storm of massive proportion that would decimate coastal California? A very quick read about a meteorologist and a journalist that set out to foil this terrorist plan.
Raoul Jerome
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good plot, good character development, a little bit wacky premise but eventually believable. A little love & romance, good guys, bad guys, much adventure--all those things that make this type of read a good one for me.
Ryan Hillis
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great Thriller about a major Hitting California!!!
Lois Plale
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Not a bad thriller about terrorists using the Atmospheric River to destroy California and basically wreak havoc on the US economy
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent book! I liked the characters, even though some seemed to have 'super powers" of durability. The scenerio was very plausible and overall captivating. ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an EXCELLENT book! I will have a review up on my blog this coming week. Thanks to Ardi ALspach at TOR for sending this one my way!
Jerome Pinderski
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
A good story. A little slow at times. Interesting plot.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting novel. Story was ok but the science around the storm was interesting.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I hope I never see the word "reckon" again. ...more
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With the publication of her debut novel, Nest of Vipers, a book that would become a celebrated international bestseller, Linda Davies launched a new genre and a new career. But long before the global book deals and stellar reviews in the New York Times, Linda was logging 80 hour work weeks as one of the first women investment bankers in the City of London. At nights and weekends, she’d squeeze in ...more

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