Saturday, March 15, 2014

REVIEW OF SAVING RAINE (THE DRONE WARS BOOK 1) BY FREDERICK LEE BROOKE



TITLE: SAVING RAINE
AUTHOR: FREDERICK LEE BROOKE 
PUBLISHER: CREATESPACE
PUBLISHED: DECEMBER 16, 2013
GENRE: DYSTOPIA, SCIENCE FICTION

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BLURB
"Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not. You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt."

When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father telling him to go to California and save his girlfriend, Raine, he doesn't hesitate—he grabs his AK-47, revs up his blue pickup, and gets ready to make the 2,300-mile roadtrip.

But cross-country travel in 2021 isn't easy—or, sometimes, even possible. The U.S. has become a near-military state: 17,000 checkpoints severely restrict interstate movement, Predator drones target innocent civilians without cause, and explosions rock cities daily. Matt and his stepbrother, Benjy, face deadly attacks from a corrupt government, ruthless local law enforcement, and bloodthirsty terrorist groups as they embark on their trek. They're about to find out that their trip is much more than a private journey, and their success could change the face of the country—forever.

Can Matt and Benjy outrun the drone missiles raining down on their heads? Can they avoid assassination by government officials hell-bent on taking over what little is left of the country? Can they outsmart the deadly schemes set in motion against them?

Break the rules.
Save the girl.
He only gets one chance before she's gone forever

REVIEW
When I first read the blurb, I was a bit unsure as to whether or not I should read this title as I don't generally read futuristic/dsytopian novels. However, for some unexplained reason I felt tempted to give it a try. I figured I did not have much too lose from reading it. If the book was good then I would have been thoroughly entertained but if it was bad then my only regret would have been the time wasted spent reading it.  Well after completing Saving Raine, I must say without a doubt this was one temptation I had no regret yielding to.

In Saving Raine we meet Matt Carney who was forced to watch the FBI arrest his father for no apparent reason.  Matt was then forced from the place he has called home for his nineteen years by his stepmother. It was clear that she hated him and would do anything to be rid of him. After receiving a strange message from his father Matt set out on a hazardous journey to save his girlfriend Raine.

Saving Raine is a fast paced, action packed, intriguing , gripping and thrilling read which had me hooked from the very first line. There were several stories taking place at once which was a bit distracting and confusing at times however they eventually came together which helped me to get a better understanding of what was really taking place in this story.

The author's description of the future was a bit intriguing and scary at the same time.  Intriguing in terms of the technology being used and scary as it relates to the devastation that this same technology could create. I am so glad it's all in his imagination.

This a great start to a new series which I would recommend to persons who love this type of genre. This is my first time reading Frederick Lee Brooke and it was definitely a worthwhile experience.

DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW









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