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Posted February 20, 2008
Couldn't be Better
Parker's people are real and profound, as are his stories. The beauty of this story is it's simple, but well-executed plot. No superfluous convolutions here, unlike many of today's authors, who seem to think simplicity is a sin.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2008
Mystery of gangs, power companies, and weather control
Matt Stromsoe and Mike Tavarez were the best of friends in high school. They marched in the band at the same time although Stromsoe was the Drum Major in their late years of school. Both boys loved Hallie, but Mike ended up winning her in marriage, which disappointed Matt. Mike was always into gangs in school and afterwards. Matt became a cop. Little did Matt know that his future included a marriage to Hallie after Tavarez had beaten and abused her during their married years. And, also unknown to Matt was that Tavarez would kill Hallie and their son Billie while intending to kill Matt because he had taken Hallie away from him. Matt survived the blast that occurred in their garage but with many injuries including a lost eye that was replaced by a glass eye. His physical injuries were terrible but his mental anguish was even greater. Tavarez had become a thief and armed robber and was eventually caught and sentenced to prison while Matt went on to work for a private investigation firm. Tavarez became a controller of Mexican Mafia and other gangs in prison and by communication devices he also was a boss of gangs outside of prison. His control dominated most of the gangs throughout the nation with the assistance of some corrupt prison guards. Matt finally felt more comfortable in talking with a woman reporter and told his story so all could know it. His story to the reporter started from his youth, his friendship with Tavares, the terrible torture given to Hallie, the marriage of Matt and Hallie, the birth of Billie, and the horrible death of Hallie and Billie. Dan Birch, the owner of the PI firm that hired Stromsoe, received a call from a weather reporter in San Diego requesting protection from a stalker she had been seen too many times near her and taking pictures of her. The reporter, Frankie Hatfield, had also taken pictures of the stalker and was fearful for what his intention might be. Birch placed Stromsoe on the case. He was sent to San Diego to meet with and gather the facts of the case, view the pictures, and ascertain what needed done to protect Frankie. Frankie and Matt hit it off very well and Matt knew he had to protect this woman to keep her safe and not hurt or killed like his wife and son had been. Frankie had a secret formula to make rain more intense that had been passed down from her grandfather but never written down. The formula was kept entirely in Frankie¿s memory. Matt accompanied Frankie from site to site as she moved her reporting locations to various areas and backgrounds. Almost at once Matt saw the stalker and gave chase. The first chase was unsuccessful but he didn¿t give up. His aching bones and joints gave him problems chasing but his desire to keep Frankie safe intensified his efforts. The Department of Water and Power for the area was led by some that had heard of Frankie and her grandfather before her and their experiments about rain. They desperately wanted that formulas so they could make mountains of money controlling the rainfall that eventually fed the city of Los Angeles with their water supply. Eventually the contacts were established between the DWP and Tavarez in prison where he could arrange the brutalizing or killing of anyone. He had money and made more every day and felt he could buy anyone. The desire for the power and control of the water supply and its use was strong and it seemed no obstacle was too much for those involved to dispose of anyone in the way. Stromsoe and Frankie, along with other law enforcement had their hands full trying to protect Frankie. Naturally the more Matt and Frankie saw each other the more interested they became in each other. This only enforced Matt¿s desire to save her from any harm. Storm Runners is an excellent story from which the reader can learn much about the infrastructure of water and power on the west coast of the United States. While fictional this story has the possibility of maki
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Posted January 8, 2007
What a wild ride!
I had the pleasure of reading an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher. This is a must have book for anyone who loves to read. I have found a new favorite author! I could actually see the scenes playing out as I read them. Very descriptive author. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
An exciting suspenseful thriller
In California, Mike Tavarez, a top gun in the Mexican Mafia La Eme, sets off a bomb intended to kill Orange County detective Matt Stromsoe. Matt is severely injured, but his wife and son die in the blast. As he heals physically, the scars remain mentally although Tavarez, his former high school classmate, is convicted of murder and sentenced to spend life in prison.--------------------- Finally able to go back to work, Stromsoe accepts work guarding San Diego meteorologist Frankie Leigh from a stalker. Stromsoe soon realizes that the culprit was hired by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to prevent Leigh, whom they consider a major nuisance, from presenting her research into rainmaking.--------------- This is an exciting suspenseful thriller that has a great opening sentence that sets the stage for the two antagonists. The story line is fast-paced with the audience totally hooked with a High Noon anticipation from T. Jefferson Parker cleverly building up from that first line crescendo. The deep look at La Eme interwoven into the plot is fascinating and Mr. Parker provides a fabulous crime thriller with a touch of weather science to enhance the stormy confrontational expectations as everyone knows what weather is coming.------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.