Today I Read…Derrick Storm

Today I read A Brewing Storm, A Raging Storm and A Bloody Storm by Richard Castle.

After his death in Storm Fall, readers were afraid that they would never see Richard Castle’s wildly popular Derrick Storm again, but he’s back in an explosive new trilogy available exclusively as e-book novellas. After faking his own death, Derrick Storm is content to spend the rest of his life fishing in Montana, when he is pulled back into the shady world of the CIA by his old boss Jedidiah Jones where he must deal with kidnappers, murderers, thieves, politicians, and other untrustworthy characters, not to mention his new partner, FBI Agent April Showers.

I love Castle‘s gimmick, where they’ve actually released the Nikki Heat books by Richard Castle, and the Derrick Storm novellas are an entertaining addition. As far as the actual story goes, it’s a fairly standard spy thriller. However, they are well-constructed to continue the gag–they frequently make references to things that supposedly happened in the previous Derrick Storm novels, particularly his ‘death’ in Tangiers and his relationship with his old partner, Clara Strike. As a stand-alone story, they are nothing special–I think they would mostly appeal to fans of the television show Castle, as a way for the fans to be in on the joke (though as I’ve said, I am one of the fans and I do enjoy the joke). I also think I would have preferred one novel over the three novellas.

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“Then you are Derrick Storm!” the younger man gushed. “You aren’t dead like everyone said.”

The older envoy gave the pilot a thumbs-up and the helicopter lifted from the ground.

“What’s it been, Storm?” the older man asked. “How many years have you been dead?”

It had been nearly four. Four years of solitude. Of peace. Of self-assessment. Of reevaluation and reflection. Jedidiah knew Storm better than any man alive. And he had known that he would come back if the trump card was played. Jedidiah had played it. Tangiers. Derrick Storm always paid his debts.

Even in death.

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