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Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel

Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel

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by Kenneth Hoss
When a murder investigation turns Detective Kelli Storm's attention to a drug kingpin, the last thing she expected was to find a link to her father's killer from twenty years earlier.

Detectives Kelli Storm and Bill Hayes are investigating multiple homicides in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood.

When a young woman is murdered, Kelli tracks the


When a murder investigation turns Detective Kelli Storm's attention to a drug kingpin, the last thing she expected was to find a link to her father's killer from twenty years earlier.

Detectives Kelli Storm and Bill Hayes are investigating multiple homicides in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood.

When a young woman is murdered, Kelli tracks the killer to a Gentleman's Club in Manhattan. There she locates an unwilling witness. When the woman is assaulted and left dying, the investigation takes a new twist. The DEA steps in and takes over, forcing Kelli off the case.

She decides to take a different approach. Working behind the scenes, she pulls out one of her father's old case files and finds a connection between the killer and her fathers murder.

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Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tis is an unrealistice and uninformed story which offers nothing of value.
KelleyG More than 1 year ago
As I started reading this book, I realized I hadn't read very many police books. In fact, this might be the first book that I've read in this genre. However, I am a fan of police dramas and have watched several TV shows. I did not care for this book for several reasons.  First, the use of profanity was excessive. There are ways to write a character to show that they're a hard-nosed, no holds bar cop, and that's not through the use of foul language. That is done through character development, which I felt this book was lacking. I never felt connected to the main character, never bought into her story line or her struggle. What is the character arc? I really don't know.  Also, story lines needed to be better fleshed out. For example, in the beginning of the book, you read about Kelli's mother, who seems perfectly fine. Then, in the next chapter, you learn that she has advanced staged Alzheimer disease and needs to placed in a home, and Kelli is able to find a home in the matter of a day or two. It's just not believable. Kelli is also a recovering alcoholic, yet after reading half of the book, this also wasn't believable. There was no story line to show her struggle with this issue or seemingly no reason to even mention that she was a recovering alcoholic. When her ex husband enters the picture, it goes from the two not having seen each other in some time, to all of a sudden, he's planting a kiss on Kelli's cheek as they're about to surprise some bad guys.  Key to the story is this plot line that the current case Kelli is investigating has something to do with her father's death, yet I never fully understood the connection. Even at page 180 I still didn't understand this connection. This story may have the underpinnings of a good novel, but in my opinion, significantly more character and plot development is needed. I also found numerous grammatical and punctuation issues. I normally wouldn't mention this in a review (after all, to err is human), however the number noted in this novel was excessive. If it was edited, it wasn't done well. And the formatting of the paperback wasn't on par. I mention this as for me, the formatting of a book is part of the experience. There were gaps at the end of pages, chapter headings split between multiple pages, etc. A paid service could have managed these types of issues. At first I thought my feelings about the book were due to the fact that I've not read other police procedurals, but after making it halfway through the book, I simply felt that it fell short of being an engaging novel that I could finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Storm Rising a Kelli Storm Novel written by Kenneth Hoss was his debut mystery / detective novel, the first in a series of three. The story follows Kelli through New York in attempts to bust Carlos Rodriguez as a prime drug-dealer, although the DEA complicates matters by protecting him and booting Kelli off the case. Although that's not enough for Kelli to submit to higher, federal authority. With the death of her father twenty-one years ago fueling her ambition to catch his murderer, she consults her ex-husband Kevin and begins investigating the case on her own. Many conflicts such as stabbing and kidnappings arise, helping drive the story forwards. Over-all I give the plot three stars. With polish, Hoss's novel would have been deserving of a higher rating, but the need for more characterization was evident. Poor dialog caused tedious reading, and typographical errors were noted. Early in the story he uses many abbreviations, with little or to no indication as to what they stand for. For folks unfamiliar with detective novels, such as myself, this proves problematic. I would suggest in future novels, before abbreviating anything, the whole phrase should be said first. Dead on Arrival (DOA). Medical Examiner (ME). Kenneth Hoss rarely did this, assuming his readers knew each and every abbreviation. Hoss is a promising new author, though I hope to see future work containing more character development and less forced dialog.
GettingWell More than 1 year ago
Reading Storm Rising by Kenneth Hoss was like watching several entertaining episodes back-to-back of a television crime show set in New York City such as NYPD. There were conflicts and resolutions in all levels: between the local police and the Feds; between the local police and the criminals; within the protagonist herself, Kelli Storm; and among the characters immediately surrounding Kelli, such as her ex-husband, ex-boyfriend, and mother. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next, so I finished the book in an afternoon. Just like a television series, not all conflicts were resolved. I look forward to the next book in the Kelli Storm series.
trp99 More than 1 year ago
Kelli Storm is a great character. There is just enough back story about her that you really understand where is coming from and why she reacts the way she does. If you like fiction crime books this one will really draw you in. It begins well (no slow start like a lot of books) and ends with you wanting to know what happens next. Thank goodness Kenneth Hoss is promising a sequel. Great start to a promising new author.
Timothy White More than 1 year ago
Great debut. I look forward to seeing how the characters develop in the future.
kjhoss More than 1 year ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a New Series, June 15, 2011 By Todd W Bush "Todd W. Bush" (South FL) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel (Kindle Edition) Ken has written a fabulous book with a tremendous main character. Kelli Storm is one of those characters you want to follow through several books just to see how deep Kenneth Hoss will take you inside her life and her story. I highly recommend this book!