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Shaman, Friend, Enemy: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

M. Terry Green
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Book Description

Patients with fractured souls, clients threatened by deadly ancestor spirits, and now the paparazzi–it’s all in a day’s work for techno-shaman Olivia Lawson. Livvy has rocketed to the top of the shaman world, bringing old friends with her but also attracting new enemies.

Even as her career soars, her personal life spirals downward. Broken bonds and lost love finally force her to confront the terrible secret of her beginning in shamanism. Despite being attacked by dark shamans and navigating a spiritual plane that seems out of control, Livvy’s single-minded quest steers her into dangerous territory and puts her on a collision course with those dearest to her.

No longer able to walk a fine line, Livvy discovers that when the one thing you need is the one thing you can’t have–you’ll risk everything.

Interview with the Author


Q - How did you “open a fresh new world of urban fantasy”?

A - It’s a combination of archaeological research I’d been doing and then a matter of updating shamanism with modern technology. It wasn’t my intent, but I bent the urban fantasy genre. The techno-shaman series has been described as a mystery, a thriller, science fiction, and even metaphysical. It’s a combination of all these because I enjoy action, a fast pace, and building suspense. At its heart though, it’s the story of a young woman on a journey. Her struggles and growth fuel the series.

Q - What has surprised you most in writing these books?

A - Readers! Writing is a solitary effort, which I adore. But hearing from readers and reviewers has been amazing. Their insights into the characters and the stories can be incredibly deep. I’ve also really enjoyed “chatting” with readers via email and social media. There’s even been fan art! The fantasy and science fiction readers who’ve embraced the novels have been more kind and generous than I could have imagined.

Q - What was the inspiration behind this second book in the Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman series?

A - I wanted to go all dark. :) This second novel in Livvy’s arc was a chance for me to reveal something of her beginnings. Despite the fantasy and non-stop action, it’s more of a story that dives inward, into the core of the characters and what defines them. In fact, despite the critical acclaim of the first novel, this second one continues to be a reader favorite. I need to go all dark more often.

Shaman, Friend, Enemy: An Urban Fantasy Thriller is the second novel in the Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman series. The suggested reading order is:

- Shaman, Healer, Heretic
- Shaman, Friend, Enemy
- Shaman, Sister, Sorceress
- Shaman, Priestess, Pawn
- Shaman, Lover, Warrior


Editorial Reviews

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"A riveting blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and coming to terms with the darkness in one's own life, Shaman Friend Enemy is highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review

"I stand by my decision that this would rock as a movie." - We All Dream Too Big

"You will be engrossed, you will be educated, and you will have a blast.  So what are you waiting for?" - Sassy Peach, Book Blogger

"More good urban fantasy action and I would happily read on in this series if the author brings out a third book." - Nicki J. Markus

"This book is great! Livvy is just so loveable. She's a shaman, and now she's even a famous shaman, but she's still the same down-to-earth, flawed, caring girl she's always been."  - Sarah Elizabeth's Bookshelf

"The Best of 2012 - Green's characters have grown in their complexity and realism. Her protagonist and antagonist both harbor painful secrets which fuel their motives and actions in the story. The resolution of their conflict is immensely gratifying for its approach and in its execution." - New Podler Review

About the Author

M. Terry Green is a full-time writer, former archaeologist, and budding minimalist. She is the author of Shaman, Healer, Heretic, a 2011 Semi-Finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She and her husband make Los Angeles their home. Visit her online at mterrygreen.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Middleworld Productions (October 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XAIUK4
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I was first introduced to M. Terry Green's writing with the first book in this series Shaman, Healer, Heretic and absolutely loved Olivia Lawson's world. The author has built a world that is contemporary, but unique with introduction of a new urban fancy development of the techno-shaman. I was so excited to find that book two was released and when offered a chance to read this installment, very eager to continue Livvy's journey. Oh what a journey it is! The synopsis definitely provides a good overview of the storyline. In reading Shaman, Friend, Enemy I was able to experience a whole gambit of emotions from laughter to tears and for me that is the ultimate. For me a book that makes me feel the emotions of the characters is in my opinion pure gold. I love that Livvy is such a strong woman, yet has her own vulnerabilities and flaws to deal with and that she steps up to meet these challenges. Shaman, Friend, Enemy is a fast paced read that keeps you wanting to turn the pages just to find out what will happen next. In my opinion it is very well written and once again I am eager to read the next installment to see what Livvy will tackle next. While I am over the moon about this installment in the series and feel it is an excellent read, I do not think it would have been quite as enjoyable had I not first read book one. There is some rehashing of prior events so a new reader to the series would not be completely lost, but I also feel there was so much world building in book one that would be missed had I not started there. That being said I would highly recommend UF fans read book one and then jump right into Shaman, Friend, Enemy - after all book two is here and you will not have to wait to continue this most excellent journey!
This book was given to me by the author requesting my honest opinion and I have received no remuneration other than the pleasure of reading a new story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sureal and exciting May 10, 2012
By TicToc
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Article first published as Book Review:Shaman, Friend, Enemy by M. Terry Green on Blogcritics.

Sometimes our past dictates what we become, some grow stronger; others will often allow that darkness or secret to dictate the direction of their entire being. Only strength will determine how we decide where to turn. That strength comes from acknowledging that secret and bringing it into the light, no longer allowing it to hold you hostage to the pain.

In Shaman Friend Enemy by M. Terry Green, we are immersed back into the world of Olivia (Livvy) Lawson, a Techno-Shaman who has brought shamanism into the open in such a way that the field begins to attract attention. The paparazzi are often at her healings and everything she now does is under scrutiny. Her friends and the other Shamans that have helped her in the past have disappeared into their own work and she is back taking care of and healing those who require her skills. However along with the exposure, she finds she is now being challenged by a Shaman she does not know. This Shaman seems to be able to find Livvy in the underworld where she does her healing. As Livvy soon finds, she will need all of her friends and her abilities to fight this new threat. This new Shaman calls on the old world rituals and the darkness she brings will cause untold damage to the practice as it stands.

Although Livvy's career has taken an upward turn, her personal life begins to spiral out of control. She only now realizes that she is in love but does not know how to move forward. She has a secret that she has never shared; it goes the very beginning of her shamanism.
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Los Angeles is changing. Techno-shaman Livvy Lawson--who's one of the most highly coveted shamans in the area, thanks to a recent triumph in the multiverse, as well as its exposure--can feel it prickling in her skin. It's not just her career dynamic; there seems to be some other shamanic influx disrupting the natural flow of her work, too. Only when she notices a devastating pattern among her clients, and when shamans begin appearing in her middleworld, does she figure out there's someone out there that's putting not only the LA shamans, but also her directly, in grave danger. But by then, it may be too late to take any defensive measures.

This second installment of the Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman series is an artful, well-processed continuation of the fascinating urban fantasy world that left readers begging for more in the original Shaman, Healer, Heretic. The idea of techno-shamanism itself is magical and thrilling--a combination of steampunk and contemporary fantasy--and the plot is also fast-paced and easy to follow. This sequel isn't as dangerous or as inventive as the first book, as the backdrop of shamanism is already set, but it's definitely more psychologically disturbing, with a fresher and equally absorbing premise.

My only constructive reservation for the previous book was that there wasn't enough of Livvy's past incorporated into the storyline. There would be brief mentions, but never full elaborations, which frustrated me, but now I know they were just a technique to keep me holding on. In Shaman, Friend, Enemy, all the questions--all the obscure nondisclosures--are slowly, painfully answered.
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Totally impressed with the second book in this series. I'm not normally much of a series reader, but this one really works. Read more
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after reading the first book I was excited to see there was more,, Book 2 is as good as the first..
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Continues to entertain! Enjoyable unique story, and great characters. It's hard to put down. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOved this book
Just loved the concept, and the books themselves. REALLY GOOD CHARACTERS! Interesting story! I enjoyed this book immensely! I will be reading the others!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting series
I enjoyed all of this series to date.
Can't wait for book 5!
I'm happy to recommend these to all my friends and book club.
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More About the Author

M. Terry Green is a full-time writer, former archaeologist, and budding minimalist. For more information about her and Livvy's techno-shaman universe, please visit mterrygreen.com.

Reading order for the series:

OLIVIA LAWSON TECHNO-SHAMAN
* Shaman, Healer, Heretic
* Shaman, Friend, Enemy
* Shaman, Sister, Sorceress
* Shaman, Priestess, Pawn
* Shaman, Lover, Warrior

Terry adores hearing from readers! You can reach her via terry (at) mterrygreen.com. She does all her own email stunts!


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