Through The Raging Storm by Ben Kilgore.
A violent summer thunderstorm lights up the night in the community of Vanderpool, Texas. Joe Garner, who runs the Lost Maples General store, hears reports of something seen, and his curiosity takes over. Coming across an extraordinary discovery, suddenly Joe and his friends are confronted with a dilemma. Worse, they must deal with outsiders who will do anything to get their find. It’s a summer the people of Vanderpool will long remember.
“Through The Raging Storm” takes readers on an ambitious science fiction adventure that will spark both curiosity and wonder. After Joe and his friends make their out of this world discovery, they are hooked. They embark on a quest that only leads to more surprises and a possibility too impossible to accept. Complication builds and the outsiders are doing more than just asking questions. Join Joe and his buddies as they cope with the mystery of a lifetime. The only thing he knows for sure, is that his life has been changed forever.
Review by Ralph Roggenbuck: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Mind Stretching–Intriguing! Imaginative! Any Star Trek junkies will love it.
Strong characters, just quirky enough that you know someone like that! Enough intrigue and twists to keep it moving forward.
The last chapter is an absolute blast.I did thoroughly enjoy it. Take look at the night sky; you may get a surprise! I had one 55 or so years ago now.
Reality that we are still just beginning to see the edge of our own galaxy; let alone the universe!
Review by Char Kilgore: 3.0 out of 5 Stars. A nice Gulf beach or weekend read. The prose and the science go down smoothly and easily, and the book, while not breaking any new ground … makes a nice Gulf beach or weekend read, especially for Lone Star State visitors down San Antonio way. Readers may be charmed to know that Vanderpool is a real place “Kirkus Reviews”
Paperback: 350 Pages
Publisher: BookBaby (November 30, 2021)
About The Author: “Through The Raging Storm” is Kilgore’s second novel. While it’s not a sequel to “Waiting for Normal”, again, it’s a story about contemporary Americans caught up in unusual circumstances. The reader will find a dash of science tossed in for flavoring.
Kilgore studied physics at Brown University, anticipating a research career. However, while doing graduate work, he changed his career plans and went to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. That led to twenty years working in corporate finance and traveling extensively. Later he started his own company engaged in software development projects. After a trip to Africa, he formed Iringa Hope with two friends to bring micro-finance to Tanzania. His career has provided a catalog of experiences for his writing.
Kilgore has always enjoyed “creating” and has been a student of history. The liberal arts background encouraged at Brown never left him. He has been curious about how people respond to unexpected situations and how much people see the world through the lens of their time. He is fascinated by the fact that sudden developments almost always are preceded by clear warning clues. It’s the seldom asked “what if” questions that intrigue him most.
Now retired, he has the time to transform ideas and speculations into stories. He likes novels that take readers to different parts of the country and reveal how everyday people cope with unexpected challenges. The goal is to both entertain and leave the reader with a few questions about our future.
He currently resides with his wife in Florida.
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