Acclaimed science fiction author, Jon Messenger incorporates his military experience with years of passion for science fiction into violent, realistic portrayals of warfare.
on Dec. 17, 2013 :
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!!
Well I bought it, started reading it, got to chapter 8, reluctantly put it down to go to the Facebook release party that started at 7 pm Central and went until 10 pm, then I finished reading it…..and it was AWESOME!! I’m not sure what it is about stories with elementals, but they draw me in. I think it has something to do with my childhood because I used to stand outside (near Chicago) and pretend I could make the wind gust….sigh sadly though no wind super powers for me. Sorry easily sidetracked :)
The story was wonderful written and sucked you straight into the fabulous world Jon created. I loved both Xander and Sammy equally :) and have secret hopes that in the future they will team up and kick the bad guys’ butts….sorry another tangent! The story has elementals, college, drama, battles, family secrets, heroism and so much more.
Do you like X-men, Firestarter, Air Benders, well how about superheroes? Then you want to read this book, I mean it :) I think I’m going to have to buy this one for my classroom library too!!
(review of free book)
on Oct. 17, 2013 :
Gotta tell ya, Jon. I was at the edge of my seat with the characters as well as the action. Excellent story line. Excellent character development. Courtney, A1 recommendation.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 06, 2013 :
Damn Messenger! What a read..
Ok when I got an inbox off Courtney asking if I wanted a copy of this book she just didn't just ask she basically demanded I read it, she raved this book and and built it up so much the word "no" never came to mind.
I was in a rut as far as reading and no matter how good a book was that feeling you get, the excitement and adrenaline of reading a new book, a book you know is going to be good- was lacking.
Like I said I was in a rut, no book was cutting it for me and as my list of books from various sources built up I couldn't bring myself to write their reviews because to put it simply I didn't want to. I had no motivation and although I could distinguish a good book from a bad book my enthusiasm lacked and I wouldn't do any book justice through writing reviews that had no emotion or enthusiasm behind them.
Now enough of my waffling. Jon, Jon, Jon, where have you been hiding!? I could have done with World Aflame #2, #3 and #4 right now!
That's right, with every page I turned I felt my curiosity and my excitement return. I had a smile on my face the whole way through as I sat up and really took notice and care in every word that made up 'Wind Warrior'.
When I saw that cover slowly I felt like my old geeky self. I felt my fingers twitch to begin this amazing story and my eyes never left my iPad from that moment on.
Courtney you saved me! And what a catch you caught here huh!? Messenger this book was not fab it was amazing!
Xander was such a character and do you know what? It was so bloody refreshing reading a book from a guys POV, no more needy and insecure heroins that just get under your skin. I was able to bond with him immediately and this read kept me glued from page 1 to page end.
Who doesn't love a good elemental story?
Xander is a 20 year old college slacker, he knows his family is not 'normal' but I bet he wishes they were when he finds out why. When a normal day turns into anything but and when he feels the wind fill every space his body retains and which ultimately saves a mans life its safe to say his own life is never the same again.
I loved how this fast paced novel still wangled in some romance, a book is never complete without it.
And that ending! What more could readers want. You, Messenger, have managed to write a remarkable YA Fantasy novel and I would not only like to thank you for sharing it with us but also for getting me excited about reading once again.
I think my dear friend Courtney said it best when she described this novel as "AMAZEBALLS".
(reviewed the day of purchase)