When Alison Gregorio lands a cushy administrative job in a law office, she knows her big paycheck comes with strings attached. She expects long hours and unreasonable demands. She doesn't expect to be dodging assassins before she gets her first raise, but that's exactly what she ends up doing.
A plane carrying the boss's biggest client disappears into limbo, and Alison's work on the estate reveals explosive secrets beneath the law firm's golden façade. Before long Alison is on the run with lethal secrets locked in memory and no idea where to turn for help.
Staying alive is only the first challenge inventor Justin Wyatt faces after sabotage leaves him stranded in a frozen wasteland. Survival isn't enough. He needs to find out who betrayed him before his deadliest creations fall into the wrong hands. His biggest obstacle: the person holding the key to the mystery doesn't know he is still alive... and he doesn't know she exists.
Justin enlists the help of strangers with their own hidden agendas to hunt down his enemies, and once fate brings Alison to their doorstep, there's no turning back. Either they will untangle the mess of corporate intrigue and personal vendettas that brought them all together, or their common foe will destroy them all.
Forty-two years have passed since the Restored United States emerged from decades of chaos and revolution. The future is a brave new world, but some things never change. Money still talks, power still corrupts, and trust is a rare and precious commodity.
About the Author
K. M. Herkes writes and publishes books that dance in the open spaces between science fiction and fantasy, specializing in stories about damaged souls, complicated lives, and triumphs of the spirit.
Professional development started with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and now includes experience in classroom teaching, animal training, aquaculture, horticulture, bookselling, and retail operations. Personal development is ongoing. Cats are involved.
When she isn’t writing, she works at the Mount Prospect Public Library. She also digs holes in her backyard for fun, enjoys experimental baking, and wrangles butterflies.
Check her website for blog posts on life, the universe, and writing. You’ll also find extras like story-inspired artwork and links to her social media there.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In my home, there's a door. It's made of gorgeous, aged wood. It's a warm, safe, comforting and sturdy. One side is left with a clear varnish so that you can see the beauty and history in the wood. The other side is slathered with several coats of white paint. It's sterile and clean. That's how I felt reading this book. The first nine chapters are covered in white paint. It feels like it's been restructured so many times that it's lost Herkes' natural storytelling beauty. Once I hit chapter ten, I flipped back over to the beautiful natural grain side. I put the book down several times and nearly didn't pick it back up. I'm glad that I did! If I hadn't read Rough Passages before beginning The Restoration series, I probably wouldn't have. I knew going into this that Herkes has natural talent. Once you get past chapter ten, you begin to fall in love with the characters. They start to get to you and when they hurt, you hurt. When they bleed, you don't bleed because that would be silly, but it still hurts your feelings. Every triumph they make, you share with them. The world that she's created is still a little hazy to me, but that's my own fault. In the beginning, there's just entirely too much description and I skipped over most of it. You really don't need to understand the world to enjoy the story. I've just been picking things up as I go along and I've done just fine that way. If you pick up this book from the blurb on the back and the front cover, you go into it expecting dystopian romance. There's a bit of both in there, but it really isn't the focal point. It's a story of humanity, survival, insanity, and overcoming your own self for the greater good. It's a story of desperation and hope. There's a little bit here for nearly every reader. Don't let the first nine chapters get you down! You'll be glad you got past them! It took me nearly two weeks to force myself through them, but it's more than worth it. If this is a series you're interested in, it has a bit of a different order. Start with Controlled Descent, then read the first story in Weaving in the Ends (hopefully somebody knows where I hid my copy), then move on to Flight Plan, and finish up with the second story in Weaving in the Ends. I'm told there's a prequel that's only available in e-format, but I won't be touching that until it's in print.
An enjoyable book with a very interesting cast of characters!
I love this book. Read as an e-book and am so happy to be able to have the paperback to share. There's crazy characters, smart characters, supportive characters, and that's just the females. Also received the second book, "Flight Plan" and can't wait to see what's in store for everyone, and where this tale takes them!
I am currently re-reading this book. That's how much I enjoyed it. What really drew me in was the strong female characters. It is full of suspense and humor, too.