Where should I start? I was thinking whether it was a paranormal, a romance or a thriller story. Or all together. The CFBI agents had paranormal abilities, and the way they used their gifts and made contact to the paranormal dimensions was interesting in itself. Some investigators would give anything to be able to sense, feel and see how the crime happened, just by touching objects of the crime scene. It would revolutionize the investigation process.
I like thrillers, I like twists and turns, and I like suspense. I got these all in Divine Intervention. As the story unfolds, the team is trying to catch an arsonist and killer. Soon they realise that they are after the wrong person. The team discovers the awful series of events that led to the murder they were investigating.
There was an exciting chase at the end (I could enjoy some more in the book), almost costing the life of McLellan. And there was a real twist at the end, the killer was somebody not expected. I had a small problem with that, though: there should have been some clues along the story, so it would not feel somewhat like deus ex machina.
Being a sci-fi fan (and being a man), I'm not really into romance stories, so it may be only me, but the romance started strangely: Agent McLellan hated Walsh right when they met. Of course Walsh was assigned to the investigation, and they had the chance to argue with each other. I was confused when it turned to love. Ladies, if you read the book, please tell me if I'm wrong on this, and the turn was believable.
Anyway, they fell into love, but then McLellan turned down Walsh when he tried to make love with her. Not that I wanted a sex scene, but after the trouble they went through, they merited to have a good time together.
I liked the romance subplot between the other two agents, Prushenko and Roberts. Two grown ups, who like each other, discover that their feelings can be deeper than they thought, and give it a try.
I found the characterisation well done.
There was an issue with the font size, smaller and bigger parts of the text were alternating, sometimes paragraph by paragraph.
There are good ideas in the book, for example the ancient Romans who boarded in an alien ship and were transferred to another planet. The story of the solder falling in love with the woman on the foreign planet could work, if presented well, but it is not.
Reading the book I had the feeling that it stayed in draft status. It was like telling: this happened, then they went there, and that happened, and somebody came, and did this etc. Practically there are no explanations WHY characters do what they do. The author should spend more time on the book tho implement the motives of the characters, to improve the descriptions and to create better dialogues.
I was disappointed, I couldn't make it to the end of the book. I give two stars for the effort writing the story.
The story is about a young warrior woman who makes her way in a world of warfare. She has her ability to immerse into the fight like a fury, making her unbeatable. But in spite of her virtue she is like other women, finding love.
This book is built around a fresh and compelling idea I haven't come across yet: humans can control dinosaurs with their minds. Maybe the mental symbiosis would fit better, since the dinos have their own will, still they obey commands from their human mates.
I have to admit, I was lost first, and it took a while to understand who is who and what is happening. There is a complex world of tribes and ranks.
People who are into books with dragons will like this book, since dinos are similar in a way. They even come in more varieties having different capabilities.
I found the concept compelling, and I was curious when I started to read. The story went well for a while, but at some point the author lost me, and by the end I couldn't follow what is happening. From a solid story of discovering the secrets of two worlds we arrived to a symbolic wandering inside of the Gate.
I can appreciate the work put into this book, but it could be so much more. Even being a short one, there were plenty of possibilities crying to be included.
This book indeed took me to a wide range of places. Like a "world tour", not around this world but to other speculative ones. The range is really wide, not only taking the reader to distant galaxies but far in time, moreover, outside of this universe.
I didn't like all stories equally. I loved the plot of "Finding Farber" also the extravagant characters. The style was original, I found gems like "Hair like a half-breed Pekingese on a bad day."
My other favourite was Norma's adventure on the planet of gurgs. I was wondering if I were in the shoes of Norma: would I want to go back to a deserted Earth, or stay in the relative comfort and safety of the alien zoo. Finally I decided I would go back with Norma, and I was glad she did just like that, because it turned out that... oh, that would be spoiler, you must read the story yourself. ;)
I also would love to read more stories like "Adam". In spite of the time and the setting the characters were like ordinary people in extraordinary situation, which made the story real.
In some stories I felt like something was missing. Besides the interesting plot and compelling characters, a twist would the good story make an excellent one. Especially I felt "The Yellow Stone" unfinished. (Dear T. M., what happened after that?)
I don't know if the stories were in the order they've been written, but I sensed an improvement in the writing towards the end.