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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Giveaway and review of SILVER: Acheron


Book Review of SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain)

Genre: Science fiction
Format: 40,000 word novella, available as an e-Book (Amazon Kindle) and in paperback.
Publisher: Venatic Press 
Release Date: Nov 14th 2011

Book Synopsis:

Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.

Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division's invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate—death.

Unfortunately, Silver doesn't realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests—they need someone to pull the trigger.

They need an executioner.

Excerpt 
Who knew the Police Division had safe houses tucked away all over the Fringe District?
Silver didn’t. 
Luka takes more than a little pride in showing off one of his Division’s best kept secrets, and also hopes that something about this experience will perk up her mood. 
Punching his key code into a concealed pad behind a disused electrical box, he swipes his wrist across a hidden tag plate and beams a grin back at her over his shoulder. 
“Hunter’s have got their toys, we’ve got ours.” 
The entry system seems to like his credentials, and an inconspicuous cellar door clicks and pops on the inside as the locking mechanism swiftly retracts behind it. Lifting the lid on the place, Luka ushers Silver hastily down a steel step ladder into the bunker beneath. 
He’s right on her tail, and the door automatically reseals itself behind them—locking them in.
“What is this place?” Silver wonders. 
“Nothing, so far as any civilians know. To them, there’s nothing down here but dirt. To us, it’s a covert safe house. It’s not finished yet, mind you.” 
He’s not wrong. 
The floor is a mixture of concrete and loose wooden planks. The walls are bare drywall, waiting to be painted, and there aren’t any doors. Silver can see three rooms: a kitchen, bathroom and a small living and sleeping area. 
“I could totally live here.” 
“Not without company.” Luka nods to the CCTV monitoring system, wired in to every room. “It’s not hooked up in here yet, but it soon will be.” 
Silver’s still stuck on one tiny detail. “A safe house for what? You’re planning on starting a witness protection program for all of your little snitches?” 
Luka shrugs. “Once it’s fully operational, the safe house network should help us keep our assets alive just long enough to get what we need from them.” 
Silver, who is unquestionably the Police Division’s best asset, develops furrows in her brow at his nonchalant disregard for the lives of the people they’re buying. 
“And how long do you expect that to be, typically? I’m just wondering if I should cancel my gym membership.” 
Her sarcasm alerts him to the taste of his own toes, but it’s too late to take it back properly. 
“You don’t count.” 
“No? Why not?” 
“You’re not like them.” 
Covered in the blood of a man she just slaughtered, Silver would beg to differ. 
“After what I did today, I reckon the only things left separating me from them are oral hygiene and clean undies.” 
“Come on, Silver, it was self-defense.” 
“The first shot, maybe. The second and third were questionable. The one that blew his face off? That one was pure anger.” 
Author Information:
Keira Michelle Telford:
Born and raised in Britain, Keira moved to British Columbia, Canada in 2006. She now shares a townhouse on the west coast with her husband and 9 guinea pigs, yes 9 guinea pigs.

Author of the post-apocalyptic romance novels called Silver.

The world might end, but love endures.

Visit Keira's websites at:
E-Mail: km_telford@yahoo.com

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Book Review:

Silver is a hunter.  She hunts and exterminates Chimera, a feral species who hunt humans.  On one raid she finds a woman in a den of Chimera and they haven’t tried to hurt her.  Unable to kill the woman, as she doesn’t kill humans, Silver saves her and smuggles her into a safe house in the lawless lands planning to visit soon.  But that very night Silver is arrested and outcast, not killed because of her father’s position in society, a month later because she dared to have a love relationship with a fellow hunter.
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Her father does what he can to help her, giving up his position to take over a new position that allows him to give her work and pay her despite being unable to bring her back home.  She continues to learn more about the woman she rescued while she grows into her new life and takes on new tasks.  Culminating in her father asking her for one more favor….. but that’s for the sequel.

This book is quite the adventure story, a hint of romance, fantasy/post-apocalyptic in nature, a touch of mystery, drama galore, and tension running throughout.  You actually don’t realize how much tension is in the story until the story ends and you exhale stretch and release the tense set to your shoulders.  I worried about Silver, wanted to hold her, slap her, shake her, tuck her into bed, make her tea (it’s a southern thing), and many other emotional gut reactions.  She also kind of scared me.  Excellent things for a book.  I enjoyed the tension, the gut reactions the story evoked, and the way the words wove pictures of the world in my mind’s eye.

            I give this book a definite 4.5 clouds out of 5.

This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.

3 comments:

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  2. Thank you for reviewing and hosting Keira :)

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  3. Woah, what a plot! So exciting. And how cool is Silver as a name? Now, this got me excited for the book! :D tomakunisnumberone at gmail dot com

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