Blood Storm Paperback – 31 Oct 2004
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is quite bloodthirsty, but full of action as are all of Colin Forbes's books. Not the best one I have read of his but I still enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by mave
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book by Forbes. I have read a few of his recently, but this one was excellent and I could not put it down, the ironing did not get done!Published on 18 Aug. 2013 by Valerie Bolton
The book was a entertaining read, Not one of his best. Not one I would read twice, But still was a good read, would recommend but don't expect to be riveted.Published on 22 Jan. 2013 by ian biddle
i boutht this book as a presant and was told it was most enjoyable and good reading if you like thrillersPublished on 5 Jan. 2013 by yvonns mills
The editor who published this rubbish either didn't read it or should be given a different job with nothing to do with books. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2011 by hillo
I read this novel with mounting disbelief. At times, I suspected it must be a parody. However, it seemed it was serious, part of a continuing drama, with the same central... Read morePublished on 15 April 2011 by A man
I also threw this book away after reading about a third. I haven't read Forbes before and won't again. It was bad 1940's plot supposedly set in the 2000's ???????????? Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2009 by avid reader