Review of “Ocean of Storms”

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Book Reviews – “Ocean of Storms” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Christopher Mari. Mr. Mari has published 8 books and Jeremy K. Brown. Mr. Mari has published 8 books and Mr. Brown 7.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story takes place in contemporary times at locations around the US, Tanzania and in space. There are several major characters, but the primary one is Archaeologist Dr. Alan Donovan.

Tension between the US and China are on the rise. China is sword rattling with a fleet around Taiwan threatening invasion. The US fleet is near by to defend the independence of Taiwan. From out of nowhere an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) sweeps the Earth causing extensive damage and death.

Scientists soon identify the source as coming from the Moon and a newly opened 10 mile long rift in its surface. The only viable space powers, the US and China, ramp up programs to return to the Moon to investigate. The most common thought is that the EMP was alien in origin.

Because of what they expect to find, an Archeologist is wanted for the mission. The first choice is Donovan. Both Moon shot programs are plagues by failures and it looks like neither will get to the Moon quickly. World tension is on the rise with many conspiracy theories. In an effort to more quickly get to the Moon and discover the truth, China and the US join forces.

After this a lot happens, but without disclosing spoilers I can’t really say too much. The joint crew starts out at odds with one another, but gradually becomes a team. The effort encounters many ‘accidents’ along the road to reaching the Moon and you soon realize that there is a secret effort to stop their mission.

I really enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this 412 page Science fiction novel. I enjoyed the characters in the story and I liked the plot. That said, I was a little disappointed with the end. I think that the novel could have had a better conclusion. I also think that this could easily have been stretched a little and could have become two novels instead of just one. The story followed the team on two separate but related missions. I thought that the cover art was a reasonable choice. I give this novel a 4.7 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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