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Even better than the first book in the series: "Flash Point" by Thomas Locke
about the book....
Will they shatter the boundaries of time and space? Lena Fennan is a low-level financial analyst with a high-powered conviction. Just as she's on the verge of a life-transforming windfall, a mysterious invitation draws her into a series of events that threatens to crush her. But captivated by a glimpse into a breathtaking future, Lena refuses to give in. Reese Clawson emerges from prison gripped by the slow burn of revenge. She aims to track down everyone who had a hand in destroying her--and take them out. First on the list is Charlie Hazard, who will be snared by their shared secret. As events and places become tangled, Lena and Reese are pulled into a collision course that could redefine everything--even the limits of human possibilities.
If Thomas Locke is going to continue offering up books like this one, I may be in trouble. The moment I cracked open the cover of "Flash Point" I was swept up into this action-packed, thrilling story and I found it impossible to walk away until I came to the final chapter. Although I loved the first book in the series, "Trial Run", this second instalment seems to ramp up the thrills even more. Quite amazingly, although this is an epic battle between good and evil, I found myself feeling utter sympathy for Reese (not on the team I would typically cheer for), such that my loyalties between characters were blurred much more than with Trial Run. Locke has done a fantastic job at fleshing out the characters, and yet he does so in a way that doesn't detract from the pacing of the book in any way. The concept of Lena's journey is particularly fascinating, as she encounters a voice that gives direction that is utterly life changing to her. I don't want to reveal the origin of the voice, but let me tell you that it is quite a twist in the story! Although the story is not overtly Christian per se, both Reese and her team and Lena and her group encounter beings from beyond the veil that clearly point to demonic beings. Indeed, "Fault Lines" raises interesting possibilities of what people would encounter if they transcended time and space, and how God and angels and demons would fit into that reality.
At the end of the novel, things collide in a heart-stopping manner, and I am left eager to find out what the future holds for the various factions who are pushing the boundaries of good and evil, of what is real and of what isn't. Trial Run already introduced readers to a whole new type of fiction, and Flash Point succeeds at taking those concepts even further, in a way that makes for riveting reading.
If you loved Trial Run, you are going to greatly enjoy "Flash Point". And if you haven't yet read a Fault Lines novel, then what on earth are you waiting for? Make sure you add this one to your reading list! I award this book a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
about the author....
Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series, as well as Trial Run and Flash Point in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at www.tlocke.com.