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Chasing the Storm

by Martin Molsted

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I was unable to finish this book. The pacing slowed remarkably and then the plot began meandering around as if in search of itself. There were side threads introduced that appeared to have little or no relevance and I kept forgetting the point of the story as a result. Another reviewer called it an "interesting theme of a man going through a mid-life crises." I don't find that an interesting topic and I picked this because it was supposed to be a crime thriller, not a midlife crisis story. Yet another reviewer noted the ingredients were there but the author was unable to pull it all together successfully. Well put!

For instance, despite the crime thriller label, repeatedly, whole paragraphs (if not pages) are spent having one of the two male MC's (it was still not clear which one was supposed to be the protagonist with whom I was intended to identify and I never identified with anyone) leering at a female character. In addition to being rude and offensive to female readers, it was an utter distraction to the plot that kept snapping me out of the story.

There was zero connection between the characters, so I saw no point to the large chunks of text spent on this side thread but the author kept returning to it as though it was relevant. Midlife crises indeed! The female character expressed no interest back so either the author intended the MC to later commit an act of sexual assault and was establishing this sexual interest early on or--more likely--the author was trying to give the MC some depth but failed miserably because the "depth" was utterly irrelevant to the plot. It was enough of a distraction that I don't even know why the female character existed except to BE a distraction that could fill a few hundred or thousand words. She was never developed with any personity at all, like a 2D stage prop. One reviewer actually called this a love interest--really? Leering at someone who ignores you is a love interest in storytelling now?

Overall, this had very poor plotting and story construction. Great ideas but very poor execution. Totally took me out of being a reader and into noticing the author behind the scenes. Given it's supposed to be a thriller, I should have been gripped by the plotting and found the pacing fast not meandering so I have to say it failed on both of those counts.

Sorry, but this was barely a 2-star read, which is why it took me so long to post a review. I hate having to say bad things about a fellow author's work. The one good thing I can say is that the author had very little trouble with the English language but there were sentence structures indicating it was not his mother tongue. Still, he did better at stringing words together sensibly than has been done by some of the native speakers publishing in the US markets today! ( )
  webbiegrrl | Oct 29, 2014 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Molsted’s debut novel is a thriller whose characters develop depth as the fast moving plot moves on. The countries involved take on a new life as the seamier shadows of the underworld obscure the usual tourist’s view. The contemporary setting of the action, the food and events highlights the suspense and hints at the possible reality of this espionage-laden saga. I am looking forward to the sequel. ( )
  mcdenis | Jun 7, 2014 |
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I received a copy of this novel through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme in exchange for an honest review. This review in its entirety was originally posted at caffeinatedlife.net: http://www.caffeinatedlife.net/blog/2014/05/02/review-chasing-the-storm/

What’s really interesting about this novel is that it takes a lot of real-time current events and features them in the plot of the novel: missing ships taken over, corrupt politicians, shady businesses, determined journalists to undercover the truth, hotspot locations around the world fraught with turmoil…It’s also quite a geopolitical chase; one minute they’re in Germany, the next they’re in Russia, then they’re in Egypt. It’s pretty crazy but it keeps the adrenaline of the story going.

I’m not sure what to make of the characters, however. They’re interesting enough, but there wasn’t much hint at the beginning of the novel to indicate that Ryggs' past. It just seemed like such a jump in character between the man the reader meets in the first two chapters and the man the reader follows for the rest of the novel.I may have missed this detail but Marin seemed to be a little too well-off financially to be able to pull off such an investigation.

While appearing seemingly separate from Ryggs and Marin’s storyline, it was interesting to read about what was going on at the ship that the two were investigating and the conditions that they were left to survive in during that tumultuous period.

Nonetheless, for a thriller and a debut novel, Chasing the Storm is a page-turner. I found myself pretty glued to the story after a while, hoping to learn exactly what was going on and whether Dmitri, the character readers follow onboard the ship, will make it. ( )
  caffeinatedlife | May 2, 2014 |
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This is a very enjoyable, modern-day adventure story involving a hijacked ship and scenes in Russia, Germany and Norway among others. It has a very good plot and I was glued to this book while I was reading it. I think it was a very good debut novel and would be an excellent book to take on a long plane journey or vacation. The only criticism I have of it is frequency of certain phrases like "couple of.." which distracted me from the story. I am looking forward to these characters being developed further in more adventures. ( )
  BrendaRT20 | Apr 8, 2014 |
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A very good book teaming an ex-Special Forces soldier from Norway with an investigative reporter from Russia. Two unlikely heroes brought together by a shooting incident in Hamburg one evening. The Norwegian is stuck in a job that does not offer the excitement that he once felt when he was in the field, so after returning home and getting an offer from the reporter he is off to find a ship that has been pirated in the Baltic. What is aboard that ship that makes it valuable to anyone or any nation? The search is on and the crisscross Europe searching for the answer.

The book keeps the reader interested and guessing throughout. The story is well conceived and it is wrapped around incidents that could very well happen today. A very good first novel and I look forward to more Rygg and Marin novels. ( )
  qstewart | Mar 26, 2014 |
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To my beloved wife for your knowledge, patience and love and for sticking with me through all these years, to my fantastic daughters for your endless supply of laughs, fun, pranks and love, my sister, mum and dad.
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He'd seen people die before, but never on a pretty afternoon in Hamburg.
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