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Storm Cycle

A book by Iris Johansen

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Iris Johansen should help her son find a new career!

  • Feb 6, 2011
The story starts well enough!

Rachel Kirby, a computer whiz kid in Houston, Texas, and a rock hard business woman, will let nothing and nobody stand in the way of the only goal that really matters to her. She is intent on using the power of a super computer and a vast network of supplementary computing power to find the cure for GLD (Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy more prosaically known as Krabbe's Disease), an obscure neurological disorder most commonly found in infants that is killing her younger sister, Allie.

Having narrowly survived an attack by a sniper she thinks is linked to her computer contract with the National Security Agency, Kirby is working frantically to close the back doors in her system that have been compromised by a hacker whose skills likely outstrip her own. An enigmatic e-mail from John Tavak, a stranger who claims to be trapped and in imminent danger inside an Egyptian tomb also includes a surprising but unapologetic admission that Tavak is the virtual thief who has hacked into Kirby's system. If Kirby will press her contacts into service and rescue him from the would-be assassins waiting for him outside the tomb, he'll explain everything about his illicit use of her computer network. Of course, Kirby is unable to refuse the offered bait and the game is afoot!

The game, unfortunately, is a weak and entirely derivative copy of Dan Brown's THE DA VINCI CODE. STORM CYCLE is filled to the brim with unbelievably sterile, cartoonish caricatures and cardboard cutout characters, insipid dialogue, gunfights, explosions, contrived romance and, of course, historical puzzles. The goal, if you can believe this, is a compendium of miraculous cures developed by Peseshet, an ancient Egyptian physician. Naturally, one of the illnesses for which Peseshet had developed a cure was GLD but if the big mean, corporate, pharmaceutical machine, driven purely by bottom-line profit motives, beats Tavak and Kirby to the brass ring, all the cures will be suppressed.

One of the editorial reviews suggested "Despite the lack of character development or surprising plot twists, action fans should be satisfied." Well, they were half right. There certainly was a lack of character development and there were no surprise plot twists. But I certainly wasn't satisfied.

The nicest thing I could think of saying about STORM CYCLE is to suggest that it would make a decent screenplay for a computer game. The action and the setting would make for some fun computer play and the puzzles would make an interesting diversion. But, as a novel, STORM CYCLE is a waste of good paper and precious reading time. Give this one a wide berth!

Not recommended.

Paul Weiss

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Quick Tip by . February 06, 2011
Dan Brown did it first and did it best. This DA VINCI CODE wannabe is derivative and has little to recommend wasting any time on reading it.
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At the start of this fast-paced romantic thriller, the second from the bestselling mother and son Johansen team (Silent Thunder), Rachel Kirby, a computer whiz in Houston, Tex., is working hard to spur medical research on Krabbe's disease, a rare nervous-system disorder afflicting her sister, Allie. After Rachel narrowly survives a sniper's bullet, she receives an e-mail from John Tavak, a stranger who claims to be trapped in an Egyptian tomb, where he's met Peseshet, an ancient physician who may have a cure for Allie's ailment. The sisters set off on a globe-trotting adventure featuring gunfights, explosions and contrived romantic subplots. Rachel finds herself attracted to the enigmatic Tavak, while Allie starts falling for Hal Demanski, a spoiled billionaire who ends up aiding their efforts to get Peseshet's secrets before an evil pharmaceutical company does. Despite the lack of character development or surprising plot twists, action fans should be satisfied.(July)
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ISBN-10: 1615583483
ISBN-13: 978-1615583485
Author: Iris Johansen
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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