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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2012
There was so much going on in this book, I don't know where to start. I tore through it. There was not a dull moment to be found. There was a tiny bit of politics, a lot of tension and mystery, and a little paranormal. A lot of family - and extended family - interaction, some high-tech spy stuff, chase scenes, explosions, and spirituality. An advanced civilization, a spirit guide, and old family mysteries. I can tell you one thing, though. I will absolutely, positively read the sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2012
Paz Kirkegaard, the 19-year-old daughter of a newly-elected United States senator, literally bursts onto the scene in the first sentence of this part-fantasy, part-mystery novel when she bursts through the back exit of a trendy Washington dance club. She's running for her life!

Who would want to kidnap Paz, and why?

In The Foolish and the Weak, you'll criss-cross the country with Paz and her family as they try to evade those seeking to do them harm. And when it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad, even an extended family member is suspect.

This story of family, faith, politics and intrigue will keep you guessing at every twist and turn. Our average teenager, Paz, turns out not to be so average after all. What is it about her that may just save this family? And is it from this realm?

This is a terrific, action-packed book that will appeal to young adults and adults alike. References to much of the modern technology we use every day and to many actual locations throughout the United States along with great characters and descriptive scenes make for a wonderfully entertaining read.

Don't leave us hanging Mr. Albrethsen, give us book two now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
This novel was highly entertaining and I can't wait to read the next one. The characters are well fleshed out and complex.

I read right through and didn't want it to be over. The story of Paz and her family is exciting and keeps you guessing. There are twists and turns with every page.

I suggest you snap this book up and start reading. There is enough of the supernatural to keep your imagination flowing without overwhelming the story.

The book is well written and edited. I received a complimentary copy in order to review. But this novel is well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2012
I'm usually not a reader. My daughter read The Foolish and the Weak and loved it. She said it was right up my alley and she was right. I like the paranormal. I liked the characters. I found the book to be fast paced, mysterious and interesting. When I watch a TV show, I always try to solve the problem before its over. My husband always tells me to wait for the wrap. I was having trouble waiting and I certainly didn't have it figured out. It was hard to put down. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. Come to think of it, I think it would be a good movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2012
First-I received a complimentary copy of this book to review it. From the first page to the last, I never wanted to put this book down. I really enjoyed all the twist and turns, secrets, & family dynamics. The author made me feel Paz's frustration, Paloma's calmness, the exciting chases, and the hunt. I can't wait for The Wise and the Mighty to come out. The descriptiveness of all the action and having to wait with Paz to find out the secrets kept me turning the pages to find answer's just like Paz. A sensational read. Hurry up with the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
This is the story of a young girl who finds herself changing (mentally, emotionally, and physically) as she struggles to stay one step ahead of kidnapping henchmen. Her father is a newly elected congressman with a trusty security man, her mother is an impossibly young-looking wise woman and she has one gadget-loving little brother. Together with a few they collect on the way, they travel across the country in a mostly vain attempt to evade "the bad guys."

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The pace is quick and engaging, the dialog is witty and believable, and the characters are (for the most part) well rounded and realistic. It was fun to read!

My only complaints were that a few times the political conversations become a little preachy (even though I agreed with them for the most part) and a few of their evasive tactics were repeated until the mysterious bad guy seemed ridiculously foolish for not taking appropriate precautions. Also, I kind of felt like the spiritual aspect of the changes was forced. Though the author mentioned the family's churchgoing habits a couple of times, faith never really seemed to play a part in the book until the end. None of these little things diminished my enjoyment of the book, however, and I am excited for the next in the series.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
This book was different. It was like a good sandwich with everything in it. Politics, paranormal, faith, God, bad guy, good guys, and family. There were a few things that I think the author could have done earlier in the book to give the reader more insight on why Paz was wanted and some things that I wondered about that had no answers but maybe that will come with the next book which I will be looking forward to reading just to get those questions answered. It was also refreshing that this author did not need to use foul language or sex that is so common in books books today. I would recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. This is the first in a new series, The Age of Restoration. It is well written science fiction combined with mystery, intrigue, politics, and religion. I enjoyed the compelling characters and nonstop action. The prologue introduces us to Paciencia, a young woman living in a place few know about, a secret place with tremendous supernatural powers and technology. She has a vision of someone needing her help because of great danger. We then meet another young woman in Washington, DC. Paz is the 19 year old daughter of the recently elected senator from Texas and a mysterious, charismatic mother. Because of a kidnapping attempt by unknown forces, Paz's family goes on the run. They are especially fearful of the father's twin brother, a power hungry senator from Virginia. Paz begins to feel radical physical, emotional and spiritual changes as she and her family move from one supposedly safe place to another. When Paz is knocked unconscious by someone wishing her harm, Paciencia comes back into the plot to help Paz learn about the time that will come when she will be able to manifest her special powers and gifts for the good, an age of restoration when those in power reject a self serving agenda and work toward the restoration of sanity.

This is a fine read with frequent references to the times that we are living in now. The recalcitrant republicans, stalled legislation, the debt ceiling, universal health care and even Libya are in the mix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2012
Really enjoyed this book, it's a book that makes you think. Plus I have never come across a book like this with the paranormal aspect blended with US government. The main character Paz's father has just been elected to Congress and strange things start happening. Imagine the internal confusion of some unknown change happening to you at the same time people are trying to kidnap you. Why are these changes happening? Why are people after Paz?
There are also strong family relationships embraced, I would have no issue with my son reading this book. He would love all of the car and gadget talk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2012
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.

The prologue led me to believe that this book would lean toward a paranormal/science fiction genre. I had a difficult time after reading half of the book seeing how it fit with the prologue.

Sure the first half of the book was fast-paced; starting in Washington D.C. with an attempted kidnapping then the family's criss-crossing the country to evade whomever was trying to harm them. The first half of the book was building up the plot and introducing the many characters.

To me the real story started at the half way point. There is a tiny bit of politics, a lot of tension and mystery, some high-tech spy stuff, spirituality and the paranormal is introduced. There are hints of and brief glimpses into "another world" as indicated in the prologue. At times it's very hard to tell the good guys from the bad. There are twists and turns, and family secrets and interaction. The secrets and un-answered questions kept me reading on and on.

I had a very hard time getting into this book until after the first half. I almost stopped reading it. I felt like there was way too much description and detail that didn't add anything to the story.

I was interested enough, especially after reading the first chapter of the next book, to ant to read the whole series.
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