This is the latest review my publishers forwarded to me. Review of Two Books
For those who don’t have a way to review the PDF, here are the contents below. I thanks Dr. Yentzer very much for taking the time out of her busy schedule to write them. I know with her being a doctor reading 800 pages is a walk in a park.
I find the book very spellbinding and refreshing. I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything exactly like it. I scanned my brain for other stories I may have read similar to it and came up blank. The story opens with a young mother on the run from those seeking to kill her but she doesn’t know why the killers are after her. They devise many different methods to keep the two out on the open road. I loved how Ana’s supernatural abilities are displayed. They aren’t magical. She can’t wave a wand and make things happen which would be helpful with dangerous people like Boris. Gianna and Nikola out to kill you.
The cases where the public stands idly by and refuse to help them reminded me of accounts I read of when many Jewish people were trying to escape the Nazi and how the citizen patrols often helped the Nazi instead of the people trying save themselves from concentration camps.
Perhaps what I like best about this story it written for full grown adults. It’s not written from the point view of a young adult, or someone who have been sheltered and has never experienced Iife as so many books of this genre are. That’s one of the reasons I was reluctant to review it. I didn’t want to read another book where a bunch of people who have never done anything strenuous as much as taken out the trash before in their life… all of at suddenly wakes up tough and able to take on the world. I have a book shelf filled with them and just gave a few away. I consider those suitable for my children but not myself. In my profession, you encounter the worst the world has to offer.
What made this character so intriguing to me is she sounds like an ordinary own you might meet on the streets in Any City USA. I love the TV show Supernatural but I think I like this series better. The hero is a woman and rarely does we see woman in novels other than being a sex slave or just doing just plain dumb things. It’s good to see a woman in control of things, her life and not laying crying down expecting someone else to rescue her. She isn’t a machine with no feelings but this woman knows how to hold herself together in the time of crises and get things done.
Its’ off the chart with supernatural elements but they are presented in a unique way that it makes them seems natural. They seems as a natural part in who the main character is.
Some parts reminded me of the dilapidated situations once used to set the scenes in novels for those who going through a drug or alcohol problems, a bad break up but this character doesn’t have any of those problems. She isn’t moaning and groaning about irrelevant things like a break up although she has had her heart broken. She isn’t getting drunk or doing drugs because her fairy-storied life slid faster than a mudslide in pure hell. I gathered from various narrations her life has always somewhat been terrible. I applauded how the author shows a family sticking together for once.
I quickly noticed how the author explains where the character’s resources come from. So many leave this out. I liked that. It told me more about the character and her qualities.
Before I finish writing my review, I would like to say this book addressed the issue of bullying which has become a national epidemic. In my hometown of Cincinnati Ohio, a child was literally bullied to death. The school officials lied and said he fell and injured his head but the surveillance tapes showed otherwise. I know a book review is supposed to be about the book and I feel this issue is about the addressed in the book. Nikola and his people are deadly bullies. There’s no other way to say it. I liked the fact the author didn’t trivialize this behavior or lionize it. As in the words of Harper Lee: “We could read books that make us think about serious issues.”
“Unholy Pursuit: The Devil on My Trail,” is truly a book that makes one think. From the way things have been headed it’s not too far stretched to say the things written about in this book easily could become a reality.
I was asked to review “King Eochaidh, the Horse Warrior” But I read both book to get a greater understanding of the author’s work.
King Eochaidh the Horse Warrior, is a story about an unrecorded historical conflict between the three major nations of Britain in the 7th century. King Alfred the Great is seeking to gain control over the entire island. He has already conquered his wife’s people, the Mercians. Erin McDaniels is determined to save her country even if she must make a deal with Azazel. I like how the author interwove actual historical accounts into the story to create an adult version of an epic fantasy. I learned a lot from this story. I wasn’t aware that the Irish and Scots were once in servitude to the British; after and even before Roman occupation and that is what much of the fighting on the island was really all about. Much of it didn’t stop until the Viking came sailing in giving everyone hell.
I was impressed by the art work went into creating the covers. I do not know who did them but the person did a great job. They both connects well with the stories and the cover of King Eochaidh firmly fits the era depicted in the book and it’s an astonishingly beautiful book. I recommended the books to several c o-workers.
Dr. Pamela Yentzer, M.D.
New York City.