Storming Heaven (2 Cassettes)

Storming Heaven (2 Cassettes)

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by Kyle Mills, Joe Grafasi
     
 

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Maverick FBI agent Mark Beamon has been given one last chance by the Bureau. Shunted into a job running a sleepy Southwest office, Beamon is under strict orders to shape up and do things "by the book." There's only one problem. Crime doesn't go by "the book."

Flagstaff, Arizona, is shocked when a millionaire auto dealer and his wife are brutally murdered in an

Overview

Maverick FBI agent Mark Beamon has been given one last chance by the Bureau. Shunted into a job running a sleepy Southwest office, Beamon is under strict orders to shape up and do things "by the book." There's only one problem. Crime doesn't go by "the book."

Flagstaff, Arizona, is shocked when a millionaire auto dealer and his wife are brutally murdered in an apparent botched robbery and kidnapping. It's one of the bloodiest, clumsiest crimes Special Agent Beamon has ever seen. The missing teenage daughter, Jennifer Davis, who stands to inherit everything, is the prime suspect. Did she and her rock star boyfriend fake her "kidnapping?" The boyfriend has an alibi, and Beamon has a feeling. Something is not right about this case - something is definitely not "by the book." With his new assistant in tow, and his new girlfriend all but forgotten, Beamon follows a trail of faint clues and strong hunches that lead from a remote cabin in the Utah Mountains, through the labyrinthine headquarters of the cult-like Church of the Evolution, into the shadowy, interlocking boardrooms of a high-tech communications empire.

Beamon has tossed "the book" aside again, and Washington is furious. Time is running out, and Beamon's career - not to mention a young girl's life - is on the line. Kyle Mills's Rising Phoenix was a bestseller nationwide, and won widespread critical praise. Storming Heaven is certain to ensure his place as one of the most talented new writers of adventure fiction today.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This formulaic second novel starring maverick FBI agent Mark Beamon (after Rising Phoenix, 1997) suffers from contrived plotting, ponderous pacing and lapses of credibility. Now exiled to the rural environs of the Arizona bureau office, Beamon is called off the golf course to investigate what initially seems to be the murder of a couple by their disappeared teenaged daughter; although no federal crime is suggested until well into the investigation, G-man Beamon doesn't let details like jurisdiction bother him. And as it happens, young suspect Jennifer Davis has been kidnapped by the Kneissians, a sort of Mooney-like PTL Club, because she is in actuality the granddaughter of the sect's patriarch. The old man is dying, and he plans for her to take his place. However, his surrogate daughter, Sara, has other plans, and she uses the church's millions of members, billions of dollars and tentacular reaches into the highest levels of government and finance to ensure her own rise to power. All of which we know long before Beamon agonizingly figures it out. Suspended and thereby free to "break the rules," Beamon pursues Jennifer's kidnappers through the snowy streets of Flagstaff, with far-fetched strokes of luck and acts of derring-do better suited to old cop shows than to a novel. Shot through with clich s, inane dialogue and unnecessary accounts of Beamon's propensity for strong drink and tobacco, the novel slips along to a highly predictable conclusion. Rights, William Morris Agency. (Aug.)
Library Journal
After the success of last year's Rising Phoenix, Mills returns with maverick FBI agent Mark Beamon, whose hunt for a kidnapped teenage girl is bringing him nothing but harassment.
Kirkus Reviews
A second novel thatþs several cuts above the average thriller, largely because it keeps to a human level and oils its wheels with immensely amusing non sequiturs. Once again, Mills (Rising Phoenix,1997) focuses on a quasi-religious group as a basis for the story's moral ambiguities. This time, it's the Church of the Evolution, whose 11 million clean-cut members parallel Scientology's in paying heavy dues to rise through stages and achieve jealously guarded top status as "clears." The group in this case is led not by L. Ron Hubbard but by the much more brilliant and human 80-year-old Albert Kneiss. Like Scientology, the Church has its so-called enemies in Germany, but here this is only a publicity ploy to attract Americans devoted to religious freedom. Kneiss, however, the messenger of God who returns to Earth every 2,000 years, is dyingþor rather ascending to Godþand a replacement leader is needed. This turns out to be Kneiss's long-hidden granddaughter Jennifer Davis, whose mother is dead but who has been adopted by secret Church members Eric and Patricia Davis. All along, the Church's business and membership sides have been run by Sara Renslier, Millsþs charismatic villain, who now has Jennifer kidnaped and her "parents" killed before her eyes. Investigating is Mark Beamon, a loose cannon FBI agent whoþs been given a post in Flagstaff to run. Overweight, overdrinking Beamon is no beauty but has a very heady IQ and the highest success rate in the Bureau for solving kidnapings. Now, though, he finds himself up against an organization with fantastic powers, with members (like the Mormons) everywhereþin Congress, the Bureau, the police. Soon, his creditcards are turned to zilch, his every move dogged, a painful rumor is spread that heþs a child molester, and news stories appear about his drinking. Even the Bureau's ready to crush him. Mills shapes his stereotypes with human clay, and excels at one-liners that quickly draw a reader into his spirited storytelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694519712
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.52(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Kyle Mills is the author of Sphere of Influence, Burn Factor, Free Fall, Storming Heaven, and Rising Phoenix.

Kyle Mills lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. When he's not writing, he is skiing and rock-climbing.

In addition to extensive theater and television work, Joe Grifasi has starred in numerous films, among them Natural Born Killers, Benny and Joon, Presumed Innocent, and The Naked Gun.

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Storming Heaven 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
SyracuseOrangeman311 More than 1 year ago
A little difficult to get into at first, but by the end I could not put the book down. Very suspenseful, especially at the end. A great book overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first I have read of Mills, I will read more. Tough to put down, excellent characters, and wonderful plot. Highly recommend this book. While investigating a murder/kidnapping, the main character gets to close to a well connected powerful religous cult, and they turn his life upside down to prevent him from getting the truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 15 years old and I got this book from my mother! I've always been interested in reading and I love mystery books! When I picked up Storming Heaven, I couldn't put it down! The suspence just keeps building and it has you flipping pages for hours! (Feel free to e-mail me!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book, I couldn't seem to ever put it down. The characters kyle mills created were excellent, and I'm looking forward to one day seeing this in the movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very good. Your web site used to select it is cumbersome, slow and difficult to navigate and use. Much improvement is needed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried hard to like this book, but it's too much like a bad movie that never gets better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got through only 200 grueling pages of this book and could go no further. If your thing is an easy to guess plot mixed with characters that you could not care less about, then this book is for you. This was my first Kyle Mills book and quite possibly my last. I'm not saying Mills is not a good author, he's just not my cup of tea.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mills does a great job keeping the reader turning the pages. The plot and the twists are totally original. This may very well become a movie in the future.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An exciting plot, great characters, fascinating settings, and world class writing combine to make this one of the best novels of the year. I thought Storming Heaven was superb in every way. I didn't think his first book was all that great but this one certainly is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a super good book. fast flowing with lots of surprises.doesn't let you down at any time. leaves you wanting more.makes you want to find other books by this author.cain't wait for his next book to be released,in the meantime i plan to read all his previous books to see just what i've been missing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing. Grabs you from the first page and doesnt let go. Great plot with many twists that resolves themselves expertly. Watch this author as he should be up and coming. I am anxious to read his Phoenix Rising and his new book out in April, Free Fall. This should be a movie with the lead by Tommy Lee Jones. Would play excellent in todays paranoid world. Keep them coming.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that I could not put down. It is totally sweet and I would recommend it to anyone!