COUNTERACT When free will becomes an illusion, the Resistance will rise… By Tracy Lawson
From the first page to the last, I held my breath. Well, maybe noCOUNTERACT When free will becomes an illusion, the Resistance will rise… By Tracy Lawson
From the first page to the last, I held my breath. Well, maybe not that long. I could be reading this in the news tomorrow. Yeah, it’s that real.
Careen Catecher is a regular college student with grades on her mind – and then the terrorist attacks begin. And it’s the worst possible attack. A deadly poison has been released into the atmosphere. But the good, hardworking and caring government has been preparing for just such an attack. They have developed an antidote for the poison which will protect the citizens. Careen doesn’t think she will get her tiny bottle of life saving fluid in time, but finally she does. Just three drops on the tongue, once a day will protect her.
How relieved she is. So relieved in fact, that her education is no longer a priority. So relieved that the only thing important in her life is those three drops. After all, the government has worked hard to protect her. Compliance is a small price to pay for safety.
Her life is becoming a bed of bubbly roses. But when she meets Tommy, the rosy bubbles fade and show their true colors. Now she and Tommy are up against the world, still trying to stay alive.
I loved every twist and turn of this book. Part thriller, part love story, part survivalist, part fiction, and every bit a very real threat, from a conspiracy theory point of view. I loved the characters, well rounded and believable. I would recommend this book to teens all the way up to elders. The book is well written and the story is ageless. And I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. Three cheers for Tracy Lawson. ...more
I grabbed this novel from the ‘new release’ section of my city library because I’m a knitter, too. As I checked it out I admit to a bit of skepticism.I grabbed this novel from the ‘new release’ section of my city library because I’m a knitter, too. As I checked it out I admit to a bit of skepticism. I’ve read too many books that had plots so predictable as to become boring. I’ve read even more when the world in which the novel resides is full of errors, such as the straps on the horse’s head, instead of the experience horseman riding the horse calling it a bridle, or an entire book about igloos in Alaska (Never has there ever been an authentic igloo on the western side of the continent, try the eastern side and a moose hide weighs about a hundred pounds, I own one.) So I wondered about the authenticity of the reference to knitting.
I’m happy to report that the author indeed lives in the world she has built. She is a true knitter and didn’t spin a sloppy yarn. As for the plot, it was exciting and totally full of surprises. I truly didn’t know if the girl would get the guy until the end. All the characters were well developed and believable – and authentic. I loved Irene with her Alzheimer’s disease and I suspect the author has had very real experience with this as well. I also loved how the author dealt with the very real issue of post-traumatic stress disorder, without harping or preaching. Owen’s demons were real, they were heartbreaking and the reader lived in the pain of his PTSD right along with him.
Although there were a couple of spots while in Owen’s point of view that the voice felt like a woman trying to write a man, those spots were insignificant enough to pass by without much of a thought. The only problem I had with the writing was quite a few repetitions of words and phrases which made me look back to see if I’d lost my place. Again, truly not enough of a problem to make me put down the book.
As a romance the book as just the right amount of steam. No way to call it erotic, the love scene was very well done. I might rate it as R. I think it’s called a 2 flame and I would recommend it to any of my friends.
If you’ve ever held a strand of yarn between your fingers and imagined the beautiful things you could make for someone special, you must read this book. ...more
If you haven't read the Flying Horse Trilogy, read this first. A beautiful heart-reading story of life, love, passions, and choices. Neste loves her lIf you haven't read the Flying Horse Trilogy, read this first. A beautiful heart-reading story of life, love, passions, and choices. Neste loves her life as rider of a flying horse, and fiancé of the barn leader's son. As she grows closer to the man she's intended to marry since childhood, she becomes aware of his darker side. When Neste discovers an attraction to a struggling new rider, she is torn. Does she truly love her betrothed? On the day of the Arial Games, tragedy strikes. In a devastating collision in the air, horses fall, and Neste must make the most important decision of her life.
This novella which gives the foundation to the Flying Horse Trilogy will take your breath away. I highly recommend it to anyone who can read....more
While skimming titles for something to read, this caught my eye. Sounds intriguing. Dark and dangerous. And it has flying horses!
Alyna is weary from tWhile skimming titles for something to read, this caught my eye. Sounds intriguing. Dark and dangerous. And it has flying horses!
Alyna is weary from traveling around; weary of working for her parents in the bakery, weary of covering for her brother who always seems to find an escape from work. And she is frightened of the winged horses which make this town famous. This town was her father’s dream, not hers, but how can she break away? By redefining herself. By finding her own identity. And by doing what every teenager in history has done, rebel.
As her father finds his place among the elite and powerful barn leaders, who control the last living herd of winged horses, he aligns himself with the most powerful of these barn leaders. But Alyna makes friends with the daughter of that same leader’s arch rival. Soon Alyna not only loses her fear of the flying horses, but learns to love them and takes a job as a groom for one special filly.
Soon, Alyna and her brother Ralf join a group of young people bent on righting a terrible wrong of the past, and find themselves banished from the town. Danger abounds with every revolution, but sometimes revolution is the only answer.
When I finished reading this amazing adventure, I turned around and read it again, then immediately purchased the other three books in the trilogy. I give it five stars and if there were six, I’d give that as well. I highly recommend this for anyone who can read; young or old, horse lover or not. ...more