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.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up Storm Taken, but I was pulled in by the book's description and curious as to how the author would play out the storyline. It was an interesting premise and I like stories about small communities caught in a struggle to survive a sudden catastrophe or event.
The story is narrated by Eddie Dees, a best-selling author who had recently moved to Naples Island with his wife and two sons. I had never heard of Naples Island and looked it up online. I wasn't aware of this Italian-inspired place in California with its canals and bridges. I thought it made a great setting for this book. This thriller starts out at a leisurely pace for the first half of the story as we are introduced to a set of characters with Eddie peppering the narrative with retrospective comments that foreshadowed what was to come, which in all honesty, I did not expect.
All of a sudden, the story takes a different course and turns violent and at times gory when a shooter lets loose at a 4th of July celebration, killing many. From then on the story is one of suspense as Eddie, his family and neighbours band together. They have to deal with this tragedy and try to figure out what is going on with the storm intensifying daily and attacking anyone who tries to leave the island.
The best part of this story for me was Eddie's inner dialogue and view point of the events through his eyes as a husband, father and neighbour. I could easily relate to him as his family dynamics closely resembled mine, and I smirked in acknowledgement as he dealt with his teenage son, and struggled with how to handle his women neighbours. There were tense suspenseful moments, of course, but they were quickly relieved through humour and a simplified plot. The whole thing with Klutch was not as conflicting as the description led me to believe.
With the exception of a few violent scenes, this was a clean read with no profanity or explicit sex scenes which is a welcome relief for a book of this genre. Readers of thrillers that include a supernatural element will enjoy this one. In addition, the themes of fatherhood, neighbourhood, and family come through beautifully. This was a different read for me that I enjoyed.
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