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The Charge [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Bayliss
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


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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Product Details

  • File Size: 1806 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (March 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read March 2, 2013
By KathyE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 A Must Read April 12, 2013
By Beth
The characters were well developed; I really rooted for Warren and Lena and even found myself occasionally cheering for the bad guys.

I enjoy the way Sharon constructed the story. Her use of third-person narrative while occasionally changing the focal character gives the story an immediacy and helps to keep things fresh and interesting.

There were times when I was reading where, had the character and I been talking, we would have said the same thing at the same time. I would have been owed lots of Cokes...if you don't know what that means, then I'm sorry, you had no childhood--maybe you're a robot or a Caebellum (you'll have to read the book to find out what a Caebellum is).

Additionally, I really liked the alternate history aspect of The Charge. "The Texas Empire" ...who doesn't feel giddy whenever those words are next to each other? It sounds like it should have some Ben-Hur timpani along with it.
Sharon also left room for a sequel (thank you - I'll definitely be reading it!) while still managing to tie up enough loose ends to give a satisfying end.

There's also some romantic tension for all you lovers of the mushy stuff too: not enough to overwhelm or detract from the story, but enough to sweeten things up and which I would have missed were it not there.

I can easily see The Charge as a bestseller. I have already recommended it to my seventeen-year-old son. I don't think I even need to say it, but this book gets 6 stars out of 5 (my version of 11, as in "it's one louder").
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed July 13, 2013
By Amy C
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. For several pages I was left wondering if I'd missed something, a prequel or prologue chapter maybe? It's obvious that the author meant to grab the reader as quickly as possible and drag them into this story. And she succeeded. Even feeling a little disoriented, I had to keep reading to figure out what exactly was going on.

Somewhere around the halfway point things slowed down...a lot. I got a little bored for a bit and put the book down. It wasn't actually boring, it was just less action packed then the beginning. The author gave me a chance to breathe, and I did, for a few days. My mind wandered back to the book eventually. When I did pick it up again, I read right to the last page without even meaning to. Somehow I was hooked again. The action and the twists and turns of the story kept pulling me along. I was a little surprised when I found myself on the last page. I wanted more. I'm not sure if this was meant to be the beginning of a series, but there are definitely a lot of loose ends left that seem to indicate a series is in the making.

If there are more books after this, I will most likely read them. I would have liked to see a little more groundwork laid before jumping into the action and drama, but that's my personal tastes. Overall, job well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a definite yes! April 2, 2013
Read this book in two days. It is an impressive tale of a Texas Empire against the United States. I was worried I would find it difficult to envision a fracture US, but Bayliss does a fantastic job laying out the situation and building the tension between the two.

Every character has a flaw or two, and many make you wonder what side they're on: The King's, the Texas Empire's, or the United State's.

With a well developed cast, a large talent for the written word, and a great flair of speculative fiction, The Charge was a very enjoyable book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Page-Turner, Inventive and Unique Story
I found The Charge to be a page-turner. It was a great story, woven with intrigue, Texas history, fantasy, science fiction, and a little romance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heather Tarman
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 8 months ago by DanburyRose
5.0 out of 5 stars Electrify
The full review - [...]...

An alternate history of the U.S. and Texas with a few characters that have paranormal elements because of their blood. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sarit
5.0 out of 5 stars Pay attention
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... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Chris Vega
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read with great characters
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marion Moras
4.0 out of 5 stars a truly unique and exciting plot!
The electrifying main characters were solid, strong, and perfectly flawed to make us root for them. I loved the idea of a Texas Empire! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tara Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars A world turned upside down--so unique it's almost crazy.
The charged was like a breath of fresh air--so different from the other YA books on the market today. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Momofthree
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 15 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 16 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 19 months ago by bookpixie68
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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 and

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