Storming Heaven Paperback – May 24 2004
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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?
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Feb. 25 2003 by John Howard
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 morePublished on June 5 2002
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 morePublished on Jan. 24 2002 by P. Dawson
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.
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
finished storming heaven last night, a buddy gave me all three Mills novels, and i happened to read out of order, i guess... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2000
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 morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by PeacefulNan
I liked Kyle's first book, Rising Phoenix, but it wasn't enough to put him on my personal 'A' list of authors. Read morePublished on July 18 2000 by Jamie