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Black Rain: A Thriller

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    exciting Mayan mythological thriller

    National Research Institute (NRI) undercover operative Danielle Laidlaw leads a specially selected team on a journey into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest in search of a lost legendary Mayan Underworld Xibalba. Their goal is to learn the source of mysterious radioactive crystals that appears to be a cheap clean energy source brought back in artifacts by Blackjack Martin in 1926, but ignored until now.

    In Manaus, Brazil, colleague Arnold Moore shocks her when he tells her she goes in alone as Operations Director Gibbs recalled him to DC. Irate but intrepid Laidlaw trusts no one on this expedition to have her back; as Moore was the one person she would and could depend on with her life. Having her transportation and supplies bought from under her; Laidlaw knows her party is not the only group searching for Xibalba. Ruthless billionaire Richard Kaufman will kill to monopolize the technology. Danger also lurks from tribes like the nomadic Chollokwan that kill trespassers and a strange creature that is even more dangerous. Unbeknownst to Laidlaw and her team is that they are the second unit NRI sent into the Amazon; the first group is presumed dead.

    Black Rain is an exciting Mayan mythological thriller with a frantic pace once Laidlaw leaves Manaus for the jungle. Filled with violence and brutality including some unnecessarily overly described passages that feel more like page fillers than graphic escapades, readers will be caught up with one of the fastest action-packed thrillers of the year; seat belts are a requirement.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    A Great Action-Adventure Suspense Novel, Looking Forward to Sequel!

    Every good action-adventure novel that's going to take a story and morph it into an edge-of-your-seat thriller needs to be based on a bit of truth. Or rather, legend that could be truth. Graham Brown's debut novel Black Rain exemplifies this type of thriller, taking a Mayan legend and transforming it into a modern suspense thriller, complete with ex-CIA agents, lost temples, covert agendas, angry jungle-dwelling villagers, and big scary monsters.

    Searching for the lost Mayan "Garden of Eden," a place called Tulan Zuyua, NRI operative Danielle Laidlaw and her band of "soldiers" trek through the Brazilian jungle in search of Mayan artifacts which should not be located so far south of the equator. Aided by ex-CIA agent Hawker, Mayan History Professor McCarter and his student Susan, and a handful of muscle-and-gun-clad South Africans, Danielle must lead her team through the jungle, while protecting them from an ancient people, the Chollokwan, as well as whatever monsters scream through the trees at night. Betrayed and hunted by more than just a mythical beast, what Danielle and her team find will surprise them all, as will the steps they must take in order to survive. Black Rain is an excellent action-suspense science-fiction novel among the likes of James Rollins, and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

    Brown's writing was skillful and I was thankful his female voice was realistic. I did not have to question a male author writing a female voice as I've frequently done with other novels, since Danielle read true to me, as did her actions. There was a lot of information in this novel, and several multi-part answers or theories which made me feel like I'd forgotten pieces by the end (especially with the Mayan legend), but it wasn't enough to make me disappointed. There are many strings, not all of which are tied by the conclusion, but I found I preferred the ending as it was, with a bit of a cliffhanger. Especially since Brown is writing a sequel.

    Overall Black Rain is a great read if you like modern suspense novels grounded in ancient legends. Since I love those books I was definitely hoping to enjoy Graham Brown's debut novel, and I was not disappointed. A happy 4 stars and an urge to Brown to hurry up with the sequel!

    (I received this ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewers)

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    The dust jacket was a little off.  This is a great Mayan archeol

    The dust jacket was a little off.  This is a great Mayan archeological tale that you'll enjoy.  Riff with temples and gods and mystery!  Oh my!  A solid story, yet the number of characters left me a little confused at times.  Once the excess was murdered off, a few main characters started to shine.  I feel the second story in this series (Black Sun) is going to be better.  I'm off to find out!

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Look forward to the sequel

    I purchased the ebook version after reading some customer reviews that compared the author to Douglas Preston and/or Lincoln Child. The plot held my interest from beginning to end. However, there is nothing new to find in the story. It seemed like an amalgam of several books I've read. But more importantly, to me anyway, was that I actually cared about the characters and look forward to the sequel, Black Sun, due out in August.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    The Amazon may hold an artifact so valuable that it would allow endless clean energy. One group was sent out a week ago but they vanished without a trace. Another team is put together without the knowledge of the first failed attempt to retrieve this priceless piece.

    Danielle is the leader of this expedition into the Mayan city. She and her companions begin their search but they were not prepared for what this trip had in store for them.

    I'm a sucker when it comes to thrillers. There were parts that made me think of Indiana Jones (I love those movies). It was definitely a fast-paced, fun read.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Entertaining

    Interesting story leading to an unexpected ending.

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