Gifted with superpowers she can’t refuse, her life spirals out of control.
Bounced from a jungle battle, to an Islamist stronghold, to a corrupt Columbian trial, Em Roberts, your average school principal, knows that something is dreadfully wrong.
Now she must challenge “the voice” in her head— the voice that transports her around the world, forces her to face unbelievable danger, and insists she can stop wars.
Will she outwit that voice and end the nightmare, or will she die trying?
EMBATTLED is book one of the Em and Yves series. If you like “soft” science fiction with a touch of romance, then you’ll love the harsh reality and magic of Darlene Jones’s series.
Buy EMBATTLED today to join Em as she “saves” the world.
About the Author
Darlene Jones is a retired educator and writer. A graduate of the University of Alberta she was a teacher, principal, second language consultant, and staffing officer with Edmonton Public schools. Her multiple roles included second language curriculum development for secondary students. After retiring she continued to provide educational workshops for teachers in the province of Alberta. Her career began as a volunteer with Canadian University Services Overseas. She taught school in Mali and it was the plight of the Malians that inspired her to write her first novel—science fiction—described by readers as a “think piece.” She continues to write fiction that incorporates topics such as world affairs, aging, and Alzheimer’s, with the added mix of adventure, romance and humor.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Science Fiction, a little romance, a love triangle between human, miracle worker and an inexperienced puppet master all trying to make the harsh reality of Earth a better place to live. This was a very interesting book, but I felt like I had ADD, keeping up with all of the story lines that were running simultaneously. You have Earth 1- where Em has her real life, Earth 2-Madame Miracle’s reality, then somewhere out there- where the Guardians reside and the Powers tinker with humanity. Traveling between the three zones, Em finds herself falling in love while her ‘handler’ from the Powers is falling in love with her. Em’s job from the Powers gives her to opportunities to better the world. Through her adventures she helps the down trodden, stops wars and other atrocities. The love interest, Ron struggles with his love for Em and her ‘job’. Embattled is definitely a quick read, with lots of world building in the midst. The message that there is hope is fully explored throughout. It did remind me of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ and all the scenes with the angels looking on to Earth and Jimmy Stewart.
The plot this story was very interesting, and I stay interested throughout the entire book. The characters held their own personalities, own quirks, that really made them stand out for me; allowed me to care for them. I was confused at first, as this book switches POV between the "Madam of Miracles" and a "Drone", an otherworldly entity. The hard part here, wasn't the switch perse, it was the fact that one part was in third person, while the other was in first. And there wasn't much transition between the two - it simply jumped. Also, with this, some times the Drone's section was only a few lines then would skip back to the Madam. While it did add an interesting pace and unique viewpoint to the story, the harsh back and forth sometimes was hard to keep up with. I did enjoy the story, the idea of an empowered miracle worker saving the world from itself. I think the author handles the growth of the Madam from first learning of her special abilities and her "mission" to the end when she accepted it whole heartedly and could use her abilities without a second thought - and ultimately could live with herself and what she was doing. I do wish some more information was given about the "Guardian's" and who they were exactly, only to cure my own curiosity. However, the mystery of them fit well with the story, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions about who the Guardian's really are. Overall, a good read. As I said, the only real issue was the hard shift in point of view, but by the end of the story, I was almost used to it and barely noticed anymore. It did give the story an interesting perception and tempo for sure.