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From the Storm [Kindle Edition]

Adrian J Walker
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"We don’t know what his name is or where he came from, but he is living in my room."

In the near future, a young man seeks adventure in the French Alps. Lost, feverish and caught in a freak snowstorm, he finds refuge in a lonely mountain farm where he stumbles upon a young girl’s diary from eighty years before. Claudette tells of farm life disrupted by a blizzard and the arrival of a stranger with a terrible injury. With her father sick, the eight-year-old chronicles her struggle to look after the farm, and its unwanted guest, alone.

In present day London, Joseph Martin has screwed up. Once he was a lethal assassin, the best gun-for-hire. Now, in his autumn years, even he has to admit he is losing it. His failing skills have landed him in trouble with a dangerous client. Only the successful completion of an eerily familiar mission can save his skin; a mission which takes him into deepest Asia, where he must face a past he has long tried to forget.

He’s not the only one on the road in Asia. London city boy Ashley Gritten is travelling. Shedding the challenges of his privileged life in Kensington, he’s off to ‘find himself’ in the drugs, girls and debauchery of the backpacker trail. But something else finds him. Something much, much worse.

Who would have thought that a rich kid and an ageing hit man would have so much in common? And what does all of this have to do with Elmo, a pianist on his death bed in Venice?

A dark and humorous story of how selves are lost and lives are found.

REVIEWS:

"What sets this apart from a standard thriller is the heart beating behind it all." *****

"…beautifully written…" *****

"Great characters, perfectly paced with a suitably twisting plot." *****

"…spins threads of complex, often moving and entirely gripping narrative…" *****

"I genuinely feel like I've discovered a huge hit before it's about to take off…" *****

"Best book I've read in years" *****

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About the Author

Adrian J. Walker was born in the bush suburbs of Sydney, Australia in the mid 1970s. He currently lives in London with his wife and two children. From The Storm is his first novel. His second novel, The End of the World Running Club is also available on Amazon. http://www.adrianjwalker.com http://www.twitter.com/adrianwalker

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006W09NKK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Adrian J Walker was born in the bush suburbs of Sydney, Australia in the mid '70s. After his father found a camper van in a ditch, he moved his family back to the UK, where Adrian was raised.

He now lives in Texas with his wife and two children.

His second novel, The End of the World Running Club, is a post-apocalyptic running fable about hope, love and endurance. His third novel, Colours, is the first part in a dystopian sci-fi trilogy and is available for pre-order now.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller with Real Legs 8 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
At first glance, 'From the Storm' could be an overblown thriller. A diamond smuggling plot, a hitman with a missing leg, and the mafia casting a dark shadow over the lives of the protagonists. Indeed, these ideas are slickly executed, uniquely employed (ever wondered how a man with a prosthetic leg uses a squat toilet?) and get the blood pumping through the frenetically paced action sequences. There really never is a dull moment.

What sets this apart from a standard thriller is the heart beating behind it all. Each and every character is carefully observed and created, recognisable and compelling. Joseph in particular, the one-legged assassin, is likeable despite a coldness in his nature, easy to root for despite his past as a killer. And you'll be riveted as his story unfolds over several decades.

It really is an impressive feat - 'From the Storm' is almost epistolary, a wide cast of characters interspersed with diary entries, e-mails, and online chat exchanges. The time-frame shifts from the past to an ecotopian future, the setting taking in a blizzard-beset French mountain, the urban mess of modern-day London, the wilds of Laos. Each is created vividly and evocatively. The different strands of the story are all held together and developed with remarkable assurance - you'll be reading in desperation to see how every character ties together, and you won't be disappointed when all becomes clear.

This is one of my first experiences with an indie author, and I was not disappointed. Adrian Walker can write just as well, if not better, than any thriller author you might take of the shelf in a bookshop. Highly recommended.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Wonderful Discovery 23 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I approached this book without any real expectations. I've never read anything else by this author, but the sample chapter sparked my interest.

Well let me tell you, I would be shocked if this author didn't go on to be a huge hit in the publishing world! I genuinely feel like I've discovered a huge hit before it's about to take off in the charts.

I started reading on Saturday morning and then proceeded to pick it up during every other available moment during the weekend. You know a book is good when, even after reading it all weekend, you can't wait to pick it up during the Monday morning bus ride.

I don't want to spoil the story for anyone else, but the characters are all varied and interesting. The book jumps between a few locations such as Paris and the French Alps and moves between the present day and a near future. It even has some statements to make about Global Warming.

I've already recommended this book to my friends and family and when Adrian Walker becomes a household name, I can point to this review and say, "See, I told you so!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. 12 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded the kindle edition of this book without any real expectations, given that it was free. However, it was surprisingly enjoyable and I had trouble switching it off at bedtime, thinking 'just one more chapter' over again. I even felt disappointment when I reached the end.

From the Storm is a past and present view of the lives of several main characters, especially two of them. As the story develops you begin to piece together the parts they played in each others lives and whereas there are no major twists or surprises, the reader does get a sense of real anticipation that keeps the pages turning throughout.

Certainly, I would pay for the next book from this author and will keep an eye open for more of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Longer than my usual read 8 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a longer book than my usual read but that doesn’t detract from the reading pleasure at all. In fact it is just the right length for the story to be told.

There are four main stories that span more than 80 years and they all come together in the near future and culminate after various adventures, some life-threatening, to a nice conclusion.

The author is adept at using the voice of the character whether it is the eight year old girl’s thoughts from decades ago, the dying man’s secrets, the young London city boy travelling to ‘find himself’ and a middle aged man who has done and is still doing things he morally and ethically knows are wrong and he is not at is best.

The secondary characters all have a life of their own and aren’t dismissed easily. A farmhouse in the remote French Alps, past and near future is the beginning and end; travels in Asia take our players to and fro with a hit of reality from characters in Italy and England. Powerful scenes of contriteness, meanness, violence (although not gratuitous) make this book a most interesting read.

It did take a while for the characters to gel which is the only reason why it is not a 5* book.

I must also apologise to Adrian for not having read the book sooner as it has been sitting on my Kindle since 2012.

It is well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Written 26 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As someone who downloads a lot of free and cheap Kindle books, and who reads them and ends up feeling vaguely disappointed, I never have very high expectations. Maybe a good story, or a good twist, maybe good writing. Rarely are all three found together. From The Storm is very different! It is beautifully written, each character has their own distinctive voice and the writing changes subtly for each of them, which just enhances the feeling of being absorbed into the story.

The story itself starts at several different places, and timelines and the intriguing way these combine together at the end means that you aren't left disappointed as ends are tied up and the tale is unveiled.

I thoroughly enjoyed From The Storm, and have already recommended it to many of my friends. I think so many 5 star reviews speak for themselves, so download a fantastic book. You really won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Atmospheric page turner
Published 16 days ago by jasia
3.0 out of 5 stars the book was not as good as 'The End of the World Running Club'
I thought it was interesting how the characters were linked together. In my opinion, the book was not as good as 'The End of the World Running Club', as I thought it was overall a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cat M
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating from the start!
I loved this! The characters and storylines gradually developing into an exciting finale, but with so much cleverly woven within, just fabulous! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alexij66
5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinary!
Compelling story, beautifully told, descriptive in away that only pictures normally are.
I found 'End of the Wold running club' by accident - both are extraordinary
Published 2 months ago by Horatio Farquhar-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I read "From the Storm" after reading "The end of the World Running Club". I enjoyed Adrian Walker's second novel so much that I sought out more novels from this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pascale
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting read
Fantastic book kept me interested all the way through would highly recommend five stars all the way. Would also recommended his second book End of the world running club
Published 7 months ago by Lynn Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
A good pace and mix of characters.Short sections / chapters helpful when reading time is limited! I've back- packed in Laos so made that bit interesting for me.
Published 14 months ago by Clare M
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and unusual read
A lot of free Kindle books are free for a very good reason, and end up in my "started but not finished" pile, but just occasionally you find a book that grabs your... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Belgarum
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping novel!
From The Storm is a genuinely gripping novel. Convincing characters, original and imaginative settings and surprising plot twists make this a great page-turner. Read more
Published 15 months ago by mr t d rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
What a good read was delighted with this book, it has everything required for an enthralling unsustainable read. Read more
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