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2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist

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Haunting and lyrical, No Greater Illusion is an astounding debut novel with a powerful message that lingers long after the final page is read.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480200557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480200555
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,953,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If "No Greater Illusion" were a food, I am certain it would be an appetizer whose sole purpose is to quench and hint to the succulence of a meal to come - a delicacy of sorts! Inherently, like most delicacies, it will attract both lovers and haters of its... acquired taste. With that being said, the lovers of this entrée should consider their sense of taste more refined.

-Grammar & Punctuation
One thing I greatly appreciated about this book - Grammar. As readers, we know all too well how much of an impact correct grammar tends to have on whether we are able to finish, let alone enjoy a book. This novel contains vivid vocabulary that complements the use of description, beckons the five senses and places you directly in the middle of whatever is taking place. Also, punctuation is excellent and the book is formatted in a way that makes it easy to transition with any break in scenes. This novel is very well written and leads me to believe the author is well educated. Debut novel? Sure. Debut writer? Not in the least!

-Characters & Story
The author does a pretty good job of developing the characters. I say this because there were characters I favored as well as despised (I absolutely hated the female character, Naria!) and situations that impelled me to shake my head and/or laugh out loud. Without satisfactory development I think it difficult for the reader to feel emotion for any character.
Also, though the setting is based in the near future, the tribulations that the individual characters go through never seemed too far-fetched and unravel in a way that one could easily see happening should such events ever occur in reality. In fact, if history truly does repeat itself, this book may have a prophetic air about it... You be the judge!
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I'd like to thank Black Lion Tours for allowing me to host my honest review and be a part of the tour.
This book is amazing. I don't say that lightly. It's amazing. It's scary and heart-wrenching, horrifying, and realistic all at the same time. I wanted to cry for these characters, I wanted to hug them, I wanted to let them know it was going to be alright. I was there with them every single minute.
Wow...the author just yanks you onto a roller coaster of emotions and just doesn't let go. I couldn't wait to get home and read more every single day. The entire time I was reading it, there was a constant litany in my head, "Just a few more pages."
So if you haven't read it, go out and read it. Just do it. Your life is incomplete without this book.
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When I began this book, I honestly figured I wouldn't like it. It just didn't seem to be my kind of book. However, the apocalyptic elements kept me going. About one fourth of the way into the book, I truly became engrossed in the story. I suddenly did not want to put the book down because I was able to see the direction the author was going, and it was scary. I'm not kidding! Not only did i experience fear, but I experienced intense anger. For both reasons, I found myself putting the book down for a while. I am one who is so outraged when it comes to racism. And there are some portions that angered me so much that I had to spend some time cooling off. But before long, my curiosity would get the better of me, and I had to read the book again.

As I neared the end of the book, I knew I was not going to have the kind of ending I longed for. And I was right. I so hope that the author will write a sequel! I just have to know what happens next! The book is one wild ride, and I would recommend this book to people who don't even typically read this genre.

There are a couple of negatives in the story, but they are barely worth mentioning. There was some profanity, but the Lord's name was always used appropriately. In fact, the brief references to God were quite intriguing and made me think that the author must have some kind of religious background. There is implied sex, and there are those who are living together. But there is no descriptive sex (thank goodness).

The positives are practically endless. I don't always get emotionally involved with the characters. And sometimes I struggle to keep the characters straight. I can honestly say that I had no trouble remembering the characters--the unusual names did tend to help in that area.
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"No Greater Illusion" chronicles several couples and two families of various ethnicities, income levels and education levels. Life flows until the very popular governor and female presidential nominee are publicly assassinated. Mayhem, violence, crime, and degradation ensue and life as some know it, changes. These changes are devastating for anyone of African origin.

"No Greater Illusion" by K. Baskett was a very intriguing read. This was a hard review for me to write as I had a most difficult time reconciling this good read with some cumbersomeness. I want to convey that this was a good read while noting how I had problems with its flow.

K. Bassett spun a great tale of intrigue, suspense, mayhem, and pure hopelessness. I was captivated and irritated at the same time. This novel was based on a time where technological advancements were at the forefront of social norm by the use of SmartTags, a microchip embedded under the skin of people. Everything was managed from this....all identifications and monetary transactions.

The cumbersome came with having to read many parts again for clarity and how chapters began with a "plop" thus many times I didn't know who I was reading about until I got into it, thus having to reread sometimes. My greatest disappointment was the end; to me there was not a close out, it just stopped.

As stated, K. Baskett's "No Greater Illusion" was a very intriguing read, a good read, and I give it 3 stars

Reviewed by: Rhea
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