Preying Mantis: The Story of Tarissa

Preying Mantis: The Story of Tarissa

by Lyn Thomas


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Preying Mantis: The Story of Tarissa by Lyn Thomas

By anyone's account, Lennox "Len" Obi lives a successful life. The Nigerian émigré is a respected NASA scientist. Magda, his wife of thirty years, is a professional and efficient woman, even if he sometimes considers her a tad staid.

Then Len meets the sensual and passionate Tarissa "Trish" and falls for her immediately. The two begin a torrid affair across America and Europe-all behind Magda's back.

Len's traditional African values prevent him from simply cutting Magda loose in favor of his new love. He feels obligated to ensure his family is properly situated before divorcing one woman in favor of another. And so fourteen years go by.

Finally ready to commit to Trish, Len finds she has defected from his life. As he rushes to woo her back, Len begins to realize the love he's pursued for so long may be nothing more than a smoke screen thrown up by a manipulative woman who preys on the needs of certain types of men.

A tale of love, betrayal, and loss, Rogue Lover plays out against the lives of African immigrants as they struggle to find their place within the melting pot that is America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692467602
Publisher: Lyn Thomas-Ogbuji
Publication date: 07/10/2015
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Lyn Thomas is an engineer by training who has worked as a scientist and academic. Now retired from academia, Thomas maintains, where he discusses the nuances of written communication in US English.

Thomas's nonscientific publications, in addition to Rogue Lovers: The Story of Tarissa, include Seeing the World in Black & White and A Potemkin Paradise.

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Preying Mantis: The Story of Tarissa 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
This book by Lyn Thomas was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I really enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The complex, interweaving plotlines were well-developed and not predictable, and I liked the dialogue between the characters that moved the plot forward at an addicting speed. The characters were all interesting and well-written, and although there were some grammatical and punctuation errors, it wasn’t anything that really bothered me. I’d love to read more from Lyn Thomas in the future! Recommend.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
Okay, I really loved this book, “Preying Mantis” even more than I expected to! I thought it was so, so excellently written (a few minor editing things but nothing too major) by far one of the more ‘beautiful’ narratives I’ve come across in a while. Word choice in Literary fiction is everything and here it is done quite well. After an admittedly slow start for me, I soon became invested and wondered how it would all play out… as I was continually trying to figure out what was really going on with the characters… love when a book does that to me! I was genuinely surprised at a few things that happened, and thought the continued, building tension and character development was great. Would love to read more from Lyn Thomas in the future, and definitely recommend reading for fans of literary fiction/suspense/drama/romance.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "Preying Mantis” by Lyn Thomas is one of the most original and well-crafted romance/suspense novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and loved the way Lyn Thomas writes with enough vivid descriptions and details to fully develop the scenes and the storyline, but not so much where it slows down the pace at all. Interesting, fully-fleshed out characters and unpredictable twists… enjoyed being on the journey with Lennox and was happy with how it all wrapped up.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
Wow, “Preying Mantis” (perfect title) By Lyn Thomas was awesome! I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. Totally crazy twists and characters that keep you fully invested the whole way through. And the Writing! Lyn Thomas is a talented writer for sure and the use of the 3rd person omniscient here was great because we were able to see a wide perspective and get in the characters heads. And For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/protag guys (our lead is an older man in his mid-60’s), and I don’t want to focus too much on it, but I thought the Nigerian aspect was pretty cool too. All came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me hooked throughout. This was a standalone book(not a part of any series, it appears), but I hope the author Lyn Thomas writes more like this in the future. I’d be reading it!
essieh More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars this was the first book I’ve read by this author Lyn Thomas, but I certainly hope it’s not the last! She has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many rookie authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a new niche of literary drama that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). It was very well-edited (I notice these things!) And I personally would have preferred more dialogue spaced throughout the narrative as it got quite dense at times. But I loved how it all wrapped up and overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and delivered an emotional win.