I have been a fan of Christy Tillery French’s books for many years now and with each book she brings something new to the table.Obsolete by CT French
I have been a fan of Christy Tillery French’s books for many years now and with each book she brings something new to the table. In the past it’s been suspense, thrillers, mysteries, and even romantic comedy. I’ve enjoyed them all but with her newest, Obsolete, she tops them all. Obsolete, a futuristic, dystopian nail-biter, is a cross between Stephen King’s The Stand and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. It is Ms. French’s best yet and one I’m sure I’ll read over and over again (I’ve already read it three times!), just as I have the aforementioned novels.
After a Blue Pox pandemic nearly wipes out the human race, including 18-year-old Madison’s family, she goes looking for other people. She soon finds a horse walking down the middle of the interstate, names him Boomer, and takes him along as she continues her search. In time, she finds Katherine, a former anthropologist. The two team up and eventually arrive at a small college campus in East Tennessee where a group of women are living.
Katherine becomes the leader of the group and Callie, a former prison guard is made head of security. Callie hates men and before long convinces Katherine that the community would be better off with only women. They decide to imprison any men, or “others” as they call them, and use them for slave labor. The younger men will not only be forced to work, they will also be used in their procreation plan; mating young women of childbearing age with the men in order to increase the population of the community.
Madison doesn’t agree with their plans but can’t bring herself to question the woman who saved her life. She loves Katherine and considers her family, and she doesn’t want to go against her, but she’s reluctant to accept Katherine’s and Callie’s plans for the all-women community they’ve named Androk. And she especially doesn’t want to be a part of their procreation plan, until Sarah, heavily pregnant, and Seth arrive.
Seth, of course, is taken into custody while Sarah is taken to the infirmary to await the imminent birth of her child. When the baby, a boy, is born, Katherine and Callie threaten to take him away. Maddie and a nurse convince Katherine that the baby needs to stay with Sarah since her breast milk give him the nutrients he needs to fight off the blue pox. Maddie and Sarah both know it’s only a temporary retrieve and Sarah asks Maddie to help her and Seth escape.
Maddie agrees and she tells Katherine she’ll be a part of the procreation plan as long as she can pick the man she’s to mate with. She chooses Seth. Katherine agrees and Maddie and Seth spend their time together plotting an escape plan for him, Sarah, and the baby. The escape is successful and thanks to the help of some other women in the commune, Maddie’s part in the plan isn’t discovered.
Soon after, Jonah enters the camp and is taken into custody. Maddie sees him and is immediately drawn to him so when Katherine insists that she once again participate in the procreation plan, Maddie agrees with the same condition as before.
This time she chooses Jonah...and the rest, you might say, is yet to be written history. Well, actually, Ms. French has already written it but I don’t want to include any spoilers in this review so I’ll leave it to you to find out for yourself what happens.
Ms. French has an adept hand at writing characters the reader will become emotionally attached to. They are believable, likable, except of course, when they’re not—another thing she excels at is creepy villains!—and with her realistic dialogue, the reader often feels as if they could join right in the conversation happening on the page. Ms. French deftly interweaves several sub-plots which keep the reader turning the pages, and as always, her secondary characters, especially Micah in this book, are the absolute best and relatable enough that you feel as if they’re personal friends by the end of the book. Villain, heroine, hero, Ms. French creates characters who never fail to draw some sort of response from her readers.
The real story in Obsolete is, of course, the survival of the human race, with Maddie and Jonah’s romance playing out in the background. Will the human race survive and will men and women be able to exist in peace or will they turn on each other, therefore, almost guaranteeing the extinction of the species? Can Maddie and Jonah get past what he sees as her betrayal? Will they realize before it’s too late that there’s another of Katherine’s security women who wants them dead?
In Obsolete, CT French (aka Christy Tillery French) gives us a thrilling—or should I say chilling?—glimpse into a dystopian future where women—some of them, anyway—are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore! This is one for my keeper shelf—er, my keeper file on my Kindle, it’s not available in print yet but I hope it soon will be!—and it comes highly recommended. If you liked The Hunger Games or The Stand, give Obsolete a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
A well researched book and very interesting to read. It has been a tremendous amount of help in my research of Hot Springs in the late 19th century. BA well researched book and very interesting to read. It has been a tremendous amount of help in my research of Hot Springs in the late 19th century. Beyond that, I enjoyed the historical aspects of the book and Ms. Painter's writing style is decidedly engaging....more
Natasha risks more than her life when she guards a defense attorney targeted by the Mafia.
Protection specialist Natasha Chamberlain thinks guarding a defense attorney from a disgruntled client should be a fairly normal job, but when she learns he's been targeted by the mafia, she's ready to call it quits. However, the attorney holds her to their contract and Natasha finds her own life placed in danger along with her bodyguard cohorts, Pit and Bigun. Natasha's fiancé Jonce Striker is fit to be tied when he learns this, which only confirms to him that the bodyguard field is too dangerous for his love. After Natasha is shot trying to protect her client, Striker delivers the final ultimatum: leave the bodyguard field or lose him. Natasha makes her choice but will she live to regret it?
It’s no secret that I absolutely love this series. I was hooked with the first book and my addiction only grows stronger with each one so instead of a review, I thought I’d share a few of the reasons why I like Ms. French's Bodyguard series so much.
Number one—as Wilkie Collins said about cliffhangers, “Make ‘em cry, make ‘em laugh, make ‘em wait—exactly in that order.” Ms. French does just that, sprinkling her books with touching moments, numerous laugh-out-loud scenes and then she ends them with a bit of a teaser that always leaves me wanting more and wondering what’s going to happen next. The excellent writing and exciting plots are more than enough to keep me coming back, but that teasing hint of what’s coming in the next book hooks me every time. In that respect, The Bodyguard and the Snitch doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it just might be Ms. French’s best cliffhanger ending yet. It seems Natasha…oh, wait, I don’t want to spoil it but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it.
Number two—the way the protagonist, Natasha, grows with each book, not only personally, but professionally too. With each story, she’s a little bit more confident of herself, her job, and even though her personal relationship with Jonce Striker, the love of her life, doesn’t always run true, the reader knows through her actions and thoughts that’s she’s coming into her own there too. Natasha is an independent young woman and though she makes mistakes, she’s determined to learn from them. There are several places in this book where she catches herself doing something she doesn’t consider professional and makes herself stop, step back, and rethink the situation. She doesn’t always win the battle but at least she tries. This also happens in her relationship with Striker, both of which tell the reader the character is maturing as a professional and as a partner in love. Ms. French obviously knows what she’s doing when it comes to developing her characters and I think she’s bringing Natasha along nicely, not rushing things, but letting her grow at a realistic pace.
Number three—speaking of characterization, the secondary characters are fabulous. Yes, the main characters are well-crafted, but I think Ms. French has an extraordinary talent when it comes to creating secondary characters. Not only the ones who show up numerous times in the series, like Pit and Bigun—who I hope and pray will get their own book one day—or Stevie and Cameron—who are a delightful mishmash of trouble just waiting to happen—but Natasha’s clients in each of the books; a millionaire computer geek, a show dog, a rock star, and in this one, a defense attorney, are all characters that I’d like to see appear again in the series. We get a little of that in this one with Roger, the computer geek, and Giki, the rock star, and I hope Ms. French continues to weave some of these fascinating secondary characters into later books. Her characterization skills are wonderfully apt and quite multi-faceted and it often leads to some of the most humorous passages in the books.
Number four; the romantic relationship between Natasha and Striker. I’ve always had a thing for star-crossed lovers, whether in books, movies, or TV shows; it is a plotline that I’m drawn to. Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Desdemona, Sam and Diane, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn in almost every movie they made together, David and Maddie, even Eve and Roarke in a few of J.D. Robb’s In Death series. I love them all and Natasha and Striker can easily be included on that list. It's fun watching these two alpha-personalities clash and seeing the give and take between them as they struggle to keep their relationship from crashing and burning.
Number five; humor. Ms. French has a sly sense of humor that often takes me by surprise which only makes her books more enjoyable. It is, of course, evident in The Bodyguard and the Snitch and I ended this one with a smile on my face…and a gasp at what’s becoming Ms. French’s trademark teaser ending, which brings us full circle, right back to number one!
With The Bodyguard and the Snitch, Ms. French has written yet another outstanding book that now rests in its pre-destined spot on my keeper shelf. As with every one of the books in this series, the plot is compelling, the characters and dialogue are original and believable, and the ending, well, let’s just say I’m hooked and can’t wait to find out what happens when Natasha needs a bodyguard of her own. Can you guess who it’ll be?
Wonderful book which took me to numerous little-known places here in the mountains of North Carolina. It also gave me some ideas for a book I'm workinWonderful book which took me to numerous little-known places here in the mountains of North Carolina. It also gave me some ideas for a book I'm working on and brought back a few cherished memories from my childhood when our family vacationed here.
I learned more than I have room here to tell you and I'd highly recommend this book--as well as Mr. Parris' others if you can find them!--to anybody who dreams of a simpler, more peaceful time. Mr. Parris had a way with words that drew me into his stories even as he taught me about this place I call home and the people who live here. Fascinating and a lot of fun to read!...more
Getorix has one last opportunity to gain his father's respect and earn welcome into the Otherworld as a man. At almost fifteen winterBack cover blurb:
Getorix has one last opportunity to gain his father's respect and earn welcome into the Otherworld as a man. At almost fifteen winters, he marches beside his father, a defeated Celtic leader, in the Roman triumph parade--a celebration that ends in death. To face the ordeal of sacrifice before the Romans will truly be his man-making. Instead, the gods throw him an entirely different challenge.
Can Getorix accept friendship with the Romanc who spares his life if the cost is his honor?
Getorix, The Eagle and the Bull, is an award winning historical fiction novel for young adults, but it also holds a certain appeal for older readers too. I know I learned from it; everything from Roman and Celtic traditions to the Roman slave culture. One of the things I found most interesting was the insight into everyday Roman life--what they ate--did you know dormice were considered a delicacy?--how they dressed--both the Romans and their slaves dressed in togas, but the Celts wore pants, at least the men did, and it was one of the things Getorix missed sorely after he became a Roman slave--their daily rituals--including bathing and quite a bit about their sewage system, more than I ever wanted to know, but the sewers played a very important part of the story!
It is evident Ms. Geary did a remarkable job researching the history of Rome. Using what she learned, she added a few fictional characters and events to the historical ones, and wove them together, creating a fascinating story; one I hated to see come to an end. ...more
I became a fan of Christy Tillery French when I read her first book, Chasing Horses. I loved that one and the two that followed, Wayne’s Dead and ChasI became a fan of Christy Tillery French when I read her first book, Chasing Horses. I loved that one and the two that followed, Wayne’s Dead and Chasing Demons, and I especially love her Bodyguard series. Whenever I pick up one of her books, whether it’s one of her series books or one of her stand-alone titles, I know I’m in for one heck of a good read.
With her latest, Chasing Secrets, she’s returned to her “Chasing” title theme and the romantic suspense thriller she does so well. And this time, she's topped everything that came before, leaving this fan hungrier than ever for more of the same.
Rowan Bronson is a woman on the run, an ATF agent who has uncovered secrets about a lascivious televangelist and a vengeful crime lord. She’d like nothing better than to turn those secrets over to the proper authorities, but there’s a mole in her organization and she doesn’t know who it is. She’s fighting to stay alive and the only thing she can count on from one minute to the next is her Weimariner, Zeus. When she and her faithful dog escape from the scene of a murder by stealing a detective’s gun and car, detective Garrett Somersby joins in the chase. He’s determined to catch her, if only to spare himself from the ridicule he knows he’ll get from his fellow cops.
Luckily, Garrett has a few tricks up his sleeve and he’s the first one to track her down. When he hears her story, he offers his help. Rowan reluctantly accepts, but only on her terms. Working together, they evade the villains at every turn and while they’re at it, they fall in love.
Ms. French weaves a richly satisfying romance in with nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat suspense and plenty of plot twists that keep the reader turning the pages until the very end.
Keep your eye out for the secondary characters in this one. Ms. French has a flair for creating characters readers cheer for and with each book gives us at least one we’d like to see more of. My pick in this one is Jeb, an appealing Viet Nam vet, who just happens to get entangled in the chase toward the end of the book. Jeb’s glory days are behind him but he proves he’s still got what it takes.
With Chasing Secrets, Christy Tillery French has outdone herself. Filled with breathtaking action, thrilling chases, snappy dialogue and her trademark humor, not to mention her usual likable characters—even the villains in this one are fun!—she keeps the reader riveted with every page. This is another one for my keeper shelf and one I’m sure I’ll pull out to read again and again. ...more
I'm a huge fan of Ms. Brockmann's Troubleshooters Series and have been looking forward to Jules and Robin's story, but this one didn't work so well foI'm a huge fan of Ms. Brockmann's Troubleshooters Series and have been looking forward to Jules and Robin's story, but this one didn't work so well for me. I liked it and thought the author did a good job but...I don't think it will be one that I will reread like I do with most of her other books.
Two major problems; inconsistencies (which I'll get to in a bit) and a feeling that this book just doesn't fit with the series. Ms. Brockmann writes in the author's note at the end of the book that Robin "mutinied and demanded his happy ending right away". Okay, I can understand that, I've had characters do the same thing but something in this book didn't ring true to me.
Perhaps it was that while I was reading, I kept getting the feeling I was being "preached to", that Ms. Brockmann had written this book primarily to show her support for gay and lesbian rights. I hate that I felt that way, because I agree with her, the freedoms we enjoy in this country should be extended to every single one of its citizens, including the right to marry the person we love no matter what their sex, race, etc., but...I didn't like that she'd used one of my favorite series to further her cause.
Now for the inconsistencies--the first I've ever noticed in this series, or maybe just the first that had the power to make me put the book down and go "huh?". Izzy, who got married somewhat suddenly in the previous book in the series, is not married in this one. Then there's Davis Jones. Quite a bit of the book is about Sam Starret trying to recruit Jones for the Florida office, but in the previous book, he's listed as one of the people they're going to bring in from the Florida office to help with the main character's situation.
So, while I really enjoyed this book, I don't think it will be one that I will read again. Which is a shame, because in my opinion, Ms. Brockmann is one of the best authors out there. I have every book in the TS series and I enjoy reading them over and over, but this one...probably not. Still, it's a good book and maybe after some time away from it, I'll pick it up again....more
This book is based on a very interesting concept, one that will get you thinking about new possibilities, and depending on what you believe, could chaThis book is based on a very interesting concept, one that will get you thinking about new possibilities, and depending on what you believe, could challenge your personal take on nurture vs. nature.
Bart Bare has taken a seldom questioned fact, that Satan is a man, and spun it on its ear, portraying Satan as a woman. A beautiful, sexy woman who comes to the main character, John Everson, and proposes a deal; she'll let him live his life over, starting at whatever point he chooses.
The opening line, "You've got great legs for The Devil", will hook you and the first several chapters draw you in even more, as John struggles with whether or not to take Satan's offer, and Satan works to convince him she is who she says she is and that he has nothing to lose but everything to gain if he agrees. Which he does, of course, and the reader is treated to an entertaining story of how a life can differ based on decisions a person makes.
Satan's Bargain will have you asking yourself numerous times, "What if?" and it will get you thinking about that one point in your life that could have changed everything if you'd only reacted differently.
The ending, like the concept of the whole book, will have you re-thinking your beliefs and as a writer, I loved the spin on the traditional story closing of "The End" to "It Begins". ...more
When an Apprentice Angel with an attitude is sent to earth to help a troubled woman, it isn’t exactly a match made in Heaven.
Emma Bradshaw: Unhappy wWhen an Apprentice Angel with an attitude is sent to earth to help a troubled woman, it isn’t exactly a match made in Heaven.
Emma Bradshaw: Unhappy widow, bored school teacher, aspiring writer. Emma doesn’t know it, but she’s about to be touched by an angel—in more ways than one.
Ted “Mac” McNabb: Best-selling author in life, reluctant Apprentice Angel in death. Mac just wants to finish his missions and move on to his Personal Heaven—and he doesn’t care how many rules he has to break to get there. ...more
Don't know how to start this review and hesitated over my rating because this is truly an awesome piece of work. So why only four stars? And why was IDon't know how to start this review and hesitated over my rating because this is truly an awesome piece of work. So why only four stars? And why was I thinking of only giving it three?
Well, first of all, I really didn't like the main character, Claire. Judging from the other characters, Ms. Gabaldon is obviously skilled at characterization, but...Claire just didn't work for me. In fact, there were a few times when I had to fight an urge to throw the book against the wall because of something she did...or didn't do...or merely because her actions didn't ring true to me. But then, I'm not a woman whose world has been turned topsy-turvy by traveling back in time, so how would I know how one reacts in that kind of situation? Suffice it to say, I found some of the things she did, as well as her reactions to her situation, a bit unbelievable at times.
Still, I probably would've gone ahead and given it a five-star rating, except there were several scenes in this book that not only made me mad, they turned my stomach. I don't want to include spoilers with this review, but I felt the book could have done without the rapes, torture, and graphic violence.
That said, Ms. Gabaldon is undoubtedly an excellent writer and I will probably pick up the next book in this series and read it, if only to find out how she handles Claire going back to the future, but I think I'll wait a few months. Maybe by then the bad taste I got from some of the scenes in this one will be gone.