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4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun! Nov. 16 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an uncommonly good book in the suspense genre. It features a well-structured plot, an interesting concept and good characterization.
The book begins with the chilling kidnapping of a teenage girl. The lead investigator, Mark Beamon comes to believe that the Church of the Evolution, a mysterious and powerful cult, is behind the crime, just as the cult begins targeting him.
In this, his second novel, Kyle Mills brings back the quirky but brilliant FBI agent Mark Beamon. Beamon is one of the better protagonists you'll find in the suspense genre, unlike the bland boring characters of a Tom Clancy novel. He's uncommonly funny, and a very good agent but also has flaws that make him more believable. Beamon is joined here by a great supporting cast which includes a hapless but endearing refugee from the cult, and an aging and insufferable surveillance specialist.
The theme of religious cults used here is fairly interesting. Mills does seem to be basing the Church on some composite of real-life religious sects. It's actually a very novel conception of an updated, more flexible Christianity - upon reading it, I was surprised that this wasn't a real cult. Or maybe it is . . .
In any event, the book picks up almost immediately and will keep your attention riveted until the end. What more would you want in a thriller?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Vatican gets a break July 31 2002
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When it comes to pesky conspirators that cause headaches for literature's pantheon of fictional heroes, some have been around for so long that they're passe: ex- SS members, the KGB, and the Vatican. In STORMING HEAVEN, none of these are at the root of All Evil, and the Vatican gets a breather for once.
This time around, our hero is Mark Beamon, the troublesome but brilliant FBI agent exiled to the position of agent-in-charge of the bureau's Flagstaff office, an out-in-the-stix outpost of the Big House down in Phoenix. Mark is investigating the gunshot deaths of Eric and Patricia Davis and the disappearance of their teenage daughter Jennifer. (It's not apparent, or ever explained, why the local cops aren't a presence and the Feds have been brought into the case. It's uncertain at the outset that Jennifer was kidnapped, much less taken across state lines, the only rationale for FBI involvement.) In any case, before the storyline progresses too far the reader knows, and Beamon suspects, that the hierarchy of the Kneissians, a global religious cult, is up to no good in the affair.
Mark is the best reason to bother with STORMING HEAVEN. He's intolerant of nonsense emanating from the Front Office, unlucky when it comes to women, physically unprepossessing, and waging a losing battle with cigarettes, alcohol and a middle-age waistline. And he's irreverant. At one point in his investigation, he's asked by an ally to pray with her for their success:
"She pulled at his sleeve and he sank to his knees next to her wheelchair. She squeezed her eyes shut and began moving her lips soundlessly. Not really knowing what to do, he bowed his head and waited for her to snap out of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Storming Heaven from the Gates of Hell May 18 2002
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Kyle Mills has created a taut page-turner, right on the edge of credibility with a very likable cast of characters. FBI SAC Mark Beamon is a maverick whiz kid. Author Mills wisely gives him a few flaws and a healthy dose of humor. Beamon, a Texan, is a stranger to cold, snow and ice. While he performs incredible feats of derring do, he is constantly falling down, running into trees when his car slides off the road, slipping on stairs---all of which take their toll in his intrepid chases of the bad guys.
Beamon is called in on an apparent double murder of a wealthy couple and kidnapping of their teenaged daughter. In a small prelude, we are introduced to the family just prior and during the event. The daughter is an All American dirt bike racer and the parents are devoted, proud and caring. Mr. Mills has set it up so we care about this family. Beamon rather amazingly uncovers a religious cult that may or may not be involved. As described, the cult seems 80% Scientology and 20% Mormon (LDS). The further Mark delves into the case, the wider and more influential the cult appears to be. He loses his job, credit cards and is the IRS has frozen all his assets. He is rumored to be a child molester. His whole world is in ashes.
The story rushes at a furious pace with a few time outs for philosophizing. Mr. Mills seems uncomfortable with his character's various degrees of belief in the Deity, but has turned most to the story's advantage. Not entirely plausible and the solution is a little too neat, nevertheless, "Storming Heaven" is a satisfying read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FBI agent under fire! March 13 2001
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"Storming Heaven", by Kyle Mills, is a well written novel about mysteries that we deal with in life. A double murder and kidnapping sets the stage for an FBI agent to find out the clues to help the family in need. Mark Beamon, the FBI agent, is very intelligent already has this case figured out before anyone could find any clues. The story is based in a field office in Arizona and before Beamon can put everything together, government officials get in his way of concluding this case. As an FBI agent, the IRS targeted Beamon as an unlawful agent and is suspended indefinitely. Finding that the 15 year old girl was kidnapped and her two parents shot to death by a religious cult as part of a plan ever since the girl was young. Dealing with religion and money, this novel relates to real life situations as we see murders and kidnappings in today's world. I found this book to be interesting because of the mystery trying to be solved by this FBI agent. The FBI agent a normal cop who is very stubborn and thinks he is on top of the world. Talking about religions in America look down on "new religions". Because of the fact that this private cult was high put down. Because of the straight foward style of this book, it was easy to comprehend what was going on in the order it went through. Although, this book looked down on "new religions", this book was well explained and easy to follow. Overall, I would recommend this book because it is intense and it is well written english.
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3.0 out of 5 stars About the same as Rising Phoenix but w/o the great premise
If you liked Rising Phoenix, you'll probably like this as well. As a light read, it's ok. But again, Beamon just isn't very likeable or believable as a hero or the kind of super... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2003 by John Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Kyle Mills is Definately Up and Coming
In this book the FBI agent Mark Beamon is back. This book has you on the edge of your seat not wanting to put it down. Be sure to read the book Rising Phoenix first. Read more
Published on June 5 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Read
Mills has an enjoyable protagonist in Mark Beamon. Yet another duty station for him, still not on the wagon, yet another female interest, and a fresh supply of dunderhead superiors... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2002 by P. Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as good or better than the first.
Very good read. I read this one pretty fast and enjoyed it all the way.
Published on June 24 2001 by R. J. Liveoak Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Rising Phoenix
It's official, I'm a Kyle Mills fan!!! This book will make you laugh even as it becomes impossible for the reader to put down!!
Published on Sept. 6 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Taut Thriller
finished storming heaven last night, a buddy gave me all three Mills novels, and i happened to read out of order, i guess... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I thought Rising Phoenix was an excellent first novel, and could hardly wait for #2 from this author. Storming Heaven turned out to be a disappointment. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2000 by PeacefulNan
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Rising Phoenix
I liked Kyle's first book, Rising Phoenix, but it wasn't enough to put him on my personal 'A' list of authors. Read more
Published on July 18 2000 by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Storming Heaven
> > > > Storming Heaven (Political / Thriller) > Kyle Mills > Harper Jan. 2000 > ISBN: 0061012513 - Paperback > > This is the 2nd installment of Mark... Read more
Published on June 30 2000 by Pamela Stone
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