Sunday, April 30, 2017

Book Review: Operation Hail Storm


Operation Hail Storm book cover

I picked this up on the Kindle Unlimited program after the author invited me to read the book. I'm always willing to give a book a try, so I grabbed it back in mid-February. Unfortunately, I never really got around to reading it until about a week ago, but I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. The book turned out to fall into a category I enjoy quite a bit: political thriller. I'm not sure if it fully falls under that category, but it had some of the elements I enjoy from some of my favorite political thrillers.

The book focuses on a man named Marshall Hail who is viewed as a brilliant man who changed the nature of nuclear power. His ability to solve the nuclear waste problem and provide clean power turned him into a billionaire. After a terrorist attack took his family from him, he altered his company's focus a bit to also focus on bringing down those responsible for the attack. The book takes place a couple of years after the terrorist attack and where Hail is now in position to start taking down the bad guys of the world using a novel approach: drones.

The book starts you right in Hail's first mission to eliminate one of the bad guys. It was a little confusing at first when I started reading the book to know what was going on and why. The book goes back and forth over the first few chapters between a variety of players: Hail and his team, a CIA operative named Kara working a mission, and a few players in the CIA. It took me a bit to figure out what was going on, but the book eventually ties everything together. Once that happens, the story really takes off.

The book has all the right stuff to make the story good: terrorists, drones, a billionaire, the CIA, Russia, and North Korea. I was actually kind of sad when the story ended because I felt there were a lot of loose ends. Hopefully, this means the author will be making another book with Hail and his crew. By the end of it, I was really invested in what they were doing and what the political fallout may be from the actions of those involved with Operation Hail Storm, but it appears I may never know or I may have to wait.

Either way, the book is good. I recommend giving it a read. You can pick it up in paperback or e-book.