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Among Us (The Colony Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 14, 2013
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The encounters between Elaine and the men in the story were nothing short of strange, and I was questioning her sanity right along with Travis. Although, there were times I was questioning not only Travis' sanity, but his intentions. Who is Max...really? That was a question posed repeatedly and I still can't answer it. I hope he is not the villain Travis has made him out to be.
My favorite part of the story? So many choices. I think the scene when Elaine showed up at Travis' apartment, out of nowhere, just minutes after her husband leaving for a flight, and the events immediately after is a contender for favorite. However, the descriptive scene that takes place when Elaine is unconscious was `memorable.' Yet, there is that ending that the author scripted so emotionally and used to leave me hanging. As I said, so many choices. Can't wait until October!
First, the description here calls the book "an adult female epic fantasy." I'm a guy and did not find it to be overly "girlie"! There's plenty of intrigue, mystery, and mayhem to keep guys interested as well.
Elaine's past haunts her on a number of levels, influencing her behaviors and her susceptibility to others' motivations and manipulations. Add the mysterious and commanding personality of Max, a less-than-dedicated husband and Travis, a friend, whose unwavering love for Elaine is both a blessing and a curse, and you have the makings of an intricate story that travels dark, unpredictable roads.
This in an intricate and interwoven tale. Elaine is an art appraiser. As an artist myself, I appreciate Morgan's attention to detail in describing paintings, periods and techniques. Meeting Max by "accident" leads her to his estate where she is ultimately hired to do the appraisal of his priceless collection of art and books. Max's leadership in a "cult" or "outside society" is dark, possibly frightening, on the surface. If you believe there are groups that live and operate outside the influence of polite society and domineering governments, then you will be intrigued and drawn deeper and deeper into this story. I'll stop here as any more thoughts may give something away, and I do not want to be a spoiler!
Morgan keeps the reader on edge throughout. Being off-balance implores the reader to devour page after page. This book is hard to put down! I’m already anxious to read the next, Awakenings. Do I recommend this book? Yes, to anyone who dislikes formula fiction, likes having ‘norms’ challenged, and isn’t shy--there is definitely some steam on these pages.”