Ocean of Storms by Christopher Mari

Ocean of Storms

In the near future, political tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. Then a catastrophic explosion on the moon cleaves a vast gash in the lunar surface, and the massive electromagnetic pulse it unleashes obliterates Earth's electrical infrastructure. To plumb the depths of the newly created lunar fissure and excavate the source of the power surge, the feuding nations are forced to cooperate on a high-risk mission to...

Details Ocean of Storms

TitleOcean of Storms
Release DateDec 1st, 2016
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Ocean of Storms

  • Robert Williscroft
    I do not normally write negative reviews, since there really is nothing to be gained by this. Ocean of Storms, however, requires comment, mostly because of its build-up as a Kindle monthly give-away.I write successful hard science fiction, and so know what it takes to blend believable science with a good story. The first element is to do the research so that improbable technical details do not jump out to spoil the technical backdrop of the tale....
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/12/20/...Impending apocalypse. A heart-pounding Space Race. Political thrills. Oceans of Storms has all this and more, and it is also a story made up of many different parts. With scenes and situations reminiscent of movies like Independence Day, Armageddon, or Jurassic Park, the book also felt to me a lot like a Hollywood summer blockbuster in prose form. Indeed, looking back at ...
  • Donna Backshall
    Bad science predominates in this novel, enough that I almost added a special "terrible science" shelf for it. But if you can overlook the complete mangling of current tech and science, and the vast underestimation of the path of future tech, then it's a pretty readable story. Let's just say "the fiction is strong" with this one.The Audible version's narrator was who saved it for me. His accents when moving from person to person weren't even that ...
  • Paul
    Actual rating: 2.5 stars.Kind of an interesting premise, half science fiction and half thriller, but overall a skimpy effort: skimpy characterization, skimpy (and sometimes inaccurate) science, skimpy plotting, skimpy followup on intriguing threads.But first, let's have a drink. Sorry, that's an inside joke. If you read the book you'll get it.Fans of serious science fiction will probably find this novel laughable. Newcomers to the genre will enjo...
  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    Ocean of Storms is a well-paced sci-fi action novel that puts America against China in another space race. The main idea that drives the story is certainly interesting. While it has been done before, I liked the way the authors chose to spin it out this time.Ocean of Storms gets enough points for sheer entertainment value to negate some of the unbelievability issues. This is very much one of those books that you’d expect to see as a Syfy movie....
  • Niall Teasdale
    Amateurish and lacking in logic, add in the diabolical physics and my most hated of plot elements, and I didn't like this book. In fact, if my internet hadn't been down for three days, leaving me unable to get anything to replace it, I doubt I'd have got to the end of the book. Still, I got this one as part of Amazon's 'one free new book per month' deal under Prime, so I can't complain about the value-for-money.I don't think I can really say why ...
  • kelsie
    3/5 starsI received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Tl;Dr spoiler-free reviewI have one question: Where is this book's Netflix mini-series?Ocean of Storms is chock full of action and more than one surprise twist that left me a little baffled and in need of a moment to collect myself. While there were plenty of aspects about this book that I could have gone without, it was an intensely visual novel that ...
  • Kate
    A mixed read with an intriguing science fiction first half turning into a less satisfactory and implausible thriller for the second.
  • LindaJ^
    This was one of the Kindle first read selections that sounded like it might be worth the price (nothing). It's a 2.5 rounded to a 3.0 because it was fun, not good mind you, but fun. It was all rather superficial and unbelievable, but still fun. The US and China are about to go to war over Taiwan (not so unbelievable). Then an explosion on the moon send manages to take down the world's power grid. And what came along with the explosion was a messa...
  • Patiscynical
    Cumbersome...This was one of the Amazon Prime First choices for November. I have started reading it and put it down several times now. It's ponderous.A new mission to the moon, possible aliens, and archeologists. I thought it would be great. Alas, no.The NASA mission is wrecked by sabotage, and we end up hitching a ride with the Chinese, with whom we are at the brink of war. One archeologist has daddy issues, the other is an overgrown child. The ...
  • Sara
    I bought this book as a Kindle First read.The plot was good. EMP orginated from the moon opens a fissure, the USA enters a spcace race to see who can get there first to investigate. The beginning of the book was slow for me and very technically detailed. The authors didn't spend enough time fleshing out the characters, and instead focused more on the plot of the book. In comparison to the beginning of the book, the end was action packed and rushe...
  • Fabi
    I got to 85% of the Audible version. Great narrator. He does exceptional and varied voices.This is a political thriller wrapped in a thin layer of science fiction. Unfortunately, political thrillers are not really my "thing". I still enjoyed it and can't really say there's anything wrong with it other than it didn't have enough sci-fi in it for my tastes.
  • Steve
    If you like your sci-fi mashed up - and I mean mashed up - with conspiracy theory, this one's for you. As sci-fi mash-ups go, there's plenty of balls in the air - EMP (electromagnetic pulse), black holes and time travel, genetic soup making, re-visiting the moon, etc. But it all holds together pretty nicely. Throw in plenty of action, a little global conflict, a broad array of characters (maybe a few too many) and story-lines, and, well, you've g...
  • Keith
    Ocean of Storms centers on a mysterious EMP that briefly knocks out power across the earth. It's discovered that the pulse originated from a device buried beneath the surface of the moon. This spurs a space race between the United States and China to get to the source. The story started out feeling very much like the movie Armageddon to me. Things got a little more interesting about midway through the story when we begin to learn about how the EM...
  • Lindsaygossrn
    I'm not really sure how to rate this book, it was so not what I expected. I really expected it to be hard military science fiction, with aliens and all, but it was not.The first half of the book was very distinct from the second half--was all about the immediate effects of the strange pulse from the moon and how the different characters experienced it and were subsequently pulled into NASA to pursue the investigation. Good characterization and in...
  • Russell Libonati
    This book started with a bang and ended with a whimper. The story was quite a bit different than one would expect from the opening scene. Nevertheless, it was a solid story with an interesting premise. I'd call it a solid sci-fi story with a bit of a warning for humanity. It was not hard to follow and had a good mix of plot and action.It wasn't rabidly political or religious and there wasn't much in the way of harsh language. I purchased this as ...
  • Julie
    I just didn’t like this book. Characters lacked depth, writing was boring, events with action were quick and over before they started. The EMP happens at the beginning of the book and nothing much happens until about 1/2 way in. Events didn’t have much believability about them. Ending “meh”.
  • Jasper
    I loved This book. Had Never read nothing by him.
  • Deb
    This book seemed mostly boring and filled with too many tedious, unnecessary facts. There were a few sections that had some adventure but I won't read a book by this author again.
  • Peg Weissbrod
    A fun, one-day distractionBad science, bad fiction (oh, lord, the dialogue!), but a fun page-turner...you just want to see what’s going to happen next.
  • Heather
    This book has a very interesting premise and ultimately becomes a story with cool ideas about humanity. That being said, I have to agree with some of the other reviewers about the terrible character development and ridiculous technological situations. The characters were almost laughable stereotypes at times and there were numerous conversations in the first half of the book that made me cringe. Couple that with the not very believable premise th...
  • LeeAnn
    3 StarsI read this one in fits and starts over a period of several weeks and between other things. Not sure why. The story held my interest while reading, but as it was easy to come back to and not feel as if I'd lost the storyline, I guess I wasn't too worried about putting it aside at times. It does pose one of those interesting future-influencing-the-past-influencing-the-future type theories, but like most time paradoxes, thinking about it too...
  • Katie
    This book starts off with an intriguing premise, then has a long build-up, in that it takes about a third of the book before the main characters take off for the moon to investigate the mysterious crack in its surface. There are some exciting moments when their space shuttle's explosion places the mission in jeopardy, but after that, the rest of the story was increasingly a let-down. The whole time-travel paradox and genetic engineering plot felt...
  • Jamie Rich
    Ocean of Storms (Paperback) by Christopher Mari Meh. Seems like the authors spent some time reading everyone else's books, and decided to mash them together really? Actually, this reads like a made of tv movie from the last decade. Everything, and everyone is more or less your stock in trade present day SciFi. The characters are all flat, and no one shows any real change or growth. The plot is rather predictable as well. That said, it had at leas...
  • Jules (Never enough time to read)
    First half - 4*Second half - 3*Ending - 2*Overall it was an ok read. I enjoyed the beginning section far more than the rest of the book, but I still enjoyed the majority of the story and the characters. But, I thought the ending was a bit boring and the story just petered out instead of ending with a bang.
  • Liz C
    GoodThis reads like a t.v./film tie in book. A good adventure with spaceships from the future, genetic engineering and a motley crew who have to save the world. It seems bang up to date with a madam president and lady p.m and will appeal to anyone who likes an easy going read.
  • Steve Walker
    Technical errors and bad character development? Let me count the ways.Rating : 1.5 stars.
  • Paula Brandle
    Time travel and genetic engineering meet Indiana Jones. We all want to.know and understand the past and the future. This book is one explanation. It is very entertaining.
  • Beverly
    I am a fan of old-fashioned early and mid-twentieth century science fiction. In fact, I also love the science fiction that was generated in the nineteenth century as well; I believe this is called Steampunk today. While I was growing up, it was simply considered a classic genre of literature. The reason I hark back to that time era is because science didn't overwhelm the plot and the characterization of the protagonists and antagonists. Subplots ...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Ocean of Storms by Christopher Mari and Jeremy K. Brown is a so-so science fiction novel.An explosion on the moon causes an EMP that affects all of the earth. A deep fissure is now on the Moon's Ocean of Storms and it is believed that an alien ship long buried on the moon has caused the event. The effort to get a team who can explore the suspected anomaly on the moon requires cooperation between the USA and China. Tensions are at an all-time high...