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Heaven's Fury: A Novel (G UNIT) by [Frey, Stephen]
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Frey s best yet.Twists galore, great action, and crisp dialogue.
"Forbes "on "The Chairman"

"Stephen Frey paints an engrossing picture of the Western wilderness and the perils it faces...."Hell's Gate" dishes up a full measure of action and excitement."
"--The San Diego Union-Tribune" on" Hell's Gate"

"Frey's best yet. Twists galore, great action, and crisp dialogue."
--"Forbes "on "The Chairman"

"Fast-moving, zestful, stirring...full of twists and surprises...compelling characters."
--"Los Angeles Times Book Review" on "Silent Partner"

Stephen Frey paints an engrossing picture of the Western wilderness and the perils it faces ."Hell s Gate" dishes up a full measure of action and excitement.
" The San Diego Union-Tribune" on" Hell s Gate""

Frey s best yet. Twists galore, great action, and crisp dialogue.
"Forbes "on "The Chairman""

Fast-moving, zestful, stirring full of twists and surprises compelling characters.
"Los Angeles Times Book Review" on "Silent Partner""

About the Author

Stephen W. Frey is a former investment banker and private equity specialist. He is best-selling author of sixteen novels, including The Takeover, The Chairman, and Hell's Gate. An avid fly-fisherman and fan of college lacrosse, Frey lives in Chestertown, Maryland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2519 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (21 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042ET45M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you've read Frey before then you will know what to expect. A good plot with a twist
Will read Frey again
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A very fast read, great plot. This is the second book I have read from Stephen Frey. A recommended read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8bbdad14) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bc709e4) out of 5 stars not my type of hero 15 Feb. 2011
By read der - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The hero? seems so confused and unsure about everything, especially with his ex-girlfriend. His wife was a shadowy person. I didn't feel like I ever got to know any of these people. The author did an excellent job describing the area. Too bad he didnt do the same for the characters. for any woman who has a husband force her to her knees, and put a gun to her head his cheating on her should be the least of her worries. this man certainly is off center and no hero.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By M. Owens - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a tedious, clumsy read. The premise is interesting, and the only reason I kept on until the end, but it was slow going as I kept tossing the book down in frustration at the writing.

The main character is a true antihero, but worse than that, he is a dull and leaden narrator. You would expect a book written in first person to benefit somehow from the narrator's perspective, but in this case the protagonist's tepid voice, ponderous explanations, and bleary insights do more to obscure the story than reveal it. We learn very little of interest from his perspective, and I found myself wishing I could get out of his thick head to experience what could otherwise be an engaging story.

Despite the challenge of the book's perspective, I did enjoy a few of the male characters. The author managed to make some of them flawed, interesting, and occasionally charming. The same cannot be said of the female characters. Every woman in the book fell into one of two categories: either a dumpy matron, or a slinky, unpredictable nymphomaniac. For a reason that is never explained, the narrator cannot pass a day without some sex-crazed townie trying to unzip his pants.

Although the plot has a lot of potential, the way it is executed is clumsy and uneven. The devices the author uses to build suspense don't work well to propel the story. As an example, he repeatedly employs a technique of leading up to a climactic scene, and then cutting away abruptly just before the height of the action. This can be a successful dramatic device, but the way it's done here it's just awkward and disorienting. The first time it happened, I thought the transcription to my Kindle edition must have omitted a couple of pages of prose. It was not until later that I realized that the author did this on purpose.

After reading this novel I'm surprised Stephen Frey is such a successful author. Perhaps, as other reviewers have said, this book is not up to his usual standard. If so, he is doing his fans a disservice in releasing such a sloppy work of fiction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bc70d14) out of 5 stars Juvenile male fantasies scribe relationships in this book 2 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I did not get past page 50 on this one. The main character is speaking, and he seems to have the intellectual maturity of a 16-year-old boy. Not only does he terrorize his wife with a gun to the head, she is "obviously" to blame for his infidelity. Follow this: she is so jealous of his ongoing affair with a beautiful rich girl, he has no choice but to cheat because she blames him anyway. I can take a little old-fashioned stereotyping of the male/female roles for drama, but this book feels like it came out of a disturbed junior-high boy.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bc73258) out of 5 stars Not up to Frey 9 Oct. 2010
By cehendy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is not up to previous Frey novels and will probably be the last of his books I will purchase. I wonder if he has now hired others to ghostwrite for him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bc70af8) out of 5 stars So I'm Supposed to Like an abusive husband? (Total Garbage) 5 Oct. 2015
By raskls - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It takes a lot for me to put down a book I start. It REALLY takes a lot for me to put down a book after 200 pages. However, this book got to a point where I couldn’t take any more.
There are 3 things that I look for in a novel: 1) plot twists and turns. 2) Likeable or unlikable characters and 3) good writing. “Heaven’s Fury” had NONE of these.

The book started out…okay. Decent. Mediocre. But after reading 200 pages of 308, I had had enough. The story went nowhere, I could care less what happened and I pretty much hated every character in the book.

PLOT TWISTS: With the exception of one surprise somewhat early on, there was nothing unexpected, no ‘oh wow’ moments. Just very boring.

CHARACTERS: This is a big one for me. I like books that have identifying with the characters. I want to like the good guy and despise the bad guy. I want to be able to relate to people, to feel for them on some level and to feel like I have a vested interest in the outcome.
The characters were all so annoying, especially the protagonist, Paul Summers. I cant recall ever reading a novel where our hero was such a worthless despicable human being. He is very snippy and curt with townspeople. He’s not a very bright detective. He seems to have anger management problems. He has no personality. Worst of all is the fact he comes off—to me anyway—as an abusive husband.

Granted, his wife is a real pain in the a**. However, early on, they get into an argument and our “hero” responds by pulling his gun, pointing it at her head and threatening to kill her. Later, they get into another argument and this time he responds by throwing her to the floor and tying her up. Ahh, yes, who doesn’t love a mentally unstable protagonist who abuses his wife.

Oh, and not to sound all holier-than-thou, but he also cheated on his wife. Class act.

There is no consistency at all to the characters in this book or to the relationship they have. Paul’s best friend is some dude named Bear. Bear and Paul have been friends for 25 years. Bear has saved Paul’s life on two separate occasions. Bear, Paul mentions, is like a brother to him. Yet, Paul is pretty sure Bear is sleeping with his wife. HUH??? If your best friend was boinking your wife, would you still feel he is like a brother?

The wife—cant even recall her name—is mentally unstable or so it seems. There is no rhyme or reason to her personality which changes on a dime. At first, she is insecure in her marriage and hates her husband. They never have sex. Suddenly, she is loving, caring, cooking his favorite meals and strutting around naked or in revealing lingerie. In one scene, wearing lingerie, she cooks him a meal and then sits on his lap and starts feeding him. Suddenly, for no reason, as she is feeding him, she shoves the fork deep into his mouth, nearly choking him. Out of the blue and for no reason. What doe sour hero do? He throws her off his lap, then has sex with her.

Our hero has no problem being rude to people and even physically violent. When a lawyer calls his wife a whore, he reacts by throwing the guy across his desk, and then throws him against the wall and begins choking him. (Wow, I’d sure love a small town sheriff like this, wouldn’t you?) So, our hero throws lawyers around, tosses his wife around, in two other scenes puts his life at risk in shootouts. However, he is too afraid to stand up to Mrs. Ericksen, his secretary who is the town gossip and consistently hindering his investigation.

Add to this the usual cast of stereotypical characters: the shady politician with his eyes on the White House, the friendly gas station attendant, the smug, pompous wealthy guy, the Native American woman who is one of the best trackers in the state, and so on and so on.

STYLE: Granted, this is subjective. I’m not sure if Mr. Frey’s other novels—which appear to be a different genre—are written like this. But this is one of the worst written books I’ve ever read. Again, this is just my opinion.

Never have I read a novel with so much time and so many words devoted to the weather. Even ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, in which weather plays an important role, didn’t dedicate as many pages to the weather as this book. It’s Wisconsin. It’s winter. It’s cold. It snows a lot. We get that. But Mr. Frey spent roughly at least 2-3 paragraphs every 4-5 pages explaining the weather, the cold temperatures, etc…

I also never read a book where so much time is devoted to physical location. It’s not really necessary to repeatedly explain over and over and over which highway goes where, why this highway is a better road than the other highway even though the other highway is less congested but the first highway takes a more circuitous route while offering prettier scenery. UGH!

At times this felt like a novel turned into the Weather Channel turned into written word of Google Maps.
I also was shocked at how this small town sheriff repeatedly went into residences and homes illegally wthout probably cause or a search warrant.

Also, it gets old when seemingly every woman in town tries to seduce him and every man worships the ground he walks on. In the case of James Bond in the 60’s, ok. In the case of Paul Summers? No

***Spoiler***

Cindy is Paul’s former girlfriend who now shows up back in town. He immediately realizes he has always loved her, that he’s never stopped loving her, that he should have married her instead of his wife and that she is ‘the one that got away.’ (We’re really not sure why. The ‘love’ seems to be only physical since Paul only tells us how sexy and beautiful she is, nothing about a connection or anything they have in common. Perhaps it’s the fact she keeps trying to seduce him but okay.) As a matter of fact, on one hand Paul tells us this while also realizing Cindy is a habitual liar and plays with people. At one point, Paul, after cheating on his wife and sleeping with Cindy, claims that he will leave his wife if she agrees to leave her husband. He obviously loves her (for some reason.) Then, Cindy is found brutally murdered.
And Paul? Does he cry? Is he sad? Is he remorseful? Does he miss her? Is he hellbent on avenging her death and moving heaven and hell to find her killer? Nope, not really. Cindy’s dead and Paul never thinks of her again.

***end spoiler***

This was the first Frey book I’ve ever read. It will definitely be the last. This book—the characters, the storyline and the writing—were all awful. This was one of the worst books I’ve read in a very long time.

One star is one star too many
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