I am sharing my thought today on “Operation Hail Storm” by Brett Arquette. Available as paperback, eBook and audio book formats.
Marshall Hail was a husband, a father, a Physics Nobel prize winner and industrial billionaire. But when Hail’s family was killed in a terrorist attack, he became a predator and redirected his vast industrial assets toward one goal, removing every person on the FBI’s Top 10 Terrorist list. With the help of his MIT colleagues, Hail designed and built a devastating arsenal of attack drones of all shapes and sizes that are flown by the nation’s best young gamers. The world will come to realize that Marshall Hail possesses the capability of getting to anyone, anywhere, at any time, unleashing an operation so disturbing that the CIA has named it Operation Hail Storm.
Marshall Hail is a billionaire, he lost his wife and children in a terrorist attack two years prior to the story starting, now he is hell-bent on retribution. Using his money, brains and intellectuals around him he is able to create super advanced weapons and technology to enable him to start removing those who were responsible, and stop further terrorist attacks and in doing so also make the world a better place.
This is a fast paced book, but I did find that some of the technical narrative was a little to intense for my understanding. That being said, for the most part I did enjoy this book. There were quite a few characters to get to know, and the main players soon became recognisable. I liked the basic premise of the story-line, a sort of modern-day Captain Nemo if you like, Hail is effectively an ultra rich vigilante, who in his heart wants to make the world a safer place and to also provide a cleaner safer energy source, the two ideas do work well together. I also liked the idea of the American Government asking for his help to catch a weapons dealer. If you are thinking why would they do this, well Hail had already proven his worth by assassinating a military leader who is on Top 10 Most Wanted, but also is also way for the US Governmental agencies to try to see what new gadgets and tech he has. So this then throws in an element of conspiracy and spying, adding another twist to the tale.
This is a book that I did enjoy, but found that I did struggle with a lot of the technological terminology, I think I needed a “dumbed down” version that would have made the story flow a little better. After reading the book, I then had a read through the author’s bio, and found a mention of him being a “Chief Technology Officer” and also in cutting edge technology. Given this background I think a reader who likes more technical genres would fare much better than I did.
If you like action advernture, military style fiction read with technical aspects, and government involvement, then this is the book for you. I would like to thank the author for sending me an eARC of this book, my views expressed are my own and are unbiased.
About the Author:
The middle child of five, Brett Duncan Arquette was born in 1960 and anointed with his mother’s pen name “Duncan”, given to him by Mystery Writer’s of America Grand Master award winner, author Lois Duncan. During her career, his mother Lois has written over 32 best selling young adult books, some of which have been made into movies, including the movie “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Hotel for Dogs”. Brett was raised in New Mexico and moved to Florida on his 30th birthday.
Arquette spent most his career working as the Chief Technology Officer for one of the largest Circuit Court Systems in Florida. In 2002, Computerworld Magazine selected Arquette as one of the “Premier 100 IT Leaders” in the world, describing him as a “visionary” in reference to the cutting-edge technology. His books are peppered with technology acquired from his vast experience in advanced computers and audio/video systems.
Arquette is also the Editor in Chief of the Court Technology Forum, Contributing Editor for eWeek Magazine, columnist for ComputerWorld and SmartComputing magazines, all of which has helped to create a loyal fan base and lots of traffic on his website. Writing on the weekends, Arquette’s first book, “Deadly Perversions”, was published in 2002. His additional titles are “Seeing Red”, “Tweaked”, “The Pandemic Diary” and “Soundman for a B-Band”. He is proofing his new adventure into Young Adult writing with a series of “HAIL” books with the first one called “Operation Hail Storm”. Mr. Arquette’s primary aspirations are to quit the 9 to 5 grind and become a best-selling author, following in his famous mother’s footsteps.
Mr. Arquette currently resides in the Sunshine State with his wife and three children.
- Paperback: 406 pages
- Publisher: Lulu.com (1 Jun. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1365452549
- ISBN-13: 978-1365452543
- Purchase from Amazon UK ~ Amazon US
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