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The Fireborn Chronicles: Fireborn Found (Volume 1) Paperback – August 10, 2015
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About the Author
Mary Andrews writes science fiction—Psionic Science Fiction—which encompasses the inevitable fusion of man, machine, and the paranormal. For over two decades Mary has sought out and studied writing from too many mentors to list. Books from her Fireborn Chronicles series have been published by MuseItUp Publishing, Swimming Kangaroo Press, and she has recently self published Author Editions. She is an unconventional thinker who thrives ‘out of the box.’ Her favorite question is: WHY, since that answer, enables all solutions. She claims little fear of change: in fact, she has adventured through multiple career choices, testing many waters and distant horizons before finally realizing a love for writing. Currently the director of the Write Right Critique Group (WRCG) in Lubbock, Texas, Mary continues to follow her muse, or rather, document its whereabouts, from a recreational past through the Society for Creative Anachronisms to the barely unfolding universes in her mind. Mary's works in eBook & Print include: The Fireborn Chronicles The Fireborn Chronicles: Fireborn found (Author's Edition-eBook) The Fireborn Chronicles: Resonances The Fireborn Chronicles: Revelations She heartily invites one and all to visit her website’s writer’s resources page as well as read samples of her work at http://FirebornChronicles.com
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Mary Andrews has included three short stories in this edition of her novel so that we get to meet Rael as an eighteen-year-old when he begins his training with his own ship, Nemesis, and then fifteen years later as he begins to assemble his own special team. By the time the novel begins, the reader already knows not only Rael, but also Laynald, a healer as well as an assassin, and Ira, a telepathic teenager. Fireborn Found takes place five years after the last short story, by which time the Nemesis Dark Ops team has become fully functional, a bonding of man, machine, and the paranormal.
The story line is well-crafted and the pace is fast-moving and exciting. There are mysteries to be solved, and the plot has a lot of twists and turns. I found the descriptions of the various planets in the stories to be fascinating. But what I enjoyed the most was the characters and how Rael with his compu-link works with the telepathic Ira and Laynald, who has no supernatural powers at all. Even though these three men are very different, they work extremely well together. It is true that Ira gets a headache if he is too close to Rael when Rael is using his compu-link, and Laynald and Rael both find it difficult to be in situations where telepathic communication is going on, but in spite of their differences, they have bonded together into a complete team capable of carrying out a wide variety of assignments.
This is the first novel in a trilogy and I am definitely hooked and ready for the next two (which thankfully are already published). Readers of all ages who enjoy fantasy with a paranormal twist will be captivated by Fireborn Found.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews.
Rael Pointe has powers that others fear, powers that even cause others pain. He has implants in his head that allow him to access computers. He was rescued from the Hive and raised by Marion Mahata, a woman with powerful political connections. Rael will soon have a purpose as he trains and eventually begins commanding his own team. But what will Rael learn as his team of rogues takes on this latest mission?
The early sections of THE FIREBORN CHRONICLES: FIREBORN FOUND read almost like separate short stories, which was initially a bit disconcerting. All of the sections eventually begin tying together as the story progresses. However, the first bit seemed somewhat disjointed as a little more character development and descriptions of the setting would have helped the early parts of the book. But once I got settled into this world, wow, what a journey!
Rael is one of the more intriguing characters I've ever read about. His ability to manipulate and access computers in this high tech world makes him a force to be reckoned with! The other characters add that needed touch of humanity to a man that otherwise might seem more machine than anything else.
Mary Andrews has quite a few surprises in store for the reader as this is one sci fi book chock full of twists and turns. Give THE FIREBORN CHRONICLES: FIREBORN FOUND time to develop as the story is certainly worth it once you see how all of the pieces fit together! This is definitely a pure science fiction book and I suspect that fans of shows such as Star Trek will enjoy this one.
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The Universal Government seems to have all the answers. It allows each planet to decide who its undesirables are and these people are transferred and employed on the Hive Planet. To keep these workers in line, they are provided with an addictive drug that can only be earned by working, thus making these undesirables into the ultimate interplanetary temp service.
Rael Pointe--a newborn implanted with compu-link interface temple plates--had escaped the Hive Planet and was never introduced to the drug. Now, he leads a Dark Ops unit for The Gov and is on a mission to uncover a psionic ring of criminals who have taken control of an important Government Ambassador.
As time goes on, Rael finds out that nothing is as it seems and he and his friends are drawn into a circle of lies and revenge that leads all the way back to Rael's escape from the Hive Planet.
I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of science fiction novels. I enjoy many of the Star Trek series and movies, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers in the 25th century, but to sit down and read a book about this stuff doesn't often cross my mind. So, I had a few reservations when the author asked me to review this novel, especially when she told me it was psionic sci-fi. I was like psionic what? But I like to expand my horizons as a writer and a reader, so I agreed.
Now, I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
Mary Andrews is a master storyteller who weaves science fiction elements, well drawn characters, and an outstanding plot into an exciting and suspense-filled story that will completely draw the reader into Rael's world. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, the plot thickened, and new twists and turns led me to new conclusions. And the ending...an unexpected and amazing way to conclude the first book in this series and set up Book II, which is due to be released by Swimming Kangaroo Books in September 2008.
I did something I don't usually do and went to Andrews' website and checked out some of the other reviews posted there. Many reviewers discussed the introduction of the main characters in this novel--which we get in the first three parts--as short stories that helped to develop the characters. The opinions were mixed as if that was a good way to start off the novel. This format actually reminded a bit of "The Stand" by Stephen King, where the reader is introduced to several different characters and their lives before they all become acquainted with each other.
Overall, I felt this was an excellent way for the reader to get to know each character individually before they became part of the team. "The Fireborn Chronicles: Fireborn Found" has a tremendous amount happening within its 270 pages, so for someone like me who doesn't read a great deal of science fiction, this format served as a way for me to get a handle on who these people were and what attributes and skills they brought to the team. And for a regular science fiction reader, this format helps to set up the plot that really takes off in Part 4.
I also extend huge kudos to the cover artist. This is one of the most beautiful book covers I have ever seen. I couldn't believe how stunning the cover was when I received the book.
Mystery, suspense, and action fill the pages of "The Fireborn Chronicles: Fireborn Found". If Andrews' debut novel is this amazing, I can't wait to see what she delivers next!
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