A conspiracy is growing in oil rich Texas
“Storm Rising” by Chris Hauty is book three in the series featuring Hayley Chill. There is a continuing thread of characters and relationships throughout the series, but each story stands alone. The narrative weaves in a detailed summary of events in previous books to remind readers of past relationships and bring new readers into the scene fully aware of the connections, the past traumas, and the current entanglements. Readers Follow Hayley Chill through her physical and mental preparation to become a lifelong public servant. She has an extraordinary gift, eidetic memory — the ability to recall an image after seeing it only briefly. She has a public persona and a very personal and private side. She can be extraordinarily ordinary and extraordinarily dangerous.
Hauty tells Hayley Chill’s story in three narrative threads, two personal and one national; they are inextricably intertwined. The present tense narrative immerses reader fully into the action. Chill is pursuing the “what” and the “why’ of her father Tommy Chill’s death. She has found curious links that take her to a congressman who served with her father in Iraq as Marines that holds the promise of new revelations. She travels to complicated, deceptive, oil rich Texas. Texas, where cartels from the Mexican desert reach over the Rio Grande; where malevolent plots spring from oil money. Texas, where a conspiracy is growing that is expansive, complicated, and well planned. Texas, where patriotism means Texas first. The truth seems unbelievable, unknowable even, like the dark side of the moon.
In the midst of the political chaos, Chill’s personal life takes an unexpected and dramatic turn. For most of her life, she has lived “on the go,” carrying her entire existence along in a tote bag. Now she has to face a new self, a new reality; her life could be different, inexplicably.
“Storm Rising” is a multi-faceted story of moral challenges, misplaced loyalties, and complicated relationships. Events happen over just a few days; the pace is fast; the action complicated. When it finally appears that things might be over, it turns out that they are just beginning. I received a review copy of “Storm Rising” from Chris Hauty, Atria Books, and Emily Bestler Books.
“Storm Rising” by Chris Hauty is now available in print, as an e-book, and on audio from independent bookstores, online booksellers, retail stores, public libraries and anywhere you get your books.