Reviews for Hell Swamp:
Murder Mystery Oozes Local Color, July 7, 2009
|By||Monte Seewald “Jacqueline Seewald”|
When Clara Banoak is murdered in a gruesome manner…Agent Logan Hunter, SBI Agent, is brought in to investigate the crime. The victim hated hunters and was an outspoken animal rights activist. Logan must discover whether this crime is a retaliation of the hunters or if they are being made scapegoats. This fast-paced suspenseful novel does not stint on character development. Logan, a tall, attractive woman who suffers from night terrors, is a well-rounded character.… The novel offers many twists and turns… But the most fascinating thing about this novel is the use of local color. The author’s sense of North Carolina is authentic; the novel is steeped in atmosphere. Definitely a book worth reading! *****
Another Writer’s Review, February 16, 2009
|By||Mary Deal “Author/Writer” (Kauai, Hawaii, USA)
The action jumps out at you from the first chapter and never lets up. North Carolina’s Agent Logan Hunter learns that the people who live around the swamp have their own rules. This is edgy stuff that made me grit my teeth. ~~ Mary Deal, author of River Bones
|Carolina Low Country||Maggie Bishop (Boone, North Carolina, USA)|
Carolina Low Country tale of greed and misguided deeds. Fasten your seat belts for this fast-paced read.
A Great Read!, July 7, 2009
|By||JRM “The Tsarina” (Laurens, SC)|
Hell Swamp. What a story! Author Susan Whitfield whisks her readers off to the rural south to solve a grisly murder. Her hard hitting prose leads us through swamps and down dirt roads, into both mansions and shacks, before finally presenting us with a surprisingly evil conclusion.
Susan Whitfield created a strong female protagonist who is at the same time feminine and sexy. A good role model for us all!
Watch out for the Snakes!, July 2, 2009
|By||Martha A. Cheves (Charlotte, NC) –
I’ve followed SBI Agent Logan Hunter through her internship at Genesis Beach as she solved her first murder. I followed her through the NC Mountains in Just North of Luck as she solved yet another murder. Now I’ve followed her into the NC backwoods as she tries to survive in Hell Swamp while solving the murder and gutting of Clara Banoak… Whitfield outdid herself with Hell Swamp. She created a murder mystery that has a surprising ending while including a little humor along the way that only Whitfield can get by with. This was another enjoyable book in the Logan Hunter series. I can’t wait to read her next book, Gator Creek.
The Backwoods Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before, March 24, 2009
By Renee Washburn (Durham, NC USA)
SBI agent Logan Hunter finds herself caught in the middle of – to say the least – quite interesting circumstances that only seem to grow stranger over time. Unsettling characters and a host of bizarre rituals combine to complicate Hunter’s investigation, and her resolve is further tested by emergent problems in her personal life. To top it all off, the simultaneously beautiful and deadly Hell Swamp, the daunting backdrop of all the action, adds its own mysterious flavor and mystical lore to the mix.
In the third installment of the Logan Hunter Mystery Series, Whitfield doesn’t miss a step with Hell Swamp. Action-packed, intriguing, and rife with suspense, Hunter’s latest adventure through the heart of rural North Carolina exposes the reader once again to the particular folkways and mores of a mini-society that proves to be quite compelling. Not one to engage in exaggerated satire, though, Whitfield is to be commended for framing her characters in a realistic light, exposing their adopted habits and lifestyles without turning them into caricaturish, backwoods rubes.
Hell Swamp also solidifies Whitfield’s status as a true master of mystery. Her prose is tight and engaging, and her suspenseful writing style leaves the reader no choice but to turn page after page in anticipation of the latest unexpected twist.
Followers of Susan Whitfield will surely not be disappointed with her latest effort, and it will most certainly be successful in drawing even greater numbers to her ever-growing fan base. An enjoyable, recommended read.
David Fingerman, Minnesota Reads (July 15, 2009)
…a good old fashioned roller coaster ride. One of the refreshing things in reading Hell Swamp is that Whitfield has done her homework as far as police procedure…if Whitfield isn’t following procedure, at least it’s more than enough to suspend my disbelief. She also sprinkles in very humorous and colorful descriptions: “cloud’s bladder emptied on me”, “nose resembled a bull’s hairy gonad”. There’s not enough to drown the flavor of her general prose, but enough for an occasional chuckle in a tense situation. After reading Hell Swamp, any thoughts I had about living in a small town just sank.
Just North of Luck: The ABCs have never been so twisted!
Hell Swamp: holds sinister secrets.
The Trojan Project – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘A strange light appears in the night sky above the Cherviots. A mist descends, shrouding the hills and valleys. Is it a natural phenomenon or something more sinister?’
Sarah had planned to be at a friends house for the night and her two daughters were to stay with a neighbor until her husband Pete returned to pick them up. He and three of his field workers had gone up to Top Meadow to check on Pete’s sheep herd. But, unknown to Pete, his daughter Jose came down with a sore throat and Sarah decided to stay home with her children.
Sarah had tried to call Pete to tell him that she was with the children but couldn’t get through. The only sound coming through her cell phone was static. Apparently the hills were blocking the signal. Sarah wasn’t that concerned knowing that Laura would tell Pete that the kids were with her at home. But as the hours passed, Sarah started to worry about Pete absence. It was getting late and he always called when knew he would be delayed. As she stood outside their home watching for his headlights to come up the road, she noticed a strange light hovering over the valley. As the light died out a green mist rolled in. Fear rose in Sarah as she stood watching. Everything was so still and quiet. Nothing was moving, not even the cows in the field. As Sarah’s fears increased she went in to check on her sleeping daughters. They had slept through the whole phenomenon but to ease some of her worry and fear she decided to spend the night in their room. Surely, by the time morning came, Pete would be in their own room sound asleep.
The next morning Pete was still missing. Sarah phoned her friends and neighbor in hopes that someone would know something about, not just Pete, but also the lights from the night before. But her calls were unanswered. In hopes of finding someone to ease her fears for Pete, she loads the girls into her car and headed down to the valley. She hadn’t gone far when she runs across Dave. Dave had been with Pete the day before and informs her that Pete, as well as everyone else from the valley, is dead. While telling her his story, Sarah started noticing that his flesh was melting from his body. His dying words to her is a warning to not touch anything nor anyone.
In Sarah’s attempt to find someone to help her and explain what has happened she drives to the next town to speak with the police there. Andy, the young constable on duty, actually believes she has lost her mind as she describes what she has seen. But when his superior comes in and hears about the death of Dave, who is one of his best friends, he heads to the valley to check it out for himself. As Sarah and Andy wait for his return, the military show up with full protective suits and weapons. And when they asked for Sarah by name, something tells Andy that he should take Sarah’s story seriously. He also fears for her safety with these men and tells the Sergeant that Sarah had gone back to her home and that the woman and children there with him are his own wife and kids. As the military unit leaves, he convinces Sarah that their life in in danger and they must leave immediately before they come back.
Follow Sarah and Andy as they are chased by the military all the way to London. See what happens when two unexpected people show up in London after surviving the light and mist. And find out exactly what The Trojan Project really is, who created it and why.
When I was a child, my family moved to Utah. I remember two nights that a neighbor came to warn us of the lights in the sky. The first night she knocked on our door around midnight. She was yelling and crying, trying to tell us there was a burning ball of light in the sky. The next night she came to tell us there was a burning rod of fire in the sky. Both nights we all went outside to see these lights for ourselves. And both nights we saw exactly what she saw. I can remember being scared but I couldn’t take my eyes off the lights as they moved across the sky. Later we were told the lights were experimental air crafts being tested by the military. I never really believed that story, but after reading The Trojan Project, I think I believe it now .
Great book. It will make you stop and wonder what really goes on behind our backs and how much is covered up forever.
Dream Catcher Failure was Never An Option is number 5 on the best seller list for Kindle under siblings. I now have three of my books on the best seller list. Check it out. Dream Catcher is a book to live by.
Brilliant Insanity has now made it to number 14 on Amazon Kindle under mystery. This book was written at the time Silent Scream was being researched. It is a killer book – Once again amazing things are happening.
Silent Scream has made the best seller list for Amazon Kindle in two catagories. Catagory number one is Georgia. It is listed at number 66. The second catagory is Mayhem and Madness. It listed at number 79 this morning and has dropped to number 80. The amazing thing is this book is listed with the likes of Dave Cullen at number one who wrote Columbine and well known true crim Author Ann Rule. Her books are listed both in from of Silent Scream and behind it.
This book is a must read as the ratings show. It is the true crime of Flordia’s first serial killer and his victims. It is the voice of these victims that are being heard in this book. It is a must read. It can be purchased on Amazon in book form and kindle as well as lulu.com and my online store at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com
Award Winning Author Dana Davis, Brings Her Readers The Mask of Tamirella, Desert Magick:Superstitions,Breach of Worlds,Deadly Fate:Book One of the Teadai Prophecies, Sage Truth,City of Gods
The Mask of Tamirella
by Dana Davis
2008 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist
2008 Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist
2007 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention
Sixteen-year-old Caitlanna Mullen lives in a harsh world where technology no longer exists. In her post-apocalyptic society, she salvages priceless artifacts for trade. One artifact is especially desired. The Mask of Tamirella. Cait steals the Mask from another sanction, putting her own at risk. As punishment, the Elders send her to a hazardous dig. She must travel through a mutant forest without becoming a sacrifice and into Rotted City, where toxic ruins hoard an ancient disease. To complicate matters, the man she loves accompanies her group. Because of their age differences, an intimate relationship with him is strictly forbidden and would bring severe punishment, perhaps even exile. Cait’s life takes an unexpected turn when she uncovers secrets she never imagined.
Will this sixteen-year-old survive in a place where death and injury are daily concerns? Can she quell her feelings for a man forbidden to touch her until she’s older? Or will her confrontations with mutants and toxic ruins cause her demise? One thing is certain: the secrets Caitlanna uncovers will change her world forever.
“The magic of this tale lies in the straightforward narrative and the authentic, witty dialogue…enchanting, informative…a wonderful adventure story.” WriteWords.
Desert Magick: Superstitions
by Dana Davis
2009 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist
Daisy Hammel-Kavanaugh lives a perfectly average life in the Arizona desert, except for one thing. She’s a witch. Her relatives and ancestors consist of various, and sometimes colorful, paranormals. When Daisy is attacked by a mystical, ghost-like figure, she must enlist the aid of those she trusts in her quest to find and eliminate this enemy before he destroys her.
There’s another problem. To ensure her success, she must somehow get her hands on a treasured and protected Native American artifact, without pissing off the entire Indian community. Desert creatures, ancient myths, sex and magick abound in Daisy’s world but can she trust herself to know what is real and what isn’t?
“Dana Davis is a skilled and confident storyteller. Her bold characters ignite the action with wit, intelligence, and just enough sass to win your heart.” Marilyn McGrath, creative writing teacher and author of All You Know On Earth
Breach of Worlds
by Dana Davis
How can a destitute orphan get an ordinary life? Seek out the valley sorceress, of course, a woman rumored to ride dragons and eat young men.
Armed with only her wits and a stolen map, Nara goes in search of the famed sorceress. At age fourteen, when her own powers begin to manifest, she becomes a target for evil. This adolescent girl must help defeat the shadow ones before they destroy everything she has come to love. Orphanage life was difficult, but her future terrifies her as she embarks on a harrowing journey fraught with magic and peril.
Nara’s life will be anything but ordinary.
Coming soon to Kindle, Mobipocket, Fictionwise and others.
Deadly Fate: Book One of the Teadai Prophecies
by Dana Davis
Coming September 2009 from SynergEbooks.
What do a mysterious woman, a tavern wench who counts to calm her fears, and several annoying adolescents have in common? They are destined for a magical and uncertain future together. Whether they want it or not.
For millennia, Gypsies have harnessed the Energy, allowing them to perform incredible feats of magic. Most die if not properly trained, and those few who manage to survive without guidance tend to lose their sanity. Gypsy Haranda Banwidden and her kin must locate the untrained, many who come from backgrounds with beliefs that demonize them, instruct them in the Energy, and oath them into service.
Meanwhile, a tiny, yet potentially deadly, void has formed within the Energy and is expanding. The only way to destroy the void is to locate ancient texts, which contain information the Gypsy kin so desperately need. Unfortunately, no one knows exactly where these texts are hidden or if they’ve survived the ages. Ready or not, the prophesied New Age is upon them, and they must succeed against a growing list of enemies or disappear forever.
Sage Truth: Book Two of the Teadai Prophecies
by Dana Davis
Coming soon from SynergEbooks
Enemies seem to be growing with every sunrise, and when the Gypsy kin are captured, they fear they will weaken and die. There is hope, though, as they gather allies from unexpected places. But can they survive long enough to live out the Prophecies
City of Gods: Book Three of the Teadai Prophecies
Coming soon from SynergEbooks
Grieving Gypsy and Sage kin continue searching for a way to save their world. But the yellow-eyed woman hides somewhere in the darkness, waiting, and she won’t be sated until she overpowers them all. The kin must get back home to the Land of the Goddess, where they will engage in a final battle for their world.
Author Bio: Dana Davis is a four time award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction. Her published books include the adult paranormal fantasy Desert Magick: Superstitions, the young adult fantasy Breach of Worlds, and the teen sci-fi The Mask of Tamirella. During her college years, she had the good fortune to study with Nebula Award-winner Sheila Finch and received her creative writing degree from California State University, Long Beach. Her adult fantasy Deadly Fate: Book One of the Teadai Prophecies is scheduled for release September 2009 from SynergEbooks Publishing.
When she’s not writing, she loves to read and travel. Just try to keep her away from ruins and old cemeteries. Dana lives in the Arizona desert with her husband and two insane birds, where she is currently writing another book. She invites readers to visit her website at www.danadaviswriting.com.
Author Jennifer Brown Brings Dedicated to Courtney, Celebrity Secrets,Secrets Unearthed,Damaging Secrets
Dedicated to Courtney After getting kicked out by her father at seventeen, Amanda Litton has found something that fuels her passion. Now a film student, rooming with her friend Lyndsy Calhoun, she is looking for the perfect subject for her documentary, when she notices the local newspaper’s entertainment editor in footage taken, while brainstorming for ideas. Jonathan Kramer is responsible for Amanda’s first stellar review in film. Amanda couldn‘t help but admire him in so many ways. Jonathan becomes her reluctant subject as he writes a book about his sister Courtney, disappearing years ago, which left him in a questionable state at times, in the past. Hoping to get past it, the book is a form of potential closure to Jon. But someone doesn’t want the past re-opened in a book or on film. Amanda determinedly sticks by Jon to get the truth, as answers are revealed about Courtney and her own past.
Celebrity Secrets For Elissa Harner, one of Hollywood’s newest actresses, nothing could be better. Upon celebrating her twenty-first birthday, she has just finished filming her new movie,and is romantically involved with it’s producer Kevin Lytle. Events take an unexpected turn once Elissa comes back to her hometown to spend more time with her family, and attend her movie premiere bash. A recently released book detailing the events from a nightmare in Elissa’s past, turns up in her fan mail. Despite her attempts to keep the past buried, her overprotective father steps in, wanting to resolve it once and for all….leaving Elissa no choice but to face her past…..
Secrets Unearthed Life has definetly not been easy for actress Elissa Harner lately. That’s why her fiance Kevin decides the best thing for her is a vacation to The Virgin Islands, despite the turmoil her family is in. But when another vacationer turns up in the same hotel where they are, it turns into a nightmare for Elissa, as deadly secrets are unearthed about those Elissa loves most!
Damaging Secrets Actress Elissa Harner thought her trip to The Virgin Islands would be just what she needed. Now, she’s dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and other chilling resurfacing memories. As she makes the decision to return to St. Louis, it may be too late…..
http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fStoreID=981922. The third book in the Celebrity Secrets series will also be available through her o nline store soon.
Jennifer is 33, and is currently living in Ohio and looking to get the first of a psychological suspense series published by next year.
De Marco Empire – Reviewed by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘It was mid July 1985, Katie and her best friend Lucy were getting ready for a night out to celebrate Lucy’s twentieth birthday. They had been saving up for weeks and were going to the opening night of a prestigious new club in the city called “La Pregheira”.’
Katie and Lucy had been friends for years. Lucy’s brother Matt had been Katie’s boyfriend since high school. Everyone, including Katie herself, expected them to marry one day and start a family. But Matt was still finishing his education to become a lawyer and due to his needing to study, wasn’t able to attend the opening of La Pregheira with the girls.
Upon reaching the club, Katie and Lucy discovered they should have bought tickets in advance. The line was tremendous and they would never make it in for the opening. Lucy came up with an idea to pose as temp employees just long enough to get inside. It didn’t take the manager long to see through this little scam but she was so impressed with the two girls that she hired them, giving them the night off to enjoy the club.
The club owners Antonio and Gianni De Marco were in attendance for the opening and when Antonio spotted Katie, he felt drawn to her. He was there with Sasha but that didn’t stop him from pursuing Katie. When he broke off his engagement with Sasha to be with Katie, her temper flared. And when Antonio proposed to Katie, Sasha swore she would have her revenge.
Matt is heartbroken after loosing Katie. He doesn’t trust Antonio and his brother Gianni. People have a tendency of either dying or disappearing after crossing the brothers. But Katie is blinded by her love for Antonio and refuses to heed his warnings.
Antonio insists that Katie will no longer work at the club but does agree to allow her to go into the import furniture with Nina after her husband is arrested for drug smuggling. Between the two of them, their business flourishes with Katie becoming a very self proven business woman. So after four long years, Antonio finally pins Katie down to setting a wedding date.
The wedding day starts as a beautiful, wondrous occasion until someone kills Antonio. Katie, upon finding Antonio, picks up the gun that killed him making her the the prime suspect.
The De Marco Empire is a book of page turning, non-stop action. I really didn’t want it to end and I’m hoping McCartney will write a sequel.
The De Marco Empire Revenge is sweet and murder is even sweeter. Women who are scorned can be powerful enemies and will often go to any lengths to take out their hostilities on those who have wronged them. How far will a woman go to keep what she feels is hers, or in this who she thinks is hers, you will not believe it? Women are shrewd, clever, devious and wicked, as you will learn in this novel by J Lou Mc Cartney, the De Marco Empire. The De Marco Empire is strong: Antonio and Gianni run it with the help of many other players; Stevo, Eddie, Vince, Veronica, Tania, Kyle and Nicholas and more who help run their businesses and clean up after them. But, as all empires, sometimes the structure becomes too old and cracks and soft spots form and the entire foundation falls. The De Marco Empire is about to find out just how the Roman’s felt thousands of years ago when their Empire fell. Corporate takeovers are mild and tame compared to what happens in this novel. Katie Saunders and Lucy Carmichael walk into Antonio De Marco’s club pretending to want a job but really trying to check it out and see what it was like. Although he is with his demanding and conniving fiancé’ Sasha, he becomes mesmerized by Katie and nothing will ever be the same for either one of them. Getting a job as a waitress in the bar, she and her friend Lucy soon become embroiled in a life they will soon regret. But, there is no turning back. Enter Tania and Veronica the head girl and manager of the club who resent Katie and Lucy from the start. But, a natural with the customers, they can’t help but realize that Katie has an innocent and warm quality when dealing with the customers and soon rely on her to handle special clients, including the boss and his girlfriend. But, this is the beginning of the end of his relationship with Sasha, but the beginning of a reign of terror that will follow in her wake. What appears to be the right thing at first for Katie will become a nightmare of tragedies and for everyone. The story opens with Katie Saunders De Marco entering a courtroom on shackles for the cold-blooded murder of her husband Antonio on their wedding night. Cold-blooded, premeditated- or was she framed? So many enemies, so many players, so many who wanted him dead. Sasha, the scorned lover, the Calvi family who had his sister and parents killed for a previous vendetta and Tania, Veronica his head girl at his club and many more. “How did I ever get involved with this family? Why did I decide to become part of a dangerous family? What am I going to do to get out of this mess? I hope that Matt can help me and create a good defense for me or: Katie Saunders De Marco will spend the rest of her life in jail for a murder she did not commit. Antonio De Marco a successful businessman who owns his own clubs and gambling casinos. He is into drug trafficking, gambling, territorial wars, vice, police corruption, and murder. Strong-arming people no matter whether they worked for him or are on the outside does not phase him as long as the means leads to his desired end. Gianni De Marco, his brother, has a dark side and would resort to anything in order to protect his brother and his lucrative businesses and interests. Tania the manager of their club La Pregheira, had a side business of her own with another worker in the club and never thought one of the brothers would find out. Gianni, a lady’s man was engaged to a beautiful woman named Felicia who adored him and looked away from his indiscretions. Greed and the desire to have a piece of Tania’s action, unfortunately caught Felicia the crossfire and she paid dearly. But, that was not the end of the woes of the De Marco family. The worst has yet to come and it would. Making sure that no one would interfere with his plans for him and Katie, Antonio’s brother makes sure that Matt, her first love, and Lucy’s brother, bows out of the picture. Lucy becomes embroiled in this life when she meets Stevo working at the club but is more clearheaded than Katie and takes their relationship slowly. But, Katie falls head over heels and does takes a blind eye to the truth behind Antonio’s business dealings, the murders that occur and are covered up and pushes both Matt and anyone else away who tries to convince her to stay away from Antonio, including his enemies. Scorned and angered by being dumped by Antonio, Sasha goes on her own campaign to enlist others to help her get even with Katie and she soon ensconces herself with Gianni and proves to be a deadly weapon in this war of love, hate, murder and survival. Engaged to Felicia Carmine, Gianni hopes to marry her and become a family man. But that was not to be. Gianni is a greedy man and soon learns that one of his employees has a side business in prostitution and he wants a piece of the action. One of his trusted employees finds out that he is shaking down his partner in this business and Felicia pays the price dearly in order to teach Gianni a lesson. But, does he learn it? Does he stop and think about what might happen next? Revenge is all he knows. I won’t say more except that he has to withstand Sasha because of her father and how he helped him and his brother in the past. Vendetta’s stemming from years before with the Calvi brothers, and the De Marco family resulting in the deaths of their parents and sister. Added to that the Driscoll brothers who deal in drugs and drug trafficking the reading learns that these men are not safe from anyone, as you will learn. From framing a dear friend, Robert Valetti, a business partner for drug trafficking and smuggling drugs in a furniture shipment causing him to commit suicide rather than rot in jail, these brothers form a deadly combination that no one wants the numbers too open. Katie and Robert’s wife form a partnership with several others to expand the business along with an art gallery owner whose business if burnt to the ground and more. With the help of Henry the owner of the gallery and Ralph who designed buildings they would expand their business and hope for success. But, the best laid plans do not always work out and what happens next will not only terrify you but will keep you on the edge of your seat. J Lou McCartney is the master of intrigue, fear and suspense in this groundbreaking novel that gives the reader an inside look at a mafia family and what it means to become one of them. Skeletons in the closet come out to haunt Antonio and his brother Gianni. Murders are covered up so cleverly that they are never solved and bodies are buried so deep you can’t find them. After so many tragedies and so many murders and deaths, Katie and Antonio are married. While preparing a bath for them both on their wedding night someone comes into their suite and murders Antonio. With blood on her clothes and her hands the police come and arrest Katie assuming that she is the murderer and killed him for the insurance money. Matt, now a prestigious attorney and working in his own firm, handles murder cases and he is her only hope. In a loveless marriage and hoping to still find his way back to Katie he agrees to help her. But, can he when the evidence points to her. What happens at the end will stupefy you. What this brilliant author has planned for the characters and what their final fates will be will only be revealed when you read this novel. With twists and turns you will not see coming this author creates an ending that leaves the reader wanting more. I know that this is not the end of the De Marco family nor is it the last you will see of Gianni, Katie, Stevo and more. Will there be De Marco heir that will take over where the brothers left off? I give this book five brand new Italian Made Hand Silk Scarves and Five Expensive Wines Fran Lewis Reviewer
Coming From Nowhere by Pembroke Sinclair
Reviewed by Fran Lewis
You need to always be aware of who is coming toward you when you are driving or are walking down the street. Imagine, listening to your IPod or talking on your cell phone and all of a sudden you are knocked down or knocked out and have no idea where the person or car came from. It came out of nowhere. When you wake up you remember nothing about the incident, nor who you are or your name. You wind up in a place that is more than unfamiliar, frightening and a whole different world that you lived in before. You lost your life. Now, imagine being the CEO of a major corporation and your company is on the stock market and your stock prices are rising daily. Then, one fateful morning you come into work and all of a sudden a group of men and women enter your office with armed guards and you and your fellow officers are escorted out into another office somewhere else to explain that they now own your company: CORPORATE TAKEOVER and worse. Coming From Nowhere is a frightening and thought provoking first novel that gives the reader the reason take a step back and pause to realize that the events in this book make you shake and shudder. If you think 9/11 was horrific or the bombings in England, Madrid or any other foreign country were horrendous the events that take place and the reasons behind them in this book should make everyone start watching their backs and paying closer attention to their lives.
JD or Jane Doe our main character was blindsided. She was knocked out and forced out of her life and woke up in the hospital only to find out the entire memory of her past had been obliterated. This brings me to my review of Pembroke Sinclair’s novel Coming From Nowhere, which definitely has the potential to go somewhere fast.
What started this whole chain of horrific events: People of course. Three countries on Earth: America, England and China each started out living under their own bubble with democratic governments in place. Each country had its own bubble and each had to deal with their daily life basic needs. There were many who lived on Earth and who could afford space travel and they moved to Mars. Earth was overcrowded and with anything or anywhere that has too many people, those that were rich took the opportunity to move to other worlds, which of course created more problems. Naturally, these people needed certain things to sustain their lives and Mars was developed into a Universal Planet.
China, the U.S. and England each set up their own schools on Mars that would function under the structure of democracy. But, not everything works out the way you want it too. When the populations grew and the planet established a mineral export, the democratic structure fell apart and like children or the countries in the world today, instead of coming to a common agreement, they went to war. Mars took matters over and the downfall of democracy occurred and the military took over. Military domes created and Mars was by ruled by one sick and demented general who had her own sadistically agenda. Thus, the fate of JD who was then sent to become one of the Generals soldiers, or someone who would turn into a cold-blooded killer and more.
In walks Roger, the general’s assistant, the general, Skinner, Alex, Maxx, Chris and a host of other dangerous people and inhabitants from the many different worlds and planets in the new solar system. Each having their own agenda, but one so deadly and dangerous the world would never be the same and when looking at its inhabitants you would never know who is real and who is a clone or worse.
What would you do if you knew that you were resurrected from the dead and created from an army of dead soldiers? JD was created that way and had no choice but to deal with it. Sent to military school and programmed to do as they say, she soon learns the severity of what happens when you speak your mind and disobey their rules. With every turn she makes, she finds obstacles. No one to trust, no one to rely on but herself and her physical attributes and strength. Lied to over and over again, tortured by Roger, the General and tested to the limit, JD learns the harsh realities of what these people are planning for the worlds they live in and why. Determination and fortitude are her guide and destroying those in her way, the goal.
Mason, her instructor, one minute on her side, the next not, Roger a crazy and sick minded man who is the pawn of the General who rules all of the planets and more and who everyone would like to destroy. As in the world today, wars ensued, overtaking planets and more continued, killings ran rampart, the collection of dead bodies to use and recreate soldiers the goal. Pembroke Sinclair has shown us the horrors of what could be, if we do not pay closer attention.
Imagine people buying cariensis, animals that are so dangerous that would kill you just by looking at you. So violent, so dangerous that their temperament and demeanor cause them to attack, even the owner when let loose. Who would want them? Those that need to have the power over others to terrify them and to help create their world of robotic soldiers who would do their bidding without question wanted these creatures. In other words, a Master Race fit to survive, but only by their rules.
Thinking they are safe from harm they procure several ships, deliver prisoners from Mars only to have their plan foiled again by Roger, Skinner and the General. But, fear not, the people who are helping them get the dangerous creatures hate the General and Roger even more and the tables get turned. But, JD learns at this point the lesson that Roger hoped she’d learn sooner: HOW TO BE A COLD-BLOODED KILLER!
But, this was not over yet. Many other people from different planets were now involved: Xyphons, Humans, people from Cha’Oon and more banned together to destroy the lab with these Cariensis or creatures that are dangerous and the bodies that were to be recreated from the dead. They were fighting a war to the end and hoping that Roger did not have any backup to work against them. But, the creatures were strong and they would have to find a way to make the creatures repel them in order to survive.
Telepathic thoughts from the Xyphons that entered JD’s mind to the help her fight the war. People that are so diverse and different in appearance working together, just proves that people of different species and races can get along and work toward a common goal.
Inside the lab with the dead bodies and trying to compose herself and not get sick, JD gets the scare of a lifetime and realizes that what might appear to be the truth is sometimes just an illusion. Coming back from the dead, the one person she thought really loved and cared about her, was aiming to kill and destroy her just for the lab and what was going to happen there. Eternal Life: at what cost and to whom? Taking dead bodies and recreating them in the image and form they want and making those that would be undead into living military robots, is not beautiful; it is scary, frightening and mindboggling to say the least. But, at what cost to your self-respect and more. Would you want to have to obey the orders of a mad man for the rest of your life in order to live DEATH FREE? If you disobey or accidentally miscarry out an order you will be terminated? Think about it!
The goal: to take over the WORLD with a reanimated army: Human takeover: World Domination: Watch your Back you will be blindsided.
Isolated and feeling she belongs nowhere, JD realized she had become an emotionless killer, exactly what they wanted from her. She enjoyed killing the people she did and she wanted to kill more.
Mars fell, the horror over, and Alex in charge. Roger and the General awaited trial but JD disagreed and wanted revenge not the courts to decide. She wanted exact revenge and not jail time for these two. They wanted to have a democracy in place on Mars and hopefully follow the rules and thrive. What does she do? You need to read this book to find out.
When all was said and done JD decided to find a new place and a new beginning in a new world away from everything and everyone. Does she? Will she ever be free of her past and start Going Somewhere? You need to read this innovative and unbelievably captivating novel to find out. Just think there could be a sequel and we could find out what really happens to Roger, the General and of course JD. The World and its leaders need to stay focused and awake: YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS WATCHING OR WHAT
MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT!
I am the General and I feel justified in what I was trying to do and don’t count me out just yet.
I am Roger and I will do my best to take revenge on JD and all those who helped her and more. How dare they think that Eternal Life is wrong? How dare anyone destroy all that I worked for in order to create the perfect person: Unfortunately, I forgot to make these undead devoid of human emotions. But, watch out and look over your shoulder every minute of every day JD. This is not over yet.
I give this book FIVE BRAND NEW SAFE PLANETS AND FIVE GOLD SPACESHIPS: Fran Lewis Reviewer