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Thunder

Title: Thunder
Author: Bonnie S. Calhoun
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2376-7

“Since freeing Bodhi last night, a constant thundering had rolled over her heart with the weight of a boulder, and she still couldn’t bring herself to read Mother’s letters. The way forward included Bodhi Locke, whether she liked it or not,” Bonnie S. Calhoun writes in her novel, Thunder.

First book in the Stone Braide Chronicles series, this four hundred and thirty-two page paperback targets those who enjoy a futuristic suspense about bigotry with light romance. With no profanity or sexual scenes, topics of physical abuse and killing may not be apropos for immature readers. After the story, an excerpt from the second book in the series along with the author’s biography and advertisements follow.

Set in Virginia after the devastating Time of Sorrows in the future, frustrated Selah Rishon Chavez longs to be loved and appreciated by her father and family. When she pursues a Lander arriving on shore, the girl who celebrates her eighteenth Birth Remembrance the next day thinks her capture will catapult her hunting capabilities.

Knowing Landers bring in a decent profit by the Company at the Mountain, especially if they contain their distinct marking, Selah hides the male in nearby ruins until a gang from the next town comes and taunts her. When she is attacked, the Lander named Bodhi Locke saves and protects her, only to have her older brothers confiscate her reward.

When the young girl wakes up to find she has the same unique marking as Bodhi, she shows it to her mother, who explains her heritage, forcing her to leave the family home. Unsure and with no clue where to go, she realizes this strange newcomer is her only key to finding out what has happened to her.

While traveling to the Mountain, not only does Selah meet a little orphan girl who she cherishes, she tracks down her brothers and the Lander, wondering what the changes inside her mind and body mean.

As Bodhi and Selah banter back and forth about their growing endearment, they feel more vibrations. Hoping to find answers to why all the Landers who enter the Mountain never come out, they wonder why there is such a strong pull inside them to find Selah’s connection.

With plenty of interactions with feral rabbits, large snakes, altered DNA, and mind reading, this fast read of evil versus good in a futurist environment has plenty characters for a series, including the next one being a prequel.

Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinion.

 

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Enfold Me ~ A Novel of Post-Israel

Author: Steven Greenberg

Publisher: Steven Greenberg

ISBN: 978-0-9856873-1-1

Since 1948, when Israel became a nation, many people in the world wonder what will happen next to this small, yet highly effective, determined country. In Steven Greenberg’s Enfold Me ~ A Novel of Post Israel, the back drop of a future post-Iranian take over and a destructive earthquake in the region sets the apocalyptic scene in this fictional story.

This two hundred and seventy nine page paperback book has a photograph of a gray old dust-ridden tree with a Jewish Star of David sheet on fire on the front cover and the same tree depicted closer up on the back with three paragraphs about the book. Besides a table of contents, acknowledgement and author biography, a helpful post-war map is at the front of the book with a short prologue. There were no noticeable typographical or grammatical errors but some sentences are extremely long (up to eight lines filled with adverbial phrases). Due to the content matter of violence, death, and human brutality, this book is not suitable for young teens.

While biologist Daniel Blum is working in an Israeli lab under the pretenses of making a chemical compound to aid in male fertility, not only do Iranians attack Israel while Egypt comes to her aid but there is a massive, destructive earthquake. Written from Daniel’s perspective, he turns his home into a supposed refuge while reporting local findings to the underground Jewish movement, yearning to be with his wife and two children who he believes are safe in the United States.

After back tracking in time to his college years of being involved in a campus terrorist killing, Daniel reconnects with George, who was also involved in the altercation and now is being paid to protect Daniel and get him out of the area. The two of them have to go through secured areas, playing cat and mouse with local governments and gangs, crawling through dark, hidden tunnels and gruesome piles of dead bodies to get to the safety zone. Once free, Daniel must decide if he should support and continue to help the movement go back to his underground lab to retrieve his chemical discoveries that are actually needed to be used as a biological weapon.

Although tedious and sometimes monotonous, rambling with an abundance of analogies and diverting off topic occasionally, the storyline keeps the reader interested enough to want to know what happens to Daniel and his conscience when he feels he is the one responsible for contributing to outcomes, both past and present.

Posted July 2012:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/5148/1/Enfold-Me–A-Novel-of-Post-Israel-Reviewed-By-Conny-Crisalli-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

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