- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Kastle Harbour Publishing (April 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986938823
- ISBN-13: 978-0986938825
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,458,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Traz: Book 1 of the BackTracker Series Paperback – April 12, 2012
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Eileen Schuh is also the author of FATAL ERROR (the sequel to THE TRAZ) and SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT – a sci-fi novella. THE TRAZ is the first book in her BackTracker series. 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. She invites you to visit her online: Blog: http://eileenschuh.blogspot.com Website: http://www.eileenschuh.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EileenSchuhAUthor Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/eileenschuh
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Katrina is very small for her age, and extremely intelligent, actually Mensa certified, a genius at the age of 12. These two points are the root of bullying Katrina, causing her to leave school at this age. An alcoholic mother and a father who is too involved do not help ease the pain and loneliness. Very dark and frightening, how could such an intelligent, sunny little girl get dragged in to this vortex of the dark side? A lesson for all in the early part of the book. As Katrina, or Sarina as she prefers to be called in the world she has entered, loses all the usual types of security, she becomes involved with a motorcycle gang, the Traz, when she accepts a bike ride from a very interesting biker. Who is this man vying for control of the gang? Why is he so protective of Sarina?
This is a very interesting book from a lot of points of view. Not all dark, there are many characters running the gamut from gentle and caring to pure evil. Traumatized after witnessing an event she can't remember, Katrina/Sarina's story will continue. Excellent characterizations, dialogue, interaction, descriptive settings, the storyline setting up for a series, Eileen Schuh's writing is compelling and encompassing. Although occasionally I got a slight feeling of disbelief, I also felt this was intentional, a necessity to the plot. I have a feeling there will be a lot brought to light in the future. I am looking forward to reading the second in this very different and exciting series.
Ms Schuh draws you into the story from the 1st chapter to the last. I read the entire book in one sitting. The characters are as diverse as they are interesting. Katrina's words/actions at 12 yrs old made me a little uncomfortable. It wasn't until I finished the book, I realized every situation and thought process was integral to her characters' growth.
That being said, and coming from my life experience as a member of the motorcycle community, I found her presence at The Traz camp a little far-fetched. I understand this is a work of fiction, and to the average reader, believable. To bring a young child into `the fold' would elicit a much different response in the real world.
The Traz is well-written, the characters intriguing and the story line captivating until the end. My only criticism is the ending leaves too many unanswered questions. Yes, I know it is Book One of a series, and the goal is to leave the reader wanting more. I think a glimpse of the reactions from Gator and other club members would have gone a long way in evoking a sense of urgency to buy Book Two, Fatal Error.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed The Traz and give it 4.5 stars. Well done, Eileen Schuh. I look forward to reading Book Two.
On her own at puberty she lives with a motorcycle gang for a year, doing the bidding of the gang-leader who helps her to understand that she is worthwhile and deserving of respect.
This book is part of the Backtracker series and only the beginning. I expect great things of Katrina in the next books. The Traz is a suitable YA read probably from ages 14 and up as it covers topics related to drugs, alcohol (a drug), sex (the desires for not the act of) and violence (allusions, not explicit). I hope these aren't viewed as spoilers because what I'm trying to say here is that parents of teenagers should not dissuade their kids from reading this book. I recommend this book.
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