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Doubt (Among Us Trilogy) (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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"As a big fan of the show Fringe, this book appealed to me tremendously. The writing was well done, and the way the "supernatural" forces were introduced was great. The characters, primarily Harry and Cristal, were developed and built up very well, and had enough detail about their lives for us readers to understand them as people, not just characters. Genuinely looking forward to read the rest of the series when it comes out!" - Melissa Greenberg, Amazon review
"Doubt by Anne-Rae Vasquez is really slow-paced but then starts to pick up, and once that happened the book became amazing. Doubt is well written with great imagery and some plot twists that I never saw coming. There aren't many books that have such a unique plot twist. Once religion is brought into Doubt, the book gets a little weird but when the pieces start falling into place it making sense. When the background stories of some of the paranormal creatures come to light, the book gets even better." - April Gilly for Reader's Favorite
"The plot seems simple enough, yet by the time you reach the midpoint, you discover "truth seeking" is the furthest thing from anyone's mind. The reader is bombarded with beguiling characters and chaos at every turn. Vasquez's writing style flows well despite the dizzying array of events. The question will be, once the truth is uncovered will it really matter in the end?" - Reviewed by J'Nel Wright for IndieReader
A dystopian adventure, edgy and thought-provoking which raises questions about what we're doing to our society and planet. This gritty narrative which is fast paced and full of twists and turns is hard to put down till the end." - Cid Andrenelli, author of The Burqa Master
"Anyone seeking a phenomenal paranormal YA novel that's wonderfully fresh, innovative and devoid of any clichés or predictability will love DOUBT. The interesting way in which the author approaches Angels and Demons I found utterly fascinating and entirely *new* and so I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this to readers both young and old alike." - Lucinda F. Amazon top reviewer
From the Author
What's behind the story?
When I began writing the Among Us Trilogy, I had been entertaining myself by watching back to back episodes of Fringe. I loved how the story would start out like any normal CIA type of crime mystery TV show and then go completely sideways. Serious characters would find themselves in crazy and impossible to believe situations and yet would carry on as if it were really happening, taking us, the viewers, into this altered reality. What was most fascinating is that the story was always told in multiple points of view by different characters. Protagonists were also antagonists in the story arc or even in the same episode. And fascinatingly, it all made sense even when it didn't.
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It seems there may have been some time mix-ups, but if so, they didn't bother me enough to go back and research them. The story was too interesting to take time to bother with that.
I highly recommend this book.
I had to give it five stars. I read it during the holidays and got through it in two days. I liked it enough that I want to know what happens to the characters and I'm buying the next volume. 'Nuff said? If you want to enjoy a trip out of your everyday stuff, I think you'll find this will do it. I also like that the book was not salacious - does all fiction that "sells" have to be erotic? Thankfully not. It's a buy signal from me.
The story focuses on Harrell (I really like his name) "Harry Doubt," his friends in an online game he created -- the Truth Seekers, and their offline secret missions to uncover the truth about the sudden disappearances of some people, including his mother.
I really enjoyed the first two parts of this book. Vasquez is really good with writing thrilling scenes. I often found myself eager to turn the next page to uncover the mysteries Harry, Cristal, and the others were trying to solve. I have always been amazed and fascinated by computer science, computer geeks, and geniuses. This is one of the reasons why I love Birchoff from Nikita, because he is a computer geek. I really liked Harry; he is loyal and just simply adorable and innocent.
The earlier parts were very interesting and it got me so hooked. When some questions were answered, I admit, though, that I was disappointed. I did not expect that supernatural involvement at all. I was hoping for a more amazing explanation for all of the events. It could have been really, really good with something else, I guess. I was so sure I was going to give a 4.5 rating for this but because of the last few parts, well, let's just say I hadn't totally enjoyed it as much as I did the earlier parts.
I appreciated each character's background story. It made me understand and connect with all of them, especially with Harry and Cristal. I found the flow of the story to be not as smooth as I expected it to be. It felt like things just became jumbled pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. It was like, a pile of unsolved problems just continued to increase and then in one *whoosh* moment, an answer (or ahem a person ahem) was provided. To connect and explain all of it. It's as if all of these scattered ideas were pushed into the story in one go without coherence.
Because it started off as a sci-fi, I really didn't enjoy the last few parts. I felt dismayed with the ending; I felt like Vasquez rushed into it. But I am looking forward to the sequel because many questions still remain unanswered and I am still totally intrigued. Because it was not a total let down and for its captivating earlier parts, I am giving this a 3.5 star.
Do not be fooled by all of my negative remarks. I really enjoyed the book despite the last parts and the ending. I just find it easier to criticize the mistakes than actually praise it.
More of a fantasy than a science fiction, which maybe many of us will mistake at first. Set in a modern day world of computers, internet and technology, this books gave me the most surprising twist of all. Never did I know that the story will unfold towards a plot that seems to be at the other end of the stick. Angel and demons, good and evil, belief and religion, time travel and mysticism. You won't know what's next while reading this book. It will keep you guessing what is going to happen next, who the main character really is, what the characters are all about and what is really the reason for each characters actions. While reading your mind is continually being piqued by the story. Each characters have their strength and weakness (one trait on a story I found good), yet they also have some sort of personal scheme.
If you are being curious at what I said in this review, you won't find it here. I will not spoil one good story by sharing it all. I highly recommend that you get this book, read it till the end. I honestly cannot wait to start book two. Kudos to the author for tickling my imagination with this first book in the series.