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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Coronet Books (May 24 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034073423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340734230
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 11 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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A TRAGIC HEART ATTACK AT THE TENDER YOUNG age of fifteen and a half, Jennifer Davis thought. Read the first page
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By Thomas Veil on 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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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 cop you'd expect from a story like this.
The premise of this doesn't come close to being as good as Rising Phoenix, but the author does a good job of hooking the reader early in the story because you really have no idea what is going on, but the early events make you curious enough to want to find out. However, once the church gets into the picture, the story falls apart a little. The church just isn't very believable. And that and Beamon together is just a little too much.
This is just about on par with Rising Phoenix, so if you liked that, I suppose this is worth your time as well.
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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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By A Customer on June 5 2002
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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. It definately shows how well the author keeps his characters very real. He holds back nothing in the political side of things. Really makes you think.
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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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