A frantic but predictable foray into the war on terrorism.

Hunt For God's Chosen

In his debut novel, Fairfield blends breakneck action, romance, and mystical predestination.

The action in this novel was apparently “foretold” in the secret Dead Sea Scroll No. 973, discovered by a pair of Israeli and Egyptian archaeologists in 1955. The scroll predicted that the tribes of Jacob and Esau would be reunited and that peace would return to the Middle East by the joining of the Chosen—a man and woman, each with distinctive birthmarks, who would be married in Jerusalem. The Chosen’s Protectors are Ari and Sarah, who team up with their attack dog, Rock, in a commando team called Rock ONE. An evil Iranian man named Saeed, the agent of Satan, threatens the Chosen and their Protectors. The novel’s wild card is an Israeli man called Yoman, who’s been guided by visions from God as he develops a plan to protect the Chosen and defeat Saeed: “My role is to instruct and equip you, but even I cannot fire a single shot to protect the Chosen,” Yoman explains. The bulk of the novel details the training of the Chosen and Protectors, and Fairfield liberally weaves in budding romances and brutal violence. With the end result already preordained, readers will find few surprises. Saeed is cartoonishly evil; his first words are, “Don’t worry. I am not going to kill you until you see me perform my surgical skills on your dog.” Things are in black and white in this novel, from the faceless, brutal terrorists to the orphaned heroes, and the dialogue reflects that: “The first objective is protecting the Chosen and getting them to Jerusalem to be married….Our second priority is to kill those bastards and any other Muslim terrorist who dares to challenge Rock ONE.” Fairfield interviewed several veterans for the book, and his research is obvious, as he overlays the story with a great deal of technical detail regarding military hardware. As with most action movies, readers will enjoy the momentum of Fairfield’s thriller as long as they’re not seeking reasoned global perspective.

A frantic but predictable foray into the war on terrorism.

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Publisher: 27th Street Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2015

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The years pass by at a fast and steamy clip in Blume’s latest adult novel (Wifey, not reviewed; Smart Women, 1984) as two friends find loyalties and affections tested as they grow into young women. In sixth grade, when Victoria Weaver is asked by new girl Caitlin Somers to spend the summer with her on Martha’s Vineyard, her life changes forever. Victoria, or more commonly Vix, lives in a small house; her brother has muscular dystrophy; her mother is unhappy, and money is scarce. Caitlin, on the other hand, lives part of the year with her wealthy mother Phoebe, who’s just moved to Albuquerque, and summers with her father Lamb, equally affluent, on the Vineyard. The story of how this casual invitation turns the two girls into what they call "Summer sisters" is prefaced with a prologue in which Vix is asked by Caitlin to be her matron of honor. The years in between are related in brief segments by numerous characters, but mostly by Vix. Caitlin, determined never to be ordinary, is always testing the limits, and in adolescence falls hard for Von, an older construction worker, while Vix falls for his friend Bru. Blume knows the way kids and teens speak, but her two female leads are less credible as they reach adulthood. After high school, Caitlin travels the world and can’t understand why Vix, by now at Harvard on a scholarship and determined to have a better life than her mother has had, won’t drop out and join her. Though the wedding briefly revives Vix’s old feelings for Bru, whom Caitlin is marrying, Vix is soon in love with Gus, another old summer friend, and a more compatible match. But Caitlin, whose own demons have been hinted at, will not be so lucky. The dark and light sides of friendship breathlessly explored in a novel best saved for summer beachside reading.

Pub Date: May 8, 1998

ISBN: 0-385-32405-7

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1998

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Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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