Sunday, November 16, 2014

BOOK TOUR: Saving Raine by Fredrick Lee Brooke

A country torn apart by greed, corruption, and chaos. A boy sent on a mission that could kill him. A girl who's in grave danger...and doesn't have a clue. Can Matt beat the odds stacked against him and outrun the drones raining down on his head in time to save Raine--and America?

About†SAVING RAINE

SAVING-RAINE-new-ebook-cover-071414-LORES"Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. Itís 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, 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, 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 is gone forever.

About†INFERNO

Inferno_EbookCover-LORES*WARNING: SAVING RAINE SPOILERS* When 19-year-old Matt Carney saved his girlfriend, Raine, from the crossfire between the government increasingly ruthless Homeland Security and March22, a terrorist group taking steps to strike a new, legitimate path, he thought his work was done. Was he ever wrong. Kidnapped by the brutal Dark Fiber militia, Matt is shocked to discover he is been betrayed by those he trusted most. Stranded in an isolated location in the middle of Michigan, far away from the girl he fought so hard to regain, Matt is made March 22 is point man in a plot to get control over a cache of thousands of stolen ground-to-air missiles. As time runs out, he is their last and best hope of sparing the country of a heinous attack on commercial aviation that could quickly turn the United States into a permanent war zone. In this action-packed, explosive follow-up to Saving Raine, the first book in Frederick Lee Brooke's The Drone Wars, Matt Carney finds himself at the center of a firestorm of stolen missiles, stolen drones, and stolen dirty nukes, tormented by stinging betrayals, clinging to a last hope for love. Sure, he was able to save Raine but as the inferno rages around him, can he find a way to save the country from further violent chaos and a way to save himself?

About Frederick Lee Brooke

Frederick Lee BrookeFrederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and following with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred's entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December, 2013. A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago. When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella. Find Frederick Lee Brooke on his†website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

-MY REVIEW of SAVING RAINE-
There seems to be a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads, so i'll just be a biit critical.
First of all, the story was set in 2021. It's a really minor thing, but I think it would have been more believable if it was set in 2050 or something. I take pity on us all if this stuff is going to happen in 7 years.... Oh dear. Drones overtaking the world and whatnot, world ending, whenever I read this stuff all i'm thinking is 'People stop giving the government ideas! :o' Ahhh.

The Characters
I couldn't really connect to the characters much because there were so many different PoVs, and it was all in third person. It's kind of hard to emotionally connect with someone if it keeps swapping around every chapter. However, there was potential and it was interesting to see because Brooke managed to make every character have a distinct personality, so I was never confused at who was talking. I do think that there were some unneeded PoVs that made the general story more messy though. But it wasn't a big deal. 

Our MC Matt was cool. What annoyed me a little in the beginning was that all he thought about was Raine. We get it, you're in love and all that but you didn't have to constantly talk about her hair or eyes! I don't care about her lookssss. Oh SPEAKING of Raine, she was such a jerk! I didn't like her personality at all. She's so gullible and cold. I don't know why someone nice as Matt would fall for her. 

The Plot
It was kind of confusing for me because this was written in a more classic, Sci-Fi feeling instead of a YA book as i'm used to. So it took a while to adjust. As I read on, the plot became clearer and that twist at the end was really surprising/weird! 

The beginning was so strange though... What kind of dad tells his son to risk his life to save his girlfriend? Uhhhh okaaayy then. Nice dad, I think. *shakes head* 

It was a bit long as well, and I think without the extra PoVs and irrelevant scenes, the story could have been shorter and straightforward, but I loved reading the descriptions the author used. (Except the rat eating. I honestly felt nauseous at the rat eating >.<) The whole resistance March 22 thingy had my brain jogging to keep up with the pace as well.. need more explanations on that.

The ending was a gamechanger! I think that the second book will be more action packed than the first one, and more stuff happens. And there are also less PoV changes, hopefully. It was mentally exhausting to keep up with everybody's life. 

Overall, it was a good sci-fi read! If you don't have much experience in this genre, It'll probably confuse you. A lot. But if you enjoy those old feeling classic science fiction books, then check this out! (-has some mature themes)

*thank you Amy the lovely publicist for providing me with a free review copy!*

—MissOddball™ Over and Out.