Thunder is the first book in the Stone Braide Chronicles and, to me, it looks like this will be a very interesting series. There is also a short prequel novelette, titled Tremors, that is free in ebook form and is fun to read before Thunder.
I must admit that it took me a little while to really connect with the main characters, Selah and Bohdi. It also took me awhile to get into and understand what was going on in the story. Some parts made a lot of sense and others didn’t. This is a futuristic, dystopian story and I think it just took me a little perseverance to sort things out in my mind and start seeing things clearly in the new world that the author has created. Once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed Thunder.
This was a very good, interesting book. I really liked Selah and Bohdi and enjoyed the progression of their relationship throughout the story. The author did a great job of showing that they both had strengths, weaknesses, and a general confusion about what the next steps in their lives should be.
There are a few key characters working in The Mountain. There are power struggles, secrets, deception, and all kinds of evil taking place. It was eye-opening to read these sections and watch as the true nature of certain characters was revealed.
About halfway through Thunder, the story really took off for me and I read the rest of the book fairly quickly. I am excited about the direction that this story has taken and look forward to reading the next book in the series. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah’s really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.
Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers–and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander’s distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her–Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.
With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a compliment to my love for writing, I have a natural progression into the marketing and advertising field.
As the Director of the CFBA, I lead a contingency of 250+ book reviewers that do bi-weekly blog tours.
I am the Owner/Publisher of CFOM. The magazine is in its 6th year. Monthly we post a new issue of 35+ columns by the best and brightest authors, publishers, and agents in our industry.
The American Christian Fiction Writers have designated me as the Northeast Zone Director, where I lead the membership loop for New York, New Jersey, and the New England states.
I am an Author member of International Thriller Writers, and an industry professional member.
At NovelRocket.com, I am part of Ground Control as a web specialist. I also act as the webmaster and Marketing Analysis Assistant for agent Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency, and the webmaster for Hartline Literary.
I run my own business as a seamstress and clothing designer. My husband Bob and I live in a log home on 15 acres with a pond, an old apple orchard, a dog and two cats who are pretty sure we are wait-staff and they run the show!