Monday, June 18, 2012

When I Hear LM Preston - I Think Great YA Action!

First in Series
See My Review!

The Pack:
Book 2:The Pack Series

By LM Preston

I have got to say that I've not found anybody writing YA that provides more action and adventure than LM Preston...OK, I don't read that much YA, but what I can guarantee is that Preston is an author who I trust will provide two things: Kids that fight against evil and strive for achievement--and some type of supernatural plus futuristic gizmos that are excitingly new and unique! Inventions, like a glide-board are now replaced by little gadgets that just fit on the you can use them to climb walls by placing them on your hands, for example. If Preston doesn't have the James Bond crew beat with her inventions, she at least rivals them for creative imagery that gets her kids out of the dangers they always seem to be involved with...Surely, you've read at least one of her books!

Just take a look at her cover for Retribution...fantastic, isn't it? I have this little habit of checking to see whether the front cover image matches the character in the book...This one I thought fit perfectly except for her eyes and you'll understand why when you read the book... The Pack series takes place on Mars, which has been taken over by Earth to house all criminals--rehabilitated or not... Earth has been crime-free for years and if something happens on Mars, people on Earth just cut off possible interaction with the planet...Now, wouldn't that be fantastic to have occur?

Shamira is the daughter of one of The Elite--those that live on Mars as the Lawmakers and Protectors. Shamira is now in training for becoming an officer, but, as she was earlier involved in crime solving (The Pack), she found a number of like-minded teens who started to follow and help her. They are now known as  The Pack and Shamira has been working and hoping that they all finish training and move on... The fact that some of them may have criminal backgrounds is not important to Shamira; she has learned to trust them. But that does not hold true for those making decisions.

It was the Pack that had destroyed the Monev--criminals and a location where drugs were being made and criminals continued the lives they had lived on earth. Now, Shamira's trainer and mentor has scheduled a final training review session at this site--she's not sure exactly why since it supposedly has been left as it was after being destroyed. Still, The Pack takes to the road, following Cal, when suddenly they are attacked, but they can't see their attackers (yes, they are invisible). One shot Shamira made had briefly fired open some of the material and she had seen part of one of their faces. Soon they were driving off, but one of The Pack had been hit, another was missing, and so was Cal!

They found Cal dead...

The Pack all were now under investigation and forced to stand down while others took over. Of course, Shamira knew that was not going to happen! So the group began to meet at various places to discuss what they were going to do. But one of The Elite kept her on edge, convinced that one of her friends had betrayed Cal and it could be any one of them, including Shamira...

But then a fire was set at Shamira's home and both her parents were seriously hurt. Shamira was afraid to trust anybody, even Valens, one of her friends who professed his love for her... Convinced that she had to act alone, she forced herself to argue with them and turned her back to investigate on her own...

What she discovered was that there were more missing kids on Mars...and much worse...

Can you tell I thoroughly enjoyed the second in this series! One small problem is that this writer is so prolific that proofreading errors slip through--but none that prevented the story from being totally enjoyed. Phenomenal One Press is still new, so I'm positive that these are clerical errors that will disappear in the future. This author is a great writer--and I'd have to tell her again, slow down and don't worry about publishing deadlines...Readers will wait for your books!


Author: LM Preston,
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L.M. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

LM Preston
YA SciFi Author
Writing stories for and about kids that overcome the impossible...

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