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  • 05/2019
  • 978-1097475285
  • 283 pages
  • $4.99
The Advancing Storm
One by one, a group of top Department of Defense research scientists are dead. Each instance appears to be a random act of violence or a fateful suicide. Halfway around the world, a military conflict in Korea escalates. Marine Lieutenant Danny Gallaher survives after being injured and captured by enemy forces, only to learn during his recovery that his father has died while skydiving, and his older brother was brutally killed while investigating a lead in their father's death. As the battle-tested marine delves into the tragic deaths of his family members and those of his father's military colleagues, Gallaher uncovers a sinister plot to hijack a game-changing weapons system and to use it to upset the balance of world power.
Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
Originality: 3 out of 10
Prose: 2 out of 10
Character/Execution: 2 out of 10
Overall: 3.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The paint-by-numbers patina of Valletta's narrative might well be a comfort to fans of military thrillers, but the novel's ungainly mix of murders most foul and high-tech terrorism makes for an occasionally sluggish read.

Prose/Style: The writing style meanders among stilted, implausible, wordy, and occasionally confusing; in addition, the story's pace is slowed considerably by technological information dumps--far too much detail is offered about military hardware for the average reader.

Originality: The author's attempt at a one-man-saves-the-world storyline breaks little new ground, and one intriguing element--a military conflict toppling the North Korean government--is glossed over to the novel's detriment. 

Character Development: As a savior figure, Danny Gallaher is sadly two-dimensional, and many of the story's characters are fairly generic types, with little development beyond their stereotypical military roles.

Date Submitted: August 07, 2019

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Ebook Details
  • 05/2019
  • 978-1097475285
  • 283 pages
  • $4.99

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