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From its pulse-pounding opening to its action-packed climax, Cloudburst grabs you and will not let go. Ranging from the violent assassination of the President on the streets of Los Angeles to covert action against terrorist havens in North Africa, from the halls of power in Washington to a highjacked airliner racing toward the heart of the United States, Cloudburst takes t From its pulse-pounding opening to its action-packed climax, Cloudburst grabs you and will not let go. Ranging from the violent assassination of the President on the streets of Los Angeles to covert action against terrorist havens in North Africa, from the halls of power in Washington to a highjacked airliner racing toward the heart of the United States, Cloudburst takes the reader on a riveting journey as FBI agents and elite counter-terrorist units fight a desperate battle to save millions of innocents, and to bring those responsible to justice.


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From its pulse-pounding opening to its action-packed climax, Cloudburst grabs you and will not let go. Ranging from the violent assassination of the President on the streets of Los Angeles to covert action against terrorist havens in North Africa, from the halls of power in Washington to a highjacked airliner racing toward the heart of the United States, Cloudburst takes t From its pulse-pounding opening to its action-packed climax, Cloudburst grabs you and will not let go. Ranging from the violent assassination of the President on the streets of Los Angeles to covert action against terrorist havens in North Africa, from the halls of power in Washington to a highjacked airliner racing toward the heart of the United States, Cloudburst takes the reader on a riveting journey as FBI agents and elite counter-terrorist units fight a desperate battle to save millions of innocents, and to bring those responsible to justice.

30 review for Cloudburst

  1. 4 out of 5

    R Bartel

    It is the early 1990’s, and the President of the United States has just been assassinated along with a couple of his top advisors. FBI agents working the scene piece together flimsy evidence from what’s left of the blast area to form a list of suspects and pass the information up channel to the new administration. Meanwhile, an American plane is hijacked out of Athens and detoured to Libya. Some unusual hijacker demands are also passed up the line, ending up on the same new administration’s desk It is the early 1990’s, and the President of the United States has just been assassinated along with a couple of his top advisors. FBI agents working the scene piece together flimsy evidence from what’s left of the blast area to form a list of suspects and pass the information up channel to the new administration. Meanwhile, an American plane is hijacked out of Athens and detoured to Libya. Some unusual hijacker demands are also passed up the line, ending up on the same new administration’s desk. Delta Force operatives, still squirming under their failure to resolve the Iran hostage affair, are called on to plan a possible hostage rescue of the hijack victims. Are there people who can put all the pieces of the puzzle together successfully, in the midst of a national funeral for a fallen President, in time to avert further disaster? Can the newly-sworn Commander in Chief make the hard decisions necessary to protect the greatest number of people? Who will be sacrificed for the greater good of the people? Is the fledgling President up to making this kind of lose/lose decision? This is my first introduction to Pearson’s writing, and I am not disappointed. In fact, I think I’ve found another “must-read” author in one of my favorite genres – adventure/intrigue. Pearson does an excellent job of writing his multiple-viewpoint tale and keeping the reader tightly bound to his seat in the process.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Re-reading this provocative thriller written unbelievably before 9/11. TTS-enabled eBook ©1993 deserves its rating. Recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This one started off a little slow for me, say the first 5% of the Kindle version, but the author suddenly kicked it from first gear all the way to fifth. After a while, the turbo boost engaged and what you have is a pulse-racing thriller. Forgive the auto references but believe me when I tell you this is one action-packed thriller that had my heartbeat increasing on occasion until I completed it. The author does a really good job of explaining the technical details related to science, aviation, This one started off a little slow for me, say the first 5% of the Kindle version, but the author suddenly kicked it from first gear all the way to fifth. After a while, the turbo boost engaged and what you have is a pulse-racing thriller. Forgive the auto references but believe me when I tell you this is one action-packed thriller that had my heartbeat increasing on occasion until I completed it. The author does a really good job of explaining the technical details related to science, aviation, and the military without the reader feeling either overwhelmed or the thought of being talked down to while reading. His character dialogue is outstanding as well as the development of those characters for both the "good" and the "bad" guys. I was impressed with how he was able to switch scenes from an FBI team, the armed terrorists, the Delta force team, and the defector with ease and weave it all together. About the only negative I could give it is there are a few words that are typos, and some of it appears dated - early Vietnam war veterans still in active-duty front-line service, for example, but it does not take away from an all-around great read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    While we could imagine this happening today, in a worst-case scenario, it would have been truly visionary in the early 90s when it was written, and especially before 9/11. The president has been assassinated. The next day an airliner has been hijacked. The USA is under attack and the time is very limited to find out what is going on so the powers that be can put a stop to it. There were so many different locations and a lot of military jargon that I didn’t understand, and so I was in the dark for While we could imagine this happening today, in a worst-case scenario, it would have been truly visionary in the early 90s when it was written, and especially before 9/11. The president has been assassinated. The next day an airliner has been hijacked. The USA is under attack and the time is very limited to find out what is going on so the powers that be can put a stop to it. There were so many different locations and a lot of military jargon that I didn’t understand, and so I was in the dark for some of this book. You never did get to know any of the characters very well although the plot is driven – fast. There were so many secrets that we, the readers, were never clued in on. The story was told from numerous POV’s, and there is potential for real page turner, but just not for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    In 2012 it may not be unusual to find novelists dealing with radioactive material, hatred of Americans within mideastern nations and subterfuge around Benghazi Libya, but those were the last topics I expected to come across as I began to read a book published in 1993 about the death of an American President. A nicely set up thriller dealing with both American political and terrorist sub-genres, Cloudburst is among the best I've read recemtly. Though beginning with an assassination and investigati In 2012 it may not be unusual to find novelists dealing with radioactive material, hatred of Americans within mideastern nations and subterfuge around Benghazi Libya, but those were the last topics I expected to come across as I began to read a book published in 1993 about the death of an American President. A nicely set up thriller dealing with both American political and terrorist sub-genres, Cloudburst is among the best I've read recemtly. Though beginning with an assassination and investigation by the FBI, the drama of the opening chapters is soon outpaced as the author weaves a compelling tale of intrigue on one coast, a manhunt on another, and the reason behind it all - the involvement of forces within Libya who are bent on revenge against the Americans. Ah, but if it were even that simple. Without giving away the plot, there is no way to adequately describe the complexity of this story. At the same time, it is not one of those books that leaves us scratching our heads and wondering about dangling story lines. While not every event or character involved in the plot got extensive set up and explanations, I was too busy wondering what would happen next to worry about those details. From intrigue within the FBI to a prison in Illinois, traitors within a foreign government, freeways of LosAngeles, Russian nuclear scientists, and a the halls of power in Washington, the twists and turns come out of nowhere and at a breakneck pace. And just when the reader thinks we have the next step figured out, yet another shoe drops. That said, if i can make one minor aside - I have a little peeve about the odd or improbably morphing into the next to impossible and I feel that way about a Secretary of State flying to Cuba and meeting with Castro. Who am I to say what happens in the odd secret world of government, but this was a bit unnecessary. Back to the more normal issues: characters are written to be fairly likable, if somewhat predictable. There is plenty of potential for their further development, but they are adequately drawn and not boggling to the reader. Although we do not spend extensive periods with any characters, I was pleased with the variety of people involved in the action and I felt that I had at least some understanding of what made them tick. The mechanics of the writing is well done and the book is well edited. Thankfully there is no feeling that the rest of the story is being saved for another book. This helped Cloudburst rate highly as one of the most interestingly plotted books I've read recently and one of my favorite recently read, if somewhat dated, books in the genre.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    In “Cloudburst,” Ryne Douglas Pearson brings back FBI agent Art Jefferson in another adventure. He sets the hook quickly in Chapter 1; the president is killed in Los Angeles in a brazen terrorist suicide attack. Meanwhile, halfway across the globe, an American 747 airliner is hijacked by another group of Middle Eastern extremists and forced to make a brief stop in Libya, where a strange, heavy cargo is loaded onto the aircraft. Events that are first seen as unconnected soon are proven to be part In “Cloudburst,” Ryne Douglas Pearson brings back FBI agent Art Jefferson in another adventure. He sets the hook quickly in Chapter 1; the president is killed in Los Angeles in a brazen terrorist suicide attack. Meanwhile, halfway across the globe, an American 747 airliner is hijacked by another group of Middle Eastern extremists and forced to make a brief stop in Libya, where a strange, heavy cargo is loaded onto the aircraft. Events that are first seen as unconnected soon are proven to be part of an interconnected plan to strike at the heart of the United States. We soon begin to suspect that the plane is carrying more than luggage; it is carrying an extremely deadly thermonuclear device that the terrorists plan to deliver to the United States. Meanwhile, we follow various FBI, Secret Service, and CIA teams as they try to fill in backgrounds on the terrorists, and we later join an antiterrorist military team who is out to attempt to save the plane and its passengers. However, as it becomes more apparent that the item on the plane is actually a thermonuclear device, additional subplots quickly develop. The story continues to jump all over the globe as an enormous force is mobilized to save the plane, and if they can’t, then to blow the passenger-laden 747 out of the air before it reaches US airspace. FBI agent Art Jefferson, Delta Force captain Sean Graber, pilot Bart Hendrickson, and others are fully developed and well characterized. Pearson’s skill as a screen writer is evident as the dialogue moved crisply and logically even as he shifted the setting from subplot to subplot. From the very beginning to the end, the story was suspenseful and filled with precise descriptions of weaponry and military situations; it was very detailed at times, but again, it was interesting and easy to assimilate. The one real weakness that I could not quite understand was the author’s use of an older, somewhat obsolete fighter jet which was armed with some kind of nuclear missile. This plane was sent to shadow the hijacked plane and, if needed, shoot it down before it could enter US airspace. It made no sense to me why one would use an older plane and a nuclear device to shoot down an aircraft carrying a thermonuclear device; it seems that there were various forms of modern technology that could have been used instead of this “old jet fighter.” I struggled with a 3 or a 4 for “Cloudburst;” I finally gave it a “3,” but I would still recommend it. There is no question that this is an action-packed, techno-thriller with an enjoyable fast-paced plot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    J.J. Toner

    This is a classic thriller written by an accomplished screen writer. This is very much the way it reads - more like a screenplay than a novel. The book relies heavily on military jargon. Acronyms and military slang are here in abundance, making for a difficult read for those of us who have never served in the military in USA or in any other country. The book is too long. Including a sizeable chunk of Pearson's next book at the back, it measures close to 140,000 words. There was one section in pa This is a classic thriller written by an accomplished screen writer. This is very much the way it reads - more like a screenplay than a novel. The book relies heavily on military jargon. Acronyms and military slang are here in abundance, making for a difficult read for those of us who have never served in the military in USA or in any other country. The book is too long. Including a sizeable chunk of Pearson's next book at the back, it measures close to 140,000 words. There was one section in particular that I reckon could have been left out, where the president (and the reader) is lectured on the difference between criminal association and affiliation. As nothing came of this in the end, it probably should have been expunged during editing. The story is uncannily similar to many extant films and offers little in the storyline that is recognizably new. I found the narrative style infuriating throughout as it continually hinted at important matters without revealing them to the reader. This might work once or twice in a book, but not in every second chapter.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    It's eerie to realize this book was written before 9/11. This was reminded me of reading Tom Clancy - you know all these plot threads are going to tie together somehow and you're waiting to see how. Lots of military jargon too, which is something I always enjoy (don't know why - I just do). The characters were well fleshed out and the scenario believable. I'm curious to see what else happens in this series. It says this is an Art Jefferson thriller but Jefferson was one of many characters and I' It's eerie to realize this book was written before 9/11. This was reminded me of reading Tom Clancy - you know all these plot threads are going to tie together somehow and you're waiting to see how. Lots of military jargon too, which is something I always enjoy (don't know why - I just do). The characters were well fleshed out and the scenario believable. I'm curious to see what else happens in this series. It says this is an Art Jefferson thriller but Jefferson was one of many characters and I'd be a little disappointed if the others weren't back in some fashion in the next, particularly the Delta Team folks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    A very taut techno-thriller. Full of action that both keeps you reading and your blood pumping. Part mystery and part shoot-em-up this story has the good sense not to fall into the Hollywood trap. Not every cop or soldier is an expert marksman and not every bad-guy is a bullet spraying inept. You loose some friends by the end of the story but that just makes this read better.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dazz

    It's a good read, well written and engaging. You need to suspend disbelief and not be too critical, the plot is fanciful and full of holes. But nevertheless enjoyable. It's a good read, well written and engaging. You need to suspend disbelief and not be too critical, the plot is fanciful and full of holes. But nevertheless enjoyable.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    The plot is interesting and that is the only reason I bothered to finish the book. If you like details about guns and planes you might find this book worth the time. For the most part, I felt like the author was trying to impress me with his knowledge of flying and killing rather than using details to further the plot .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Nicholas

    This book was hard for me to get into. Lots of characters I couldn't keep up with, and lots of pretty technical stuff. The beginning was slow, but the end was a bit better. I didn't think I was ever going to finish it. This book was hard for me to get into. Lots of characters I couldn't keep up with, and lots of pretty technical stuff. The beginning was slow, but the end was a bit better. I didn't think I was ever going to finish it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Melancon

    Cloudburst I rate books based on my desire to return to them as quickly as possible. This was one such book. A great story, well written. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military fiction.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robbie

    As usual, Ryne Douglas Pearson writes a thriller that one can barely put down. Prepare for a rise in blood pressure; there's action on practically every page. I've read five of Pearson's books; looking forward to reading the others. As usual, Ryne Douglas Pearson writes a thriller that one can barely put down. Prepare for a rise in blood pressure; there's action on practically every page. I've read five of Pearson's books; looking forward to reading the others.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    Spy/thriller with a more convoluted plot than you often see (that's a good thing). If you like books by Clancy and Hailey you might find the writing style somewhat familiar: multiple threads being woven together from different viewpoints, yet with a slight distance from even the heroes. Spy/thriller with a more convoluted plot than you often see (that's a good thing). If you like books by Clancy and Hailey you might find the writing style somewhat familiar: multiple threads being woven together from different viewpoints, yet with a slight distance from even the heroes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Johnson

    Actually I did not finish this book. I gave it my traditional "read 10% and go on or quit" yardstick. It started out gangbusters with an exciting assassination of the President and several more people, but then it bogged down for me. Would rather read something else. Actually I did not finish this book. I gave it my traditional "read 10% and go on or quit" yardstick. It started out gangbusters with an exciting assassination of the President and several more people, but then it bogged down for me. Would rather read something else.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    I really want to give 3.5 stars...It was my first book to tread by Ryne. The story started off a little confusing but things cleared up as the book went on. A little long but overall a good read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Harris Guilmette

    I don't rate many books a five. Besides having strong characters and plot, the book has to grab me and make me reluctant to put it down. This book does it all. I don't rate many books a five. Besides having strong characters and plot, the book has to grab me and make me reluctant to put it down. This book does it all.

  19. 4 out of 5

    soulresin

    I think it's telling that I finished this book several months ago, and now that I think back on it I remember very little of the book. I think it's telling that I finished this book several months ago, and now that I think back on it I remember very little of the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Hlavaty

    I didn't actually finish the book, but I gave it my best shot. I just couldn't get into it. I didn't actually finish the book, but I gave it my best shot. I just couldn't get into it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ken Weinert

    False

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I found this to be a decent book, a bit slow at times. It had a lot of characters and it was sometimes hard to keep everyone straight.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gary Burzell

    This was actually a very good read if you like this kind of fiction. The last 1/3 was hard to put down. I read about 2 hours last night finishing it up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bronna

    Good will read more of his books

  25. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    Would of given it five stars but, I had a hard time keeping all the characters straight.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    a fun read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ena Mann

  28. 5 out of 5

    C. C Cobb

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mr m j Rumball

  30. 5 out of 5

    Geek Chick

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