Operation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette

Operation Hail Storm (Hail, #1)

Operation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was given this ebook for free by the author.

In short: An eccentric rich guy called Hail kills a North Korean bad guy, the US administration notices, sends Hail on a mission to break stuff and sends a female “supermodel” CIA agent, Kara, with him.

The story is lousy and the entire book has tons of useless techno babble in it that should simply have been scrapped. One of the main characters puts it very nicely:

“That meant nothing to Kara. But she did understand that the ship’s big gun was being loaded and brought online. How it worked, she didn’t care.”

Neither do we, especially not after having been treated to pages after pages about steering drones, activating weapons, etc.

The protagonist, Hail, is a highly annoying character:

Hail is sexist…
“It was so damn difficult to register this face, this body, this female package with a hardcore CIA agent.”
“It was just so damn difficult to take this supermodel for real.”

… a macho with nasty attitudes, seeing himself as “the executioner – an exterminator of vermin”, with a blatant disregard for people in general…

“The lieutenant said, “Even if I wanted to, look, there are people down there.” “They’ll move,” Hail argued. “I mean, if you saw a massive helicopter coming down on your head, wouldn’t you move?””

Then there are the typos and the grammar… One example:

“The truck is here,” Kornev said in English. “I have your man opening the warehouse doors.” He nodded sleepily and tried to stand.

/Kornev/ nodded sleepily? I don’t think so – it’s actually the guy he’s talking to but why would an author have to know how to write…

That’s really all you want to know about this book which consists pretty much entirely of sexism, senseless techno babble, copyright violations (multiple verbatim copies from Wikipedia) and not much else.

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