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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Don't take my word on it! Grab your copy today!!

    Story Line: Merx helps his mother as a resistance fighter. Finding the body of Henessa and connecting with her as they share some common qualities turns into a short story of connection between two strangers that are thrown together in the strangest of ways.



    Characters: Merx, Jaylin, Henessa, Renee, Larah, Dak



    My Favorite Part: There is a section where Merx is torn between his mother and Henessa. Wanting to be there for both and both wanting him to be there for the other. I like this part most because it really connects you with Merx you can feel his confusion and his frustration as he deals with his emotions and ideas or thoughts of what he should be doing.



    Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. THIS IS MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION ON WHAT I LIKE. THIS MAY NOT BE YOUR OPINION THUS I ADVISE YOU TO READ THE BOOK AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND. Now on to my opinion, this is a short story so there is very little room to go into huge amounts of information and still get the story in. I think Catrina did a wonderful job on her story. However, I am the type that likes to know more behind my characters. Again personal opinion. You do get small bits of information randomly here and there. The story unfolds the connection between Merx and Henessa. Ending with Merx making the ultimate choice and growing into the man he was raised to be.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    I was pulled right into the story from the opening sentences:

    I was pulled right into the story from the opening sentences:

    “Merx drop. Everyone down! Incoming!” The older gray haired woman stood four lengths behind the teenage boy. She held a forced propulsion weapon on her shoulder and aimed it at an incoming Ven supply transport.”

    That tells me a lot. There is an attack going on and it’s dangerous. An older woman is holding a propulsion weapon which she aims at the enemy’s (Ven) transport.”

    Now, that’s exciting. I’m interested immediately. I can visualize it. What better opening than that?

    But it’s not just action. I felt for the characters. And I think they were depicted exactly right for a short story.

    I cared about them. I was moved when Merx rescues Henessa. The characters had a real feel to them and being likeable, I was moved to caring about this battle of theirs.

    Theirs is a very unique world, they’re enough like us for us to identify with them but different enough to be extremely interesting what with the different sorts of life styles and ESP.

    I care enough to read more. This author got the balance right, too in my opinion. It was interesting sci-fi--new and different and very readable.

    I loved it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Good, but needs some editing.

    This is the second book I have read by this author. As was the case with the previous one, I enjoyed it and thought it was a good story, but I got distracted by all the spelling and usage mistakes. For an example, Ms. Taylor doesn't seem to know the difference between "past" and "passed". Also, frequently, she writes in the presence tense in part of a sentence and in the past tense in another part of the same sentence. She would be well advised to not write in the present tense at all.

    I enjoyed the characters, especially since I had read about them previously. The story is worth reading, but it is a chore, also.

    I don't know if the mistakes are the result of inadequate editing or mistakes in the transcription from the original to a format acceptable to my NOOK. Whichever is the case, the author should make a try to do a better job.

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