Book Reviews: Books 1 and 2 of the New World Series by G. Michael Hopf

The EndThe End
 Book 1 of the New World Series
A Postapocalyptic Novel
G. Michael Hopf
Plume, January 2014
ISBN 978-0-14-218149-2
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

What would you do to survive?

Young Gordon Van Zandt valued duty and loyalty to country above all, so after 9/11, he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This idealism vanished one fateful day in a war-torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past when a new reality is thrust upon him and his family: North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack, which causes catastrophic damage to the nation’s power grid and essential infrastructures. Everything from cell phones to cars to computers cease to function, putting society at a standstill.

With civilization in chaos, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as the days wear on, so does all sense of civility within his community—and so he must make some of the most difficult decisions of his life in order to ensure his family’s safety. 

Rarely have I been so conflicted about a book and I fear it won’t get any better with the second novel. At its core, this is a strong post-apocalyptic story with tension running higher and higher with every day that passes after the EMP attack but, sadly, the plot can’t make up for the flaws in most of the characters.

Put simply, the women are useless unless overrun with power madness and the men are overbearing bullies, manly men who always know best. There are exceptions, of course, Sebastian and Jimmy being the most obvious, but Gordon, as likeable and dependable as he can be, knows no boundaries to his superior knowledge. Then there’s the President of the United States who is an uncontrollable hothead and, like Gordon, will listen to no one else’s opinion. And the women? Apparently, not one is capable of lifting a finger for her own survival, much less anyone else’s, unless someone dares to threaten her child and then Mama Bear comes out. Where are all the women we see around us every day who are perfectly capable of going on supply runs, wielding a weapon with accuracy, coming to the defense of others, driving a vehicle, for heaven’s sake?? Samantha’s only roles, apparently, are to look after Hunter and Haley (perfectly understandable) and whisper sweet nothings into Gordon’s ear while Mindy is the stereotypical HOA witch. Only Simone seems as though she could be somewhat useful but her role is very limited.

And this is the source of my conflict—I think the plot is really good and gives a good picture of how society would fall apart in such a situation but the characters are SO hard to care about. I understand that someone like Gordon who has a military background and experience with hostilities might be best suited to lead others in the quest for survival but it’s difficult to overlook his trigger-happiness and his inability to EVER admit he might be wrong. President Conner is easier to understand because he’s been thrust into a frightening situation he never thought could happen but it’s even more terrifying to contemplate how unwilling those surrounding him are to confront him when he insists on action that will bring our destruction even faster. Perhaps Lt. Colonel Barone is the easiest of the main characters to understand as I have no doubt some military leader somewhere would mutiny and attempt to “rule”.

When all is said and done, the story is interesting enough to keep me reading so I’ll move on to the next book, The Long Road. Maybe these people will start to grow on me. At the very least, I want to see what will happen with Sebastian, Gordon’s brother, who’s trying desperately to get back to his only family.

 

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, October 2014.

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The Long RoadThe Long Road
Book 2 of the New World Series
A Postapocalyptic Novel
G. Michael Hopf
Plume, January 2014
ISBN 978-0-14-218150-8Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

The End was just the beginning of the new world…

Only six weeks have passed since a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, but already, life has changed dramatically. Most of America has become  a wasteland filled with starving bands of people, mobs and gangs. Millions are dead and millions more are suffering, with no end in sight.

For Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Cruz and Barone, the turmoil and chaos they dealt with in the early weeks after the attack will seem trivial in comparison to the collapse of society that plays out before their eyes. Uncertainty abounds as they all travel different paths in search of a safe place to call home. The only thing that is definite is that The Long Road will take its toll on all of them.

In The End, the EMP attack happens on December 5, 2014, and the small band under Gordon’s leadership leaves San Diego on January 6, 2015 . How is it possible that both the author and the publisher could fail to notice that the dates in this second novel are wrong all the way through? The first one concludes in January 2015; the story continues in January 2014 (after the introductory chapter with Haley) and it is not a flashback. I could understand an error getting past all eyes one time but this was previously self-published so it’s had more than just the publisher/author round of proofing. Chapter after chapter, the error goes on and that pulled me out of the story more than anything else could. It’s just sloppy and makes me feel that neither the author nor the publisher cared enough to correct it which is certainly easy enough to do in the digital editions if not the paperback and surely I’m not the first reader to notice this. (Note: I didn’t just get an uncorrected copy—the sample on Amazon is the same.)

Another dating issue occurs on January 16th when a mention is made that one of the groups has been camped out for eleven days but they had just reached that spot on January 8th.

Faction leaders—Lt. Col. Barone, Bishop Sorenson, Rahab, Cruz, Pablo Jaurez, Gordon—all must be in control and all are victims of madness to varying degrees except for Cruz, who is just very weak, and Bishop Sorenson. He is a kindly man, too kindly for the circumstances, but it was a relief to find one person in a position of leadership who truly cared for other people.

The one person who is consistently an honorable man is Sebastian and perhaps he and the bishop represent the minority that would be trying to survive with decency while all the others are the types we would most likely encounter in a post-apocalyptic world. Rahab is the scary monster living under the bed but Barone and Jaurez are the men truly to be feared. Gordon, the supposed hero of the story, is frightening if only because he is so deadly and can’t control himself. His impulses, as often as not, lead to terrible consequences.

This part of the story covers just 10 days which I also found disappointing and, quite honestly, far too many pages are devoted to those 10 days. Still, with all my negative feelings about this book and its predecessor, I am completely caught up and need to know what will happen next; despite everything else, this is the hallmark of a good story, to be compelled to read on. I’ll be picking up Sanctuary as soon as I can.

 

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2014.

In Stitches

Diane Vallere 3After close to two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. Suede to Rest, the first in her new Material Witness Mystery Series, comes out November 4. In addition, she writes the Style & Error Mystery Series, featuring former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd, and the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, featuring Doris Day-loving interior decorator Madison Night. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since. Find her at http://www.dianevallere.com/.

Ever have one of those relationships where you don’t talk, you don’t visit, and you pretty much don’t communicate at all except for maybe once a year? And when you’re reunited, everything feels natural, like it hasn’t been that long, and any weirdness you anticipated just isn’t there? Until something happens and all of a sudden you realize maybe you should not have ignored things for so long. Maybe if you’d make more of an effort for the other three hundred and sixty-four days of the year, then today, when you really need this relationship, you’d receive a bit more cooperation?

That’s the way I feel about my sewing machine.

I admit, I have something of a love-hate relationship with sewing, largely driven by a 50-year old machine that may or may not have come from the same assembly line as Stephen King’s Christine. But temperamental equipment aside, when October rolls around, it’s Game On.

For the past few years, my sewing machine has been a willing partner in the construction of my (and a few other) Halloween costumes, otherwise relegated to a dark corner of the closet. The art of making a costume lies not in the craftsmanship. You’re not looking to construct a piece of couture that will last for the next twenty years. Instead, you want maximum impact that will last for a couple of hours. Quality is not a factor, except that it’s best that your costume not fall apart while you’re wearing it!

Suede to RestI haven’t always loved sewing, but I love the idea of sewing. What’s not to love about the fact that you can create something with a pattern, fabric, thread, and time? It’s like how a seed packet begets flowers (except you don’t add water and dirt, and you can’t just sit everything in the sun and wait a few days/weeks for the garment to bloom, so I guess it’s not like a seed packet after all). But spending time with Polyester Monroe, the protagonist from Suede to Rest (out November 4!), who inherits a fabric shop, has been like revisiting an old favorite playground. Even before it was time to start working on my costume, I was digging out patterns and cuttings of fabric that have been sitting on a shelf and enjoying a new outlet for creativity.

So this Halloween, whether you’re into scary movies, haunted hayrides, trick or treating, or just enjoying the crisp fall air, think about the fun skills you used to enjoy that have fallen by the wayside. Maybe it’s time to dust off your own temperamental machinery and see what creations you can bring to life.

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Nov 4: Facebook Launch Party with Molly MacRae, 7-10 ET/ 4-7 PT

Nov 4: Dru’s Book Musings

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Nov 10: Fresh Fiction

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Nov 12: Stuff and Nonsense

Nov 12: Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

Nov 13: Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows

Nov 14: Deal Sharing Aunt

Nov 19: Mysteristas

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Spotlight on Sabotage by Matt Cook—and a Giveaway!

Sabotage

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Title: Sabotage
Author: Matt Cook
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Adventure

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Synopsis

A cruise ship loses power in the North Atlantic. A satellite launches in the
South Pacific. Professor Malcolm Clare—celebrated aviator, entrepreneur, and
aerospace engineer—disappears from Stanford University and wakes up
aboard an unknown jet, minutes before the aircraft plunges into the high seas.

An extortionist code-named “Viking” has seized control of a private warfare
technology, pitting a U.S. defense corporation against terrorist conspirators in a
bidding war. His leverage: a threat to destroy the luxury liner and its 3,000 passengers.

Stanford doctoral student Austin Hardy, probing the disappearance of his
professor, seeks out Malcolm Clare’s daughter Victoria, an icy brunette with a
secret that sweeps them to Saint Petersburg. Helped by a team of graduates
on campus, they must devise Trojan horses, outfox an assassin, escape murder
in Bruges, and sidestep treachery in order to unravel Viking’s scheme. Failure
would ensure economic Armageddon in the United States.

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About the Author

Matt CookMatt Cook wrote Sabotage while an undergraduate at Stanford University, along with two nonfiction books. The 24-year-old writer is also a close-up magician who has performed in Hollywood and across the globe. For his support of the military, he was honored with the President’s Call to Service Award. Currently working on his second novel, Cook’s work has been compared to the dramatic narratives of beloved and best-selling thriller authors Clive Cussler and Robert Ludlum.

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“…A high-adventure page-turner that succeeds on almost
every level. The future looks bright indeed for Cook.” —Booklist

“A top-notch thriller set in a world of international intrigue,
terrorism, extortion, and murder.”
—Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Impact

“Matt Cook is the leading edge of the next wave of thriller writers.
Hop aboard now and enjoy the ride.”
—Jack du Brul, New York Times bestselling author of Havoc

“A high-stakes, rapid-fire adventure, with all the trappings of a
great series to come.”—Graham Brown,
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Book Review: Ghosts of Belle Isle by Steven K. Smith

Ghosts of Belle IsleGhosts of Belle Isle
The Virginia Mysteries, Book Three
Steven K. Smith
MyBoys3 Press, October 2014
ISBN 978-0-9893414-8-6
Trade Paperback

The charmingly impish Jackson boys are back and their parents are out of the country!

Before their teen-aged cousin/care-taker could speed-dial her boyfriend, Derek and his younger brother Sam unwittingly embark on another adventure. Since moving to Richmond, Virginia, the duo has developed a pleasing fascination with the multitude of historical events that took place in and around the area. Steeped in Civil War lore, buoyed by the requisite ghost stories and punctuated with statues mid-street, it is no wonder that their curiosity was piqued.

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Book Reviews: Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout, The Ashes That Remain by A.M. Griffin and The Whispers by Lisa Unger

Dog Gone, Back SoonDog Gone, Back Soon
Nick Trout
Hyperion, April 2014
ISBN 978-1-401-31089-9
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father’s veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy.

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn’t Cyrus’s only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.

 

I’m a pushover for veterinarian stories, fiction or nonfiction, no matter where they take place, and Dog Gone, Back Soon filled the bill quite nicely indeed. It’s funny; I know I’m going to get essentially the same tale every time but that never feels same old same old like it does in other books. I include country (human) doctor and small town minister stories in the same bag—they’re all what I call comfort fiction and nonfiction and, basically, they can do very little wrong in my eyes. When it comes to veterinarian authors, James Herriot is the gold standard for me, and Nick Trout has followed in his footsteps in a lovely way.

The cynical Cyrus is a guy I could relate to, feeling guilt over the way he and his father spent recent years but intent on bringing his dad’s practice back from the brink of failure without destroying its appeal to local animal lovers. I found myself rooting him on in his efforts, especially as he begins to realize how much it means to him and that he really does love this small town and its four-legged and two-legged citizens.

A bit of romance is not out of order and there’s a gentle humor about the troubled path of love between him and Amy. Still, it’s Cyrus’s battles against the “evil” conglomerate and his growing attachment to a Labradoodle service dog named Stash that truly drew me in.

I hold out my hand in front of Stash’s mouth. “Stash, lick.” Nothing. “Stash, lick.” Not a flicker in his eyes. Either this is not in hisrepertoire or, more likely, I’m using the wrong language.

“Stash, pucker up.”

No dice.

“Stash, kiss.”

The world goes black as sixty pounds of dog leaps onto my chest and begins coating every exposed surface of my skin with a shellac of saliva from a serpentine tongue.

“Stash, sit, Stash, sit.”

It’s as if the feeding frenzy never happened, Stash calm and distant, me dripping drool and panting.

Stash probably should be on the cover but the English Mastiff, Tallulah, is his first patient so that’s OK. My other favorite stars of the show were an obese cat named Marmalade Succabone , a cow named Ermintrude and a taxidermied dog named Crispin. I was also more than a bit fond of a pair of teens named Charlie Brown and Gabe Stiles and office manager Doris.

Dog Gone, Back Soon is the sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. Since I now have to claim Dr. Trout as one of my favorite authors, I’m heading over to get Patron Saint just as soon as I can.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, October 2014.

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The Ashes That RemainThe Ashes That Remain
Cimmerian Moon #2
A.M. Griffin
Three Twenty-One, August 2014
Ebook
From the author—

We’re at war against the aliens that have invaded Earth, fighting the only way we can—by surviving. I have more than most people do, but although I know it’s stupid to hold on, I can’t let go of what might have been—can’t help dreaming of something more. No matter how I tell myself it would be easier to do what everyone else wants me to, there’s a part of me that can’t give in.
Making the best of the situation is one thing. Settling, even to make other people happy, is something else.

Then we hear the alien mother ships have disappeared. Of course we have to go and investigate. What we find lands us in a huge mess that we somehow have to clean up and, as our little enclave is rocked to the core with even more changes, I’m learning a hard lesson.

The more things change—for the better or the worse—there’s no fighting human nature, and building on the ashes that remain will take everything we have. And maybe more.

 

I mentioned in my earlier review of Against the Darkness that worldbuilding was somewhat lacking but that didn’t impede my enjoyment of the novel. The same lack continues in this second book but it mostly revolves around not knowing what the aliens are really here for; we know much more this time about how our small band of humans is surviving, actually thriving in some ways.

Time hasn’t passed much since we left Sinta and her companions at the end of Against the Darkness but there has been a distinct change in the teens, a maturing that only dire circumstances can bring about. Sinta and Mia are still thick as thieves and Ian, Wade, Jason and MJ are as likeable as I remembered them but their travails have turned them into thoughtful and self-reliant young adults who have melded into a community with little trouble. in fact, were it not for the aliens, Iife would be fairly decent. However, the lizards are still around and, when disaster strikes, some of the crew sets out on a rescue mission fraught with peril from rats and the cold as well as the lizards. Most puzzling is the recent news that the alien population may be thinning out.

Romance plays a much larger role in this second book but an amusing passage about the Sinta-Wade-Jason love triangle with 10-year-old Brook and teens Lexi, Sinta and Mia in the cafeteria helps make said triangle a little more palatable. Mia makes fun of the drama, as I have done in my own thoughts, and Brook gazes off with her dreamy musings about an “older man” named MJ.

As with the first book, it’s unfortunate that this book is riddled with construction errors, primarily typos and incorrect word choices, but I’m still completely engaged and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, In Danger’s Embrace, coming this winter.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, October 2014.

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The WhispersThe Whispers
A Whispers Story #1
Lisa Unger
Pocket Star, October 2014
ISBN 978-1-4767-9778-6
Ebook

From the publisher—

It’s a day like any other for Eloise Montgomery—until tragedy strikes. While she is recovering from a horrible accident that takes the lives of her husband and oldest daughter, and as she works to help her younger daughter move forward, Eloise experiences her first psychic vision. Though she struggles to understand her newfound gifts, Eloise finds a way use them to save lost women and girls—for whom her help may be the only way out…

 

Lisa Unger is one of my go-to authors when I’m in the mood for a thriller, something intense and nail-biting, a book that will keep me up at night. She does it so very, very well  ;-) but The Whispers really doesn’t fit  the mold. The first of three short stories that comprise a novella, this is more of the psychological suspense sort and I was not the least bit disappointed.

After the tragic deaths of her husband and elder daughter, Eloise is nearly crushed emotionally and, yet, she’s strong enough to stay focused on her younger daughter, Amanda, who may not be suffering physically but is just as wracked with survivor’s guilt. When Eloise begins to have psychic visions, she’s naturally confused and disturbed but she’s driven to pass the information about these missing girls and women on to the authorities. Why is she hearing whispers and “seeing” these people in extreme distress? We don’t really know—perhaps more answers will be forthcoming in the next two short stories—but the true essence here is how the four lived a life of love and normalcy and then what’s left after the accident. It’s a compelling tale and I’m looking forward to the second story, The Burning Girl, due out in late November.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, October 2014.

How to Build Your TBR Stack

Sunny FrazierReturning guest blogger Sunny Frazier, whose first novel in the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries, Fools Rush In, received the Best Novel Award from Public Safety Writers Association, is here today to remind avid readers of all the book giveaways out there for those trying to build their TBR stacks.

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Once upon a time, I did not read mysteries. It was the “Cat Who” books that got me started as I was a feline fanatic. I found myself scouring used book stores and grabbing books by their titles because I didn’t know anything about the authors. This was well before the Internet.

Fast forward 35 years. My house is now crowded with mysteries and thrillers. I know authors personally and am a mystery author myself. My shelves runneth over.

There must be beginners out there trying to navigate their way through the vast number of mystery genres and authors. Books can be costly and you may have to sample a lot of reads to find what appeals to you. If you’re one of those people I want to show you a way to build your “To Be Read” pile that won’t cost money or much effort.

Book give-aways abound throughout the Internet. Authors are generous and they want to attract new fans. It takes very little time to enter and often the competition is scarce. What have you got to lose?

You’re at one such site right now. Scroll back a few posts and you’ll see Lelia is offering a copy of DEAD BROKE IN JARRETT CREEK by Terry Shames—
http://cncbooksblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/book-review-dead-broke-in-jarrett-creek-by-terry-shames-and-a-giveaway

There are many other sites out there and they take just a little bit of monitoring. I will give you the sites and give-aways I uncovered this week with just a little sleuthing.

Lesa is giving away Wouldn’t It Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland. Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are sleuths! Also, Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton. The contest ends Oct. 29.
http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/2014/10/winners-and-humorous-british-giveaway.html

Closing on Wednesday the 29th is Debbi Mack’s contest. She’s giving away a boxed set of her books if you can answer this question: who was the famous author who’s credited with writing the screenplay for the original movie, “The Big Sleep”? Hint: it’s not Raymond Chandler.
https://www.facebook.com/debbimackwriter?hc_location=timeline
Email your answer to:   debbimack9@gmail.com

Elaine Viets has a contest site on her website. She just finished a contest offering her mystery Doc In the Box and will be having other offers.
www.elaineviets.com

Lorie Ham offers extensive give-aways over at Kings River Life Magazine. Here’s what’s up until November 1.
CATastrophic Connections by Joyce Ann Brown & Brooklyn Graves by Triss Stein
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/25/coming-attractions-countdown-to-bouchercon-continues/
One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/25/one-potion-in-the-grave-a-magic-potion-mystery-by-heather-blake/
Midwinter’s Tail, a Magical Cats mystery, by Sofie Kelly
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/25/a-midwinters-tail-by-sofie-kelly
Stages of Grey by Clea Simon
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/25/stages-of-grey-a-dulcie-schwartz-feline-mystery-by-clea-simon
A Spirit of Fraud by Barry Wiley.
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/25/a-spirit-of-fraud-by-barry-h-wiley-reviewguest-post/
For fantasy readers a giveaway of The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/25/the-getaway-god-by-richard-kadrey/
The Corpse With the Platinum Hair by Cathy Ace
http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-corpse-with-platinum-hair-cait.html
Plus three books by Kensington authors:
Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell; To Fudge or Not To Fudge by Nancy Coco, and French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/25/three-mysteries-from-kensington

Where Angels FearGood Reads divides into two groups: Cozies and Thrillers. At the Cozy Mystery Corner scroll down to Free/Cheap Reads. At The Mystery Crime and Thriller Group look under Press, Blog Sites.

Are you a member of Murder Must Advertise or DorothyL? Many authors announce give-aways on those sites.

Even if your taste does not run to cozies, cats and craft mysteries, I’ll bet you have friends on your Christmas list who would love a book in their stocking! What a great way to get presents without dipping into your holiday budget!

What sites do you have info on where we can get more freebies? Come on, spill!

Book Blitz: The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith

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Title: The Land Uncharted
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Suspense, Romance

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Synopsis

Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land,
a landmass in the South Atlantic Ocean undetectable to the outside world. When
injured fighter pilot Connor Bradshaw’s parachute carries him from the war
engulfing the 2025 world to her hidden land, his presence threatens her plans,
her family, and the survival of her preindustrial society. As Connor searches for
a way to return to his squadron, his fascination with life in the Land makes him
protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland, and Lydia’s attraction to
Connor stirs desires she never anticipated. Written like a historical, set like a
scifi, and filled with romance, The Land Uncharted weaves adventure
and love in this suspenseful story of a hidden land.

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The Land Uncharted“Not only is Keely’s writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of Reverie

The Land Uncharted captured my interest from the opening lines. Keely Brooke Keith skillfully weaves an engaging story that explores the possibilities of a simple, peaceful existence in a society set apart from a world ravaged by conflict. Equal parts suspense and romance, this debut novel is a compelling read.” -Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

 

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About the Author

 

Keely Brooke KeithKeely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores.

 

You can now add The Land Uncharted to your shelf on Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, or FictFact.

 

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