WWIV – In the Beginning / A Gift of Ghosts (books 40 and 41)

WWIV – In the Beginning / e a lake

Synopsis – A henpecked husband and downtrodden dad is living a ho-hum life in the suburbs. Living day in and day out, trying to do what’s right, then one morning he wakes up and the power is out. All the power. No electricity. No phone, no internet, the cars won’t even start. What the hell? Was it an EMP? Mr. Hentrodden has time to ponder all this, as the wife and kids are out of town visiting relatives. After hemming and hawing while his neighborhood slowly falls apart, he makes a couple dunderheaded attempts to hit the road to look for his family, now MIA. Finally on the road, the real trouble begins. Will he go from “zero” to “hero”?

Reaction – What would you do if a massive EMP struck, knocking out ALL power? Would you try to ride out the event at home, hoping the power would somehow soon be restored? Would you pack and leave for a less populated and ultimately less dangerous area? How long would you take to decide? What if you were alone, your friends and family stranded in another city? How long would you trust people? I pondered all these questions and more while reading this book. The story had a likeable main character and well-developed supporting characters. A slow start, a nerve-wracking second half, and a bittersweet ending straight out of The Twilight Zone.

Recommendation – This book renewed my will to live.

Get it here – http://www.amazon.com/WWIV-In-The-Beginning-lake-ebook/dp/B00JASCIB2

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A Gift of Ghosts / Sarah Wynde

Synopsis – Akira has a gift of ghosts. Seeing and hearing them, that is. And they can see and hear her too. After she lets that info slip, she loses her job as a scientist. Lucky for her, she gets hired at a paranormal company across the country. Time to start a new life. Too bad all these dead people won’t leave her alone. And ghosts can be dangerous to the gifted. Will Akira find a way to make her gift work for her, or will she soon have her own transition to a ghostly existence?

Reaction – A steady pace with a lot of unexpected twists in this ghost story. I found the main character pleasant enough, but not quite likeable. Most of the supporting characters were serviceable, but clichéd. An eye-rolling “nerd sex” scene which didn’t add much. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the fresh take on the transition world, and the descriptions of “ghost life.” The blending of science and the paranormal was delightful. Read this for an unusual take on a paranormal romance.

Recommendation – This book renewed my will to live.

Get it here – http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Ghosts-Tassamara-Sarah-Wynde-ebook/dp/B006KF645E

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  1. Uh-oh. Looks like a couple more to add to my to-read pile. Thanks for the reviews! 🙂

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