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Taken by Storm (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. September 2014

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Award-winning author Kim Baldwin has been a writer for three decades, following up twenty years as an executive in network news with a second vocation penning lesbian fiction. She has published seven other solo novels with Bold Strokes Books. She has also published six books in the Elite Operatives Series in collaboration with Xenia Alexiou. Kim has also narrated an audiobook version of Breaking the Ice, and her works have been translated into Russian, Dutch, and Spanish.

She lives in the north woods of Michigan, but takes to the road with her laptop and camera whenever possible. Her website is www.kimbaldwin.com and she can be reached at baldwinkim@gmail.com.

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Usually, I like a good adventure story and this one seemed right up my alley. It's got bad weather, great scenery, adventurous women...but.
For the record, if you don't have a portable x-ray, try not to mess with open-fracture wounds till you get to a hospital. "Setting" them might make it much worse if you don't know what you're doing. Also, doing CPR is not "Breathe!" Pump, pump, patient lives. As a First Aid instructor and Community First Responder, this really set me off.
Also, I'm honestly disappointed in the depiction of anybody who isn't American. For instance, the author seems to have forgotten that French is spoken in Switzerland, too. And, really. The Europeans hardly know any English? It's a requirement in secondary school in most European countries to take at least a few years of English to have some basic understanding and get by in everyday life.
The German blokes are called Fritz, Hugo and Viktor and are described as 'young men', but they don't know any English. Now, this might be me, but I've never met a German man in his thirties, twenties or teens named Fritz - or Hugo. And they certainly would be able to form basic sentences in English - if they're not extremely daft. Same goes for the Swiss people. I'm not even going to mention that all Germans have to take First Aid courses for their driver's licence, which makesthe German blokes' helplessness in the book really unconvincing.
Dear American authors out there: yes, Europeans speak English. Surprise, many of us also speak French, Spanish, German or Italian as a third or fourth language. Also: Fritz isn't really a name for young men, it's a joke that was already old when my granny was a wee girl. And umlauts are a thing.
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Kim really did great research for this one..
a "can't put it down till I am finished" book was the result!
she never disappoints....
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great adventure story 31. August 2014
Von Silvery - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Award winning writer Kim Baldwin does it again. Taken by Storm is a well written and developed adventure novel with a strong shot of romance. Nicely developed strong characters who are challenged to grow through the story with well done secondary characters that are essential to the plot development. There is good treatment of the ramifications of climate change in the plot dev..Tons of knowledge about survival and climbing in challenging conditions just adds to the richness of the novel. Nice heat to top it off!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another Exciting Read from this award winning author! 16. September 2014
Von RLynne - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Taken By Storm is an exciting story of a scenic passenger train in the Swiss-Italian Alps which is buried by an avalanche. Baldwin does a great job of introducing the two main characters separately in their home settings. Steffi Graham is a librarian in a small town in Washington. She has never traveled out of the country before. Hudson Mead is an award winning reporter for the Associated Press. Steffi is traveling with her rock climbing club, while Hudson is traveling with her photographer. Both women are looking forward to a well earned vacation.
Baldwin beautifully increases the tension as the train passes through the heavy snow in the Alps. She raises the ante when the train is hit by an avalanche and plunges off the tracks and down into a gorge. The twenty-two survivors must work together, pooling their skills, food, and water so that all can survive. Their techniques for melting snow for water, dividing up what food they have, and helping the injured are told in detail, helping readers get to know the supporting characters. Kim Baldwin is a former CNN executive, and I really chuckled over the portrayal of a character from a less esteemed news station.
As food and water are running out, it becomes obvious that the survivors must do something to help rescue themselves. Hudson and Steffi are the best candidates for this, as they are fit, and Steffi has good rock climbing skills. This is where the story takes on more danger and drama, and where Steffi and Hudson must learn to trust each other.
If you're a fan of adventure, good characters, and a love story, Taken By Storm is for you! It has it all!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Taken everywhere and nowhere in the end 26. September 2014
Von d_fossey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been going back and forth about whether this book is a 2 star or 3 star. I really wanted to like this book. Not only is it Baldwin's first novel on her own in several years, but the subject matter is right up my alley. I applaud any author who can create a profound, moving connection between characters who are literally fighting for their lives. Because let's face it, it's really hard to make romantic development between people believable when they haven't eaten in three days. Pyramid of concerns and all that. But after I finished it and really digested the work as a whole, I'm finding a lot more criticisms than positives. There are some spoilers ahead.

The main theme I'll probably keep coming back to in this long review is this book lacks identity. O Book, What Art Thou??! Are you adventure? Are you romance with adventure? Are you an in depth look into human survival-ism? Are you a study of like 18 different characters and how they all react to a tragic situation? It seems at times you are all these things and more, and frankly you aren't very good at any of them.

Let's start with the romance. There is nary a touch, hand hold, hug or even a sleeping situation until like 70% in! So if I'm stuck in a buried train not knowing whether or not I am even going to be alive by the end of the week, I'm throwing caution to the wind and spooning the hot chick in the tour group by night 2. For body warmth of course. There is just very little chemistry between Hudson and Steffi, in fact at one point in the story, they barely like each other. And even when they finally start having heart to heart conversations waaayyy late, it's almost clinical in the way it's done. There is one point where Hudson thinks she might really be digging Steffi and her thought is that "she'd faced down her fears and done an admirable job with the leadership role". That's about as romantic as my boss giving me my annual review. And don't expect it to all come together at the end in an explosion of undying love and mind-blowing sex that tickles your inner hopeless romantic funny bone. Not happening.

So let's move to character study in a tragedy. I swear, I started counting the secondary characters in this book and stopped sometime after 16. Steffi and her friend and partner, Hudson and the photographer, Hudson and the flat mate, Hudson and the boss, Kentucky guy, Anna, Curt and dead wife, Nick, J.T. and macho man crew, Swiss disaster boss, Swiss pilot, various Europeans, various Japanese. I mean chapters are sometimes devoted to these people, albeit short ones. Does anyone not think that is just too many?

For the adventure, survivalist part of this book, I wouldn't exactly call it edge of my seat. In fact, playing with my iPhone 6 was winning out more times in the what to do with my evening decision. And it's not that it was just boring, which much of the time it was, I feel like when too much is trying to be done, everything suffers from mediocrity. I will give Baldwin this, she knows her climbing. When Steffi and Hudson finally strike out to rescue the sorry lot, it starts getting a little more engaging. And they finally spoon in a snow cave.

As you can probably imagine with any lesfic with a natural disaster involved, there comes political agenda. But the political agendas sprinkled throughout this work lack originality or creativity. Most of it is just the same old spouting of the liberal environmentalist mantra we are inundated with in our daily lives. In fact, there is a thought expressed by one of the multitude of characters that global warming was the likely cause of the 50 or so nearly simultaneous avalanches that took place in several European countries. I'm sorry, but really? At least have him be watching some television where a scientist is giving some evidence for this. I'll suspend my disbelief of the simultaneous avalanches for you, but that statement to me is like saying I saw something flying in the air that wasn't a bird or a plane so it was most likely an alien spacecraft. And by the way, the 90s called, they want their "Global Warming" back. I believe the word of the day is "Climate Change".

And then there is J.T. As if it isn't enough that these people have endured multiple avalanches, lost loved ones, and sustained injuries, we need to introduce a villain? Agenda warning, who does he work for... why Fox News of course! J.T. is a somewhat ridiculous, conceited, hot head who later becomes a bit of a punching bag and I suppose some comedic relief element in the end. But with 15 other characters, why is he needed, what purpose does he serve, how does he help the overall theme and direction of the novel? Rhetorical questions.

In summary... I still love Hunter's Pursuit and Whitewater Rendezvous!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent adventure in the world of mountaineering. 30. August 2014
Von Philologus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Don't pick up this book if you can't finish it at once. It took me all night to read this excellent adventure set in the Swiss Alps where a small group struggles to survive after a devastating avalanche. There is some romance and chemistry but the main topic is survival with lots of brilliant mountaineering thrown into the lot. Great main and secondary characters.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Story 11. November 2014
Von Violet - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This story is well written and has the suspense and thrills and yes, the romance between two beautiful women, that captures our attention from the start and then anchors us for the duration of the book. Ms. Baldwin has a talent for writing stories putting the main characters in very dangerous situations but gives her protagonists the wisdom and straight to deal with the author's whim. The feeling of being part of the characters and to feel their connection indicates an insightful and creative author. I can't wait for her coming stories! I look forward to Ms. Baldwin's next book!
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