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    amazing story

    This is an amazing sci-fi thriller that I could not put down! I loved the characters and the story is amazingly compelling and well-written. I am hoping for. more by this author who is new to me. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Good Story Line

    An unidentified craft flew at enormous speed right toward their base. It was obviously not a military drone or spy plane – and the base was highly restricted. Corporal Brett Anderson watched as it made unbelievably sharp dives and figured it had to be using electromagnetic fields to turn on a dime or go straight up into an accelerated climb. He called Captain Jamal Bryant, the Aerospace Defense Command Intercept Director, who was irritated by a call that late at night, and suggested he should come to the base immediately and see this himself. The Captain hung up on him, so he didn’t know if he was coming or not, but he had followed protocol. The Captain arrived and sent soldiers out to coordinates where the ship seemed to be landing. A “form” was left behind when it took off again. A blonde in her mid-twenties stood quietly like a statue and two others women were lying on the ground in her shadow. There are other missing women – could they have been abducted in the same way? What are they facing here? This was not an easy book to read. It definitely needs editing. But it also has the reader wade through tons of information that doesn’t feel like it is really needed. Instead of enlightening the reader, it slows the story line down uncomfortably. The characters are not developed as fully as would be helpful to the reader in knowing, for example, that they could be trusted or were competent. As mentioned, it was difficult to plow through all of this information. Nevertheless, the story was interesting if the reader can follow the main action. Die-hard sci-fi buffs would probably enjoy this one.
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    High Potential Sci-Fi Thriller

    <b>Lights Above Cass by Marilyn Brokaw Hall</b> A Kryptic Review… The book starts off with Corporal Brett Anderson spotting an anomaly on the radar at a top secret military base. An Unidentified Flying Object hovers over the base and drops three women off triggering a series of events. The military brass read in Special Agent in Charge Jesse Finch of the Central Intelligence Agency and his team of special investigators. Together they set off on a journey to uncover the secrets of these and other women who have all mysteriously disappeared from a town called Cass. The team investigate the disappearance of Rose, Jacqueline, Eve, Molly, Annette, Lucy, Rita and other women. Their CIA agents discover shocking truths about the women and their disappearance and in so doing make personal discoveries as they do. The book has an interesting story that takes you on quite an exquisite journey across time highlighting social injustices endured by the women and that disappeared and their families. Marilyn Brokaw Hall weaves an intricate web that excites the reader to untangle. Though the book’s story is well crafted, I struggled to get through the book because it was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors that ripped me out of my suspended disbelief. The book has a great story poorly written. Some of the errors to note are as follows: • There is poor punctuation which makes the story hard to read and follow at times • Almost every page has a spelling mistake if not two or three • The characterisation is poor. There is no notable difference or uniqueness in the characters. They are very one dimensional and flat • The dialogue is horrible. The basic rules for structuring dialogue are not followed. It does not characterise, or drive the plot forward. The dialogue is often too lengthy with characters running off long-winded monologues. The dialogue also is used to fact/information drop or in certain instances used to repeat things the reader is already aware of Something that irritated me while reading the book, was the consistent flashbacks that left me feeling whiplashed around time and space. The rule of thumbs is "less is more”. I would have rather wanted to read fewer flashbacks with time for me to get to know the cast better and to build on the mosaic of stories that culminates in a larger story but I wasn’t given the chance. The flashbacks end as soon as you get into them. There are all sorts of inconsistency errors. Names of characters are incorrect, for example Antonia versus Antonia. Rita’s daughter, Zarita’s age changes incorrectly. First she is four years old and then she is three. My final criticism is that at times the commentary on social injustice feels preachy rather than illuminating. Hall had an opportunity to give us space to look in the mirror and consider how we as humanity architect societies that breed social injustice. This opportunity was completely missed in the delivery. Overall, the book was not a great read, but had all the ingredients to be something special. With better writing and far less errors it could have been something special. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review Happy reading, Kryptic Fans!
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