Book Title: Storm Taken by William Michael Davidson
Category: Adult fiction, 268 pages | Genre: Thriller, Sci-fi
Publisher: Clean Reads | Release date: July 16, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 15 to Nov 9, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There's a few graphic scenes with violence, alluded to adult situations as far as sex is concerned. But no real profanity and anything explicit.)
Trapped on Naples Island, Eddie Dees does everything he can to hold his family together. A supernatural storm is feeding on people’s fear and paranoia. The more people turn on each other, the stronger it becomes.
Believing there are small, systematic breaks in the storm, he plans to make his way off the island with as many residents as possible. But he must first deal with the crazed gunman roaming the streets as well as another growing threat: Klutch, a violent army vet suffering PTSD, has recruited a band of followers who believe the storm is a weaponized weather experiment gone awry. Klutch plans on stopping anyone from leaving the island, and one of his followers is Eddie’s own teenage son.
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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
If the reader was not previously aware of this being fiction, he/she would assume this was factual for the first half of the book.
The plot borders on Contemporary and Sci-Fi.
The reader is captivated from the first with a feeling of nostalgic melancholy and intrigue.
In this upper class neighborhood, one would this life is ideal, but not so in all cases, except for "best selling author", and family man, Eddie Dees.
This was the first year he, his wife, two sons and their dog had experienced a summer in Naples Island, CA. After obtaining a successful few years with producing "best sellers", they traded their Washington state "rainy" weather for the warm California sun. July was here and increasingly unusual storm activity was occurring on a regular basis.
After the first real storm, their dog was suddenly missing. Throughout the community, mistrust was increasing as various items disappeared.
As the 4th of July approached the storms became worse each day, but never lasted long..
Within his own family, Eddie faced a few challenging situations. What was happening?
little did anyone know what was threatening their comfortable lifestyles.
The blot just keeps building, with new altercations and events occurring. The mystery and intrigue keeps the readers interests for the most part of the story.
The final momentum builds but this reviewer feels it ends to weak after the build up.
The characters and various scenes are well-defined and easily visualized, allowing the reader to feel "drawn into" the tale.
The Book Title and Cover are a perfect choice.
I felt there was too much wordiness about two-thirds through the book. It last some of the the reader's intrigue and interest.
The first two pages of chapter thirty-five really "nailed" the main message of the story and of life in general.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating for the book.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
**Spoiler: often individuals get caught up in their own lives they fail to be aware of others around them. Often, people fail to even become acquainted with their neighbors. I was a young mother when I one day discovered an elderly lady across the street from me lay dead in her home for two weeks before anyone knew anything was wrong. I felt devastated I had not taken time to check on her frequently. I had always considered myself a good Christian. I knew Christ would not have allowed this to happen.
Strength comes when individuals join together in unity. Unity is what makes family, neighborhoods, communities, and countries strong.
GUEST POST: College
I majored in Creative Writing in college.
This was a huge debate for me. I remember even going to talk to one of my instructors because I was so conflicted. At the time, I was really debating about going to law school, becoming an attorney,
and putting my academic energy into a degree that would equate to more money. But yet, in truth, my heart was into the writing.
And I knew I wanted to teach literature. I loved stories, and I wanted to be neck-deep in them.
I don’t regret it. I absolutely loved my creative writing and my literature classes, although, I’ll be
the first to admit, that some of the people I met in my classes were a little different. As much as I’m a
writer, I don’t think I come across as super artsy to people. Many of the people I met in my classes were clearly artists and, in a way, I always felt like a black sheep.
For me, writing is very compartmentalized. I enjoy running, getting outside, paddle boarding,
socializing, and I don’t think I’m the brooding writer that many expect.
Still, those classes were great.
The best thing they taught me was to take feedback from others. Many of those classes
involved me having to listen to a class evaluate my work and dish out the good, the bad, and the ugly.
And if it’s one thing you need to be a successful writer, it’s a thick skin.
Meet the Author:
William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. He is a writer of suspense and speculative fiction. If he's not writing, he's probably at the beach.
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Prizes: Win a print copy of Storm Taken or a $20 Amazon Gift Card (open to USA only / 4 winner)(ends Nov 17, 2018)