Xiu was almost through her routine medical with Qui when voices and boots sounded. Then gunshots and screams. Xiu managed to escape with her life, knoXiu was almost through her routine medical with Qui when voices and boots sounded. Then gunshots and screams. Xiu managed to escape with her life, knowing only that she had to go to Zehran to find Jian, an important but isolated operative. Xiu couldn’t report – she hadn’t been allocated a number as she was a trainee – but she could do the job she’d been trained for.
The city was overrun by a paramilitary unit of dangerous, zealous idealists, and Jian was determined they shouldn’t locate the Red Dust he’d hidden. He and Xiu needed to neutralize the dust before their commander unleashed it on unsuspecting citizens. But could they do it? Just two operatives against many soldiers – it seemed impossible.
Zero by Aussie author Nathan M. Farrugia is a fast-paced thriller with nonstop action. Filled with suspense and heart stopping tension, I thoroughly enjoyed it and with some characters from the Helix series, it was great to catch up with Xiu again. Highly recommended. ...more
Annie’s use of the standing stone meant her memories would be fresh and clear – memories of her as a teen; of Harry, her partner Cherub; of Lucas, herAnnie’s use of the standing stone meant her memories would be fresh and clear – memories of her as a teen; of Harry, her partner Cherub; of Lucas, her Guardian and of Kiah, her beloved mother. Those memories caused grief and sadness, but much happiness as well. She was ready…
Knowing what was destined in her future made it easy for Annie to rebel. She was determined to find her own way. So, when she was holidaying with friends on a beach not far from Melbourne, the sight of the three bronzed boys in the surf didn’t hold much interest, unlike her two friends. That was until one of the boys was injured. From that moment, Annie’s life changed, her future set.
Annie and her mother’s farm was near Nalong, in a small rural area of the Wimmera in Victoria and since her father had died, her mother had drifted between awareness and a soul destroying grief. Often away in Eden to heal, Kiah left Annie to manage the farm on her own. Harry helped out as often as he could, but he had his own farm to run next door. But Harry also needed answers to his parents’ deaths, and his naïve questions would put them all in danger from a crime syndicate which had caused havoc in their lives before.
Sympath is the 3rd in the Sentinels of Eden series by Aussie author Carolyn Denman, and it’s another gripping, fascinating addition to the series. The story of Lainie’s mother as a teen is an intriguing one; of Harry as a youth and Annie’s avoidance at bonding with her Guardian. The tension was ramped up by murder, lies and devious activities; my heart was in my throat numerous times and I found it hard to put down. I’m really looking forward to #4, Shamar, which releases in June 2019. Highly recommended.
With thanks to the author for my digital copy to read in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Outstanding! Aussie author Frank Prem’s Devil in the Wind is made up of the voices of survivors of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, wherOutstanding! Aussie author Frank Prem’s Devil in the Wind is made up of the voices of survivors of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, where 173 people perished, and complete townships were wiped off the map. Heartbreaking – as we know it was – the beautifully constructed verse took me back to those dreadful days where the firestorms were so fierce it seemed there was nothing anyone could do but watch and wait and hope...
I’m not normally a reader of poetry, but Devil in the Wind captured the essence of 7th February 2009 and the days and weeks afterwards, with eloquence and ease. Beautifully written, the author has given a human voice to those who matter. Highly recommended.
With thanks to the author for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. ...more