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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 May 08, 2013 :
Night Queen is a historical fiction that follows a treasure that brings death and love, horror and redemption. The heroine, flawed by an old accident, has become a hacker-finder, able to follow code to the culprit. After private entertainment (not sex! CODE!) she was caught by the feds who made her do their dirty work. Until one day....she was assigned the Night Queen. Too bad everyone who has even looked at this puzzle has disappeared. Including an ex-military man's brother, who then finds her, and off the story goes. The historical fact/fiction looks at each person who has touched the Night Queen, and their story, love and tragedy. The race from one side of the country to the other is interspersed with the voices from the past, written by the person of past. And the two characters become closer- of course! Until we find them in a high altitude race to the finish, which ends . . . . as it should. HA! Read it!
But what I really love is the vivid imagery in this book. From the secret storage area under the Pentagon (OMG! LOL!) Come on, finding a way around in the dark by a string unwinding behind you. Only the government would do such a thing. Please, if you love conspiracy theory, this will feed your addiction. And it all hangs together so logically that WE BELIEVE! Also a checker in a bulletproof glass enclosure looks like a redheaded sea monkey. I think I have met him. And through the story, we live it. Then we find out at the end so much of it was true. WOW.
So read this book, enjoy the whole thing like a life we live through and read Bonnie Ramthun's books!
(reviewed the day of purchase)