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Stormhaven Rising

(Atlas and the Winds #1)

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Librarian's Note: This is an alternate-cover edition for ASIN B01DN86L2G

How far will a president go to keep a possible world-ending disaster secret, and how far can a wealthy industrialist go to make sure the truth gets out?
Facing a global catastrophe, Colton Taylor finds himself locked into a collision course with the US Government as he tries to save humanity from destr
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Kindle Edition, 431 pages
Published February 2017 by Rivenstone Press (first published April 11th 2016)
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Zachry Wheeler
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard science fiction is notoriously difficult to get right. More often times than not, authors unload their expertise and end up burdening the story. The result is a flat plot, or worse, a loss of plausibility. On the flip side, those who do it right (think The Martian by Andy Weir), manage to create worlds that are both technically sound and totally engrossing.

Stormhaven Rising by Eric Michael Craig is one such book. My appreciation of this story can be boiled down to a single word: restraint.
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E.M. Swift-Hook
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world is about to end - but no one is telling

Several years ago, Carter and I circulated a plan to deflect large asteroids by using a series of timed nuclear detonations.

Stormhaven Rising is a fascinating book. It is billed as science-fiction - and it is, superb and hard 'real' science fiction where the physics stands out for being fully feasible - but it could also be quite happy sitting on a shelf next to political thrillers or even near future dystopia novels. In fact anyone who enjoys a w
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Jeanette
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Stormhaven Rising Eric Michael Craig breathes new life in the story of a massive asteroid on track to hit the earth in two years’ time. Part political thriller, part hard science, part teetering on the edges of 'space opera', the novel details the various responses to the threat of a chilling global catastrophe.

The US government wants to put a lid on the news while they scramble to come up with a solution to counteract the threat. Meanwhile, Colton (Cole) Taylor, a brilliant and innovative f
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Leo McBride
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want a book with all the feeling of a blockbuster, then this hits the spot.
This is Big science-fiction, with a capital B, spanning a host of characters around the globe and beyond. Earth is under threat with an asteroid big enough to wipe out life on the planet tumbling through space towards our little blue orb, and this is the story of how the world responds. Does it unite as one to face the threat? Does it ever?
As different nations start to deal with the threat in different ways, a sc
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Dan Gillis
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stormhaven Rising is an engaging study of humanity in the grip of peril. With a world ending event looming dangerously near, those capable of solving the crisis are in conflict over the solution to the event. One area that really shines in the novel is how the characters contend over their ideas and solutions. With the weight of unavoidable cataclysm looming, a natural arena of thought and ego arise. I enjoy this particular element the most as it allows for great conflict and exposes character f ...more
Eric
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the reviews I had read gave this book five stars. Slow in developing, I thought and excessive use of acronyms. The author provided a glossary of terms and list of characters at the beginning, however unless you play with location numbers, it is a bit of a pain to go back and forth in a Kindle. A good powerful ending.

Ayn Rand and George Orwell would have enjoyed the bullying by big brother government.

Credit for Eric Michael Craig to include real science in the fiction.

I will go on with th
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Geoff Habiger
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced thrill ride. That is my four word summation of Stormhaven Rising. This science fiction thriller fuses real, cutting-edge science within a very plausible scenario; what if we discovered an asteroid – one that could threaten all life on earth – and we only have 2 years (698 days) before it strikes the Earth? What would our response be? How would people, and countries, react?

Set in a near-future astronomers at Kitt Peak Observatory make a startling discovery, an asteroid about 12 cubic
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Florian Armas
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By its own consideration, Stormhaven Rising is a book describing “the battle between human ego and the relentless nature of Destiny where the price of failure is nothing less than the end of Civilization”. In plain text, an asteroid is planning a rendezvous with Earth. In two years. Dark scenarios abound. People in power are scared, not only for the crash, but also because they are expecting a mass hysteria, if the information about the asteroid becomes public. Plans are made. One to save Earth, ...more
Mary Woldering
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stormhaven Rising is a well-planned novel with a large cast of players. They are presented at the beginning of the book for easy reference. The novel fits in the science-fiction genre, but seems more future feasible than fictional with a generous helping of an unfolding political thriller. The first book is called Atlas and the Winds. A second book has recently been published and is called Prometheus and the Dragon.

The story is about the discovery of a civilization ending asteroid that is headi
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Wesley Britton
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


The concept of the destruction of earth because of an asteroid crashing into our planet can be traced back to 1933’s When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. Since then, sci fi novels and high-octane Hollywood films have used the idea for a number of cinematic thrillrides from Armageddon to Asteroid to Deep Impact.

In When Worlds Collide, Scientist Cole Hedron built two spaceships that took survivors to a second approaching planet to give humans a second chance. It’s difficult not to
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Jeremy Schofield
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Upon first picking up Stormhaven Rising, I read the premise and thought "Hmmm...giant asteroid about to hit Earth with an international cast of characters...must be an updated version of Lucifer's Hammer." My thought was incorrect, to say the least. The book starts with an asteroid threat, veers into theoretical physics, adds enough military intrigue for a Tom Clancy novel, and adds a layer of geopolitical suspense. I read this book every night before bed and always had to force myself to put it ...more
Ducky
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stormhaven Rising is an apt title for a book that pits a charismatic genius and his team of brilliant engineers, scientists and artists against the US government. Eric Michael Craig has a good handle on the unfortunate reality of how competing governments will risk the extinction of the human race rather than cooperate to stop a giant asteroid from hitting the earth. While the US and China launch separate and conflicting programs, Stormhaven, led by Colton Taylor, is making plans to save a small ...more
L.N. Denison
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stormhaven Rising is a multifaceted story based around the prospect of an Asteroid hitting the earth at breakneck speed, and the lengths that could be taken if something like that were to happen. The story is told from several prospectives, from a political and scientific stand point.

The plot was slightly reminiscent, and please don't judge me for comparing a book to a film (or films, in this case), but it reminded me of a cross between Deep Impact and Armageddon...but only in places.

There was a
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Jane Jago
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay. Mindbending. And so possible. Another one of those books that has you looking over your shoulder. But. Exquisitely written. I may be in love
Leland Lydecker
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stormhaven Rising: A Grim But Inspiring Read
In the wake of the discovery of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, the United States government scrambles to contain the news before it can spark a panic– but some secrets are too big to keep. Soon they aren’t the only ones rushing to devise countermeasures.

Their most viable competitors are the Chinese, and a global megacorporation to end all megacorporations: Stormhaven, founded and run by uber wealthy reclusive genius Colton Taylor. (Think
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S. Thomas
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Earth is doomed! A Rhode Island sized asteroid rears its ugly head two years ahead of schedule on its collision course. The question is, what will really destroy the planet, a big rock potato or people and their politics? Enter Stormhaven! This is a secretive high tech company and planned community with a Richard Branson-ish maverick CEO and a plan that just might keep humans alive and bickering. Can Earth’s super-powers (governments, not guys in spandex) keep from tripping over one another in a ...more
Denna
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-series
Okay, you realistic sci-fi fanatics out there, you’re gonna love this one. I felt as though I’d been placed into the hands of a master science fiction storyteller. Real characters, (faults and all) plausible realistic plot, and exciting, descriptive setting.

A large asteroid is headed straight for earth, humans facing almost certain extinction if it hits. The government, not surprising, wants to keep the asteroid a secret, an attempt to hold off world-wide panic. But there are others, such as Col
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Darrell Nelson
International Politics, Governments attacking a good and noble corporation, Government suppressing free speech, and oh yeah, an asteroid is going to destroy the Earth.
First off, I loved how Eric Michael Craig handled the asteroid coming to destroy Earth. I know the asteroid destroying Earth is now a cliche, Craig breaks the cliche by not having the attempts to stop it being totally absurd. He quickly shoots down all laughable ideas Hollywood has used in an amusing way. He even does a more realis
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S.E. Sasaki
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Prepare yourself for a great ride with Stormhaven Rising! This novel delivers the real goods. It has a great plot, realistic characters, gripping action, and believable science.

An enormous asteroid is bearing down on Earth and the U.S. government tries to hide the news from its citizens to avoid a panic. Scientists and astronomers who want the information to be released are hunted down. Colton Taylor and the employees of Stormhaven are working on a way to save the Earth but find themselves batt
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Darran Handshaw
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stormhaven Rising was a blast to read the whole way through. It shows a realistic portrayal of how Earth might react to the impending threat of annhilation by asteroid. From the political nonsense to the scientific mitigations, it really hits the nail on the head.

It isn't just a pending apocalypse book set in the modern time either - there's a corporation called Stormhaven that has technology that you'd imagine in a typical sci-fi book and the way they factor into the story is quite interesting.
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Victor Acquista
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best science fiction book I have read in a long time. Author Eric Michael Craig has given us a well written and compelling story with memorable characters and lots of human drama. While the plot evokes memories of Lucifer's Hammer, which I read a long time ago, the science and politics in Stormhaven Rising are what make this a standout novel. The plot unfolds across multiple intersecting story lines in a fast paced story sequence that is difficult to put down. Highly recommended!
Shahana Norton
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily one of my favorite books lately. I've been through it about 5 times so far and each time I catch new things. It's the sort of book that could be called sci fi, but it's also political and emotional and cultural and then, of course, science. I think this is a book that just about anyone could find something to enjoy within the pages.
Joyce Hertzoff
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An asteroid-about-to-hit-Earth story with a twist, with multiple viewpoints, each one having logical motivations.
TDCbookreviews
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stormhaven Rising is a hard science fiction that revolves around a dire end of-the-world theme. A massive meteor is screaming towards earth, large enough to send civilization back to using sticks and rocks (assuming they survive). Given that is is a hard science fiction, you can't expect to find much fantasy-like elements in the story. Each example of fiction is usually backed by some form of provable science. This is good in a way that it provides a sense of dark realism, and it prompts readers ...more
Ducky
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stormhaven Rising is an apt title for a book that pits a charismatic genius and his team of brilliant engineers, scientists and artists against the US government. Eric Michael Craig has a good handle on the unfortunate reality of how competing governments will risk the extinction of the human race rather than cooperate to stop a giant asteroid from hitting the earth. While the US and China launch separate and conflicting programs, Stormhaven, led by Colton Taylor, is making plans to save a small ...more
Bob Goddard
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What happens when a threat to all humanity is uncovered? The world’s governments close ranks to cover it up. In the United States, a secret they consider too devastating for the public to handle, must be buried using any means possible, whatever the cost.
And so politics and morality spiral out of control, with calls for bigger bombs and tougher sanctions, until a private company steps into the breach. Can Stormhaven’s unique technologies offer a way out? Is anybody listening as the big guns are
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Eric
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Classic world building like Clarke and Anderson

Stormhaven Rising is an ambitious project, where Eric Michael Craig has looked at various aspects of science, politics, and even religion and extrapolated them from the world we know into the future.
In some ways it reminded me of across between Poul Anderson's Harvest of Stars and Arthur C. Clarke's Hammer of God.
This novel builds the world, political interactions, and how one corporation fit together like Harvest the Stars all to the backdrop of t
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David Kelly
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great hard sci-fi that doesn't pull any punches
This is a terrific book that treats its subject matter in a smart and thoughtful way. The premise is nothing new-there's a deadly asteroid heading straight for earth-but this threat is portrayed in the book in a realistic and thoughtful way. I found the sheer number of characters a little too much at times but nevertheless a great read, and highly recommended for sci-fi fans.
Susan
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well done story of the earthpeople's reaction to a world wide threat. Realistic and timely topic.
Nick
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Eric Michael Craig is a "harder-edged" Science Fiction writer living in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico. He is the former Director of Research for a private consulting laboratory in Phoenix, where he experimented with inertial propulsion and power generation technologies.

Eric is a founding member of the SciFi Roundtable. The SFRT is an active online group dedicated to supporting indie and tra
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