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Having just finished this marvellous book, I cannot wait for the sequel! The book is chock full of action with fully developed characters and an interplay between the many disparate personalities who, despite the serious subject matter, occasionally pull at ones heartstrings. Anyone from teens upwards who loves a great action adventure story (be it in book or movie format) with a smattering of the futuristic about it, will absolutely love this book. The technology described is detailed and convincing; to the point that one is unsure what is real and what imagined. Drones? Mini drones? Drones which transport multiple micro drones? Fascinating and riveting! The descriptions of places, people and the circumstances in which they find themselves are also very detailed and thoroughly believable, at times quite moving and all serving to draw you on and building to the climactic finish. Though, very cleverly, Arquette has left us with a minor cliffhanger at the very end which has made me impatient for more of the same.
What made the experience of listening to Operation Hail Storm the most enjoyable?
It was wonderful working with the new undiscovered talent, Michael Ashcraft. When I heard him read the samples of HAIL STORM, I was like "That's the voice or Marshall Hail". I was just hoping that he would agree to read the darn thing. And as luck would have it, he loved the book, we struck a deal, and we dove head first into the narration project.
What did you like best about this story?
I wrote Operation Hail Storm because my kids were having Rainbow Six being read in class. Their teacher had to stop reading Clancy's book because there were too many profanities in the novel.. I thought that I could write a great black ops type of book with less violence, but still a lot of action. Drone action! I wanted to have young people in the book and give it a military feel, but not be a military book.
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite scene is when the pirates try to board the Nucleus. There is an interesting dynamic where it is life and death to the pirates, yet it is almost a game for the Hail crew. This shows how advanced Hail's technology has become, where they don't really consider a mass of armed men as a threat.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
My extreme reaction was joy, when Michael finished narrating the book,. I had many fans write me and ask me how long until the audio book. These days, many readers have turned into listeners. I happen to be one of those converts. I love listening to books while I drive my kids to different events. So finally, after months of hard work, when the book appeared on Audible, it was very satisfying to be able to write those people and tell them that HAIL STORM was ready to be heard.
Any additional comments?
I would like to thank all those who read the book and left great reviews. These days, It's really up to the readers and listeners, if the book becomes a hit or not. Please check back, because the next book in the series ,HAIL WARNING, is done and is in the editing phase. Hopefully, Mr. Ashcraft will agree to read book 2 as well.
Thanks, again for giving an unknown write (me) a shot at being known,
Brett Duncan Arquette
Author of Operation Hail Storm
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I have not read this author before, but i really enjoyed it this book.I especially loved the technology aspect of this book. I'm looking forward to a continuation of this series. Great narration as well.
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