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The son of two 20-year Navy vets, Don A. Martinez spent much of his formative years around the Pacific Rim before settling in the continental U.S., first in Michigan and New York before finally reaching Texas.
He has been writing all his life, getting his start in elementary school as a two-time Young Authors selection in Oak Harbor, Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and a Master of Arts degree in English from SUNY-College at Buffalo (Buffalo State College), where his academic focus was mythology and folklore, particularly how it is applied in modern storytelling.
Currently, he lives with his wife and four cats in northeast Texas, where he works as a college writing professor.
on April 22, 2013 :
I should've done my homework before requesting this book as a read 2 review story. It was only midway through the first chapter when I realized that I had too many questions, and decided to look it up. Realizing that there were 2 parts written before this one was a disappointment, as my information throughout the book was lacking.
Even considering my lack of knowledge about the first 2 parts, this was a nice and easy read that I really enjoyed. A quick and fast paced adventure that takes you to a whole new world as you follow Alanna with her victories, her betrayals, and her quest.
One thing I truly enjoyed about this book is the good English that a lot of the books we have to review these days seem to lack. Reading through and not grimacing at one mistake or another was a beautiful remedy for my sore eyes!
(In all honesty, I had a long and well written review completed here that goodreads decided to refresh on and delete… this is all I can remember from it.. :( )
In total, I really enjoyed reading this book, even if some of the details were not exactly to my taste, I was willing to overlook that and follow through on this thrilling adventure.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 18, 2013 :
A tightly woven story with well defined characters. Martinez breathes life into the characters where the reader is carried step by step through the maze of the world he's created. In this he's created a nonstop roller coaster ride of intrigue, plots within plots, and almost insurmountable hurdles in his main character's quest to find her parents.
The journals are being translated with the use of magical glasses worn by an exiled writer which when he intrudes is a bit jarring. Told in first person, like most journals are written, is not my preferred reading, but I found this book action packed with very little lulls to catch a breath. It is a blow by blow accounting, literally.
Is it believable and can I suspense my disbelief for the 164- page journey, yep it did. Would I recommend this book to others? I have already. Grab your copy HERE. A bargain at any price, but $0.99 it's a steal.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 11, 2013 :
I enjoyed this book, it kept me hooked until the end. I like the characters, I was able to feel for them, especially Alanna. I thought is was odd how Don inserted himself in the story as a reporter, I do not recall reading an author doing that before. It wasn't a bad thing, just odd to me. He is good at adding in politics that make the whole story feel real. I was at a loss when Alanna was at the refuge and the council wanted to talk to her, when instead of going in for what most would think would be a question answer session and gave a speech. The end left me wanting more, which is a good thing since I am going on to review the next one. Good job Don, I look forward to reading more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Jan. 19, 2013 :
My review: I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can honestly say this is the first series that gets better and better with each book! This time I really could connect with Alanna on an emotional level. I loved how the author let us see into the mind of the Guardswoman. With the whole dystopian part of it, it was so possible and that's what made it so scary. The author melds modern politics into a horrifying possibility so well that you can believe that it is right on the cusp of almost happening. It's absolutely terrifying. The ending was the ultimate cliffhanger. I can't wait to read the next book!
(reviewed long after purchase)