Cherie

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Smashwords book reviews by Cherie

  • The End Is Near on Oct. 29, 2011
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    The main character is a man in his mid years who had a traumatic dysfunctional childhood exacerbated by one particular bully. That was thirty years ago and Nathan Huffnagle never got over it but allowed the events to color and stifle every day of his life. As he approaches his forty-fifth birthday he reaches a decision that life just isn’t worth it and suicide becomes his plan. He writes a journal, not just a note, explaining why he has decided on this action. The story is told as Nathan lies in the hospital. He is still alive having really botched his own suicide. Heavily medicated the lines between hallucination and reality, present and past are totally blurred. The author pulls the reader through the jumbled mix of painful memories and the visitors that come to see Nathan: Death angels urging him to find his truth and pivotal people in his life that he must come to terms with. It is a painful but thought provoking book to read. Nathan’s life drips with the burn of old emotional wounds that have never healed. The author vividly demonstrates the confusion the medication and physical trauma has to Nathan’s thoughts which sometimes resemble puzzle pieces dumped out of a box. Nathan sorts through them putting order and meaning to the events of past and present. You can’t read this book and be unaffected as you invariably examine your own perspectives.
  • Harbinger of Evil on Dec. 04, 2011
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    From the opening murder scene of a privileged member of New Orleans aristocracy the reader is hooked. Nothing makes sense. The only suspect the police have is a young black woman who was found beside the body naked, tied up, drugged and beaten! The reader is led a merry chase through unexpected twists and turns as Ms. Bryant takes elements of real news stories from our country’s history and masterly weaves them into the murder mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
  • Monster Spray on Dec. 04, 2011
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    The opening scene with the 911 operator and little five year old Becca is tension filled as the adult concerns about the tragic consequences of crime is juxtaposed with the innocent child’s recitation of events. It is a page turner that I wish had been a little longer.
  • The Taylorean Directive Episode 1: Die and Learn on April 21, 2013
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    This is a short sequel to A.I. Rebellion. I liked the first book and was very interested in reading more. This one didn’t satisfy as it left me wanting to learn more about these characters. I do hope there are future books in this series.
  • The Taylorean Directive Episode 1: Die and Learn on April 21, 2013
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    This is a short sequel to A.I. Rebellion. I liked the first book and was very interested in reading more. This one didn’t satisfy as it left me wanting to learn more about these characters. I do hope there are future books in this series. A.I. Rebellion Our world but with a small number of artificial Intelligence individuals moving and manipulating things through their global cyber circuits. Fascinating concepts that caused me to almost wish those A.I.s were real. Almost.
  • Perfection Unleashed on April 28, 2013
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    This is an action packed beginning to a larger story. The world is ours yet it isn’t. Human, vitro, mutant and clone are all labels that have changed how people see each other. Into this mix comes Galahad: the perfect life form and the story begins. This is a real page turner making me want to reach for the next one.
  • Perfect Betrayal on April 28, 2013
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    Fast paced action leads Danyael into danger as he becomes a political chess piece in a larger, international game. One can argue that what happened to this man was wrong or unfair but all you have to do is look at today's world. The story is not without hope for Danyael and I want to read the next book to see what happens.
  • Perfect Weapon on April 28, 2013
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    The third book in the series doesn't disappoint. The non-stop action continues with Danyael moving through danger and altering alliances at dizzying speed. By now I greatly respect Danyael and would wish him to be a friend. I cheer and snarl at the rapid turn of events. I'm involved with the story.
  • When the Silence Ends on April 28, 2013
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    This book continues with the same characters that you met in Perfection Unleashed, Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon but the focus now is on two siblings growing up in a a prejudiced world of human, invitro, mutant and clone. One is human and the other is struggling with learning to use his mutant skills. A great read. I actually teared up on the last page. Please write more.