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Seized (The Pipe Woman Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lynne Cantwell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The winter solstice 2012 won't be the end of the world. It will be the beginning of the end....

Naomi has a pretty sweet life. Respected as a skilled mediator, she has an almost uncanny knack for getting people on both sides of a dispute to agree. And her handsome boyfriend Brock has just proposed to her. But a white buffalo calf is bowing to her in her dreams. And who is the Native American man who has been following her around?

Naomi doesn’t know it, but things are about to change....


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About the Author

Lynne Cantwell grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She worked as a broadcast journalist for many years; she has written for CNN, the late lamented Mutual/NBC Radio News, and a bunch of radio and TV news outlets you have probably never heard of, including a defunct wire service called Zapnews. Lynne’s vast overeducation includes a journalism degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a paralegal certificate. She currently lives near Washington, DC, with her daughter and her daughter’s cat. Her third novel and her first urban fantasy, Seized: Book One of the Pipe Woman Chronicles, was released in March.

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  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147509552X
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MGRCBU
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban fantasy at its best! March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. Naomi is a lawyer living in Denver, and her boyfriend Brock works in the same firm. I liked that the plot picked up pretty quickly in the first chapter, and all of the characters were well-written and had clear goals and hardships, strengths and weaknesses. The author clearly knows her subject very well, and the Native American mythology was very interesting without being heavy-handed.

All in all, it was a very good read and I can't wait for the sequel!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Made the Grade: Seized by Lynne Cantwell May 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
3.5 out of 5 stars, this is an interesting book that puts an interesting spin on what would happen when "the beginning of end" happens, or when "doomsday" sort of arrives, only you get to find out about it from the "key players" point-of-view. It puts a fascinating (and highly debatable) spin on what is going on between our gods or with our main "God." When reading it I thought it was a unique mix of Children of the Goddess Series (Eternal Guardian (Children of the Goddess)), House of Night Series (Hidden (House of Night Novels)), and Mercy Thompson Series (River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6)) only set in a contemporary-type of setting with a completely different plot (of course).

The characters are entertaining, intense, funny, and quirky (or as Naomi would say, "woo-woo"). It'll be interesting to see where the author is going to take the story from here since it's lined up that it can really go anywhere!

I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal mystery that has a little bit of romance in it!

Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
(read more of this review, an excerpt, and a teaser on my blog during and after my blog tour stop on May 23, 2012)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seized My Imagination... March 31, 2013
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I expected to enjoy Seized, the first book in Lynne Cantwell's Pipe Woman Chronicles, because I am a fan of Ms. Cantwell's direct, journalistic writing style and wry wit from her Indies Unlimited blog posts. What I didn't expect was that Seized kept me up late several nights in a row because it was so hard to stop reading. The story started easily in the realm of the familiar, with Naomi, a smart mediator who seems to have it all: the powerful job, the handsome boyfriend, and the best friend who understands her better than she understands herself. But wait...we know that nothing comes easily in fiction without consequence. So things twist up a bit when said best friend urges her to tag along on a New Age adventure. Several rounds in a sweat lodge release more than perspiration, including a visit from White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman, a mysterious Native American spirit that weaves in and around Naomi's life, tasking her with a near-impossible challenge for a mediator...no, for anyone. Lynne's writing style (and choice of first-person narration) is key here. I became deeply invested in Naomi's future, and the author rides a nice, believable, and relatable line between the protagonist's cynicism with the happenings around her and her faith that it's all for a greater good. The story is smart and thought provoking, the fantasy element sophisticated and well integrated into the storyline. Never did I feel that this was fantasy with a story attached or vice versa. It just worked so well. I'm eager to read the rest of the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be Seized by "Seized" April 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Naomi Witherspoon, after graduating from law school and getting a job with a large law firm in Denver, decides she'd rather be a mediator rather than a litigator. She finds, to her surprise, that she's really good at it, too, and has a string of successful mediations to back her up. Her former law school classmate, and fellow lawyer at the firm, Brock Holt, asks her to marry him. So, what can go wrong?
She soon finds out, when she starts having dreams about a white buffalo calf that bows to her, and in the dreams there's a mysterious woman, the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman. When the woman speaks to her, and informs her that she is the Chosen One, her troubles begin. Naomi finds herself caught between what appears to be a materialistic money-grabbing scheme by one of her firm's clients and her affection for a Native American man who is trying to protect sacred ground. Strange appearances begin to occur, not just in her dreams, but in reality.
What, she desperately wants to know, has she been chosen for? When she learns that she is the one chosen to mediate a war between the gods, her life takes a complete left turn.
Lynne Cantwell's Seized is a novel that weaves fantasy, religion, and reality into a pastiche that will seize your imagination and keep you turning pages until you find out what's going on. Deft dialogue and narration, infused with a bit of humor, make this a must-read, and, not just for lovers of fantasy. Cantwell will have you questioning your basic beliefs as you root for Naomi during her quest to forestall Armageddon. A great book, the first in the Pipe Woman Chronicle series, and a definite five stars. I received a free review copy of this book, but would have been just as happy with it if I'd bought it. This is fantasy the way fantasy is meant to be!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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The book isn't easy to classify. There are a lot of paranormal elements (skinwalking, gods and goddesses, special powers). There is a bit of romance for Naomi, but it is not a big part of the book. The book focuses on Naomi who is an attorney dating her fellow attorney, Brock. While Brock is happy in the cut-throat attorney world, Naomi doesn't care for it and has gone through mediation training to become a mediator. She starts having weird dreams. Then, her friend Shannon (who believes in "woo-woo" stuff) takes her to a sweat lodge. Naomi's destiny is revealed. The book is about Naomi starting on her journey to fulfill her destiny. The book did resolve the main conflict in this book but hinted that there will be future books about these characters.

The book seemed to have a lot of things that started but then didn't go anywhere (e.g. the discussion of the end of the world in 2012; the reason for needing the land in January; the identify of Naomi's dad, etc). I'm not sure if these items were strewn about for resolution in future books; however, all of the open items got a little frustrating. Additionally, some of the items just seemed so unrealistic (e.g. since Indian land is a federal matter, I just never believed that a county could take it through eminent domain - things like that distracted from the story).

I never felt like I understood the motivations of the characters or believed some of their actions. For example, supposedly Naomi is in love with Brock and wants to marry him. However, when things go awry, she doesn't react like someone who has been dating him and in love with him for years. I know that her mom and best friend didn't like him - but she did and her response doesn't ring as authentic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seized by Lynne Cantwell
4 stars This book is an exciting novel about mythology and paranormal things happening in the real world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by barbara lamping
5.0 out of 5 stars one wasn't enough so I read all five
Curious, I began reading Seized, book 1 of the Pipe Woman Chronicles... and kept going to the end, book 5 which wrapped up the story, and more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by EllaDee
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight from start to finish.
This book is just one of the finest pieces of contemporary fantasy I've read. A stunningly original concept, executed with flair and daring. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Ormiston-smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid writing, strong characters
Cantwell is an excellent writer, knocking out tight prose that is engaging and fun to read. Her characters are believable and interesting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John R Phythyon Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable and original urban fantasy
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I began reading Seized. The book description doesn’t give much away, but I found that to be a good thing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I've been wanting to read Seized for a while and finally got around to it. I'm glad I did. I really like the author's style of writing. The story flowed from one scene to the next. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Greta Burroughs
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a cool idea!
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Magical Realism
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Those interested in alternate spirituality, Native American history and mythology, those... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Sozaeva
4.0 out of 5 stars unique and engrossing book
I really enjoyed reading a different kind of fantasy that was based on Native American tradition . A truly fascinating read. Can't wait for more
Published 9 months ago by Handydeb51
4.0 out of 5 stars Hits the spot
Seized is the first book of a series based on Native American and other mythologies where the battles of the gods spill over into the lives of ordinary human beings whom they need... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Melissa Bowersock
3.0 out of 5 stars Native American meets Norse Mythology
I really enjoyed the character's in this story they all were really strong and could handle themselves really well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Johnnie-Marie Howard
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More About the Author

Lynne Cantwell has been writing fiction since the second grade, when the kid who sat in front of her showed her a book he had written, and she thought, "I could do that." The result was "Susie and the Talking Doll," a picture book illustrated by the author about a girl who owned a doll that not only could talk, but could carry on conversations. The book had dialogue but no paragraph breaks.

Today, after a twenty-year career in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University (or perhaps despite the master's degree), Lynne is still writing fantasy. She is also a contributing author at Indies Unlimited. She lives near Washington, DC.

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