Sunday 13 April 2014

Review ~ Reap the Whirlwind by Robert Sells.

Title: Reap the Whirlwind.
Author: Robert Sells.
Genre: Thriller.
Release Date: July 18, 2013.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK ; Amazon

Whitman Emerson had everything a man could want: a beautiful girlfriend, a growing recognition in literary circles, the respect of his peers, and more than enough money. Until he discovers his bank account has been depleted. A few days later he loses his job. Old friends who may have been able to help him either die, disappear or disown him. Everywhere he goes, he is watched by security cameras. Then he is arrested for child pornography.

On the run from the law, Whit joins up a stuttering computer nerd, Rick, and his younger sister, Mary. The trio gradually put the puzzle pieces together and realize their lives and the lives of all humans have been subtly manipulated by a computer, a computer which controls all data… anywhere, from banks to hospitals to online games.

An old and unorthodox detective, Jimmy Northup, is assigned to find Whit Emerson. But, the more he digs into the case, the more he realizes it’s a set up.

Jimmy offers his help to ‘Trio of Terror’ and they search for a legendary computer expert, Little Lion who created a super computer ten years before. All four are shocked when they finally meet the legend.

Little Lion confirms that the computer represents a grave threat to mankind. A threat that no one else is aware of. The computer created by Little Lion had achieved artificial intelligence and self-awareness. To ensure its survival, the time of Man must end.

So begins the greatest battle for freedom ever fought, a battle which only Whit and his friends would ever know about.


Reap the Whirlwind was such a fascinating book. It was intelligent, fast paced and action-packed. Before I started reading, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this book and I know for sure I definitely didn’t plan on finding the outstanding story that Robert Sells wrote.

The plot was really intriguing and gave a slightly scary outlook on the technological dictatorship in our lives. It made me think anyway, about how much technology controls our lives and how much that control will change and develop in the future. As well as being an enthralling topic, though, the book was also full of action and really entertaining.

I thought Whit was a great character and as he suffered hardship after hardship, I really found myself rooting for him. I did like some of the other interesting characters too, but I didn’t feel like I knew much about them. Because the book handled everything so quickly, people we meet along the way are a little under-developed so whilst I finished the book loving the compelling plot, I didn’t feel like I had learnt that much about the characters.

Ultimately, Reap the Whirlwind was a completely gripping and absorbing book. It blew my expectations away and I was always on the edge of my seat, anxiously awaiting the next twist in the tale. The ending was great and finished what was a fantastic book for me.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

Robert Sells has taught physics for over forty years, but he has been a storyteller for over half a century, entertaining children, grandchildren, and students. He has written the award-winning novel, Return of the White Deer, historical fiction, and he has written Reap the Whirlwind, a thriller. His third book, The Runner and the Robbery, a young adult book, will be published by December, 2013.

He lives with his wife, Dale, in the idyllic village of Geneseo, New York with two attentive dogs who are uncritical sounding boards for his new stories. He is intrigued by poker and history, in love with Disney and writing, and amused by religion and politics.

Connect with Robert: Facebook ; Amazon


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