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Audio: Operation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette

Posted December 14, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio: Operation Hail Storm by Brett ArquetteOperation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette
Narrator: Michael Ashcraft
Published by Audible on July 17, 2017
Genres: Action / Thriller
Format: Audiobook
Length: 14 hours, 3 minutes
Source: Author
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three-half-stars

Marshall Hail was a husband, a father, a Physics Nobel prize winner and industrial billionaire. But when Hail's family was killed in a terrorist attack, he became a predator and redirected his vast industrial assets toward one goal, removing every person on the FBI's Top 10 Terrorist list. With the help of his MIT colleagues, Hail designed and built a devastating arsenal of attack drones of all shapes and sizes that are flown by the nation's best young gamers. The world will come to realize that Marshall Hail possesses the capability of getting to anyone, anywhere, at any time, unleashing an operation so disturbing that the CIA has named it Operation Hail Storm.

 

I think this came my way through one of those giveaways where you end up signed up for the author’s newsletter. Anyway, I try to filter them the same way I do all my other reading / listening  options as whether they sound interesting. I did really enjoy Operation Hail Storm, but I suspect it depends on your interests.

I am nerdy so I loved all the technical details and military battle aspects. Some might find it tedious, as it was extensive. Was it accurate?  No idea and it doesn’t matter to me. It opened my mind to possibilities and left my imagination to go. For me, this was more a “brain” book than a “heart” book. It did give me feelings but my brain was in charge most of the time. The world-building was excellent for me.

The characters, other than the Marshall and Kara, and perhaps the villain, were quite brief and not as substantial. Overall, I prefer more character development. I liked these characters though, good and bad. They were not just one thing, more gray, which means they were much more realistic.

The narration was my first experience with Michael Ashcraft. I liked the style and voice he gave to the characters. I felt he handled male and female characters well, and a clear voice which did not take me out of the story. I did listen at 1.25 and maybe 1.5 would have been better.

This is the start of the Hail series,  with the second book, Hail Warning, just released at the end of November. The ending here had a bit of a twist, and I’d like to go on with the series. I love the technical talk, the suspense and planning of the technical missions and the politics of the world.

 

About Brett Arquette

The middle child of five, Brett Duncan Arquette was born in 1960 and anointed with his mother’s pen name “Duncan”, given to him by award winning author Lois Duncan. Brett was raised in New Mexico and moved to Florida on his 30th birthday.

Arquette spent most his career working as the Chief Technology Officer for one of the largest Circuit Court Systems in Florida. In 2002, Computerworld Magazine selected Arquette as one of the “Premier 100 IT Leaders” in the world, describing him as a “visionary” in reference to the cutting-edge technology. His books are peppered with technology acquired from his vast experience in advanced computer and audio/video systems.

Arquette is also the Editor in Chief of the Court Technology Forum, Contributing Editor for eWeek Magazine, columnist for ComputerWorld and SmartComputing magazines, all of which has helped to create a loyal fan base and lots of traffic on his website. Writing on the weekends, Arquette’s first book, “Deadly Perversions”, was published in 2002. His additional titles are “Seeing Red”, “Tweaked”, “The Pandemic Diary” and he is finishing up his fifth novel entitled “Soundman for a B-Band” due out 2015. Mr. Arquette’s primary aspirations are to quit the 9 to 5 grind and become a best-selling author, following in his famous mother’s footsteps.

Mr. Arquette currently resides in the Sunshine State with his wife and three small children.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
three-half-stars
Characters
three-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

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