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Book Review: Saving Raine and #atozchallenge - Corinne O'Flynn
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time 
(or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 
― Stephen King

Hello A-to-Z’ers! It’s R day and what perfect timing because today’s my day to share with you my friend Fred Lee Brooke’s latest book: SAVING RAINE. I thought it interesting that my day for the review was the R day… and the book is called Saving Raine.  Coincidence? Totally.

There’s another R, a Rafflecopter Giveaway below!

To get started, let’s talk about the R word that every writer needs.

Reading.
1. the action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud

If you’re writing, you have to read… plain and simple. And let me tell you, sometimes you pick up a book and it grabs you and you’re off and running… this book was just like that.  I read it in no time.

SAVING RAINE is Brooke’s 4th book. The first three were part of the fabulously fun Annie Ogden Mystery series, which I’ve enjoyed and reviewed (with poetry!) in the past.


This book is totally different.

You ever read a dystopian story where the world as we know it has fallen apart and mayhem and anarchy rule? Well, this book is like reading about the falling apart as-it-happens. It takes place in 2021, not too far into the future and it feels like watching civilization when it’s just about to reach the absolute brink.

The country is in chaos. There are drones everywhere. Privacy is a thing of the past. There are government drones and personal drones. And there’s nothing at all right about what’s on the news. Human life seems to have no value, plots are being hatched by every faction imaginable, nobody can be trusted. And Matt Carney is stuck right in the middle of it all.

Fun fact #1: A terrific pair of ex-cons from Doing Max Vinyl named Ike and Tranny appear in this book and take part in possibly one of the *grossest* scenes I have ever visualized.

Fun fact #2: There is a character named Corinne in this book. She is kind and wonderful and nurturing and has short brown hair. #yay!

From the 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 road trip.

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.

About the Author:

Frederick 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.

About the Author Corinne

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