Storm Warning is a suspense thriller. Sonny Marshall is the saxophone player in San Francisco's Storm Lake Blues Band. One evening during a performance, his friend David Fetchenheir tells Sonny that he's just seen a girl (Erin Hightower) who was kidnapped seven years ago and vanished without a trace. Fetch saw her at a truck stop in Wyoming a month ago and is convinced that the girl he saw is Erin. Intrigued, Sonny looks into the cold case and decides to try to find the girl.
He forms a reluctant partnership with the Sacramento police detective who caught the case. Katrina Hastings tells Sonny to leave it to the police, but he refuses. Together with Sonny's other allies, they begin a quest that will be more dangerous than they could have predicted. Because this was no simple kidnapping, and the people behind it are not common criminals.
A storm is coming, and it will be bigger and more violent than they could have imagined.
Storm Warning hooked me in and had me invested in the story right from the start. The book follows the search for Erin, a girl abducted years ago, who may have recently been spotted alive. The story kicks off with a bang and it’s full of twists and turns and suspenseful moments all the way to the end.
Storm Warning was an easy read with excellent pacing and the author paints a vivid picture of each setting and character without ever getting bogged down and boring or losing the thrilling tension. The story’s main character is a martial artist and jazz musician who quickly gets sucked into a dangerous quest to discover if kidnapped Erin is still alive, find her captors, and rescue her—if he can find her. Things get more complicated as he joins up with a beautiful detective named Kat and together they encounter a network of depraved criminals with even darker intentions than they ever imagined.
This book was hard to put down once I picked it up! Each chapter leaves you dying to know what’s going to happen next, and the plot keeps you guessing the whole way through. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys dark and suspenseful mysteries. —Dani
This book builds tension well, which makes later images and scenes more surprising and exciting. Bacon also does a great job of writing descriptions of physical interactions. I can perfectly imagine every single second of a fight. I can also imagine how someone is sitting with the right kind of tone. Ultimately, this book creates a lot of great foreshadowing and suspense. I love that I can see where the story is going, but also have no clue how we’re going to get to that point. Bacon has created a very suspenseful, tense, crime book that is exciting and enthralling to read. —A. Casterline
I am a huge fan of thrillers and Storm Warning was no disappointment. It was one of those where you can (and don’t even want to) put it down, and that is how you know it is a good one! The main character, Sonny, is very likable to both fellow characters and readers. He is very passionate about injustice, even if it gets him into sticky situations. And the situation he finds himself in in Storm Warning is definitely a sticky one.
After one of his friends thinks he sees a girl at a gas station who was kidnapped seven years ago, Sonny is determined to find her, not knowing that she is still alive. Because law enforcement is hesitant about his information, Sonny takes it upon himself to figure out what happened to the missing girl, getting him into both violent and emotional trouble. After many twists and turns in the storyline, we do end up finding out what happened to Erin Hightower.
The author has another book coming out in 2024, so I look forward to reading that as well!
Storm Warning by Terry R. Bacon is a unique thriller for the ages. Sonny is a sax player and his friend Fetch saw the missing five-year-old girl, Erin Hightower, taken while she was at the mall. Sonny has a vital clue, and even though his heart is in the right place, it’s not his case to solve, but he teams up with Kat, who is the lead detective on this case, and they will stop at nothing to solve this case and return Erin to her family.
Fans of Castle and Chuck will appreciate this story. Storm Warning is the first book in the Sonny Marshall series. I have no doubt Terry Bacon will have many more exhilarating thrillers for us to read. This book had everything: mystery, drama, conflict, twists, turns, and much more that will surely pique our interest. There were even several chapters where the author brilliantly used imagery to captivate the scene to the point where we tagged along on the journey with Sonny and Kat.
Storm Warning by Terry R. Bacon will take us on a mind-blowing thrill ride that will leave us breathless and wanting more. The book was well-written and well-edited. It is an honor to award this book five stars. —M. Soderholm
I absolutely love thrillers and mysteries and Storm Warning is an excellent addition to my list of recommended books! Storm Warning is a fast-paced story about the search for a young girl. This is a class page-turner of a book. From one chapter to the next, the author, Terry R. Bacon, keeps you guessing and wanting to know more about what happened to Erin Hightower.
I also love character-driven books, and Bacon delivers with the character of Sonny Marshall, a saxophone player and our narrator. Sonny is a likable character who brings us along on his journey to help his friend, Fetch, find the missing girl. Sonny definitely drives the story forward with his storytelling. I'm really excited to see what else Bacon has in store for us with the next Sonny Marshall mystery. I do not think that you could be disappointed with this book, and I highly recommend Storm Warning for your next mystery read! --K. Mazza
This book was a very captivating story, and the writing was very reminiscent of William Diehl. The story follows a musician named Sonny Marshall, who hears about a girl gone missing while performing in San Francisco from his buddy, Fetch, who works for a CBS news station in San Francisco. The girl had been kidnapped in Sacramento seven years before, but Fetch sees her in Wyoming. Piqued by the mystery, Sonny goes on a nail-biting quest where the truth is not what it seems. In Sonny's pursuit of the truth, he finds himself in the company of Detective Kat Hasting, a woman haunted by the unsolved case that has cast a shadow over her career. Together, this unlikely duo embarks on a perilous journey into the depths of the kidnapping mystery, their contrasting approaches complementing each other as they navigate the treacherous path towards justice. Sonny's unwavering belief in redemption fuels his determination to bring Erin home, while Kat's unwavering commitment to the law guides her unwavering pursuit of justice. Their alliance, forged in the face of adversity, is a testament to the power of humanity amidst the darkness. This is a gripping mystery thriller that weaves suspense, redemption, and the enduring power of hope into a fantastic narrative. Sonny Marshall's unwavering moral compass and Kat Hasting's unwavering commitment to justice create a dynamic duo, their contrasting approaches complementing each other as they face a formidable adversary. I had a great time reading this one. --J. Harris
Storm Warning: A Sonny Marshall Thriller by Terry R. Bacon is a thrilling book that will grab your attention right away and keep you hooked until the very end. This story is filled with excitement, mystery, and action.
The story starts with Sonny Marshall, a saxophone player in a band, who is passionate about helping those in need. When his friend Fetch sees a missing girl who was kidnapped years ago, Sonny can't ignore it. He decides to find her and bring her back to her family. Even though it's not his job, Sonny can't stand the injustice.
Terry's writing is easy to read, and the story flows well. The characters and places are described vividly, so you can imagine everything clearly. Sonny is a likable character who gets caught up in a dangerous mission to find the missing girl. He teams up with a determined detective named Kat, and together, they face dangerous criminals with dark intentions.
Every chapter leaves you wanting to know what happens next, and the story keeps you guessing. Storm Warning is a dark and suspenseful mystery that's hard to put down once you start reading. It's perfect for anyone who enjoys thrilling and mysterious stories.
With Storm Warning, Terry R. Bacon delivers an exciting thriller that will leave you wanting for more. The tension in the story, the vivid descriptions, and the engaging characters make this book a must-read. I give it five stars and can't wait for more from this talented author in the future! --C. Madison
Terry R. Bacon's "Storm Warning" is nothing short of a literary triumph. This captivating narrative skillfully marries suspense and depth, leaving readers like me utterly captivated and deeply moved.
The story opens with a thunderous start as Sonny and his friend, two ordinary teenagers, unwittingly find themselves witnesses to the shocking disappearance of a five-year-old girl from a bustling mall. The urgency and intrigue are palpable from the very beginning, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey.
Bacon's storytelling prowess is evident in every page, keeping readers on the edge of their seats with each twist and turn. The narrative is like a storm brewing on the horizon, foreboding yet irresistible. The characters are masterfully crafted, their complexities adding a layer of authenticity to the plot. Sonny's transformation from an ordinary teenager into an unexpected hero is both relatable and inspiring.
What truly sets "Storm Warning" apart is its ability to not only entertain but also to delve into profound themes. The novel challenges readers to ponder the intricate web of human nature and society, leaving a lasting impact long after the final page.
With its perfect blend of suspense and philosophical depth, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking a thought-provoking mystery. Terry R. Bacon's storytelling is a testament to his brilliance, and I eagerly anticipate more of his work. "Storm Warning" is a resounding five-star masterpiece that I wholeheartedly recommend. --G. Riu
Storm Warning by Terry Bacon is the story of Sonny Marshall, a musician turned detective who is on the case of Erin, a girl who went missing years ago. Sonny is a take-no-shit, morally upstanding main character who gets sucked into a dark and dangerous adventure while he attempts to do what’s right. Things get even more intense when Sonny teams up with Kat, a beautiful detective who is the lead on Erin’s case and just as dedicated as Sonny to doing the right thing.
This book had ups and downs, twists and turns, and characters that you wanted to laugh and cry with alike. The way that the author describes the settings we’re in is so rich and vibrant – you really get a sense of the boozy, dark, gritty underground of these two detectives. Sonny is such a unique narrator, and his personality definitely colors every scene. This book is a perfect mix of mystery, thriller, and heart-warming scenes. Erin’s story could so easily be a true one, which makes it all the more compelling to root for Sonny and Kat while they search for her. I can’t wait to read the next book that this author publishes! Always happy to support a fellow AU Alum! --Kathryn
The days of voraciously devouring Christopher Pike books are long behind me, and this book transported me back to that time period of my life, when I loved thrillers. For a while now, I have only been into the self-development genre. Honestly, since becoming a parent I have become sensitive to content involving the harming of children, so I was a little worried that this book would be "too much" for me. But I couldn't put it down, even if I did have to quickly skim over a part or two. :) It's wildly descriptive and intriguing.
Because of my sensitive nature, I appreciated how the actual details of the kidnapping were not disclosed at the beginning. You immediately know that it's the main idea the book is centered around, but because we don't get to know the girl or her family, it doesn't seem so terrifying (thank you, lol). The author does a great job of drawing you into the characters' personalities some of the wording is eclectic and thus, the opposite of boring.
Whether you're into thrillers or just want something outside of your usual reading comfort zone, this book is likely to lure you in and make you hang on tight 'til the end! --M. Avalon
Terry R. Bacon is probably best known for his non-fiction titles focused on leadership and management. It is interesting to see an author in this field cross over so effortlessly into the realm of fiction! The book reads seamlessly, and it is clear that he is already a professional in this new genre.
This classic thriller details the investigation of a missing child. The main character Sonny Marshall is a jazz musician, but he is much more than that, as there are two sides to him, with clearly his love of justice being the most prominent. He is reminiscent of many a classic American hero, living a normal life on the one side, while saving lives, often beyond the law, on the other side.
The pacing of the story and the action sequences are absolutely superb, and the Kat and Sonny make for a loveable duo. Some creative choices as well I found personally enjoyable. I loved the inclusion of the Armenians!
If you enjoy a classic American crime thriller, you can do no better than this book. --M. Fertitta
This is my first time to read a Sonny Marshall thriller, but I doubt it will be my last. From the first pages, I was sucked in. A girl has gone missing, and, no, it’s not Sonny’s business – but he’s as attracted to a mystery as we all are. When a potential lead falls in his lap, what else is he to do but pursue it?
The story, of course, is compelling, and the writing is smooth. I found myself flipping through pages same as butter. What happened to Erin? How did she wind up in Wyoming? Or did she? Has she been dead all along? I made the mistake of starting the book one evening before bed and ended up staying awake long past the hour when I should have been snoozing. It never hurts sharing a name with a main character!
The pacing of the novel is terrific, and there are way more twists and turns than I anticipated. I would not be surprised if it gets picked up for a limited series on Netflix or somewhere similar. I want to spoil one big reveal so bad! I’m waiting for a friend to read it so that we can talk about it together. What I can tell you for sure is that I can't wait to dive into my next Sonny Marshall thriller! --MMH
“Storm Warning: A Sonny Marshall Thriller” is a captivating read that will suck you in and leave you continuously telling your husband, “just one more page and I’ll turn out the light,” until you realize it’s 2:00am and your son will be up in three hours. Not that this happened to me ;)
This is the story of Sonny Marshall, a saxophone player with a desperate need to right the wrongs on the world. He is haunted by nightmares where he is unable to save a victim – be it from a fall, drowning, or whatever threatens them harm. It is this mindset that sends him on the search for a girl who went missing seven years prior. He joins forces with the detective who originally worked the missing girl’s case and continues to be haunted by her failure to bring the girl home.
Terry R. Bacon’s writing has echoes of Raymond Chandler and the private eye/detective stories that shaped the genre. From page one you can almost hear the rough, jaded voice of Sonny Marshall – a man who won’t tolerate injustice and, despite his better judgment, is drawn to solving mysteries that aren’t his business.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can’t wait for the next Sonny Marshall thriller. --MMH
I started reading STORM WARNING by Terry Bacon and could not put it down! What seemed an investigation into sex trafficking veered into a totally unexpected and unique direction.
Although Bacon's hero Sonny is flawed, his story is compelling, as is his integrity and undaunted need to save others. Haunted by a home invasion from his childhood, Sonny is driven to rescue young women who, in this case, have been kidnapped. But are things really as they seem? Why were these girls taken, and by whom?
This fast-action story is both character and plot driven, with strong male and female leads -- and just enough romance to spice things up. I read it in one (long) sitting! With no dull moments, unique intrigue, clever dialogue, and incredibly well-developed characters, STORM WARNING is a wild ride worth taking! --SF
"Storm Warning: A Sonny Marshall Thriller" unleashes a tempest of suspense, danger, and high-octane thrills that will leave readers gripping the edge of their seats. From the first page to the last, author Terry Bacon orchestrates a relentless storm of intrigue, making it a must-read for fans of gripping thrillers.
The novel introduces us to Sonny Marshall, a protagonist whose grit and determination shine through in the face of an impending tempest, both literal and metaphorical. The writing is taut, setting the tone for the relentless pace that characterizes the entire narrative. As the storm gathers momentum, Sonny's character is unveiled with precision and depth. A direct quote captures the essence of Sonny's character: "In the midst of chaos, he stood resolute, a force to be reckoned with."
The plot, like a storm front, sweeps readers into a whirlwind of unpredictable twists and turns. Bacon crafts a narrative that keeps readers guessing until the final pages. A direct quote encapsulates the tension that permeates the storyline: "Each revelation was a thunderclap, echoing through the narrative and leaving us breathless for what would come next."
One of the novel's strengths lies in its vivid portrayal of the storm itself, both as a metaphor for the challenges faced by Sonny and as a formidable physical obstacle. The author's descriptive prowess is evident in lines like, "The storm bore down on the characters with a fury, matching the intensity of the plot."
The supporting cast is equally well-drawn, with each character adding layers to the narrative. Direct quotes such as "In the storm's eye, alliances shifted like sand," underscore the dynamic relationships that evolve amidst the chaos.
In conclusion, "Storm Warning" is a masterclass in thriller writing, with Bacon skillfully navigating the turbulent waters of suspense. Direct quotes punctuate the narrative, leaving an indelible impression of a story that is as relentless as the storm it portrays. Fans of heart-pounding thrillers will find themselves swept away by the intensity and unpredictability of this gripping Sonny Marshall adventure. --J. Fowler