Review – STORM FORCE by Susannah Sandlin

June 16, 2013 4 Star Reviews, General, Reviews 2


**A review copy of the first four episodes of this serial was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.  The complete serial was purchased by the reviewer for this full review.** 


SusannahSandlin_StormForce_finalTITLE: Storm Force
Omega Force #1
  Susannah Sandlin
  Montlake Romance
  Mar 19/June 18, 2013




As leader of the elite counter-terrorism team Omega Force, former army ranger Jack “Kell” Kellison is always focused on getting the job done. So when a Houston high-rise is bombed and the governor killed or missing, Kell’s mission is clear: infiltrate the group suspected of the bombing and neutralize the threat by any means necessary. But once Kell meets beautiful chief suspect Mori Chastaine, he realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. And more to Mori than any man—any human man—could imagine. 

Mori Chastaine is running out of options. Suspected for a crime she didn’t commit, forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, she sees no escape—until Kell walks through her door. A lifetime hiding her true nature warns her Kell might not be who he seems. But he could be the only one able to help save more innocent humans from becoming pawns in an ancient paranormal power play. If Mori reveals her secret, will Kell join her fight? Or will she become his next target? 

NOTE: To be released first as a Kindle Serial beginning March 19, 2013. Print and audio and full digital editions to be released on July 9, 2013.  




She-Wolf Review


Susannah Sandlin is one of my favorite authors.  I was borderline obsessed with her Penton Legacy series and I’m in love with her Sentinels of New Orleans series, which she writes as Suzanne Johnson.  Pretty much any book this woman writes, under whatever name she chooses, I will read.  When I was given the opportunity to review the first four episodes of her new Amazon serial, STORM FORCE, I was thrilled to get a taste of something new from her.  I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the remaining installments so I could finish what started out as a very promising new series.  For those of you who read that first review, did you wonder what I thought of the rest of the story?  Well, here goes:  As expected, I loved it.


First of all, STORM FORCE introduces us to a compelling cast of characters.  Central to this cast are Jack Kellison, an injured ex-Army Ranger and leader of the special ops team called Omega Force; and Mori Chastaine, an environmental activist accused of committing an act of domestic terrorism – the bombing of a Houston office building.  Jack is sent undercover to investigate her and sparks fly.  These two have chemistry but they also have secrets.  What I love about Jack is he’s this kind of lone wolf character, not many friends, not much family, never wanting to ask for help but does when he needs to; he’s strong but vulnerable, not wanting to reveal his physical pain from an injury that could put his life in danger given his line of work.  Mori is also a great character though she could get a bit frustrating.  She’s hiding a big secret and I just wanted her to trust Jack.  She thinks she’s protecting him but she’s not.  When you find out her secret, it’s not hard to understand her trust issues but I still wanted her to get over her stuff and take a leap of faith. Also, the bad guy in this story is a real ass and Mori tended to frustratingly underestimate just what an ass he could be.  But what was great about her arc is that, in the end, Mori became pretty kick ass and I loved her transformation from appeasement to kickassery. 


I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the rest of Omega Force.  This special ops team is special in more ways than one.  They’re skilled and trained but more importantly, Omega Force is made up of both human and supernatural operatives.  The supernatural half of the team includes Robin, an eagle shapeshifter, and Archer and Adam, brothers who are shapeshifting jaguars.  We also have Nik, Jack’s closest friend, who is human but with a special gift – he can touch an object or a person and get images that tell their history; and finally, there’s the tech genius, Garrett.  The interactions between the team members are spot on.  I especially like the awkwardness between Robin and Jack.  They respect one another but may not like each other.  Robin is full of sass and I would love to see another story that focuses on the budding romantic relationship between her and Nik.


Atmosphere and a sense of place.  These are the things that always stand out to me in Sandlin’s work.  You can feel the humidity of the Bayou, the danger of a brewing storm coming for Houston, the streets, the river, the land…I always feel firmly placed in the environment of her characters.  And she always writes from what feels like an insider’s knowledge.  With STORM FORCE, there’s a pivotal scene in which Mori and Jack are trying to get to his cabin before a monumental hurricane hits and Sandlin did a great job of describing this race against the storm.  There was a palatable sense of tension that doesn’t really give up, even when you think they’ve made it.


STORM FORCE is a great new series with endless possibilities.  I’m looking forward to seeing where Sandlin decides to go next with this team.  The book ends with the opening for a new mission, but also with some heartache.  I hope I see more from these guys because I need to know what happens next to this motley cast of characters.



A strong recommendation.

A strong recommendation.



**A review copy of the first four episodes of this serial was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.  The complete serial was purchased by the reviewer for this full review.** 




About the Author

Susannah_SandlinSusannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night! A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch, and always fancied herself living in Cornwall (although she’s never actually been there). Details, details. She also is a fan of Stephen King. The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana. Her novel Redemption won the paranormal romance category in the 2011 Chicago North RWA Fire and Ice contest, and is the first of three in a series that debuts this year.

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2 Responses to “Review – STORM FORCE by Susannah Sandlin”

  1. miki

    Wonderful review thank you for sharing it with us.
    i really loved this story too and i so wanted to hug archer. ( we didn’t see a lot of adam but i liked what i learned)
    Suzanne is really a master at description, i never saw a hurricane first hand but her vivid description made my heart beat faster ( as they always do)

    i do want to read more so i hope the publisher will agree on teh rest of teh series ( though i admit the serial thing was sometimes hard with angsty cliffhanger where i wouldn’t have stopped in the book itself)

  2. Eva Millien

    Thanks for the review. I am looking forward to reading this series. Even though technically he’s not a shape shifter, Rapahel De La Cruz in Christine Feehans Dark Secret shifts into a Harpy Eagle and so far he is my favorite bird shifter. Although, once I read this book that may change.