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The Citizens: A Jazz Nemesis Novel Paperback – March 20, 2012
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About the Author
L. M. Smith is both an avid reader and writer. Her favorite authors include Kim Harrison and Richard Adams. She began writing L.M. Smith is both an avid reader and writer. Her favorite authors include Kim Harrison and Richard Adams. She began writing stories and poetry as a child and has always been fascinated by mythology, various global cultures, and the paranormal.
A self-proclaimed 'desert rat’, she lives near Las Vegas, Nevada with her soul mate, their three dogs, and one very sassy black cat. She is proud to be an alumna of the University of Phoenix and enjoys playing online video games, painting pottery, and binge-watching entire seasons of her favorite TV shows in one day with her sweetheart.
Thanks largely to the encouragement and vivacious faith of her wonderful fans, L.M. has finally allowed herself to hope that she may someday see Jasmine and all of her friends brought to life on the silver screen.
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make me nuts. And I'd take out a few references to Jasmine being a "Scorpio." It's unnecessary, and makes the reader go off track for a moment. That said, this book was better edited than most e-books.
Now for the positives: As a writer and voracious reader, I was wowed by this imaginative book. The characters were incredibly well-drawn -- and unusual -- and the plot moved at a pace that was perfect for this post-apocalyptic (maybe) tale. It's rare that I read anything in one sitting, but I couldn't put it down.
To be one of five people who unexpectedly wake up in a town that appears to be a 1950s TV show set is just the beginning. The characters have no idea where they are or how they arrived, and they're each equipped with an ankle-monitoring device. How they figure out to cope with this situation is the meat of this book. The main character's (Jasmine's) actions are particularly fascinating; I can't recall a female protagonist who's so different, but so real.
To those who mention werewolves and/or other monsters that become central to the plot, I'd not even think about that until finishing the book. The interactions between the five are central as to how the story develops. And I loved being surprised at the end; I certainly made several guesses as to what was happening, but I wrong on all counts. (And I figured out what was happening in "The Sixth Sense" film 10 minutes into the movie. LOL.)
I can't say enough about how well-drawn the characters were written. There's Jasmine, the 30-something loner; Beck, the gentle military man; Gordon, an unpleasant and somewhat mysterious salesman; Kaori, an obnoxious, runaway teenager; and Piper, a British wife and mother in her 40s. To throw these five in a place that could be hidden in America, or on another planet and see how they survive is a wild ride.
Kudos to the author for the very last line of the book. Good way to have readers dying to read the next "adventure."
What a wonderful surprise to randomly start reading this and find myself totally immersed in another -- but possible -- world. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Readers, kept in the dark along with the five Citizens, will keep turning the pages to find out how this compelling story ends. Some of the questions are answered, but more are enticingly left to be resolved in the next book in the series.
The characters were all so different and true to their description throughout the book. Jazz was an excellent main character who had her flaws but wasn't too obnoxious to enjoy.
I got sucked into this book from page one and couldn't put it down all day. I highly recommend this book to any reader considering it.