GENRE: Alternate History, Action and Adventure, Thriller
LENGTH: 319 pages
EDITOR: SilverWood Books
COVER DESIGNER: SilverWood Books
Karen Brown lives in New York in the EUS—the Eastern United States. She’s a low-level clerk in an advertising agency and volunteers in Central Park on the weekend. But all of this is about to change when she meets a client and his assistant from Roma Nova, a wealthy, secretive European country. It turns out the assistant was sent to locate her, the long-lost scion of one of Roma Nova’s wealthiest families, born in the EUS after her mother married for love and left Roma Nova. Karen Brown was born Carina Mitela, and she is in danger.
At first Karen refuses to believe that her home country would turn on her so quickly, threatening her safety, just to retain its hold on her dead father’s technology company, Brown Industries. But she’s wrong. The EUS government sends an operative after her, and he’ll stop at nothing until he takes her down. Karen/Carina must count on her new Roma Novan friends to keep her safe until she’s ensconced in her new home overseas.
But the reach of the EUS is long, and Carina is not safe even in Roma Nova. Roma Nova, a nation with a history of women in the military, is the perfect place for Carina to learn to protect herself, to transform herself from a victim of her old country to a soldier of her new.
If the book relies too much on exposition and less on vivid scenes, the plot line remained strong enough to keep a reader’s interest. And if Carina’s transformation from helpless victim to merciless soldier seemed too perfect, a reader might be willing to set aside her disbelief to see what happens next.
Inceptio is a free-standing novel that tells the transformation of Karen Brown, and can be enjoyed on its own on a long weekend. For a self-published book, it is polished and well-plotted. Those who enjoy military books and adventure will find it an enjoyable read. It also creates the world for the Roma Nova series if readers want more.
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Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist and freelance journalist living in Chapel Hill. She reads all the time—and all kinds of books—from Booker Prizers to indie urban fantasies. Her novel, ENTANGLEMENT, came out June 15. She is active on Twitter (@krgpryal), Facebook, and her blog - katieroseguestpryal.com.''
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