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Top Customer Reviews
This is written in clean, plain English with only a bare minimum of mild cussing. No f-words. If this were a film, it might slip through with a G-rating.
Quick & Dirty Highlights
The premise for "Dark Retreat" is fine. A global EMP event; a mother with a daughter on the verge of death unwilling to surrender; an ex-Navy Seal provides potential for great intrigue and character growth. Let's face it, an apocalyptic post-civilization suspense written by a woman might be precisely what this genre needs.
Purchasing this first book in s series was a no-brainer. So, how did the writer do? Read on for what I liked and what I wish to see improved as the story pushes forward.
Length: Print, 233 pages.
Target Audience/Genre: Apocalyptic Action-Adventure.
Q - How was this book obtained?
A - Bought on Amazon.
Q - Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first?
A – Yes,
Q - Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures?
A – Not a lot, but sometimes the word choice is perplexing.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – A fast, easy read.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A - The writing style tends toward telling what is happening, instead of showing. Also, it was a challenge to develop an empathy with the mother, whom I thought would be, and should have been, an instant star. Don't get me wrong, I did develop a respect for her, just not not "Hallmark Moment" in which tears started to well up in my eyes.
Having stated that, however, you can be certain I will read the next book in the series.
Two points of appreciation: although there is more to come, this does not end with a cliffhanger; there is a good deal of information that will help people in times of crisis.
I’ve included a small excerpt below, so readers can peruse the style of presentation utilized by the author.
'...Had the boarding up been completed recently or was it done before the EMP struck three months ago? She hesitated. What if someone was living here and waiting inside?
Megan took a split second to make her decision. Her daughter’s life was at stake. She would take her chances. She tried the handle, knowing it wouldn’t budge, but twisted it anyway. She could always hope fate was kind. This time, she wasn’t going to let a locked door stop her. It wasn’t solid like the one in the front. She had to try.
Standing on her left leg, she raised her right leg and gave the door a good, hard kick. Her boots added more force to the kick. The door held. Megan kicked again and again. She could not give up. Her knee and ankle felt as if someone had stuck a knife into the joints with each kick, but she didn’t care. This was her only hope to get help for her daughter. They had been traveling all day and with nightfall coming and the temperature dropping, she was going to get inside one way or another.
After another kick that proved futile, Megan took a step back. She bent over at the waist, taking a few deep breaths.
"Please, God. Help me get this door open.” Ever since she was a little girl, she had been called stubborn. Her ex-husband, Derick, repeatedly told her he hated how obstinate she could be. In the almost thirty-two years she had been on this earth, her stubbornness had only gotten stronger. This was one time she was very happy to be stubborn. She was not going to give up.
She stood up, stared at the door for a moment before taking several steps back. Megan ran for the door, turned at the last second and threw her entire body against it. The door swung open with a huge crack toppling Megan to the hardwood floor.
It took her a moment to recover and realize she had actually broken through. Whooping with glee, her first thought was to get to Caitlin, but an inner voice stopped her. She needed to make sure no one was inside waiting to attack the intruder that had just busted down the door.
Megan shouted, “Hello? Hello, is there anyone here? I need help!” She was prepared to use the poor, struggling woman card with a sick child in tow. She didn’t look threatening and most people would never assume a woman, alone and unarmed could do any harm.
Let them believe that, she smiled.
When no one answered, Megan darted around the bottom floor, which held the kitchen, dining room, a bathroom and two bedrooms. She didn’t want to leave Caitlin outside a second longer and decided to check out the upstairs once she had her daughter tucked into one of the beds.
Megan ran back to where she had left Caitlin. The little girl hadn’t moved, which scared her more than when the EMP struck and the world stopped moving and went pitch black. That was scary. This was terrifying. Megan thought back to those first few days as she knelt down next to her daughter.
She had never heard of an EMP and had no idea it could actually happen. With communication systems down, it wasn’t as if she could flip on the news to find out what had happened. Word spread via the few folks that had HAM radios. They were able to talk with other people around the country and some had access to what was left of the government. Apparently...'
Excerpt taken from Chapter 2 of Dark Retreat by Grace Hamilton.
This is a good start to a series that could become a hit. It will be interesting to watch how this story evolves.
Four stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
Megan's dad was a Marine and taught her the basics of surviving in the wilderness including trapping and hunting. These two skills certainly come in handy for them during their trek. Fortunately, for both of them, they stumble upon a place which appears unoccupied. Caitlin is in bad shape when they arrive and Megan (as any mother) is worried beyond belief.
The adventure begins for all of them when the owners of the lodge return. Megan's life has been full of distrust. She harbors a general feeling that being alone is better for both of them.
In addition to the harrowing situations they are all subject to, the author has interjected some really outstanding tips on living off the land. She explains in great detail things such as nettle, dandelion, Echinacea, pine needles (and more) and how to use them medicinally. She also tosses in information on hand to hand combat, the use of charcoal, essential oils and Heirloom seeds to increase the reader's knowledge in this area.
One thing that I truly admired was the close knit family that the Morris's enjoyed. Wyatt is an ex-Navy SEAL (is there such a thing as an ex- Navy SEAL?) and he certainly added to the story. There are two friends included in this lodge, as well. All of the members of this family contribute to the well being of each other and the team effort is amazing. The family unit is strong and the reader feels as though they are 'family' at the end of the book.
Definitely will read on when the next one is available. Am curious to see what dangers lurk around the corner and how the entire family adapts to life during the upcoming winter. Oh, I love Duke, the German Shepherd! One of my heroes in this one.
BUT, the main character continually doesn't trust them, is aloof and has no reason to be. Most of her story is done in her thoughts because she won't even hardly talk to them to the point of rudeness. I got so sick of her, I quit reading it actually. I don't care anymore what happened to her.
. A bit more editing to eliminate the probable auto correct words that were obviously not what was intended and I would have given 5 stars.
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