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Posted June 1, 2012
James Wilfred watches the woman he cares for leave earth on the last spaceship out. The planet is dying, and there’s no place to go. Through an interesting twist of fate, James discovers there’s one more not quite finished ship on the planet. He’s determined to find it, and lead more people to safety.
Skye O’Connor is shocked to her core when her boyfriend willingly leaves his own daughter behind to abide by his gang’s dictates. Refusing to abandon the motherless young girl as her father did, Skye risks her own life trying to keep them safe.
In a world gone mad, these two people fight for freedom, and the right to exist. As each of them discovers their own strengths, they realize they are even stronger together. The shared goal of protecting an innocent child forms a bond between them. In order to discover where love may lead them, all they have to do is survive.
This story is meant as a companion story for Tundra 37 where we first meet James. And I couldn’t be happier. In James, we meet a character who really deserved his own story. Don’t worry though, this story stands alone. Ms. Dionne has hit her stride and done a fantastic job of creating a setting that not only supports the characters; it’s a vital part of the story that contributes to page-turning action. Filled with believable characters fighting against all odds, who’ll grab your heart and not let go. As a longtime fan of Ms. Dionne, I can tell you she’s written a heart-stopping thrill ride from beginning to end. Her work just gets better and better. If you’re a fan of RomSci-fi don’t miss this book.
Posted May 8, 2012
Aubrie Dionne has done it again, she's created a heart pounding high-octane rollercoaster ride of a story with a nice bit of romance thrown into the mix. As the third book in her A New Dawn series the action seamlessly picks up where the previous book started. His love Mestasis has left the planet piloting a ship full of genetically special chosen ones while he's left behind in a world full of drugged-up zombie-like people (moonshiners) trying to save those left behind with time ticking away until nuclear bombs are set off. When a plan is put in motion by the radical group he's a part of, James sets out to steal a ship left behind to get those few individuals left uninfected off the planet. Along the way he rescues Skye and her young charge and together they form a motley crew that is the only chance left for survival for the lower class citizens.
This story was full of heart pounding action and kept the hands holding my eReader in a white knuckle grip. James truly lived up to the qualities of being heroic. He sacrificed everything for his people, including the first real love he had. He's immediately drawn to Skye and feels bad that his emotions could change so quickly but with the end of the world looming I don't blame him for grasping happiness where he can. The sexual tension between him and Skye was palpable and gave a much-needed sense of hopefulness. Not only was James great with Skye, but with young girl Carly too. He was more of a father figure to her than her own father and definitely more deserving of the title. Sometimes children written into stories can be very annoying, but that's not the case here. Carly was realistic with some moments of being upset but she was a mini-hero in her own right trudging along doing what needed to be done, never a burden. Skye was a good match for James. She started off weak but quickly gained strength in herself as she became the lone caretaker to Carly. She kicks ass right alongside James and there were moments of unbridled strength as she fought the moonshiners that reminded me of Ripley from the Aliens movie. At first James described her as a fairytale princess with her gentle looks, but as their journey went on she became a valkyrie in his eyes. The sweet and subtle romance was wonderful to see and the few moments their love was able to show itself were particularly bittersweet considering all the death and destruction surrounding them.
I enjoyed this book from start to finish and even though it's part of a series it can be read on its own. But why would you not want to read such an exciting, action-packed story full of memorable characters and thought provoking scenarios? So strap yourself in and take a chance on this glimpse of the future and read A Hero Rising, as well as the rest of the New Dawn series!
Posted May 7, 2012
Earth as we know it no longer exists. Everywhere you turn there’s death and destruction. The deadly Moonshiners wait in the shadows, ready to pounce on unsuspecting souls in order to curb the hunger that roils within them. Kill or be killed is the key to survival, something those remaining have come to know as each day goes by.
Realizing that life on Earth is no longer possible, the government has decreed that humanity must find another world in which to live, one that will make life very much possible. Unfortunately, not everyone will be granted that privilege, a fact that James Wilfred has been made privy to when he watches his girlfriend leave Earth on one of the colony ships. While the pain of never seeing her again does smart greatly, the fact that he was able to gain transport for a multitude of people lessens the hurt he feels inside.
James sets off on a quest to find an unfinished ship that may just be his, and his friends, only salvation. Yet he never imagined that he’d end up saving Skye O’Connor’s life or that of her boyfriend’s daughter. Refusing to leave them behind, he takes them along for the ride and is soon taken by surprise when he realizes he’s begun to feel things for Skye. Littered with obstacles around every corner, their path is far from easy. Yet James is determined to make the world a better place for them, as well as for those who are waiting for his return back at home base.
While this is just a prequel for the A New Dawn series, the story is action-packed from the moment you start reading. Aubrie was able to paint a very vivid picture as to what the post-apocalyptic world her characters live in was like. She gave us just enough history surrounding the Moonshiners and the government’s decline without overdoing it. I look forward to catching up on the rest of the series soon.
Posted March 22, 2012
I have to admit this was a different sort of book for me. It was gifted to me. I wouldn't normally have picked it up. And I say that, because from the first page I was sucked in. It's books like these that have me looking differently at the books I choose to read. They make me branch out and think twice before I pass something up, thinking, "nah, I won't like that."
What I love about this book was the way it all popped. The author created a world and made me believe it. That's hard for me, because I'm very reality oriented. I can't read most paranormal books, for example, because I can't suspend my disbelief long enough. But Aubrie made me believe. Her descriptions are very vivid. I very easily pictured everything, and it was all from the perspective of the characters, as opposed to a generic description. Which just pulls me right into the world to experience it right along with them. And that's why I read--for escapism. I want to lose myself in someone else's world for a while, and this author did that brilliantly.
But it's the characters that really got me the most. She drew me in and made me care. That's huge for me. I'm a character reader. If I don't like the characters, I won't keep reading, and I loved these. James was a fantastic hero and I loved Skye. I loved how she loved a child that wasn't even hers, went to bat to protect her. And I loved that James went to bat to protect them.
So for me, this is a must read. I very much enjoyed this.
Posted March 16, 2012
A Hero Rising - Book 3 of Aubrie Dionne's 'A New Dawn' series never flags. From the first page to the epilogue, the author maintains a cracking pace and I was up into the early hours because I simply couldn't put it down. The alien future world she takes us to is inhospitable, threatening and graphic. Yet amongst all the danger, Skye and James find love and the strongest of unions. Skye is a feisty, gutsy heroine yet there is a softness there that mkes her likeable and avoids cliche and stereotype. It's abrilliant adventure story and can be read as a standalone or as part of the series. I would recommend the latter. The author has a vivid imagination and takes the reader with her all the way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2012
The Earth is breathing her last few breathes, and everyone must flee or die on the surface. Yet even in the chaos, there is still a glimmer of hope and love. James Wilfred just watched his love fly off into the stars, but he's determined to help those left behind to safety. He begins a mission to find an old colony ship to take his people to a new home on the moon. Fighting his way through the city, he saves Skye and the little girl under her care. With nowhere left to go, they join him on his search. The city is crawling with feral drug addicts called moonshiners and nothing seems to be in their favor. James and Skye refuse to give up. They cannot fail the hundreds of people depending on them nor can they abandon the spark of love growing between them.
A Hero Rising is action from start to finish. Aubrie Dionne paints a vivid picture of a civilization about to collapse in on itself. It's dark, gritty, and frighteningly possible. Humans are fleeing the planet in gigantic colony ships. Those remaining will be left to die in the nuclear aftermath or in the rotting hands of the moonshiners. It's a gripping, fast-paced plot. James is a strong and admirable character. You'll find yourself cheering him on from the beginning. Skye is a survivor. She lived a hard life, but her heart remains pure. Both James and Skye have lost someone, but they somehow find their hearts can still go on with each other. The most fascinating part of the book was the terrifying moonshiners. Monsters and moon myths. The drug, Morpheus, turns addicts into stuff of nightmares. It's great science-fiction romance with a nice dose of horror.
Posted February 19, 2012
A Hero Rising grabbed me in it's world within a few words of the beginning, and didn't let me go until the very end. Whether it was in an abandoned farm, in a space-shuttle, or in the mutated throngs of the city, Dionne's world-building blew me away. The attention to detail, and the lush describing of the surrounding, makes you feel like you're there with James and Skye.
I liked that Dionne had Skye save James a few times, and the fact that he acknowledged just how powerful she could be by his side. He didn't coddle her or hide her, but rather embraced her skill with open arms. And the two of them together? LOVE!
I can't wait to read more of this series, and I recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys a fast paced, action-packed, titillating read from beginning to end. And this is coming from someone who never--I repeat, never--read a zombie book before. Ms. Dionne hooked a newbie, and didn't let me go!
Onto the next books!
Buy it. Read it. Love it!
Posted February 16, 2012
James is in love but his love is now on her way to another planet hundreds of years away. He wasn't allowed to go into space because of a physical defect. Earth is being overrun with moonshiners, the zombie-like creatures hopped up on Morpheus mined on the moon (hence the name). The government is collapsing at an alarming rate for those left behind. When the gang of misfits James is in finds an abandoned spaceship in the barrens, it is up to James to learn how to fly it and bring it back to the city to save three thousand people. He saves Skye and a girl with her from a moonshiner attack and now the three of them are on a mission to find the ship before the world as they know it is destroyed. Ms. Dionne has written a prequel to her New Dawn series that explains why the colonists are traveling hundreds of years in order to find another planet to live on. If you like this story, be sure to read Tundra 37 (there's an excerpt in the back of this book) and Paradise 21. Her next book in the series is due out soon. The descriptions are vividly appealing, her characters are three-dimensional. You'll find yourself rooting for them at every turn of the page! Ms. Dionne is one of the best writers of romantic science fiction, she combines hard science with romantic elements that make your heart flutter. Five stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2012
A HERO RISING by Aubrie Dionne takes the reader to the beginning in this prequel of the New Dawn series.
Earth is no longer safe, and James Wilfred and Skye O’Connor must find a way off their dying planet at all costs. As James watches the love of his life leave in a spaceship, he thinks all is lost until he learns an unfinished spaceship may be their ticket off this planet. Skye watched her boyfriend leave with his gang in their attempts to assassinate the governor. Now she watches over his child and must battle the moonshiners from killing them. When James and she team up, they discover the strength they have together, but if it’ll be enough to save themselves and those they love, only time will tell.
Aubrie Dionne has done it once again in creating an action-packed, suspenseful tale filled with love and tenderness. A HERO RISING takes humanity at its most dire and showcases how people react to their world falling apart. Some crash and burn with it, but James and Skye rise above it and find courage, bravery, and love. From PARADISE 21 and TUNDRA 37, readers glimpse what happened in the past, but now readers will see how the path to the stars was people’s only chance. The pace rarely let up, and I feared for the characters. Plus, the alien-like zombies or moonshiners are scary.
Romance, a touch of horror, a post-apocalyptic planet, and space...what more can a reader ask for! Although I encourage others to read Aubrie Dionne’s PARADISE 21 and TUNDRA 37 because they are wonderful, touching reads, Dionne’s A HERO RISING can stand alone.