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Silverwood Paperback – April 15, 2015
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About the Author
Betsy Streeter grew up on a steady diet of Star Trek, The Muppet Show, Atari, and musical rehearsals in her family's living room. Her habits of making up stories and drawing and painting on everything within reach eventually led to degrees in art and communication from Stanford University. She has worked in film and video production, design, and video games, and is president of a community theatre. She and her family are voracious consumers of books, music, movies, art, action figures, and musical instruments, resulting in inadequate storage space. Betsy has published single-panel cartoons, comics, art, and short fiction in paper, digital, graffiti, and tattoo form. She lives in Northern California with her husband, son, daughter, two peculiar and disruptive cats, and a mellow but hungry tarantula.
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So you take to hacking anything you can get your hands on. Your brother throws himself into his art, which is disturbingly prophetic. And your own dreams...are they real? Are they trying to tell you something? What is a Tromindox anyway?
Then one day, your apartment blows up, you find out that Tromindox are real, and you discover that they would like nothing more than to inject you with venom and have your brains for breakfast. Suddenly, you have to put away childish things, help find your dad, and go about the business of protecting humankind from evildoers, both human and inhuman. The more you find out about yourself and your family, the more complicated it gets. But you better figure it out soon, or there will be no more family, and no safe place to hide from those who are looking for blood...yours.
Betsy Streeter's first novel is a journey through space and time, with a sprawling cast of characters who are as adept at witty banter as they are at saving mankind from extinction at the hands of the evil Tromindox. But there's more...there's also the love of a mom and dad for each other and for their kids, both of whom have their own special needs and talents, and both of whom will need to find a way to channel those talents to save the family and humanity itself. It all adds up to a wild ride, with so many twists and turns along the way that you won't know whom to root for until the very end.
Very fun read. Don't wait for the movie...by then it may be too late!
Silverwood has great characters, human and not. I like that some of the story is told from the point of view of the Tromindox, the alien threat. But my favorite passages are those related by Kate Silverwood, the bounty hunter Mom, as she dodges bullets and wonders if her two weirdly gifted kids have done their homework.
I am looking forward to the next book in the Silverwood series, wondering what (besides Tromindox-killing blood and supernormal engineering abilities) makes teen-age Helen Silverwood so special and what X-Files-like political skullduggery the Tromindox are up to in cahoots with human government insiders. Also -- will Helen get to go to the prom, in any dimension?
I got Silverwood as soon as it came out and wasn't disappointed.
I continue to look forward the the never-ending Neptune Road series and will certainly pick up the next Silverwood when it comes out next year.
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