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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The characters are well developed. Victory is the type of bad girl you can't help loving. You feel for her pining for a love she can't have. Warren, the main character, finds out he has royal blood and doesn't want the responsibily that comes with it. Lena first appears mild and sweet, but watch out she is a spitfire you don't want to get on the wrong side of. And Isaac, the nerdy and weird brother, might not be as innocent as he seems.
I highly recommend this book. Robin
Overall, this book was a well-done story by a fantastic up&coming local Texas author and she should be very proud of her accomplishment. I would highly recommend this book to friends, especially those interested in historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy.
I suggest you pay attention to all the characters as they each lend the proper amount of conflict to the plot and, most importantly, heart to the story.
The 'family' theme is never exhausted and holds true to the unspoken Texan principal of keeping close to the ones you love.
Bravo Mrs Bayliss.