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Aquarius Rising Paperback – November 23, 2013
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"Overall, Aquarius Rising is a fun, page turning read. If you are looking for action, secrets, humor, and a little bit of romance, then I suggest you pick up Christopher John Chater's novel."
About the Author
Christopher John Chater was born in Burbank, California, but has lived on the East Coast, on the West Coast, and in the South. He's worked as production assistant in the film industry, a song plugger in the music industry, and a bartender and butler in the hospitality industry. He now lives in North County San Diego and writes full time.christopherjohnchater.com.
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He searches for a job that has meaning, and one that will connect him with his mother, who taught him about sacred architecture. And he successfully lands a mysterious interview, with a company that purposely tries to stay invisible. Although Nick is skeptical, all contact with the company seemingly has hidden meaning. But during the interview, Lisa, the recruiter, and Nick are nearly killed by one of the members of the most powerful families in the world. Lisa explains to Nick that her company, if they succeed, will lose that family a lot of money, which is why employees of her company have to be so secretive.
Nick soon learns that there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye, and he and Lisa end up on a dangerous, action-packed adventure, one where they find themselves constantly fighting for their lives.
In this story, it is easy to get attached to the main characters. They have sympathetic backstories and their motivations are clear. The conspiracy plotline is also a fun ride, full of interesting tidbits about history and astrology. The author also does a great job of breaking up tense moments with bits of humor—and one of the most blunt, yet likeable and funny characters in the story is Nick’s father.
However, sometimes there is so much going on, it felt like there was not time to take a beat and soak it all in. Within just a few chapters, the main characters lives change drastically, and they also travel multiple countries and have to handle a myriad of threats. And then in the end, things wrap up almost too neatly, but just in time for the characters to discover something that puts them on a new adventure.
As an avid TV watcher, I could not help but notice similarities between Aquarius Rising and the CBS TV show Extant. Though Extant didn’t start airing until 2014, about a year after Aquarius Rising, it was interesting to me to see how in both stories, aliens are destroying the planet.
True, in Extant, the aliens later become peaceful, but in Aquarius Rising the reader is left not knowing what happened to the last few members of the powerful alien family. The ending is a great setup for a sequel, and it is possible the aliens and humans will have to join forces to face a new threat to the world.
Overall, Aquarius Rising is a fun, page turning read. If you are looking for action, secrets, humor, and a little bit of romance, then I suggest you pick up Christopher John Chater’s novel.
I loved this book because the author found a way to tie the past to the future, while putting the entire story in a new perspective. Moreover, the characters were very well-developed but the author didn't spend half the book developing them, as was the case for some of the other books I have read recently.
I found some of the parts confusing because of new character introductions but most of the book was fast-paced and fun to read given the various plot twists. The only criticism I have for the book is that people seemed to be in grave danger almost every second. Almost every page of the book was marked by the presence of an assassin. I understand that because this is an action book, but a few calm sections in between would have been nice.
Nicholas Fellow is a divorced 38-year-old architect, who is currently living in his father's apartment. He is trying to get a job with an architecture firm. However, a meeting with a representative from the firm shows Nicholas that if he chooses to accept the job, he will have to relocate and cut all ties from his family.
When Nicholas and the representative, Lisa, are attacked by a group of people who seem bent on killing them, Nicholas is forced to run to a safe house with Lisa. Once there, he is told that there are two rival companies who will do anything to see the other crash and burn.
Moreover, their quarrel is not only over money, but also over the world.
Nicholas and Lisa are force to run for their life after a series of events destroys their safe haven.
Will Nicholas and Lisa survive? Will they beat their rivals?
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Although quite a short novel, Aquarius Rising packed a whole lot of action into its pages. I thought it was competently written and highly enjoyable. The characters of Nick and Lisa were developed to a good standard and bounced off one another fantastically. The story was completely over-the-top in a good way and kept me entertained until the very end. Worth seeking out for a few hours' escapism.
Thanks to author Christopher John Chater for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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Aquarius Rising pleasantly surprised me. It had my attention from the moment that John was nabbed on the street.Read more