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Posted June 28, 2012
Young love can be a wonderful thing and in the book Rendezvous R
Young love can be a wonderful thing and in the book Rendezvous Rock by Rickey Bray, he spins a story that is full of promises, teen love, and a fantasy world where a young man may need to give up everything to be with his soul mate.
The story revolves around a 15 yr boy, Eric, who while on a camping trip with his uncle Ned, falls deeply in love with a beautiful red haired girl named Susan. Susan is not just a beautiful girl – she is striking and different from anyone Eric has ever met. Different in a way that Eric doesn’t understand until their time together starts to come to a close.
He finds that Susan is actually a witch and sees Eric as her soul mate for life – Susan then offers Eric a lifetime agreement of sorts. Using a piece of Susan’s beautiful braid, which is then placed on Eric’s ankle, their bond is secured for life. That is, with one stipulation; As of that day, they are forbidden from seeing each other for 10 years. After 10 years, they are to meet back at Rendevous Rock, where they have made their vows.
During the course of the book, you follow both Eric and Susan as they grow and their lives change. Eric finds that with his bond to Susan, he has unknowingly become part of a world, called the Three Circles, where he is meant to protect the bonds within for the rest of his life. These bonds will test his inner strength and the bonds that tie the two together.
What a wonderful book and honestly, I wish it could have continued! I would have loved to see a sequel even though this story is summed up in one book. Highly recommend
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Posted June 19, 2012
The Trials and Tribulations of Young Love! Rendezvous Rock is
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Rendezvous Rock is difficult to classify as to genre. It could easily be classified as YA, Romance, or YA Romance, but none of those comes close to covering the variety of the story Rickey Bray has crafted. In addition to the romance of its youthful protagonists, the story is built around an earth-based religion that espouses, as one of its tenets, natural genetic engineering. Healthy doses of action, espionage, fantasy, adventure, conspiracy, magic, and borderline erotica also run through it.
When fifteen-year-olds, Eric and Susan, consummate their summer romance atop the title edifice, Eric is unaware of what he has helped to set in motion. Susan – a witchling of the 6,000-year-old religion known as The Three Circles – has recognized the role she and Eric are to play in fulfilling the prophesy of her religion’s coming messiah. She elicits from him a commitment to her and to meeting her on Rendezvous Rock ten years hence. During those ten years, Eric is taught the principles of The Three Circles, and trained to assume his role in the prophesied events of the religion. He, his family, and his closest friend – although always considered outsiders – are incorporated into the religion over time. Eric enthusiastically learns and applies the skills necessary to protect the magic of the Circles from those who would steal it, and the child messiah from government agencies bent on destroying her.
Bray’s prose has a mystical – almost poetic – quality that is perfect for the fantasy and religious aspects of the story, but that doesn’t detract at all from the impact of its action and adventure aspects. He moves over a wide range of characters, settings, and storylines without losing any of them…or the reader. This is an excellent book that will appeal to the literary tastes of many readers.
Bray's bio on Goodreads tells not only his own story, but the story of how this book came to be as well. That story is as compelling as is Rendezvous Rock.
Posted March 15, 2012
e book: While vacationing in the mountains, Eric meets an unusu
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While vacationing in the mountains, Eric meets an unusual girl, Susan, who has sparkling, emerald eyes that are unusually captivating. They are a unique, singular shade of green and seem to be imbued with an ancient fire that even a spoiled, youthfully unperceptive Eric could easily feel. He senses a strange maturity about this mysterious girl and is drawn to her like a magnet."When I said we would never be married, I meant in your way," Susan said. "Will you marry me in my way? Right now?"Even though numerous questions clamored in his head, Eric easily replied, "Of course."Eric's answer was far too easy in Susan's opinion. As she mused over his quick reply, she speculated on how to best explain their strange situation in terms that he could understand, an impossibility to do beforehand. He would have to commit himself, then learn the truth. It was unfair to the extreme, yet unavoidable under these very peculiar circumstances, and thus Eric is drawn into a mysterious world.
Omg. What a wonderful love story. I loved every word in this book. Did not turn out how I thought it would but even better. I love the ending but its one of those Oh man moments. You know the ones where you love the ending but are so sad the book is over. Yeah those moments. It seems I feel that way with a lot of books now a days. (:
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Posted February 15, 2012
Unique Witch's World Awaits
Renedezvous Rock caught my attention right away. I knew that I would love reading it because of the writing style. I was drawn in through the words. Few authors live up to their potential, but Bray is truly a wordsmith. I was glad to exercise my own vocabulary.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The world building is exquisite. As a reader being dropped into a complex world with unique circumstances, in this case witches, can be daunting. Some novels fail because their worlds are not introduced properly. Yet, Bray does it seamlessly. I found myself in the shoes of Eric. Mesmerized by the girl, Susan and wanting to know all about her reality.
She draws him into a religion through a binding or marriage of sorts. She knows where he fits into her world and the book follows them after he is truly set onto his path. He discovers his place in a world where power is real. He is the typical layman having been raised with an overbearing mother and we get to see him grow.
As the front cover states, witches are never young. You learn why as the religion of The Three Circles is revealed. The characters are concerned not only with the past and present but with the future as well. We get heroes that think about not just changing the present but seriously considering the aftermath as well. Unlike most stories, which end and you think to yourself: "So, they saved the world, but then what would happen? Aren't they left with more problems?" This is not one of those stories, the ending is quite decisive leaving no loose ends.
Of course, there are twists and turns along the way. The book may seem long to some, but the details suck you into this alternate reality. Certainly, you'll want to block off a few hours of time to devour this book. You'll want to keep reading it, or in my case loose track of time while doing so. I look forward to reading Bray's next book.
One of the joys of reading a novel is that each author has a distinct voice and a little world for you to explore and learn something from. Contrast this to the usual fare you see on TV and the movies: a homogenized mass market that may entertain with gratuitous sex, violence and surface reflections on social mores - in other words a literary Twinkie, tasty but nothing really to chew on. Rendezvous Rock by Rickey Bray is a first novel that will give you more than a Twinkie taste for you to chew on. At the start of the first chapter it looks like a teen romance type of novel. Boy carves the following inscription in to a large rock: 'E.T. loves S.M. forever 1989'. The girl then carves in the following inscription 'RR 1999'. Of course RR stands for Rendezvous Rock, but what does 1999 stand for. Finding out all the implications of that inscription consumes most of this novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Rendezvous Rock is a pretty ambitious first novel. Of course there is some romance, sex and violence but everything is portrayed in the world of a full scale religion that Bray has created. Even though some of the participants are called Witches and Warlocks this is not some evil satanic cult; these are people who believe in a god and have their own holy people who represent their god. In a review as short as this I can't go into the complexity of the world Bray is portraying and doing so would reveal some of the plot twists and the fact that little in this novel happens by accident.
Although this novel has some Harry Potter magic in it, Rendezvous Rock is an adult novel that gives you a lot to think about once you have read the novel. For example in the following quote one of the characters speaks about people who run governments and religious institutions:
"In those works you listed, you find a love of deceit, treachery and self gain. This is their unholy trinity. These are their gods. While they speak of Jesus, it is Judas with his silver coins whom they truly admire in their secret hearts. Never forget this simple premise; and you will always be a step ahead of the outsiders."
As the above quote plainly states, Bray's spiritual world is a contrast and thus will always be in conflict with the outside world that we all live in. Are there things about his world that will cause you to give honest thought about the world you (the reader) occupy? I would say yes, but each person will take from his novel exactly what they bring to the novel.
I would guess that Bray has the outlines for more novels that will further explore the world he has created. Certainly the ending while satisfying enough hinted that maybe some future problems might develop. And finally, this is a novel that should be made into a movie. The characters are hot, the scenery interesting and the world Bray has presented is ready for the mass market to digest.
Posted May 27, 2011
The Circles Will
In Rendezvous Rock by Rickey Bray, young Eric and Susan meet while vacationing and fall madly in love. Eric, at only 15 years old has never experienced the feelings that he has developed for the mesmerizing green-eyed, flaming red haired beauty that is strikingly different from anyone he's ever met before. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Eric knows that his adoration for Susan surpasses everything else and agrees to marry her. For Susan, a young witch, this is the beginning of a prophesy that will potentially change the entire world and this binding is worth the sacrifices that will be made before she is able to spend a lifetime with her soul mate. For Eric, his naive agreement to Susan's terms will test his strength and ultimately draw him into the mysterious world of The Three Circles.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Rickey Bray did an outstanding job at captivating his audience in this well written fantasy. The story line will consume your thoughts well after you've put the book down. The beginning of the book starts out a little slow and is quite confusing. I urge you to continue reading. Soon everything falls into place and the words and sentences flow easily. Mr. Bray uses such immaculate vocabulary that I think some may be intimidated upon initial inspection of this book. However, heed my advice when I say that once you've read a few chapters, you'll feel completely at ease and the verse will marry with the story and create a perfect symmetry.
I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates an involved plot, such as myself. Rickey Bray certainly does not skimp on the details, which makes for a rather long, but well written read. Anyone who likes romance entwined with paranormal fiction is going to love this story as well. Also those interested in witches, fantasy and sci-fi should get a copy of Rendezvous Rock immediately.
I can easily say that Rendezvous Rock is one of my favorite reads to date and that's saying a lot. I was so spellbound by this book that I had a hard time putting it down. After I did put it down, the story and characters would still course through my brain. This is not a book that you will soon forget. The storyline is lingering. I can't say enough about this book to do it justice. While the story ends entirely and leaves you with a sense of closure, I beg for the story to continue! Rickey Bray is sitting on a gold mine and I sincerely hope that he continues the story where it left off. I see a series in the making! If not, with much regret, I'll always long for more! I will continue to follow Mr. Bray's phenomenal writing and look forward to see what he does in the future.
Magic, Adventure and Romance
For me, the adventure began with the book's first sentence. I was mesmerized by its enchanting and erotic premise, and hooked by its compelling characters long before finishing the first chapter. Author Bray brings to life an atmospheric world of witches, warlocks and spiritual entities-a world so real I felt I was reading fact and not fiction. The book reminds me of the first time I read Tolkien, savoring each paragraph and not wanting the journey to end. Rendezvous Rock is entertaining and visual, begging some aspiring director to make it into a blockbuster movie. I hope Rickey Bray is almost finished with a sequel because I will stand in line to get a copy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2010
An Paean to Rendezvous Rock
Book Title: Rendezvous Rock Author: Rickey Bray Publisher: Robert D. Reed Publishers ISBN: 9781934759257 Reviewed By Michele Tater for Review The Book "For my part, I have ever believed, and do not know that there are witches." ~Thomas Browne, Sr. Ah, young love and the promises they try to keep. The lovers to be are Susan, a beautiful green eyed, red haired, 15 year old, witch and Eric, a dark eyed, dark haired, handsome, 15 year old, Halfling. They meet on a camping trip that Eric and his uncle Ned have taken for some male bonding. As the time to leave draws near Susan makes an offer to Eric that seems to him too good to be true. Their bonding is forever and is sealed with a tryst and a braid of Susan's hair placed on Eric's ankle. However, Susan has put a condition on this relationship that forbids them from seeing each other for the next ten years and after this time they must meet right back to the rock that they made their vows to each other on. The book "Rendezvous Rock" follows them both during this ten year span, where both have changed and grown in many ways. There are witches, spawns and enchantresses that Eric has come to know and learn from in order to understand and appreciate the world he is now a part of without even knowing it. The most important realization is that of the Three Circles and how for the rest of his life, he must protect all within them with his life, if necessary. Do not judge the book by the author, Rickey Bray. He has spent time in jail, but it doesn't show in the way he writes with the grace and pose of a seasoned writer. He has the gift of telling a tale of love, beauty and also drama and suspense. Mr. Bray keeps the reader engrossed in the lives of people with special gifts and talents that are used mostly for the good of the world. I highly recommend this book, it has everything a reader may crave in a good read. The characters are believable and draw you into their world with their vast belief systems and religious rites. It is a great read and I look forward to more books from Mr. Bray soon.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2010
A tightly woven tale
Eric and Susan were young and in love, in as much love as any simple summer romance could offer two fifteen-year-olds. It was a "mismatched love affair" as his parents were millionaires and hers were nothing more than "mid-American trailer trash." The elixir of love didn't discriminate and it made no matter to Eric that he was an Episcopalian and she a declared witch. He was amused as she elicited a vow of true love from him as she proposed to marry him on Rendezvous Rock at midnight, the bewitching hour. Susan had woven a bracelet with her beautiful red hair to bind to his ankle as a remembrance of the night. Her mother, Florine, wanted reassurance that she had made the proper choice. Yes, she claimed, "He is the halfling that Sun Burst said would come. I will have him for my familiar and bear the Tertiary, or I will fail." (pg. 14). Midnight soon arrived and the young couple consummated their love, vowing to return in ten years. Eric knew little about the impact of the vows he had taken, but Susan innately knew that what they had done had been portended for thousands of years. She danced for the Pale Queen and was ready for the future, but he knew little of what was expected of him. Susan's father, Russell, a familiar himself, was unsure that Eric would return. The young man was the Final Halfling and Susan, or Moon Tree, were a couple who had much to live up to. Russell knew "his sweetly dispositioned daughter carried the babe, who would carry the Changling, who would change the world forever." (pg. 36) The prophecy had begun and the young couple had started their journeys. Eric soon learned about his heritage and would be trained to become a man, a warrior. The destiny of an entire race depended on their sole progeny. Susan's child, whom she named Gayle, was soon born. She was Terra Fey reborn. Some would call her Thunder Witch because of her amazing powers. Night Bane, the Warlock, would later say that "Her child [Gayle's] will be a male child who shares her unique talents. From his seed will blossom a thousand daughters bearing this new blood. They will be the mothers of a new race, what Thunder Witch's Father has named Homo superious . . . " (pg. 375) This seemingly simple tale, which starts off with a summertime romance between two young people, quickly explodes into an amazingly intricate, adventurous fantasy. The end result could have epic consequences to the civilization as we now know it. This is one of those tales that the reader slowly picks up pieces of the puzzle and puts them together. We know within the first few pages that Susan is a witch and embraces its creed as her religion, a religion she takes quite seriously. The secret history of her clan is slowly dispersed throughout the pages of the book. At first I thought there were several minor intertwined tales, but soon discovered it was akin to knitting an intricate Aran in which every stitch, or in this case "word," counts. The author had the uncanny ability to weave this tale in such a manner that continued to pique my interest throughout the entire book. My only criticism is that I would have appreciated a cast of characters in the front as it became confusing at times. Quill says: If you want a tightly woven tale of mystery, romance, adventure, and fantasy all rolled into one, you'll certainly enjoy Eric and Susan's story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.