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review 2019-03-20 20:34
Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin #3)
Stormhaven - Jordan L. Hawk

Reread review 3/20/19:

 

The dweller in the deep and the first hint of things to come, and I'm getting a little impatient for those things to finally show up, lol. Amelie is a favorite minor character here

and she gets more page time later, but I would like to see a lot more with her. She's such a fascinating character.

(spoiler show)

 

I didn't realize, given the time between reading the various books, that

Griffin's bisexuality is a retcon, at least based on what he tells Whyborne here. It's a minor thing, but I do wonder at the change later.

(spoiler show)

 

Poor Ruth.

Why couldn't she and Miss Parkhurst hook up instead? Speaking of retcons, still not seeing any evidence that Miss Parkhurst has anything but the hots for Whyborne.

(spoiler show)

 

Original review 6/28/15:

 

There were several times throughout this book that I wanted to smack Whyborne upside the head for his liberal use of "lunatic" and "madman" and other such terms. Yes, I know, it's the 1800s and it's true to the way people understood psyche at that time. But if anyone is in the position to know that people are unjustly put into asylums and treated horribly once there, and to know what such treatment can do to one's mental health, it's Whyborne. Griffin went through just such a thing, and while it hurt to learn more of the details of his confinement, I'd have thought it would make Whyborne a little more aware of his own quick judgements. But no, that wasn't really the case, and yeah, I wanted to smack him. I'm not even sure if he's learned by the end to not judge someone so quickly just by their admittance into an asylum because there's really no time to address it. 

 

Griffin's family drama takes center stage in this one and I honestly can't say if I hate his parents or Whyborne's father more. They both kind of got the short end of the stick on that one. 

Not that I can really expect the Kerrs to come around to eventually at least tolerating Whyborne after everything that happened in the aslyum. If I were Mr. Kerr and saw all that, with zero context, I wouldn't want anything to do with Whyborne either.

(spoiler show)

Rose seems like an aspiring young lady though, so hopefully we'll see more of her in future books. 

 

I'm getting a little concerned about Whyborne's growing power though, and all is not as it appears with his mother either. I'm looking forward to seeing how these two story lines are handled in the rest of the series. 

 

Christine wasn't in this one as much as the previous books, but when she was there, she was her usual bluntly honest self. I do think she could have at least attempted to understand Griffin's position with his family, but her unwavering support of Whyborne was heartening. 

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review 2017-11-11 19:35
Review: "Stormhaven" (Whyborne & Griffin, #3) by Jordan L. Hawk
Stormhaven - Jordan L. Hawk

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

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text 2017-11-09 10:33
Reading progress update: I've read 22%.
Stormhaven - Jordan L. Hawk

"Hot breath ghosted across my cheek. "What is between us is fire, and passion, and a need I have never felt before for anyone. I am not some flower, bruised if you touch me the wrong way. I want everything you have to give me."

 

(...)

 

"Ival?"

"Yes?"

"Stop arguing, accept what I say, and let me drag you to bed and make you scream my name."

 

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text 2017-11-07 20:23
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Stormhaven - Jordan L. Hawk

*** Audiobook Edition ***

 

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review 2017-01-17 00:00
Stormhaven Rising
Stormhaven Rising - Eric Michael Craig

The concept of the destruction of earth because of an asteroid crashing into our planet can be traced back to 1933’s When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. Since then, sci fi novels and high-octane Hollywood films have used the idea for a number of cinematic thrillrides from Armageddon to Asteroid to Deep Impact.

In When Worlds Collide, Scientist Cole Hedron built two spaceships that took survivors to a second approaching planet to give humans a second chance. It’s difficult not to think Colton “Cole” Taylor, owner of earth’s largest advanced technology corporation called Stormhaven in Stormhaven Rising, isn’t an overt nod to Hedron. Taylor too wants to take survivors from earth to the moon to give humanity a second chance.

Still, Stormhaven Rising is far more complex and believable than its literary ancestor. For one matter, the science in Stormhaven is far more credible, as when earth scientists determine trying to blast the asteroid into bits won’t work and a better strategy would be to nudge the body off its present course. But can this be done in time and can the governments of the earth put aside a host of political issues to cooperate?

For example, the government of paranoid U.S. President Sylvia Hutton is obsessed with maintaining secrecy to the point of destroying civil liberties of anyone who might know the truth. The government doesn’t want Taylor to send up any spaceships without getting proper liscences. The Chinese have their own moon-based plans. The Russians and Japanese are resentful the U.S. wants to call all the shots, notably building spaceships at the International Space Station without working with their international partners. In short, how can humanity save anything if all efforts are either bogged down in politics, bureaucratic squabbles, censorship, or conflicting schemes and goals?

With all these players on the chessboard, and all the stages on earth, on the moon, and in space, there’s no shortage of characters representing the differing interests. Some are better drawn than others, especially in Taylor’s stormhaven base and in the camp of government agents surrounding the company headquarters determined to capture an astronomer who knows about the asteroid and stop any unauthorized launches. One of those characters is the amazing computer with the feminine voice, MICA. In the midst of all this drama, we do get some light moments, as when two astronauts try their level best to enjoy some anti-grav sex on a space shuttle going, where else, around the world. In other words, Craig does a good job of creating characters that signal humanity, despite its flaws, is worth saving if it can only get out of its own way.

The final chapters include a very exciting climax and a long denouement full of both optimism and foreboding. Stormhaven Rising is the first book in a series that has already resulted in two sequels published last year (Prometheus and The Dragon, Shadows in the Flame) with two more volumes scheduled for June and December 2017 (Warlords of the Night, The Orphans of Destiny). A related short story, “Ghostmaker,” is also in the pipeline.

So Stormhaven Rising, an epic on its own terms, sets the stage for an epic series in its wake. I like such series and know I’ll be exploring the sequels very soon. If this sort of sci fi is your cup of tea, you too will likely dig into this saga in short order. It’s a ride well worth taking as Craig breathes considerable fresh air into a well-established tradition.


This review first appeared at BookPleasures.com on Jan. 17, 2017 at:
goo.gl/QzcdYL

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