Amazing story. This tale of a father and son finding each other even despite major differences is particularly poignant as I drive to my parents’ house for Father’s Day. Great book regardless, made even more special by the timing.
And Another Slow Burn. This was at least one of the more memorable books in this series, and yes, it is at least in part because of the kid – a shocking statement coming from this reader in particular. Solid romance, but again not overly memorable other than the kid.
This review of Suddenly Engaged by Julia London was intended to be published originally on June 28, 2018.
Another Slow Burn. Apparently this is London’s style for this series – lots of detail, very slow burn to the romance. Yes, there is a HEA – as there must be for a romance – but unlike many others of this genre, you’re apparently not going to see it until the final 5% of so of the book. Enjoyable read, but not a particularly memorable one.
Actually Had Me Thinking. This was an atypical romance in that you got a LOT more backstory on the characters before they ever meet – particularly the female lead. While it had the requisite fight about 3/4 in, it didn’t fully resolve that fight until the last few pages – which is also atypical of most romance novels. Overall the read was ok, but for some reason took me longer than normal. But the interesting things done overcome the slog, and it is still a very good book overall.
Is Incomplete and Unproven. I was looking forward to this book. I really, really was. I wanted McLaren to show us how, what, where, and why Christianity was on a migration towards being a better Christian. Instead I got a story of how McLaren himself has moved from being a very conservative Christian to a very liberal one. Instead of describing how Christianity can transcend our political issues of the day, McLaren insists that we fight for one side of the political issues of the day. Instead of instilling hope, he seeks to instill fear – in the words of The American President, he doesn’t appear interested in solving anything so much as making Christians afraid of some *other* global catastrophe and saying that those who have a “lesser understanding” of the Bible are to blame for it. Rather than being transformative, as he believes himself to be, he exposes himself as just another elitist trying to tell everyone else that he knows what is best for them. Truly a shame.
Satisfying Conclusion. In this final chapter of the REBEL WING trilogy, the stakes are raised higher than ever with the reveal of a spy inside Aris’ unit. After some of the most heart-stopping action and intrigue in the trilogy, we get a satisfying conclusion to all arcs. Very well done, and highly recommended – but read the first two books first!
Solid Progression. This is NOT a standalone book, it is in fact written in trilogy form. So do NOT read this book without reading REBEL WING first. That said, if you’ve read REBEL WING, this story is a solid progression from that one. By the end of this book, some plot lines from REBEL WING are resolved, others are enhanced, and some new ones are introduced. It seems clear that we should get one hell of a conclusion in the next book, and I for one am looking forward to reading it.
Slow Burn. Great World Building. This book starts slow and never *really* picks up from there, though it does have some revelations at the end that are fairly explosive in its world. Solid story, no technical issues, looking forward to the next one (even though if there weren’t one, this story felt complete anyway).
HOLLYWOOD MAKE THIS MOVIE NOW! Seriously, this is a kickass action movie that could probably be made on a shoestring budget. Release it even in February as a testbed, and you’re easily making a profit on this one. And potentially have a franchise, because I want to see where Robinson takes these characters next.
Space Oddities. This is an intriguing look at the life of the man who became Canada’s first space walker and who went viral a few years ago when he (and his son and several others) put together a music video for David Bowie’s Space Oddities… from the International Space Station. Solid, enjoyable read that is even more fascinating when read close in time to other books from other former ISS Commanders, as the different tones about their jobs and the different expressions of experiences they share roughly in common are even more fascinating than this book by itself – which is still very strong in its own right. Absolutely recommended.