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In fact, apart from the angry bit, he was nothing like that.
Life is a bitch, but if Tabitha Brownlee was to be believed, Death is an alcoholic megalomaniac with a penchant for single malt and eyebrows that meet in the middle. The problem? He alone had the power to put her soul back into her body and evict the crazy S.O.B. who’d taken her place.
The United States is dead and the Democratic Unity killed it.
After catastrophic wars and the Meltdown, The Unity rules from its East Coast citadel, leaving the outlands to savages and its strangely altered plants. Providing free health care, employment, and ThiZ (the drug of any really civilized life), the Unity mandates retirement at forty before fatigue and error contaminate a culture of youth, innovation and vigor.
With liberating body implants, history’s finest democracy supervises every citizen for her/his/its own and the nation’s welfare. Seventeen-year-old Lieutenant Malila Chiu, is a veteran officer who, despite well-earned fame, finds her career in tatters. Vandalism at a distant station triggers her demotion. Facing denunciation … or worse, Malila’s one option is to enter the outlands to repair the station herself. At first, the repairs go well.
Dropping from fatigue, she wakes to find a hideously ancient savage has murdered her platoon and now holds a knife at her throat, making her the … Outland Exile.
Massively destructive wars and the Meltdown have destroyed what at one time was the United States, and now the east coast is the Democratic Unity. The rest of the country outside the Unity is called the Outlands, where “savages” and weirdly altered plants reign.
Second Lt. Milila Chiu at only 17 is a veteran officer of the Defensive Unity Forces for Security, she’s a excellent hunter using her avatar and also she’s a sniper. When she’s demoted, for something she didn’t even do, (unbeknownst to Milila she’s thrown under the bus as part of another’s ambition) she’s sent to the Sunprarie Station, a distant outpost on the edge of the Outlands to repair the damage done by the “savages” . Along with her platoon of CRNA soldiers as bodyguards, she begins attempting repairs. On the second night there the entire platoon is killed and she is kidnapped by what she assumes is a demented Sisi. A Sisi is any and all citizens who at the age of 40 are sent into their own enclaves, and considered a useless and non-productive member of society, not deserving of any respect.
Jesse Johnstone a Captain in the Reconstructed States of America,has taken her, as a Unity officer, for his superiors to interrogate. He takes her from the outpost into the Outlands, from the old state of Wisconsin all the way to Kentucky. Along the way Jessie tells her stories of the old ways and life in the Outlands. Milila thinks that’s all they are at the beginning, just stories from a demented old Sisi. The more he tells her and the more he shows her the more she starts to question all she thought she knew as the truth. She faces lots of trials through the trip to the settlement, she’s almost raped and sold into a brothel, and at one point her depression at being shamed by being captured, she contemplates suicide. Eventually on the trail they meet up with Moses, another member of the Kentucky settlement who volunteered to help Jessie and continue on to Kentucky. Once they reach the settlement, Milila meets Sally (Moses’ wife) and Captain Delarosa and is questioned by both. If Milla can escape, and does she even want to, from the settlement and her captors what then? Can she make it back to Nyork and the “safety” of the Rampart with out Jesse? What awaits her back home ? With a superior officer who has set out to destroy their superior officer and with Milla as collateral damage, her safety, life and career are in serious danger. The Unity has political fractions called the Red and Blue. Like our democrats and republicans there’s the usual political back stabbing and talking crap but in these times any scandal real or fictional can bring death.
My absolute favourite character is Milla, once her eyes are open and she can “see the stars” she’s not afraid to fight and defend what she believes in. I enjoy dystopian novels and making the main character a strong female made me enjoy it even more. I really enjoyed the other characters too, they all came alive for me.
This starts out kind of slow and confusing with all the talk of the CORE and the ways of the Unity but trust me stick with it as it gets really interesting. I especially enjoyed the interaction between Jessie and Milila and Sally. Milila learns so much from Sally and starts to change. The author paints a vivid picture of the characters and the surroundings. The pace is steady and the characters are quite intriguing and full of life. I give this book 4 stars and will definitely be reading book 2. I need to find out what happens to everyone after the cliff hanger in book 1.
This book was an Onlinebookclub.org. Book of the Day.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.
With Erik Carlson’s treatment plan in place, he and Luke Richards head back to the East End of London…and where it all started.
The treatment sends Luke into a whirlwind of sickness, bordering on true death. Feeling as if he were losing the battle, anger and hatred rule his every waking moment.
Will Luke survive his treatments and return to his life as Henry Daniels?
After Henry’s death, Gunther Erikkson feels guilt-ridden. Even with Cora standing by his side, he finds it difficult to allow himself to heal.
Will Gunther accept Cora’s love?
Elaina spends her time mourning Henry, neglecting herself, dropping all responsibilities on Anne. A realization hits, sending her into a downward spiral of fear and sadness…until someone from Henry’s past sweeps her off her feet.
Will Elaina allow herself to move forward and fulfill Henry’s final wish?
Pastor Sams attends the public rallies and even makes appearances in the courtroom to show his solidarity in standing with Pastor Charles. However, there is a constant fear that threatens their cause and their friendship. As new developments arise and new rebellions crop up, the fabric of America they once relied on starts to shred. The church appears to be losing its voice as the LGBT community lunges forth out of hibernation.
The fear and insecurity in growing up in a small town that offers little opportunity and few role models, exacerbated by an uncertain future and pressure by emotions difficult to control, inspired Gerald L. Nardella to write this novel. Life’s struggle can be lonely and painful. Gerald grew up in a small town, experiencing firsthand the insecurities from living in a broken home. Those insecurities still haunt him to this day.
When a blast from Deanie’s past shows up the troubles multiply.
This is a really good look back into the past, the characters are well written and the story keeps you interested from start to finish. I really enjoyed it and would recommend this book to anyone 13 plus. This book is an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day.
“All bear witness to my words, for the time is nigh. For on the night of a purple moon in the village of Terra, three sisters shall give birth to three daughters, who will lead the chosen to the ultimate power.”
Words many had forgotten: Until now.
On her 18th birthday, Elizabeth Kimache is approached by a mysterious stranger. What she first believed to be a marriage proposal, soon turns into a nightmare as she and her father are forced to run away from home with the stranger as their guild. With the threat of an unknown enemy approaching, Elizabeth will soon discover a truth so deadly, it could cost her life.
Fifteen-year-old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with when she was a child. The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather—but what about the tattoo? And the alien scouts who visit Courtney in her bedroom at night, claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather?
With her new friend Agatha’s apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present, and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. So is she going mentally insane, like her family claimed her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before anyone from school finds out she’s missing.
Witches. Demons. Angels. Ancient prophecies and eternal wars.
Kyra Parker seems to have it all: a successful career woman, wife, and mother; she’s living the life she always wanted. But appearances are deceiving. In reality, she’s a witch who has forbidden herself from using magic—at least the powers she has control over. Only two of her closest friends know her secret—one they share.
Kyra can no longer ignore her destiny when she is exposed as the key to the end of the world. She transforms into a dark witch after reluctantly surrendering her soul to the demon, Alastor, to save her loved ones.
With her friends, Alexis and Axel, chasing her across the country in an attempt to free her from the demon’s influence, Kyra ventures ever closer to the point of no return. Her family and friends need to work together before it’s too late to save her—and the rest of the world—from the demon apocalypse.
There’s just one problem—she doesn’t want to be saved.
A dark prophecy the from the book of Revelations comes to life when angels, demons, and witches battle for fate of humanity.
Kyra Parker tries to be normal, a wife and mother, she tries to hide her witch side from everyone. She’s been having nightmares about battles between Heaven and Hell since she was a child.
Alastor is the demon who’s been searching for Kyra for years. She’s the key to unlocking the gates of Hell. If he can convince her to join him he plans on turning the tables from good to evil and then the occupants of Heaven and Hell will trade places, releasing Hell on earth. He kidnaps her and all the people she loves, threatening to kill them. She strikes a deal agreeing to join him if he promises that he won’t harm any of them ever. Now her best friend Alexis and Alexis’ brother Axel, who are both witches, must try to rescue Kyra and save the world from an apocalypse.
The prophecy is unfolding and Kyra is in the center of it all. Will Kyra and the demon win or is there hope of saving not only Kyra but the world ? How will it all end ? The answer to these and many more questions will be found in this fast paced, action packed book. I hope there’s another coming, I’d love to read more of this exciting story. This book is an OnLineBookClub.org. Book of the Day.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 5 hearts.
Every now and then you meet someone and instantly know they are special. This is an amazing love story of a cat named Oreo and the woman he picked to be his mom.
Oreo was famous for getting into mischief and compromising situations. You will laugh at his antics and keep wondering what he will do next!
I laughed, and I cried at this short but sweet and amazing story of the love between Caralee and her cat Oreo. She rescued Oreo from a shelter when he was a baby kitten and had 15 wonderful years with him. She tells all sorts of stories about her life with Oreo and how he made her life better. Caralee writes about the last of Oreo’s life and how leaning on her faith helps her get through this terrible loss.
This is an awesome read about the love between a woman and the cat who was her child. I definitely think if you’re going to read this you better have kleenex handy. I absolutely loved this one. 5 stars isn’t enough for this heartwarming remembrance of a beloved member of the family.
This is an OnLineBookClub.org Book of the Day.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.