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Blood Storm Paperback – 31 Oct 2004

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Export ed edition (31 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743263618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743263610
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,704,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Colin Forbes is the author of twenty-nine thrillers which are now published into thirty languages. He writes a novel every year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
I'm a paperback junkie and I've never read a book this bad. I threw it away in a public trash can before I got a third into it because I couldn't take any more, and that was knowing that I was out of books. And I've never thrown a book away, much less not made an honest attempt to finish a book regardless of quality. Mainly the plot was just so completely unbelievable - not really because it was far fetched but because the author made a zero effort. Really - are we to expect that the head of British SIS commands a four person office (yes only four people in his organization) and this comprises one fifth of the entire British security force? And an entire nation is about to be swept into an entire police state scheme by three people that are themselves so stupid that they keep noticing over and over again that the door to their "inner sanctum" is ajar and people are listening in, but they never think to actually lock the door during subsequent sensitive scheming conversations (when again it is left ajar). I kept picking it up literally because I had not been to a book store and didn't have any other books to read - and was forced to keep turning pages - really just skipping whole sections trying to see if it would get better, but it didn't. If I had read these reviews you couldn't have paid me to take the book off your hands.
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Format: Paperback
Want a book set in 2004 where Britain's top intelligence team seem to have only one mobile phone between them and haven't yet heard of SatNav? Check.

Want a book where the baddies are a bizarre cabal - who go around seemingly calling them The Cabal and who call their chief planner the...wait for it....Planner - made up of three brothers who also happen to be junior government ministers with the congenital inability to close a door properly that another reviewer has mentioned? Check.

Want a book where the aforementioned lo-fi spooks manage to have a private war with these government ministers, which includes blowing up a bus-load of Slovaks outside Aix-en-Provence and destroying a prison in a village in darkest Dorset - where the residents are straight out of Central Ooh Arr Casting - without two governments noticing? Check.

Forbes has written some cracking yarns - Leader and the Damned, Year of the Golden Ape, some of the early Newman/Tweed stories. But this story is just plain silly. Barking mad, to be honest - I was left wondering if there was a cunning double-bluff going on here: rather than being a rather rubbish thriller, this was a clever post-modern deconstruction of the thriller genre, laying bare the sheer banality. Imagine Italo Calvino spoofing Freddie Forsyth, or having Alan Partridge be the next James Bond.

Or perhaps not. Perhaps it is really this bad, and I'm just trying to class it as "ironic" that I spent four hours reading it.
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So very sorry to learn from the front of this book that Colin Forbes had died. He was a splendid thriller writer who i will miss. However, as with The Main Chance & The Savage Gorge, I really did not think that this came up to his previous standards. As with the others not quite sure why but there seemed to be some thread or other 'missing' from all three.
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Format: Hardcover
As an avid reader of Forbes' previous books I have to admit that I was bitterly disappointed with his latest Tweed & Co novel.
I noticed a few technical areas (type of cars used etc) and also found the plot a bit thin. His previous novels have always held my interest until the final solution. Blood Storm managed to telegraph the likely outcome so very early on. Has Mr Forbes fallen prey to getting a quick book out prior to Christmas and sacrificed his normally enthralling, fast paced thriller?.
I will leave you to judge, but for my money this book was not up to scratch.
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Format: Paperback
I have read a number of Colin Forbes books in the past, but this one is the absolute pits!! It is complete and utter rubbish from the first word to the last. Yes - I did actually read it because I hoped, mistakenly, that it would improve - needless to say it didn't. So many improbable things happened at a fiendishly fast pace I couldn't believe my eyes. As for his invention of a place called Walkhampton in the Midlands it was pathetic and made the book even more laughable - what's wrong with using Wolverhampton for goodness sake. I have passed this book on to a neighbour just to see what he thinks of it. Ideally I would have liked to have given the book no stars it is so bad.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm under duress when I award one star to this - ?novel. A male 'Barbara Cartland' would seem to identify this guy's style.
There's no grammar, no plot, no credible story line and no continuity. You cannot read this kind of writing - you merely limp through it.
I strongly doubt that the English would get a GCSE pass if put to the test.
It's a page turner right enough - but only because one cannot really believe that something so badly written could possibly be published. They should be sued for fraud for describing the book as an 'international bestseller' - it's an affront to literature.
If you really, really fancy the book then try the public library - but don't, whatever you do, buy it.
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