Book Critique - A Raging Storm (Derrick Storm #2)

For review of other books by Richard Castle: Go here

Stars: 2.5 / 5

Recommendation: A quick and easy read to have a continuity in the trilogy, but nothing as big as raging.

A Raging Storm is the second book published in July of 2012 by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) (My review of the TV series here). This forms the second book in a trilogy within the series.

As we see in the previous book, A Brewing Storm (My review of the book here), Derrick Storm had been resurrected and brought out of his retirement to work on a high profile kidnapping case. However nothing seems as simple for Storm and FBI Special Agent April Showers with whom he is working. With Matthew Dull - the step-son of Senator Thurston Windslow - and the Senator himself being killed, April wants to bring justice for their deaths.

Reluctantly she is tagged with Storm again and this time their trails leads to London, at the doorstep of Ivan Petrov - a Russian secretive millionaire. Is this all connected to the huge amount of gold bullion belonging to Soviet Communist Party hidden somewhere in Russia? Was the Senator somehow mixed in all this? But biggest question was how did anyone know about Senator's or Storm's / Showers's movements in the first place?

In addition to finding out who was behind the deaths, Storm is also tasked to find out who was the mole along with more information on the hidden gold. 

Although there is not a lot of architectural history, Richard Castle takes the readers through political history between Russia, USA and a bit of England in this plot. We get glimpses of how old Russia was and how new Russia is now. 

Plot as such felt more of an extension to the first novella, with not adding a whole lot to the story line except the part about hidden gold. No hidden loops or surprising twists weaved in; keeping it a simple and straight story line. However, Richard kept his key players still strong and intelligent. And not to discount the obvious attraction between Storm and April. Will either of them act on it or will they simple play cat and mouse chase was definitely interesting tidbit of this novella.

Easy read that can be finished in a few hours and perhaps could be skipped since not a lot of story is covered.

On a side note, note the title choice for this novella by Richard Castle. His sixth Nikki Heat book that was published in September of 2014 has a similar title - Raging Heat (My review of that book here). Interesting choice of words by the author.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Plot Reveals:

a. Richard Castle mentions two types of Russian government pracatices in this plot: Glasnost - the policy or practice of more open consultative government and wider dissemination of information, initiated by leader Mikhail Gorbachev from 1985 (More about it here); Perestroika - the policy or practice of restructuring or reforming the economic and political system. First proposed by Leonid Brezhnev in 1979 and actively promoted by Mikhail Gorbachev, perestroika originally referred to increased automation and labor efficiency, but came to entail greater awareness of economic markets and the ending of central planning (More about it here).

b. The plot ends with Ivan Petrov being shot by his closest friend Georgi Lebedev; that both Lebedev and Antonija Nad - Chief Security Officer for Petrov - were the moles working for the current Russian President Oleg Barkovsky; the coordinates for where the gold is present; and most importantly FBI Special Agent April Showers life in jeopardy. 

2) Sub Plots: 

a. In the eighth Nikki Heat book, High Heat, Richard Castle shows the reader as having Nikki Heat met Derrick Storm as a suspect in a case she had caught a few years earlier, a brutal murder of a currency trader. I was wondering what case was that since I hadn't come across any such case in all of her eight books. However, on Wikipedia it is mentioned in the character bios of Detective Nikki Heat and her husband and Pulitzer prize winning journalist Jameson Rook that they had made cameo appearances in the Derrick Storm novel Storm Front which was published in May of 2013. I am yet to read that book and come across that scenario.

b. National Clandestine Services is a division of CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) that recruits spies who are sent to clandestine operations across the world working for United States. Richard Castle mentions Derrick Storm belongs to this organization and I wasn’t sure if it even existed. Looks like it does. Check here.

c. We see frequent mention of another agent, Clara Strike, who also worked for Jedidiah Jones at NCS. There definitely seems to be some kind of romantic link between Derrick Storm and Clara Strike; that Clara also faked her death and had retired similar to Storm. Will she be resurrected in a future book by Richard Castle is something one will have to wait and see.

3) It’s still a mystery as to who wrote truly wrote these books, be it Nikki Heat series or Derrick Storm series. Obviously not the fictional character Richard Castle or Nathan Fillion the actor who portrayed the role. Unlike Murder, She Wrote books (Check my reviews of this series here), the actual author of these books is really hidden deep.

4) Grammatical / Historical / Geographical / Character / Mythological / Plot Errors:

a. On Pg. 182, line 5, it should be "..to see if your palates…"

b. On Pg. 187, line 14, it should be "Isn't it dangerous for…"

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