We get a story filled with realistic science details, and a plot that drives forward to its conclusion. The science seems even more plausible in this story than in the Vesuvius Isotope. We know there is a bad guy, who will be one of several candidates. The final denouement is a surprise, and I had to go back and reread earlier portions to pick up on the subtle clues leading to that final reveal.
I devoured the book in two sittings, over two evenings. I am really enjoying this series, and look forward to summer when the next installment hopefully arrives. It's a possible plot line, it could happen. I like the main character Professor Katrina Stone, she is intelligent, determined, take's no nonsense type of woman. We also see through her past how she has built an inner strength and she is going to need it for when a group of people die by a special strand of anthrax and the clues start to point at her, the race is on to catch the real killer, clear her name and work on an antidote to save the many.
This story was a great ride, with twists and turns to keep you guessing to the end. Easy to read and will keep you interested to the very end. A side character Katrina's daughter will have you shaking your head, she is one tough cookie. She'll probably finish it Sunday afternoon. The first Katrina Stone novel. The Vesuvius Isotope is 's top thriller! I got the idea for Vesuvius while I was still working on Death Row, and I realized that Katrina was the perfect protagonist for that novel as well, and that was when I decided I wanted to release Vesuvius first. So now, Vesuvius has just been launched and Death Row is expected to come out as a prequel in In contrast to most books featuring Italy at least, the ones I have read, Katrina never sets foot in Rome, Florence or Venice sorry.
Instead, the story takes place exclusively in Naples and the surrounding regions. This was dictated not by me, as the author, but by the story. In chapter 17, the story migrates to Egypt and remains there for the duration of the novel. I have to ask you about the CSI craze. The lab test in question was not real.
Does your Katrina invent new LAB techniques? She does use real techniques that not everyone is aware of, and of course, her data and results are strictly fictional this is my standard disclaimer to appease the lawyers of the pharmaceutical industry, of which there are many. Forensics aside, and knowing each author wants their own style, are there thriller writers, or others, who influenced you? I mentioned Dan Brown above and I am a fan. While his recent novels have done a lot of things that bug me, I love the overall approach of incorporating the ancient with the modern, and traveling all over the globe to solve a cool mystery with a scientific component.
One of the aforementioned thing that bugs me is the feeling that we traveled to a certain location for the sake of incorporating a cool location into a novel. My novels are different in that the story comes first, and that is what determines where the characters end up — which is why my protagonist ends up in a Naples jail and at and an underwater archeological museum, rather than in the Duomo and the Vatican. I have also read a lot of Stephen King in my life and I think I incorporate some of his influence in my creepier scenes.
And, in contrast, I read a lot of historical fiction Philippa Gregory, etc. I think I incorporate some of the voices from this genre. Marketing is a part of this authorship endeavor. What are your favorite marketing angles? I really believe in finding your target audience. I really do NOT think that my books are for them. I think my books are intended for the type of reader who likes to be challenged, likes to learn a thing or two in the process of enjoying the adventure, and likes to be brought on a nail-biting quest.
These are the readers I look for. You have a long list of blogs who you follow. I believe that is a great clue. Are they reciprocating and following you? Many of them, yes, but not all.
I read all sorts of stuff. I was also in the process of thinking about how to build a platform…and, voila. It has worked really well. We have a lot of regular participants on the site and are always finding new ones. The site gets a lot of traffic and I have met some really cool people with it. Mystery and thriller writers, stop by and introduce yourselves!
I was intrigued by that, and I notice you gave a pitch to a Black Opal Books author and title. But, Murder Lab is your own small press name. What made you go that way? A terrorist threat from Iraq? There are too many characters to mention, but they all contribute to the story in their own special way. We have met some of them before and will hear about some of them again and again, as we travel through the mystery series with Lauren Carr. An invisible unit: Under the cover of anonymity, a secret unit, that does what no one else can do, what cannot be allowed to reach the light of day.
They are cloaked in secrecy and deniability. The politics are dirty, but necessary. This book will expose its biggest weaknesses, at the highest levels. The good.
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The bad. The current events. Revenge, murder, terrorism, romance, love, loyalty and a determination to do what is right, regardless of the consequences. Three Days To Forever is not a light read. The mystery and suspense kept me captivated, as I traveled from Iraq to the United States and back again.
Lauren kept me guessing and on my toes. I never anticipated all the events that would ensue. I did not sit on the edge of my seat with bated breath, or have to stay up all night until I finished it, but I did read the book, which is pages in this ARC paperback, within a twenty four hour period. And you have no idea who the good guys are and who the bad guys are until the end.
Look for the first installment in this series in Spring The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors.
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This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information. Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.
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