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J. J. Dare self-published a book for a second grade project. She looks back on that 10 page, A+ success as the beginning of her love for the written word. Career, marriage, children and a divorce have not stopped this author from writing. In addition to penning numerous short stories, Dare is currently working on several novels in different genres.
on March 28, 2014 :
The town of Normal is far from normal at the start of this tale, but it’s even stranger by the time Joe Daniels wakes up there. Soon the whole wide world becomes odd. Of course, Joe already knows nothing is quite what he seems, as author JJ Dare explains in well-timed and quickly told backstory. But the question remains, can “one man make a difference?”
Joe’s seeking revenge on those who took his life and his wife in the earlier novel, False Positive. But he’s stumbled on something much bigger than himself, and a world-wide conspiracy pits bad guy against bad guy, while the rest of us are pawns. Indeed, the scary future history does play out like a board game, with move and counter-move, invasion, and shifting fronts. My love of board games probably explains why my suspension of disbelief becomes weak at times as I read of the new, not quite normal America and its foes. But “the center dissolves,” and Joe will find far more than he’s looking for.
False World alternates fast action with slow explanation, building well on the curious premise of False Positive, and completing its tale while simultaneously setting the stage for a grand finale, yet to come. Joe’s growing hopelessness is nicely matched by a surprising new character’s hopeful detachment. And I’m certainly curious to know what will happen next.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to buy this while it was free.
(reviewed long after purchase)