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Bonnie Ramthun lives in Erie, Colorado with her husband and children. Her novels for adults include Ground Zero, a thriller published by G.P. Putnam, Earthquake Games, a 2000 Colorado Book of the Year nominee, and The Thirteenth Skull. The White Gates, her middle grade mystery published by Random House in 2008, is a Junior Library Guild Premiere selection and was a finalist for the Missouri Truman Award. She is a former chapter president of Mystery Writers of America, a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and former war gamer for the Department of Defense.
There are two cherished compliments that Bonnie Ramthun has received for her writing.
A reader wanted to know if the childhood events that happened to Eileen Reed in Earthquake Games had actually happened to Bonnie as a child. She considers this a high compliment - she made a lonely Wyoming car crash and an abandoned child so real that her reader thought it actually happened.
The second compliment was when a reader wrote her a letter and praised The Thirteenth Skull, Bonnie's third Eileen Reed book. The reader loved the novel and hated the villain so much that she thought he should have died more slowly. Bonnie will never forget this compliment either, for it means that she created a character so evil and so hateful that the reader wanted him to die...harder.
Bonnie's favorite stories are the ones where ordinary people are placed in world-changing events. The people who live in her stories are fictional, but she tries to make them so real you want to have coffee with them. Or kill them.
on Nov. 28, 2011 :
After re-reading this recently, I have decided to post a review. I read it as a stand alone book, and it si my favorite. Read this first, then you might like the rest. Sometimes a third book can drop the ball, but not this one. Ramthun writes a story that takes us on a non-stop adventure from the first page to the last. Her minor characters are so fun that I forget that it is a story. This book has a rock and roll star who is a hunter and a gun-toting independant, but yet we see how he feels so passionate about a sport that needs a voice. Yet the main characters, some of whom we know from Ramthun's prior books, continue to delight, entertain and have us hanging on the edge of our seats. I really like Ted, Lucy's husband and his role in the book. It is not a long book, but contains so much adventure I wonder how she does it.
I recommend this to all adventure readers, conspiracy readers,besides readers who like a little mystery, romance, science fiction, angel believers, and anyone just wanting a fun read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)