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The son of two 20-year Navy vets, Don A. Martinez spent much of his formative years around the Pacific Rim before settling in the continental U.S., first in Michigan and New York before finally reaching Texas.
He has been writing all his life, getting his start in elementary school as a two-time Young Authors selection in Oak Harbor, Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and a Master of Arts degree in English from SUNY-College at Buffalo (Buffalo State College), where his academic focus was mythology and folklore, particularly how it is applied in modern storytelling.
Currently, he lives with his wife and four cats in northeast Texas, where he works as a college writing professor.
Melinda Le Baron
on March 31, 2013 :
I received a copy of this book from the author for an unbiased review. The book is an imaginative tale of a girl who grows up on a Indian reservation, and later goes into the military to find herself in a secret program where they are experimenting on soldiers. This program changes her life forever, and she winds up on a Black Ops team fighting supernatural beings along with others like her, until she is forced into the final battle for the world. The book is definitely Christian, though not too preachy most of the time.
The problem I had with the book, was the main character committed suicide multiple times (though unsuccessfully) at what seemed the drop of a hat, even though it was against her faith, and it seemed that in all other cases, she was portrayed as a strong character. It is later revealed that her Mother also had wrist slashing scars. This treatment of suicide was too trivial for me, which is one of the reasons for the three stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 19, 2013 :
3 1/2 stars.... I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
At first I was a little leery of reading this book. The first book of the series, The Advance Guard, had not really impressed me all that much, and I was afraid this series would go the way most series go.....downhill, with the first being the best. My biggest complaint in the review of the first book was the lack of character development. And now I understand why.
The second book is all about Ariel, whom, as I read this book, truly became the soul of the group. One character referred to her as the heart of the group, but I disagree. She's the soul. She's the one who seems to feel the deepest, empathizes the most, and brings emotions (good and bad ones) deepest into her.
Now I wonder....will the next be about one of the other characters? Will we finally get to know more about the shrinking mage, Cyrus? My curiosity is piqued enough for me to really want to read the next book!
(reviewed long after purchase)