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Ronnie Dauber, whose formal name is Veronica, is a Canadian published author and freelance writer. Her young adult adventure series, The Misadventures of Sarah Davies, now has four exciting releases: MUDSLIDE is the first in the series, a race-against-time adventure that brings our team of heroes together and is filled with non-stop action; FIRESTORM that takes Sarah and her friends to British Columbia for a summer vacation where an unexpected search for Sarah's grandfather becomes a mission of rescue and survival when they learn that they are trapped in an unfamiliar forest that is on fire; WHITEOUT takes the team to North Dakota for a winter vacation that turns out to be a nightmare come true when a sudden storm threatens their day of skiing and Brad's uncle goes missing; RAGING WATERS is filled with emotion and conflict as Sarah and her friends join a search for a little boy with autism and discover that the clues take them to a violent river.
Ronnie has also written an adult suspense thriller, WEB SECRETS, that's filled with suspense, thrill and the unexpected as a young woman investigates the death of her dog and realizes that she's the target of a psychopathic killer.
Ms. Dauber has just completed her first Inspirational book called Let Faith Arise! and is currently writing the follow-up to that book, which is her own story of how she applied her faith and beat an aggressive cancer.
Ronnie also writes freelance for many sites but has earned the most rewards and sold the most articles as a member of Helium.com.
Ronnie holds college diplomas in Children's and Adult Literature, Business Administration and Common Law, and is a certified Court Reporter.
Her desire to write and to share with others flows over into her Christian blog - Smile, God Loves You! and into her author's blog.
on March 26, 2011 :
Sometimes a book is compelling in spite of its faults. I found Web Secrets, by Ronnie Dauber, such a book. The story is tremendous and moves well, with cliff-hangers at the end of each chapter. I had to finish the story.
But, I read as a writer, and other readers may have no problems with aspects that I find difficult. I hate to have to say this; but, in my opinion, it needs editing. I found typos, malapropisms, occasional lapses of tense, changes of viewpoint and an some repetition. Certain phrases are used repeatedly to describe the main character's physical response to events that leave this reader wondering how she ever managed to continue with her life, let alone do all the amazing thing she accomplishes. And the use of 'Just then', as an introduction to a paragraph or sentence, grated on me.
Having said this, the twists and turns of the story; it's pace and complexity, had me turning the pages and wanting to discover what was happening and who was guilty of all the wickedness. The main character is drawn very well and I had no difficulty empathising with Maddie as she travelled a journey that would have defeated many less courageous heroines. The author manages, very skilfully, to keep the reader guessing about the identity of the perpetrator of the crimes and I found I was unable to be certain who was a goodie, who a baddie. Each time I thought I'd nailed the murderer, I discovered something else that cast doubt on my conclusions.
The denouement, which pulls all the threads together in a convincing and satisfying way, leaves the reader nodding in agreement and full of admiration at the way the author managed all the false turnings and misdirection to ensure the end comes as something of a surprise.
And I enjoyed the read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 25, 2011 :
Again, in the interest of honesty, I know the author. Like others I've read, this book is typically out of my reading field, it not being Fantasy, and all.
That out of the way, I really, really liked this book.
I generally don't read these type of books because I find them terribly predictable. Indeed, in this one, I spotted the villain the moment I met him. I also guessed at his connection to the heroine and was spot on the money. However, a nice little twist at the end made me groan - I should have caught it, but didn't. That put a smile on my face. Nicely done, Ms. Dauber!
Do yourselves a favour, read the Prologue. I have a habit of reading them because, at least in Fantasy, they contain wonderful details and back-story that enrich the world the characters inhabit. In this case, the Prologue set a really, really interesting scene which was the main driving force behind me wanting to read the rest of the book. It really ought to have been the first chapter, rather than just a prologue. So read it.
The text is dense with descriptives, which put me in a state of constant emotional alert, and it was rather draining. However, the story moved nicely, and by the last four chapters, it moved very quickly indeed. I just had to keep reading to find out what happened.
If you like murder mystery, I'm sure you'll really like this book as well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)