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Fatal Error: BackTracker series - Book 2 (Volume 2) Paperback – October 19, 2012
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About the Author
Eileen Schuh is the author of THE TRAZ and FATAL ERROR (the first two books in the young adult BackTracker series), and SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT--a sci-fi novella.
Eileen lives with her husband in the remote northern boreal forests of Alberta, Canada. Drawing inspiration from the wilderness, she creates entire universes populated with fascinating characters doing intriguing things.
Eileen recently retired from a life of careers that varied from nurse to journalist to editor to business woman. She remains active in her adopted community of St. Paul and basks in the love and loyalty of an entire flotilla of family, friends and fans--virtual, imaginary and real ones.
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In "Fatal Error" we meet Katrina as a 13 year old who has been rescued by the police from the gang and is now trying to save herself from the misguided being led by the uninformed. As Katrina sinks further into despair and mistrust, those who are supposed to be protecting her fail miserably to both understand and nurture the young genius. Motivated by the desire to justify their actions and protect themselves from responsibility they begin to see the child as the matrix of the problem instead of recognizing their own complicity in all that has occurred.
As Katrina ages and begins to mature she must face all the horror that has befallen her, take responsibility for her own actions and begin the painful journey to adulthood. Trapped between her fear of gang retribution and police prosecution Katrina must be her own advocate. With slow and hesitant steps forward Katrina tries to navigate a world that treats her as a responsible adult while she is still struggling to find her way through her adolescent years.
Katrina is one of the most compelling and haunting characters I have had the pleasure to meet between the covers of a book. She is not easily forgotten and will be with me for some time to come. This is a novel I am pleased to recommend to those who desire both a good story and characters who come alive.
Karen Bryant Doering
Parents' Little Black Book
With enough detail, background and emotion, it feels like you're reading a book by a well established author and, although I still recommend reading The Traz: Book 1 of the BackTracker Series, it's not crucial to have read the first installment to understand the depth of this book.
Span over several years, Eileen Schuh was able to make time seamless throughout by brilliantly entwining the characters and their lives through dialogue. Definitely a dialogue driven plot but with so much compassion for each character and story telling, the plot drove itself and the setting could have been anywhere.
Fatal Error: BackTracker series - Book 2 (Volume 2) is a perfect read for teenagers through to adult and is something any boy would be proud to read as it had gore, tension and gang discussions without being something parents wouldn't approve of.
Thanks for reading,
Sarah Butland author of Sending You Sammy, Brain Tales - Volume One and Arm Farm
I actually gravitated more to the adult characters than Katrina. They seemed more prominent anyways and their struggles to deal with "raising" her and the consequences of their poor judgement were really interesting to me as a parent. I'd recommend the book to other parents. I think it will speak to them.
It's especially difficult when she's in the Witness Protection Program and her identity is no longer really hers.
Fatal Error, the second novel in Eileen Schuh's BackTracker series, douses the reader headfirst in a psychological drama, where secrets and lies are par for the course, and all of the principle players are uniquely motivated. It's not just about putting the members of the gang The Traz behind bars - it's about guilt and blame, and ultimately, forgiveness. For Katrina and undercover officers Shrug and Chad, the healing process is just beginning.
Schuh's treatment of the emotional struggle in the aftermath of the brutality and violence of gang life doesn't pull any punches - it feels genuine and believable. Fatal Error isn't ramped up with physical action, but skillfully-written dialogue consistently drives the plot forward with excellent pacing. It's a worthy sequel to the explosive The Traz.