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- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (October 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 23, 2015
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As with any work that spans generations, there is the problem of a growing cast of characters and interrelations. Mari Collier handles this issue very well. She continues the story without muddying it with unnecessary detail about any single character, but still seems to be able to make you care for them. You sometimes wish for more of the story, but are still drawn on to the next part of the tale.
The one bad thing I have to say is Mari Collier has forced me to exceed my spending budget on books this month.
To this reviewer, the briefly described episode of the threatening tension building from the consequences of critical anatomical differences between the other-world visitors and their earthly hosts, who have no knowledge of either their origins or their mental powers, was an absolutely necessary action. Though painful to all parties involved, this bitter episode serves as a kind of cathartic experience for sensitive readers aware of the explosive situation created when one member of a union of two possesses overwhelming attributes and powers. Also, many, such as I, might fear that these outer-space people were lost forever in a world "they" never made and would pity both groups for their inability to fully accept the other--one by choice and the other as a result of ignorance.
For those readers who have not had the pleasure of reading the first novel `in this series of three, the plot, though somewhat convoluted, is easy to follow. Almost two hundred years ago, humanoids from a far distant planet fled for their hostile environment.
The hostile elements of this untamed environment set the stage for the next illustration of Ms. Collier's mastery of the writing craft. The selection that follows describes in part what happens when the Space Travelers' wives are visiting a neighboring ranch that is attacked by a band of Comanche. The males are out on the range. Their lives will be determined by how well its female visitors respond to the bloody invasion. The following scene, only partially given, illustrates Ms. Collier's apt ability to depict strong women in desperate circumstances:
"Antoinette, scream in your mind for Lorenz," Anna said through set teeth.
"Why? Whatever for?" Toni, had heard of Anna's kenning ways, but never that Lorenz possessed any.
"Sometimes vhen two people love each other and something is not right, they sense it.
Anna closed her eyes. Lorenz hadn't told her! Something was wrong. Her stomach was still making her dizzy and she fought back the nausea.
"Mina, stop screaming. Hide them!" She was shouting at her daughter.
"Mina, honey, toss me my purse," Toni called.
"There is a revolver in it. I'm a good shot with that, and it is not as heavy."
"Mina, take that revolver and if the Indians make it to the bedroom door, shoot for the middle of the door. Du can do it!"
"Mother McDonald, that would mean they'd kill them all!"
"That vould be better than them taking them." Anna's voice was grim.
The foregoing excerpt at first read seems simple and not as dramatic as one could wish, but consider what the author has accomplished in a few descriptive sentences and brief dialogue. The first obvious fact is the family members are in a high emotional state, some almost uncontrollable. Secondly, the fire-arm power is limited by the number and caliber of weapons, but we see that Anna, the heroine of this scene, makes the best possible use of limited resources. In brief, what Ms. Collier has portrayed for us in her own fashion, is the female counter-part of such fighting males as the Comanche warriors. It is reported that the Sioux warriors on the morning of the day they dressed for battle have said, "It's a good day to die." Or, as Hemingway suggested in The Sun Also Rises, "Style is grace under pressure."
As a closing comment of this brief review of a fascinating novel, this writer assures readers that this novel, besides tense and furious action, rewards its readers with various panoramic views of a way of life slowly receding into a distant past.
© 2/25/2012 Norman Rudnick
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