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Until three years ago, Lynette worked as a teacher, running the English Department of a busy London comprehensive. Prior to that she spent several years living and teaching in Greece. She gave up teaching to focus on her writing and to date has published three contemporary romances: The Apple Tree, Wishful Thinking and Shopping for Love, as well as a romantic suspense, In Loving Hate. She has also collaborated (with her son) on a short science fiction story to herald a new anthology next year. Killing Jenna Crane - a psychological drama - will be released shortly.
Lynette lives with her family in an early Victorian cottage in a picturesque village on the Surrey/London borders. When she’s not writing, she loves catching up with friends and films, going to the theatre, reading, gardening and trying to keep the family’s quirky cat out of trouble.
on Nov. 16, 2012 :
Claire and Brandon are two concerned parents for the safety of their six year-old son, Harrison. The threat to their precious child is a result of his genius and nothing else.
The story takes place in the future, when control over everything ensures people's safety, unless they happen to be too smart for their own good.
This simple and touching story remained with me for a while after reading it for many reasons, one of which is the twist toward the end. The writing was smooth, the parents' reactions and fears real, and Harrison was believable.
The questions this book raise are how far parents would go to protect their children? And will that protectiveness cloud their judgment?
Alexander and Lynette Sofras make a perfect team. Though short, Surveillance is tightly and ingeniously woven without stretching our imagination beyond belief.
I look forward to reading the full-length stories of the tiny previews of books to come at the end of Surveillance
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 05, 2012 :
Do You Really Want Your Child to be a Genius?
Harrison Avery is no ordinary little boy. He is a genius. And in the world he lives in that’s a dangerous thing to be. How long can his parents protect him from the sinister government people who keep all children under surveillance? Sooner or later they believe he will be taken from them.
This is a beautifully-written and rather disturbing tale.
Lynette Sofras has already won considerable acclaim for her rather special romance stories but this is, as far as I know, her first excursion into science fiction. I believe this may be Alexander Sofras’ first published work. And what a team they make. This story is gripping from the first page. It has all the sophistication of Lynette’s previous work, but with the added spice of Alexander’s ideas.
I was intrigued and delighted with it. It is one of those stories that leaves you thinking about it long after you have read it.
Well done Alexander and Lynette! I hope this is only the first of many wonderful stories from the Sofras team.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)