Thursday, July 11, 2013

Maven review and another item of interest, DFRAT

by S.A. Huchton

Recently, I had the pleasure of being one of the stops on a blog tour to introduce this title and I requested to read and review it because I liked the blurb.  I am glad that I did and I certainly hope to read the sequel!

Maven by S.A. Huchton is an exciting science fiction tale that is Book 1 of ‘The Endure’ series and introduces Dr. Lydia Ashley, twenty-one year old genius and Nobel Prize winner, who has just been assigned to the remarkable ship, Deep Water Research Command Endure (DWRC Endure). She has been accepted as part of the Transnational Subaquatic Research (TSaR) program and meets Captain Samuel Brewer and his son, twenty-two year old Daniel. Lydia has been looking forward to meeting a peer who is like her in both age and mental prowess but discovers that Daniel has not quite taken the same serious approach to life that she has. The discovery of a potentially inimical research project with global implications leads the pair on a journey that will require that they marshal all of their considerable resources and may risk not only their hearts but their very lives as well.

This fun science fiction story combines an interesting mystery and a sweetly developing romance story into a tale that will will entertain those who like new adult protagonists. The setting is intriguing and blends current technology with hints of realistic advances even as it presents a bone-chilling scenario that strikes a fearful chord, particularly in today’s society. The charismatic players in this tale are interesting and the exploration of the drawbacks of having a formidable intellect is thought-provoking and enlightening. I enjoyed watching Daniel mature under the influence of the new person in his life and I think that the secondary characters will provide plenty of fodder for future stories as the series continues to unfold. Having a fondness for dolphins, I look forward to learning more about their roles on the ship and the geek in me was fascinated by the various elements of science being presented in this very entertaining tale. I anxiously await the next tale in the series, Nemesis, which is due to be released in the very near future.

© Night Owl Reviews

I was delighted to have received a copy of this title in return for an honest review and I can't wait to read the next one. 


Ok, it's apropos because I was able to read the aforementioned title in digital format and I certainly hope that it will eventually become a print title and get an even larger, well-deserved audience...but there is something going on called DFRAT.  That stands for Digital First Read-a-Thon and there are lots of contests for free downloads taking place throughout the month of July.  The delicious Sabrina York is at this link with a contest to win a download of her title, Dark Fancy (forgive me if I hope I win it and not you, lol) but please wander through the host blog, RR@H (Romance Reader at Heart) as well as the blog, Book Binge, at this link which I think is the originator of this fun giveaway.  Wander around and find some new authors and titles of interest, and hopefully you will find something you want to win!

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