The Rainstorm Revolt

Fiction - Suspense
398 Pages
Reviewed on 12/13/2014
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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

Rainstorm Revolt by Randall Jarmon starts off in the shadows of suspense and never lets you go. Beginning in an empty room and a video conference between a former government operative and three hooded men named Freedom 1, 2 and 3, the tone is set for a suspenseful thriller. Lena Wysocki has been given 8 months to live, but she's been asked to use those final months to do the impossible; destroy the Federal Revenue Service which has taken on a Gestapo level of authority within the United States. Assembling an international team of clandestine operators, Lena must steal a half-dozen, small, tactical nukes in order to take out America's new totalitarian tax structure and begin the restoration of freedom. Up against insurmountable odds and with time running out, it's anyone's guess whether the job can be done at all. If it is, it will take every skill Lena has ever used in her life and plenty of determination to get past the physical limitations which are beginning to limit a body that was once an effective killing machine.

Randall Jarmon hits a little close to reality in Rainstorm Revolt. With America's modern political system rapidly approaching the type of taxation model that is described by Jarmon, more than a few chills will zip up your spine when you take on this thriller. Drawn in from the outset, the reader is immediately by Lena's side, feeling the aches, pains, limitations and impossible odds that she must overcome in order to do what needs to be done. There's never a dull moment in Rainstorm Revolt as you're led along on an action packed quest to restore America's freedom. You won't be able to put it down.

Faridah Nassozi

Lena, a 76-year-old terminally ill, trigger-happy retired spy has been recruited by a secret group of individuals to take down the most corrupt arm of the government - the Federal Revenue Service (FRS). The FRS, formed to replace the IRS, was a machine specifically crafted to steal from the rich and keep a corrupt government in power. The new Tax Code came before everything; it even came before the Constitution, and their main principle was that anybody who was rich was automatically guilty of tax evasion. The FRS' main source of pride was in its four highly secure Data Centres, built to withstand any form of terrorist attack or natural disaster. That is why the first part of Lena's operation was to acquire nuclear weapons and blow up the Data Centres. The group would avail her limitless funds, but how she carried out her mission was completely up to her.

The Rainstorm Revolt by Randall Jarmon is one of the most refreshing thrillers I have read in a long time. Imagine a top-secret conspiracy against the government with a 76-year-old retired lady super spy at its forefront. Lena, however, is no ordinary 76-year-old, but a combination of amazing skill and wit. It was incredibly thrilling to follow her story as she set about piecing together her mission details. Randall Jarmon put together a very intriguing group of characters and each character brought something unique to the plot. Each one of Lena's contacts/acquaintances came with a background story that added a whole new layer of thrills to the main plot. It was very exciting to see Lena's dream team of sophisticated crooks, sourced from all over the globe and each the best in their field, come together into an incredible team. Lena's wit and the general subtle humour throughout the story was delivered so well and, in a way, balanced out the more technical parts of the story. I had a thrilling reading experience and any fans of spy stories, government conspiracies, black ops missions and rogue operations will love The Rainstorm Revolt.

Sierra Edelen

The Rainstorm Revolt by Randall Jarmon is an amazing novel where there is a new tax collection system known as the FRS. And already it is corrupt and taking too much money, and putting people in tax prisons for even the most minor offenses. Three figures who become known as 'the freedom three,' call in one of the best spies and assassins of the time in order to take down the FRS. This person is Lena, code name Rainstorm. But here is the catch - due to a disease, she will only live for 8 more months. She assembles a secret team called Rainstorm Revolt, made up of 5 individuals from around the world to team up with leaders of the TNT organization to take down the FRS.

This was a really good and amazing book. I loved it to the very end. Never at one point in the book did I get bored, and the plot kept making me guess at who was behind something or what would happen next, creating the perfect amount of suspense and mystery. It also had a really good mix of both action and knowledge shown through strategy. And of course there is always just a pinch of love and romance thrown in. I really enjoyed The Rainstorm Revolt and hope to read more by Randall Jarmon. This is my favorite book out of all the books I have reviewed so far.

Samantha Coville

The Rainstorm Revolt by Randall Jarmon asks you to picture the government we know today. It rules with an iron fist, doling out taxes, passing laws and keeping things running the way they see fit. Then author Randall Jarmon asks you to go a step further and imagine it years from now when it has even more power. Taxes are nothing more than allowed thievery. Any law can be passed as long as it benefits politicians. We've forgotten the documents that our nation is founded upon. But there's one last piece to this puzzle. A trio of believers who will step up and take back our country. They'll do the impossible to bring back the freedom that has long been missing. And, along the way, they'll even steal a nuclear weapon. What could possibly go wrong when you fight against the world's largest bully?

This book does two key things for me: thrill and think. It was an exciting read that kept me up until the crack of dawn, dying to know what would happen next for the champions of freedom. But it also made me stop for a while afterward and think about the future described within the pages. It's a sadly plausible world and that really caught me off guard. I love a book that will make you truly consider the topic it discusses and Randall Jarmon really did that for me in The Rainstorm Revolt. I know quite a few people I will be purchasing copies of this book for. Not only is it a blast to read, but it raises questions that need to be answered. Kudos to the author for that!

Lisa McCombs

When seventy-six-year-old Lena Wysocki finds herself set up in a plush hotel suite in New York City with a promised delivery of the most expensive bourbon on the international market, she knows that her career as the “deadliest woman in New York City” is not yet over. Strapped with the knowledge that an incurable neurological disease is more quickly than slowly sucking the very life from her, Lena has a desire to spend her remaining days involved in the life of assassination and intrigue that she loves. The promised award winning bourbon is a well-deserved bonus. Lena compiles a team of anonymous players around the world who are responsible for stealing military warheads/bombs that will be used in the intricately planned overturning of the FRS (Federal Revenue Service). Lena and her team of patriots communicate via satellite phone, forming an airtight group of international spies, thieves, and computer specialists. No one is aware of Lena’s medical condition and she manages to keep her secret safe until the conclusion of the story; all the while enjoying her bourbon and overseeing the progress of her war against taxation from the comfortable confines of her penthouse suite.

The Rainstorm Revolt by Randall Jarmon is the most entertaining espionage thriller that I have read in a long while. Lena Wysocki is a force with which to be reckoned and the concept of eliminating taxation is fascinating. The subtle humor Jarmon employs (The Manhattan SomeTimes) keeps the reader actively engaged and anticipating the next turn or twist of his already fast paced tale.