Thursday, 20 March 2014

Badass Martketing Blog Tour: Review + #Giveaway: Saving Raine by Frederick Lee Brooke


Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not. You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt.

When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father telling him to go to California and save his girlfriend, Raine, he doesn't hesitate—he grabs his AK-47, revs up his blue pickup, and gets ready to make the 2,300-mile roadtrip.

But cross-country travel in 2021 isn't easy—or, sometimes, even possible. The U.S. has become a near-military state: 17,000 checkpoints severely restrict interstate movement, Predator drones target innocent civilians without cause, and explosions rock cities daily. Matt and his stepbrother, Benjy, face deadly attacks from a corrupt government, ruthless local law enforcement, and bloodthirsty terrorist groups as they embark on their trek. They're about to find out that their trip is much more than a private journey, and their success could change the face of the country—forever.

Can Matt and Benjy outrun the drone missiles raining down on their heads? Can they avoid assassination by government officials hell-bent on taking over what little is left of the country? Can they outsmart the deadly schemes set in motion against them?

Break the rules.

Save the girl.

He only gets one chance before she's gone forever.

This was a very interesting read, with plenty of action and mayhem. I enjoyed the main plotline with Matt on a mission to save Raine, however, there were quite a few subplots, with the introduction of many other characters, and I sometimes felt like there was too much going on. It became a bit distracting. Another thing that got my head spinning, were all the different types of drones etc. I don’t read a lot of Sci-fi so I felt a bit lost whenever they were mentioned because I just couldn’t picture them.
These few minor details meant I wasn’t able to fully immerse myself in the futuristic world created by Brooke, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like this book. As I mentioned earlier, it was full of action and really interesting. The many plot twists and turns were intriguing and kept me entertained. There were even a few surprise curveballs thrown in for good measure.
My heart went out to Matt, he was in the middle of all the chaos, trying his best to keep his head above water. He had such a good heart, which was evident when he chose to leave his undeserving family some food. Although, I got the feeling it was more for Benjy than the rest of them. And then there was Raine. She didn’t make much of an appearance in the book, until the very end, but she was Matt’s main focus and I felt so bad for him when she wanted nothing to do with him. Again, ever the good guy, Matt still risked everything for her despite her rejection of him. I did see a bit of hope for them at the very end, though. I just hope they find some normal in all the craziness.
Readers of intelligently plotted and written Sci-fi reads will be thrilled with this book.

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Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and following with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013.
Saving Raine, the first book in Fred’s entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December, 2013.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.
Find Frederick Lee Brooke on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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