Trial Run

Locke, Thomas. Trail Run: Fault Lines-Bk 1. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
trialrunCould it be? Would it ever be possible to view, participate, predict, challenge, or manipulate an event in the future or in another realm? If so, would you engage? Just such the case is causing two different teams to explore that possibility; however, each have different motives…one team wishes to help people while the other hopes to control. Through tension, technology, thrills and even some romance, Trial Run leaves nothing behind…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Wow…definitely not my pick of genre at all yet there was something pulling me to finish. Though full of lots of technical jargon and ideas, once laid out, the story unraveled quickly. As a fan of Thomas Locke/ Davis Bunn, I knew I would read this book but soon realized it was more science-fiction and mystery than suspense-thriller. Again, it caught me off guard but managed to keep me on track to the finish-line. Oddly enough, I already know I will search for the next book in the Fault Lines series, surprising myself…isn’t that what an author and book should do though?

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Trial Run from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Emmissary

Locke, Thomas (Bunn, T. Davis). Emissary: Legends of the Realm. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
emissaryDestined to farm land, Hyam accepts his mother’s suggestion to first return to Long Hall, even though it may be filled with trepidation. Upon his return, Hyam learns information which spurs his quest for the truth. Through adventure, mystery, suspense, wizardry, colorful characters and an imaginary world, Emissary takes the reader on an unforgettable journey…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
A totally unique genre for me, I actually was quite caught up in the fantasy as the novel unraveled. As well as the storyline, perhaps it was the writing style which held my attention. I have read and enjoyed Davis Bunn before, so it may have been the similarities in style that the same author, Thomas Locke, utilized that captivated me. Though Christian themes and values were instilled throughout, the actual story was neither an allegory nor parable. Fans of Lord of the Rings will definitely enjoy this piece as may others. I have now learned not to judge a book by the cover, nor the genre…lesson learned.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Emissary from Revell Publishing for my honest review*