Monday, 8 September 2014

'Brilliance': Marcus Sakey's Irresistible Series

It has happened.... my luck has finally run out! I was on a 'series' roll, every series that I discovered and loved (with a major exception... you know who I'm talking about Mr George R R Martin) being complete and whole and satisfying..... and I repeat, finished!
No wondering for years what the heck was going to happen after the cliff hanger ending, just a seamless trip to the buy button on my Kindle to buy book 2 and 3 (and in some cases 4 and 5).

But reading Karma has caught up with me in the form of 'Brilliance' by Marcus Sakey. Bottom line is this, I read book one (loved it), book two (loved it a bit more) and then..... what is this? Book three is yet to be released?

What is there to do but inflict my pain on the world with a BIG recommendation for this fantastic series.

Set in an alternate reality where a small minority of 'Brilliants' (people born with extraordinarily developed abilities, such as reading body language, seeing patterns in numbers and systems etc) find themselves regulated and even hunted by the majority of 'normals'. Problem is, the regular man on the street has moved beyond being intimidated by the potential of these people, to being afraid of a world where they are always outwitted by their more 'Brilliant' brothers and sisters.

Caught in this evolutionary battle, Federal Agent (and 'Brilliant') Nick Cooper has spent his career hunting rogue Brilliants; but what if his mission was based on lies? Will the truth set him free or plunge him into a battle to save civilization from imploding into chaos?

You guessed it..... chaos it is!

With a cast of great characters and plot lines skillfully interwoven into a fast paced whole, 'Brilliance' is a must read for all lovers of Thrillers and conspiracy books alike.

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'Brilliance' By Marcus Sakey

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Virtues of Oxygen

Sometimes I am tempted to review a book in just one word. If temptation were to become a reality for Susan Schoenberger's work 'The Virtues of Oxygen', the word would most probably be 'affirmation'.

For a book that is essentially a treatise to loss and how to deal with it, the intriguingly titled 'The Virtues of Oxygen', manages to affirm life and all its blessings in a way that is both engaging and provoking.

The story is woven around the lives of Vivian and Holly, two women who are dealing with very different types of loss.

Nearly every moment of Vivian's life has been spent coming to terms with the repercussions of  a childhood bout of polio. A virus that seems remote and even old-fashioned in modern day America has none the less left Vivian confined to an iron lung since age six.

 Now I will do you all a favor and post a picture of an iron lung here as I could not begin to imagine what this was like while I was reading the book.

Righto, back to the review....

Somehow, despite this frankly unimaginable confinement and requiring twenty four hour assistance, Vivian has gradually managed to turn her life into a 'success'.
With friends, money and even her own podcast, Vivian has become the vibrant glue that holds her small community together.

Holly, her friend, volunteer helper and editor of the local newspaper is also dealing with life's harsher realities. Widowed, still grieving and struggling financially she is told that her small newspaper is being shut down.

With having no income a looming reality and mounting debts, (a plight familiar to many people over the GFC, when this story is set), Holly finds herself sinking towards despair.

'The Virtues of Oxygen', may seem bleak from this brief (non spoiler) plot outline, but believe me it is anything but! Somehow hope and joy creep into this book until they become the unlikely dominant force.

Read this for a perspective check, life 'aint that bad' after all!

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

'Forgotten Sin' : Not your average Wolf tale.

'Forgotten Sin' is the first in the Avenging Fate series by author Brian Hershey.
If the cover left you in any doubt, the book fits squarely in the paranormal genre, the 'Werewolf' genre to be exact.

Unlike recent Werewolf novels, or even books with Werewolf characters (I am thinking of certain hunky True Blood Characters here), 'Forgotten Sin' finds no romance or nobility in these hairy beasts.
Hershey's Werewolves, for the most part revert to 'type'; viciously dismembering any human that they encounter in their 'Wolfish Form'.

Hershey's main character, Dr Mya Bishop. is however a Werewolf apart from the norm, clinging onto what remains of her humanity, desperately trying to outwit the curse that has overtaken her life.

Afraid to leave the cage in the basement of her estate during the full moon and wracked with guilt over the lives she has taken over the course of her 250 year existence, Mya knows something has to change.

As fate would have it, this desire to combat evil and perhaps redeem her soul proves the spark for a series of events that will tip Mya even closer to the edge of evil.

The first in a series (still to be written), 'Forgotten Sin' is an entertaining read that occasionally shocks as it moves from Sedate and somewhat formal prose (perhaps a nod to Mya's 17th Century upbringing) to grisly descriptions of Werewolf attacks involving severed limbs and the consumption of human flesh.

While this variation is style is surprising at times, it succeeds in adding more suspense and interest to the narrative than may have otherwise been the case.

'Forgotten Sin' is a promising start to this new paranormal series and I have to admit, the end left me wondering..... what next?
Hurry up and write Mr Hershey!

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'Forgotten Sin'; By Brian Hershey

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