Day: March 2, 2014
The Dry by Rebecca Nolen is a novel that you will find impossible to put down – I know, I got a free review copy, and it grabbed my attention and refused to let go until I was done. An epic story of young Elliot Sweeney’s search for his missing father, it covers the waterfront of greed, exploitation, and child slavery.
Nolen is a master craftsman who uses dialogue and description to pull the reader into an unbelievable world of enslaved children and other-worldly creatures. But, she makes us believe – the creatures and places are painted with full-bodied brush strokes that enable us to see, hear, feel, taste, and smell along with Elliot.
Fantasy at its best – old or young, this is a story that will engage every sense and then some.
After finishing a free review copy of Abby L. Vandiver’s Irrefutable Proof, I spent hours trying to decide just exactly what genre it belonged to. It’s billed as a cozy mystery/suspense novel that mixes fact with fiction, but it has a healthy dollop of science fiction tossed in.
Biblical archaeologist Justin Dickerson goes on a perilous journey as she wrestles with whether to share her knowledge of the ancient Book of Knowledge or to keep secret things secret. Dickerson travels the globe searching for irrefutable proof of mankind’s true origins and capabilities.
This book is not exactly a barn-burner. Instead, it’s like the slow flow of volcanic lava or the ice of a glacier – it seems to be barely moving, and suddenly you find yourself submerged and gasping for air. As a mystery fan, I’d like more dialogue, but Vandiver does a good job of making long stretches of narrative interesting. You’ll come away from reading this book questioning everything you’ve ever been taught about the history of humanity.