Tuesday 21 February 2023

Gathering Storm - Declan Finn - White Ops Book 4

Gathering Storm
White Ops Book 4
Declan Finn
ISBN 9798356716966
eISBN 9798356717130

This series just keeps getting better! Wow, I absolutely loved this story. I could hardly put the book down and once I did I was desperate for the next volume! I have read 29 books by Declan Finn and 28 of them in the last 9 months. I have greatly enjoyed books in several other series. But among my favorites are the White Ops and the Saint Tommy series.  I have also been working through Finn’s back catalogue. This was another excellent story, I had not read any description or reviews before picking it up. I was given an advanced copy of this one for an honest review. I am currently cycling through a few of his series and as soon as I had this one it jumped to the top of my ‘to be read’ pile. The description of this story is:

“When Earth First terrorists threaten to assassinate the Pope, the Rangers of White Ops are called in to protect him.

After the hostage situation at Yesdin planet, Sean Patrick Ryan is still bothered by the Renar weapons the terrorists used. When Earth First has the same weaponry, it's clear that something is wrong on Renar.

Dark forces stalk White Ops. but who will be the prey?”

I will be honest the further I get into this series the more I feel echoes of Babylon 5. But in most ways that only enhances the stories. But they are absolutely not just modified fan fiction. The framework that Finn uses and the characters he has written are exceptional. 

This story takes the action to a very different level. Sean Patrick Ryan and his team of totentanzers – Rangers – are on an assignment to protect the Pope. They have also taken over personal protection for the president of the United Star Alliance. All the while Something is niggling at the back of Sean’s brain, tying together pieces of information from their last few missions Sean has an insight, one that will have huge repercussions for him, his team, and for the whole universe. 

Not only is Ryan is a magnet for trouble but they soon realize that their whole team is becoming so. And some very bad people are not only aware of them but know specifics. White Ops might be the elite team of the Rangers, but they are not enough for the coming storm.

Ryan and his team must traverse the universe, fighting the Earth First Threat, Thought Cops, and the threat that Ryan has uncovered. They must now prepare for maybe their most fearful foe yet, and be prepared to fight on many fronts at the same time. This story is packed full of action. But it is also setting the stage for far more to come. It has great characters. 

This was another very entertaining story with Finn’s usual sense of humour! I really enjoyed this offering from his masterful pen. It is a great read. And leaves you wondering what happens in book 5. An excellent read I can easily recommend this book, this series and all of the books from Finn I have read to date!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2023 Catholic Reading Plan

Books by Declan Finn:
Love At First Bite Series:

Other books:

Anthologies contributed to:
Luna: Planetary Anhtology Series Book 2
Supernatural Streets
Starflight: Tales From The Starport Lounge
Mercury: Planetary Anthology Series Book 4
Venus: Planetary Anthology Series Book 5
Mars: Planetary Anthology Series Book 7
Places Beyond the Wild: A Z-Day Anthology
Shoot the Devil: Ten Tales of Humans Defeating the Demonic
Fantastic Schools, Volume 6

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