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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An alternate history of the U.S. and Texas with a few characters that have paranormal elements because of their blood. 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?
There is a legacy of violence from the brutal Kings of Texas.
There is also a myth that the royal family possesses supernatural powers may not be myth at all. 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.
Warren returns from college because the King of Texas has kidnapped Isaac, his quirky genius brother. When Warren King’s brother is kidnapped, he learns that he’s a descendent of the Texan royal family, and that puts his life in danger. Warren disregards his Mom's suggestion to run off to Canada for safety and heads into Texas to look for answers. He's always been the one to take care of their family..
On his journey, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever.Everything he knew was based on lies and he's role in current events may be much more than anything he ever dreamed for himself. All Warren wanted was to have a normal life- to go to college, date, find someone to love, get married, land a good job and live with his family. Just a normal, boring life with no major complications.Read more ›
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").
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable read, we'll written, keeps you wanting to read to the end without putting it down.Published 1 month ago by Rick
Fun characters, interesting plot,very fun story - overall a very enjoyable read. I wish there were more books in that Texas.Published 3 months ago by Dr Anton Chuvakin
The Charge follows mostly Warren, who at the beginning goes looking for his kidnapped brother. Along the way we encounter Lena, who Warren is inexplicably drawn to, and Will, her... Read morePublished 10 months ago by KayTee
I gave this 3 stars because of one scene where one of the characters devolved into extremely crude dialog. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rebecca
If you know almost anything about Texas, but especially if you are a self-identified Texan, you'll get a kick out of this alternate history fantasy in which Texas is an empire and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amy B
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Heather Tarman
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 on June 14, 2014 by DanburyRose
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