Hello again, friends!
I’ve been keeping my excitement about this book at bay until blog tour time (at least online – my family would have said otherwise around Christmas), but y’all, it’s just like Christmas morning, because the blog tour is here! Which means I’m here to review Dan Jolley’s newest novel, The Storm.
I have a lot to say, but first of all, this book was impossible to put down. Forget Instagram and Facebook; we’re talking ereader-on-my phone-in-the-bathroom-at-work hard to put down. Don’t tell my boss, please. The action starts off right away, and it’s not only fast-paced, but the sense of foreboding is masterful. From the first chapter you KNOW something bad is coming; things are going to get creepy. And if you’ve read his Gray Widow trilogy – you know Dan Jolley does creepy SO. DANG. WELL.
And the characters? I was surprised at how invested I got in all of them, even the ones I really didn’t like (… REALLY didn’t like…). Zandra, Colin, Pounder – they were relatable and believable, and I cared about who they were, what they were going through, and how they were growing and changing. And in typical Jolley fashion, they went through A LOT.
Woven throughout this mystery-thriller is a relevant look into impoverished white people in the Southern United States. Having grown up in Southern Illinois (5 hours from Chicago and only 1.5 from Kentucky), I was surrounded by a little bit of Southern twang and a whole lot of Southern pride. Jolley’s observations about racism, classism, and Trump-ism were insightful, and the many of the situations that the characters found themselves in were familiar to me – thankfully not all of them (looking at you, hidden dungeon). I read The Storm shortly after reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance, actually, and much of what was said in both rang true for me. I appreciated Dan’s voice in this ever-evolving discussion.
And of course, in the midst of all that, Dan Jolley had to go and break my heart AND make me laugh out loud multiple times. Because that’s just what he does. That’s all I’m going to say about that because, you know, spoilers.
So if you’re looking for an engaging, gritty, politically relevant, action-packed read, check out The Storm. It’s dark at times, hilarious at times, thought-provoking at times – and enjoyable at all times.
Want to know more about Dan Jolley?
Dan Jolley began writing professionally at age 19. Starting out in comic books, Dan has worked for major publishers such as DC (Firestorm), Marvel (Dr. Strange), Dark Horse (Aliens), and Image (G.I. Joe), and soon branched out into licensed-property novels (Star Trek), film novelizations (Iron Man), and original novels, including the Middle Grade Urban Fantasy series Five Elements and the Urban Sci-Fi Gray Widow Trilogy.
Dan began writing for video games in 2007, and has contributed storylines, characters, and dialogue to titles such as Transformers: War for Cybertron, Prototype 2, and Dying Light, among others. Dan lives with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert felines in northwest Georgia, and enjoys connecting with readers via his website (www.danjolley.com) and on Twitter (@_DanJolley).
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