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The Charge by [Bayliss, Sharon]
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From Publishers Weekly: 

A solid cast of well-developed characters, including a "super-tall" royal Texan family, stars in this thrill ride of a novel teetering between sci-fi adventure and alternate historical epic. 

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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  • File Size: 1969 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (March 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNPCHGQ
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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.
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This story is an alternate history of the U.S. and Texas with a few characters that have paranormal elements because of their blood. Will--the son of the President of the United States, Warren King--who is out to save his kidnapped little brother at any cost, and Lena--a Texas democratic activist who happens to be dating Will, are the main characters. This book is fast paced, with lots of mystery and suspense, and sizzling energy like the Energizer bunny. I found the alternate tweaked history setting intriguing. 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? 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. Great book full of suspense, shocking characters, and a unique alternate history that made me grateful for my country and normal summer rain storms.
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The charged was like a breath of fresh air--so different from the other YA books on the market today. I'm not usually much for alternate histories, but after reading The Charge I might be. Warren felt so real as a character and Bayliss nailed the teenage male perspective. Never once did I feel the author's own gender creep into the protagonist. I will definitely read more from this author. Sharon Bayliss is an author to watch. Some of the content (language and sexuality) makes The Charged inappropriate for young teens. Long live the Texas Empire!
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I read The Charge in just one day because I literally couldn't put it down. The characters are well written, interesting, and have such mystery to them that I had to keep reading in order to find out what happened next. The Charge is an alternative history of Texas which tells the story of what happens when powerful people make decisions that impact the lives of people who are completely unaware of how each are linked. Finishing the book made me long for more. I want to know how democracy comes to the Texas Empire. I want to know if Isaac is a mad scientist or a caring soul. I want to know how Will and Victory figure into the future of the truce.
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By Beth on April 12, 2013
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The characters were well developed; I really rooted for Warren and Lena and even found myself occasionally cheering for the bad guys.

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").
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