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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Review Tuesday: Case of the Senshi Pearl by AR Norris #bookreview #goodbook




Written by: AR Norris
Desert Breeze Publishing
Book Review for: The Case of the Senshi Pearl
ISBN: 978-1-61252-247-0
Avail as an ebook
5 Stars

Norris pens a slow building heart-pounding suspense with "The Case of the Senshi Pearl." In the distance future, a planetary federation consisting of multiple worlds allows for cooperation and cultural/information exchanges. To keep the peace, the Federation calls on the IIA (Interstellar Intelligence Agency). It's in this atmosphere that Agent Raina Tanuki is given an assignment to go to the planet Nereus and determine who killed Despot Stressner before his death ignites a war between the Homo Sapiens, Homo Naiads, and Homo Sirenian races of that world.

Using quantum teleport, Raina arrives only to discover that the seeds of mistrust have taken the development of the planet backward in progress, not forward. Raina's  investigation is methodical and relentless, but her ability to shape shift sets off prejudices. Will her attraction to Kane complicate her investigation and end up getting her killed before she can discover the seeds that have divided a world?

Norris' writing engages the reader and her style is easy to read. Her creativity and imagination shines. Norris' world building involves different planets and cultures. What ties everything together is how the characters tap into their emotions and feelings, allowing the readers to connect to the story.

The best part of the novel is how the conflict is a metaphor for the conflict in today's world. The characters are endearing, sharing their strengths and weakness in very human ways that will resonate with readers.

The beginning plunges the reader right into the story. Keep going. While a bit overwhelming at first, by the end of the first chapter, the reader will have a good grasp on the setting and characters.

The romance between Raina and Kane is sweet, but its the story with its twists and turns, the compelling characters, and Norris' ability to tap into emotion that kept me turning the pages. This story will appeal to readers of all ages, including young adult. If you enjoy Riordan's Olympus Series with Percy Jackson and even Collins' Hunger Games, this story is a must read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and I highly recommend this book.

Amazon buy Link:http://amzn.com/B00AFOIZSU

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