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Smashwords book reviews by Bonnie Hobcroft
- Conditioned Response (Phoenician #2)
on July 17, 2012
I have never considered myself a fan of SciFi but if Conditioned Response is an example, then I'm a believer. Each of the characters was carefully developed so that a level of emotional bond was formed. Some of the characters made immediate connections while others developed much more slowly throughout the book.
I understood why Shayla behaved the way she did. Raif, as Shayla's protector, dominated the story from the moment you met him. He is a very complex man and this reader couldn't help but love him. Personally, I would have enjoyed a more detailed description of Kindi's treatment near the end. I didn't trust Charlie when he was first introduced but really care what happens to him now.
There was enough mystery, romance, and action to cause me to procrastinate on other obligations in order to continue reading non-stop. I did not want this book to end but am encouraged to know that there will be a prequel AND a sequel (or more?)in the future. I look forward to learning more about the back story that makes Joshua Andrew Caine who he is, reading more about the "Plan", the future of Brennan & Julia, if the evil ones are resurrected, and especially the development of Charlie's character.
I totally enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
- Coming Home (Dicky's Story)
on July 29, 2012
This was a very enjoyable and inspirational love story. It is told from the point of view of Dicky, who was found as a three year old and raised in a family of thieves. Being good at stealing, picking locks and having lots of casual sex are all feats that raised Dicky's status in his community. The cultural clash between Dicky and Leah, the Heroine, a religiously observant woman, is hilarious.
Throughout the book, the Heroine, Leah and her people were speaking Hebrew and the reader gets to share the confusion that Dicky was feeling. Even though he couldn't understand them, he could tell what was going on. It is an interesting journey to watch as Dicky brings out the strong, independent woman in Leah and she encourages him to develop into the man of faith that he can choose to be.
- When Minds Collide (Phoenician #0.1)
on July 31, 2012
I really enjoyed this short story, although I wish it had been longer. The author developed the personalities of the main characters beautifully and really showed their relationships with each other. I had already read "Conditioned Response" and had some unanswered questions I didn't even know I had. This prequel helped me understand and care more about some of the characters. With the insight I have from this book, I plan on really enjoying my second reading of "Conditioned Response".