Birthright

Birthright

by RJ Palmer

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Overview

One beleaguered man...

In the bitter cold of an unseasonable Colorado winter, Raine Donnelly's life is turned hopelessly upside down. Machines malfunction and electricity goes haywire, and that's just the beginning. The doctors think it's a brain tumor and he's hallucinating but if that's the case, why is someone trying to kill him? Isn't one scared and dying man relatively harmless?

One woman living in no man's land...

Raine's widow Sierra is planning a vacation to Colorado with her twin daughters, Renee and Elizabeth who have been insisting that they're going to visit their dead father and ruining Sierra's calm. It took her a long time to piece her life back together after he died and for them to refuse to accept the truth is tearing her apart.

An inevitable chance encounter...

When their worlds collide all hell breaks loose and Raine must find a way to piece together the fragmented truth of his past without getting all of them killed...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453786079
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 540
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Hi there.

I'm R.J. Palmer and I'm told that I should write a little something about myself at which point I should probably tell you that if you slog through this I give you kudos, you've done very well. You see, there is nothing the least bit interesting about me and in truth sometimes I believe that I live vicariously through characters of my own creation in which case I should probably seek professional help straightaway.

I could bore you with dry facts recited by rote but that would be contra-indicative of my personality type which demands that I at least make this somewhat interesting regardless of the enormity of the task involved. Easier said than done I can assure you.

Good God, you guys want to know MORE about me? Okay, fine then. Here goes. My husband has longish brown hair and pretty hazel eyes. Ooohhhh, wait. That had nothing to do with me, did it? You can blame Wodke Hawkinson for this bio because you really got me onto having to think about the least related answer while tying it all together.

Should I get more serious now? Nah! Here's the 411 on the Head Wingnut in Charge...Or at least I am in my head. I'm an awesome writer and I buy in bulk whenever possible because the dozens of kids that I have eat a LOT! Okay, so that was a bit of an exaggeration but they seem like dozens when they all get going. Can I get an "Amen?" And why does it seem like all of them like to get an ornery attitude at the exact same time? Do they synchronize their watches and plan this stuff ahead of time? One of my favorite colors is that orangey yellow of the school bus even though it's a horrible eye sore.

Okay, now that you all know I'm a writer with a husband and children, I could let you know that I like to drink Guinness stout and I got mad when they took the widget out of the bottle. You know, that little plastic thingy that made noise when you were getting the stuff that looks like coffee grounds (Mmmm...coffee) out of the bottom of your beer bottle. I think people decided that the widget took up too much space that could've been better used for more beer. Not that I don't understand, I guess I just like crunchy beer or something like that. I like to chew that last swallow of my stout. I'm going to stop this bio before it gets any more idiotic.

You can find me at http://rjpalmer.blogspot.com

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Birthright 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
raynefirewitch More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to come across this book by pure chance. I started reading this book thinking that I would spend the next few days battling through a mindboggling read. Fortunately I began the read and before I knew what hit me I was drawn in and had the entire novel finished in 3 hours. I could not believe how intensely I got involved in this novel and I felt and I mean really felt every emotion and sense that Raine felt. Do not pass up this gem hiding in the ruff. Well worth the time and expense.
FreeBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall Feedback: This was the first book that I ever reviewed when I first opened this blog. I decided to revisit it so that I could clarify my review and show a little more honesty in the review. Before I start I will state that RJ Palmer is my wife and that may skew the review. With this said I will automatically take one star away. I still believe that this is a thriller in caliber with a Dean Koontz novel just not as polished. I did read this in 3 hours but I am also a reader that was and still is able to read The Dark Tower Series in a weekend or less. RJ does a superb job of developing a story around her characters that draws you in and squeezes your reader brain until it can get no more attention. Although descriptive and in places overly descriptive do not let the other reviews trap you into the mindset that you will be lost inside the pages of this book. If you are like me and read a voracious amount of books then have at this one as it will meet your high expectations for a well written, descriptive book. If however you are the type that is more of a beach reader you may want to wait on this one. I do know the author is currently having this edited and I am sure that after editor and author get finished there will be less of the errors that so many have had problems with and I am equally sure that all of the extra descriptiveness will be polished away. However in it's current state Birthright is still an superb read for the right fit. So jump in and follow Raine as he discovers his life and his power and know that Birthright is only the beginning.Point of View: You will bounce back and forth from 3 viewpoints throughout the story. Although for the most part you will experience the twists and turns from Raine's and Sierra's point of view for the majority. We as the reader get to live and learn through these characters and RJ has a knack for placing herself inside the minds of her characters or do they place themselves into her mind.Voice: Mankind has always and will always create it's own downfall and lose when trying to control the changes it creates. This is what I gather from Birthright but you may gather something entirely different. That is the great thing about reading itself, perspective and experience creates the voice. As far as RJ is concerned I believe she was dealing with some latent issues from her life in as far as a lost husband and the hope that he would return. This is what helped her past.Character Development: Before I stumble over myself in platitudes for the author I shall point out some cons. I feel she brings in far too many characters that are to support the main cast but does not give viable reason for them to stick around as long as they do. Some of the characters felt as if they were placeholders for the story only to help the author to the next page. Now onto the pros. RJ has an impeccable ability in getting the reader to relate with her main cast. You are just as baffled, joyous, enraged and vindicated as Raine. You are just as hurt, confused and scared as Sierra. You feel both anger and understanding of Baxter. All in all you will be just as involved with the characters as they are with the story.Plot: This is where I was the most intrigued by RJ. She took an everyday occurrence and envisioned the possibility of an evolutionary change to man and created a bold story about it. Although she is quite descriptive (again it is being edited for rerelease in Spring 2012) she is still able to pull of a great, intriguing and fresh plot to feed to our hungry imaginations.Dialogue: As far as dialogue I believe that a few more stories and RJ will have perfected her dialogue making ability. You can tell that she is in the dialogue instead of her just letting her character tell his or her story. Again nothing that a good editor will not find and polish.Setting: Grading a book here is all about telling future readers if this story can be believed. This is always hard to do because everyone's imaginatio