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Severed Threads (Volume 1) Paperback – July 6, 2012
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"Severed Threads is an exciting and engaging read, simply perfect for fans of romantic suspense." --Blue Ink Review
"Crisp writing and sparkling dialogue that will hold the interest of any reader who enjoys a good mystery story that's well told." --Mark Garber, President, Portland Tribune & Community Newspapers
"The first book in the Threads series is a fantastic read. This romantic suspense is rife with treasure hunters, gangsters, lost relics and sizzling sex scenes." --RT Review Source
"Severed Threads nicely combines an action adventure with a romantic story that will keep readers involved in the story from the beginning to the conclusion." --Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review
"A psychologically thrilling and adventurous story that includes surprising twists and turns sure to keep its readers at the edge of their seats. The novel will delight readers of all ages with interesting characters, clever plotlines, and an engaging combination of romance, villainy, and the supernatural. Highly recommended!" --The Columbia Review
"This sizzling romance is hot and witty, gripping and entertaining. American Authors Book Vending highly recommends Severed Threads as one of the books of the year. A book everyone should have in his or her hands." --Peter Jerry, American Authors Book Vending Review
From the Author
Ultimately, when the last words are typed, not only are the stories in my Threads series focused on historical facts, informative data and thrilling adventures, they are designed to reach into your heart and leave an indelible impression -- an encouraging message, reminding readers that they can overcome any obstacle in their lives if they just have the courage to try.
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Severed Ties, the first book in the Threads series by Kaylin McFarren is the story of a young woman, Rachel, whose father died while scuba diving in search for a ship is now the part of a foundation that must collaborate up with who she believes is her worst enemy not only to save herself, but to bring her father’s name back into the prestige many believe it should. She isn’t alone in the search, and some aren’t as worried about acquiring the correct paperwork before diving for a missing ship, a ship that shouldn’t be where it was.
This story is not just a romance, nor is it just a mystery, but it also has some fantasy, or more paranormal attached to it. I mean literally, the paranormal is attached to not only the main object, but to the story. I think adding a little bit of the unknown adds another dimension to the story that pushed it to be a little more well-rounded. There is a small about of foreshadowing that peaked my interest, but because it took so long to actually get to the secrets, I became a little frustrated that there weren’t more bread crumbs as they may be. While this is the first book in three, it ends, there is none of that cliff hanger stuff that I personally hate. Obviously, there is something that pushes the story to another book, but not something that makes you want to throw the book. What? Don’t tell me you haven’t thrown a book or two at the end that has a cliffhanger.
Chase Cohen is back in San Palo, California. A renowned treasure hunter, Rachel Lyons wonders what the man is doing back here after he disappeared four years ago, shortly after her father’s accidental drowning death. They were in love, and Rachel has since had to deal with the loss of her father alone, her rancor against Chase’s abandonment bigger than the man himself.
An abandoned ship brings back Chase to San Palo, one Rachel’s father, Sam, and Chase started to explore shortly before Sam’s death and Chase’s departure.
At the same time, Rachel, who chairs the Archaeological Museum, hears Dr. Ying’s request for information about the Wanli II, a ship that was lost at sea and reputed to be in this area. He would like to regain some of the archeological treasures of the ship and dedicate the find to the memory of Rachel’s Father, Sam Lyons. Dr. Ying’s request requires Rachel to convince the board members to advance a huge sum of money to proceed with the dig. She hesitates not knowing how this can be accomplished, and when Chase shows up as being the one Dr. Ying chose to do the salvage, she is less convinced than ever.
The adventure does not disappoint. Every page brings on discoveries, newly hidden treacheries, and never fails to excite and entice the reader. In my mind, Severed Threads is the treasure worth exploring. I gave this interesting story a five as it kept me captive and entertained until the very last page.
In “Severed Threads,” author Kaylin McFarren shares a typical story of a treasure hunter named Chase, who lost his best friends that he saw as a future father-in-law and the love of his life, Rachel, losing her father. It’s very touching to be a witness as to how this adventure unravels with Chase’s unforgiving action of leaving Rachel when she needed him the most. Then to only discover there were some untold truths lying beneath the surface that would involve a team, “all hands on deck” uncovering treasure from Japanese myths to only be more than just a figment of one’s imagination. But more than just the team discovered about what lies underwater and realistic pirates, or criminals had an agenda to do whatever it’ll take to have their share at the fortune. The uncertainty of these lives was unsure as they dealt with many bumps along the way putting every single person involved in harm’s way.
Nothing leaves an amazing imprint than the feeling of an ending that not only is positive but leaves room for more possibilities. Based on how this book ended allowed some closure about the status for each character with the opportunity to continue witnessing more adventures with Chase and Rachel. I truly enjoyed reading this book, it has invoked good emotions along with a mix of others, rightfully so and look forward to reading the rest of the series. I recommend anyone to join in on the journey of discovery as the adventure and twists are just only beginning to scratch the surface.