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The Charge [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Bayliss
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Praise for The Charge, by Sharon Bayliss:

"A solid cast of well-developed characters, including a “super-tall” royal Texan family, stars in this thrill ride of a novel teetering between sci-fi adventure and alternate historical epic." ~Publishers Weekly Review (won in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition)

About The Charge:

When King of the Texas Empire kidnaps Warren's brother, Warren embarks into a still Wild West to save him. On his journey, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever—he and his brother are long-lost members of the Texas royal family and the King wants them both dead.

He gets help from an activist Texan named Lena, who's itching to take on the King and happens to be a beautiful firecracker Warren can't stay away from. Convincing her he's not one of the bad guys becomes harder when a mysterious energy stirs in his body, turning his brain into a hive of emotions and memories—not all his own.

A legacy of violence is not all he inherited from the brutal Kings of Texas. The myth that the royal family possesses supernatural powers may not be myth at all.

Gone are the days when choosing a major was a big deal. Now Warren must save his brother and choose whether or not to be King, follow a King, or die before he can retire his fake ID.


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From Publishers Weekly: 

A solid cast of well-developed characters, including a "super-tall" royal Texan family, stars in this thrill ride of a novel teetering between sci-fi adventure and alternate historical epic. 

Set in a time after the fall of the evil Texas Empire at the hands of the United States government, average Joe Warren King discovers that his geeky loner little brother has been kidnapped, and his mother inexplicably urges him to flee to Canada. Instead, Warren travels to California, a former Texas Empire territory, where he comically tries his hand at sleuthing to track down his genius brother, Isaac, who seems to have been actively testing their DNA for a mysterious "blue chromosome." Warren soon learns that the people who abducted his brother are after him too, and it is all tied to the blue chromosome and his sudden realization that his body is giving off a powerful electrical charge that he can't explain. 

At a measured pace, the engrossing history of this parallel world is revealed, along with the politics and legends that accompany the now extinct royal Texan Wildes family -- a beautiful, physically homogenous, and abnormally tall clan believed to have preternatural abilities, and perhaps a connection to Warren himself. Easily shifting between characters' perspectives, and relentless in its action, well-placed humor, and suspense, this manuscript is a delight.

This review was won in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition.

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  • File Size: 1806 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
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  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (March 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNPCHGQ
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charged up about The Charge March 2, 2013
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This story is an alternate history of the U.S. and Texas with a few characters that have paranormal elements because of their blood. Will--the son of the President of the United States, Warren King--who is out to save his kidnapped little brother at any cost, and Lena--a Texas democratic activist who happens to be dating Will, are the main characters. This book is fast paced, with lots of mystery and suspense, and sizzling energy like the Energizer bunny. I found the alternate tweaked history setting intriguing. In this book, Texas and the U.S. don't like each other. The U.S. bombed Texas to kill off its ruthless King and all others that share his blood...but after almost 2 decades, a new King materializes and rumors of war begin to escalate. Will another ruthless dictator take over Texas, or will the Wild West finally take steps towards democracy? With the sizzling blue blood of the Texas dynasty, there is a lot at stake, and a lot of people who will do anything--including murder--to stack the cards one way or the other in this political maelstrom. Great book full of suspense, shocking characters, and a unique alternate history that made me grateful for my country and normal summer rain storms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read March 2, 2013
By KathyE
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I read The Charge in just one day because I literally couldn't put it down. The characters are well written, interesting, and have such mystery to them that I had to keep reading in order to find out what happened next. The Charge is an alternative history of Texas which tells the story of what happens when powerful people make decisions that impact the lives of people who are completely unaware of how each are linked. Finishing the book made me long for more. I want to know how democracy comes to the Texas Empire. I want to know if Isaac is a mad scientist or a caring soul. I want to know how Will and Victory figure into the future of the truce.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electrify May 10, 2014
By Sarit
Format:Kindle Edition
The full review - [...]...

An alternate history of the U.S. and Texas with a few characters that have paranormal elements because of their blood. In this book, Texas and the U.S. don't like each other. The U.S. bombed Texas to kill off its ruthless King and all others that share his blood...but after almost 2 decades, a new King materializes and rumors of war begin to escalate. Will another ruthless dictator take over Texas, or will the Wild West finally take steps towards democracy?

There is a legacy of violence from the brutal Kings of Texas.

There is also a myth that the royal family possesses supernatural powers may not be myth at all. With the sizzling blue blood of the Texas dynasty, there is a lot at stake, and a lot of people who will do anything--including murder--to stack the cards one way or the other in this political maelstrom.

Warren returns from college because the King of Texas has kidnapped Isaac, his quirky genius brother. When Warren King’s brother is kidnapped, he learns that he’s a descendent of the Texan royal family, and that puts his life in danger. Warren disregards his Mom's suggestion to run off to Canada for safety and heads into Texas to look for answers. He's always been the one to take care of their family..

On his journey, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever.Everything he knew was based on lies and he's role in current events may be much more than anything he ever dreamed for himself. All Warren wanted was to have a normal life- to go to college, date, find someone to love, get married, land a good job and live with his family. Just a normal, boring life with no major complications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pay attention May 10, 2014
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The story is intricate enough to require a close first read and an even closer second.

I suggest you pay attention to all the characters as they each lend the proper amount of conflict to the plot and, most importantly, heart to the story.

The 'family' theme is never exhausted and holds true to the unspoken Texan principal of keeping close to the ones you love.

Bravo Mrs Bayliss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read with great characters April 11, 2014
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This is an interesting alternate history of the US and Texas. But really, the story is about the characters and how they learn about their history and, eventually, their futures. Brilliantly written and smart, I had a hard time putting this down. I'm looking forward to a sequel so I know what happens to the main characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a truly unique and exciting plot! January 30, 2014
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The electrifying main characters were solid, strong, and perfectly flawed to make us root for them. I loved the idea of a Texas Empire! My only complaint is I was left wanting more - more background about the blue energy and how it came to be, deeper connection between Lena and Warren, and more depth from the supporting characters. It worked, but I know there's more behind the scenes! Hoping to get more in the next one!
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The charged was like a breath of fresh air--so different from the other YA books on the market today. I'm not usually much for alternate histories, but after reading The Charge I might be. Warren felt so real as a character and Bayliss nailed the teenage male perspective. Never once did I feel the author's own gender creep into the protagonist. I will definitely read more from this author. Sharon Bayliss is an author to watch. Some of the content (language and sexuality) makes The Charged inappropriate for young teens. Long live the Texas Empire!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great alternate take on history
Thoroughly enjoyed this take on US and Texas history. The characters are so intriguing that I wanted to know more about them. I would welcome a sequel.
Published 3 months ago by DanburyRose
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally unique!
This is certainly a unique book! Sharon Bayliss’s brilliant new adult alternative history imagines a world where Texas established its own empire separately from the U.S. Read more
Published 10 months ago by E. L. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charge
'The Charge' is the kind of book you just can't put down. It has a lot of twist and turns that take you to unexpected places. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R B Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars A story with a twist
Get ready for a different take on the U.S. The Charge, by Sharon Bayliss, is an alternative history story with paranormal elements. Read more
Published 14 months ago by bookpixie68
4.0 out of 5 stars A great new Sci-fi....
What a page turner! It's a fresh new plot. The Charge is about two different territories one being the United States and Texas Empire. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Relleman
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed
The Charge was an interesting read for me. It wasn't at all what I expected. It jumped very quickly into the action of story with one thing happening quickly behind the next. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amy C
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
The action, the suspense, the mystery...The Charge! This book grabbed me from the get-go and drove me through page after page. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Millie Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars A King, a storm, a Caebellum, a great story!
"When King of the Texas Empire kidnaps Warren's brother, Warren embarks into a still Wild West to save him. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Yolanda Renee
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Sharon Bayliss is a native of Austin, Texas and works her day job in the field of social work. When she's not writing, she enjoys living in her "happily-ever-after" with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). You can connect with Sharon at www.facebook.com/authorsharonbayliss and www.sharonbayliss.com.

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