The baby has been asleep for 2 hours, but I just left the 4 and 2 year old and they are still chatting away up there. I don’t know whose idea it was, but we were playing a rhyming game which they continued when I left:
Frank (4) : Mercer, what rhymes with cow?
Mercer (2): Cow!
Frank: Gorilla rhymes with go.
Mercer: No, gorilla rhymes with gorilla, silly!
Frank: I’m not silly, I’m right. You are silly. … Oh, I’ve got one!
On to the business:
Mystery / Spy Novel
What is it about?
This is a collection of 3 short stories featuring Derrick Storm. The Storm novels are Richard Castles’ claim to fame in the TV show Castle.
In the first of these stories, Storm is called upon to help figure out who kidnapped a powerful senator’s son. The next two stories follow directly from the first story which quickly develops international tension.
Was it good?
I have read most of the Nikki Heat novels by Richard Castle, which are also mentioned in the show, and I watched the show to completion. (I apparently have failed to write any reviews for the books but I would describe them as “entertaining”.)
While I enjoyed the Nikki Heat books because I was familiar with the character from watching the show, I felt nothing for Storm and felt that all the characters were flat and unrealistic. Storm acted like an ass the whole time, and I don’t understand why he’s so special. I’m not one to notice a lack of character development, but in these stories it was painfully obvious: there was no background, no middle, and no future.
The story was predictable and contained all of the usual spy novel gimmicks.
These are short stories. If they had been full blown books I would have been more likely to DNF the books, but I powered through it. Honestly, I’m not sure that this “Richard Castle” is the same “Richard Castle” from the Nikki Heat books.
Which author with multiple series’ has disappointed you?