The Mortal Falls ISBM: 9781934631898, Undercover Elementals, Book One, Jacobsville Books, a romance/paranormal/fantasy by Anna Durand.
Lindsey Porter, a 32-year-old virgin former paralegal in Texas now resides and works in a rock shop in Michigan’s way northern peninsula after killing her fiancé. The shop’s terrain also contains a “Healing Vortex” that reputedly has mystical powers associated with its name. She approaches the area, hears a voice, discovers a dead man, sees a seemingly naked figure running toward a nearby falls and proceeds to encounter a beautiful ‘hunk’ wearing only a loin cloth. From this point the story evolves into a strange relationship between Lindsey and this strange man who is a sylph, his evil King of a parallel world who would like to conquer this one, as well, a disgruntled Leprechaun, elves, fairies, shapeshifters, her gun toting ‘hippie’ family and a former Texas Sheriff, now the local law in this part of Michigan.
Discussion: A bit of confusion about the author of this book exists for this reviewer. The copyright page lists THE MORTAL FALLS as copyright by Lisa A. Shiel, 2017. According to available information: “Lisa researches and writes about everything strange, from Bigfoot and UFOs to alternative history and science and has authored a book of “Tales of the Upper Michigan Peninsula”. Anna Durand is this book’s listed author and she is set forth as the award-winning and bestselling author of sizzling romances with “spunky heroines and hunky heroes” cavorting in “the sexy worlds she creates”. Thus, this reviewer’s (possibly totally incorrect) assumption with respect to the tale: A story based on an old tale, adapted and expanded into a paranormal romance.
Conclusion: If a story of the paranormal between the characters described with added inter-association/action between members of the two parallel worlds and repetitious titillating activity is within your sphere of interest, this book is for you. For others, a plausibly interesting plot has not been fully implemented.
3* 4* for those of a specific mind set; 3-2* for others, reasons as listed.
The Final Frontier ISBN: 9781493131648, Xlibris LLC, revised 03/24/2013 edition, a sci-fi fantasy by H. M. Irwing.
Plot: Interplanetary wars throughout millennia had brought intermittent chaos to the galaxies that eventually was terminated by adoption of EM1 by all parties concerned. This technique was a learned mental practice that reduced each individual’s anger level to manageable proportions. It was proposed and adopted by the Johuans, the most advanced planetary group with acquiescence to by the Ovions, a group of even greater abilities that also served as the galaxies police. However, as in all well-intentioned activity, greed existed within members of the council and troubles returned. A brilliant scientist among them decided to attempt to develop a new race and actually accomplished the feat. The reader is introduced to the new young woman Sim as she is struggling to learn the fundamentals in the Primary Academy of Defense in her homeland of Johua – a situation in which she unknowingly has been placed by her creator. Not really being a Johuan, nor any other true planetarian as a created individual, her inherent abilities are not of equal proportions, causing endless problems. However she discovers she has other weapons that more than compensate and the story evolves as she learns to use these weapons, discovers that she has siblings and that she, and they, are supposed to be saviors of the entire universe from an approaching apocalyptic event.
Discussion: The author has demonstrated an immensely fertile mind that weaves a tortuous path through the galaxies to ultimately include the planet earth. In the presentation, discussions based on scientific fact are interspersed with pure flights of fantasy and all are interwoven in a quite verbose offering. As provided, the dedicated sci-fi reader no doubt will enjoy the material. Others however, may find the presentation could be more enjoyable if judiciously edited. A little more explanation of some technical matters may be helpful for some; the use of the first person to describe the contents of each chapter by the individual about whom the chapter centers is momentarily ‘jarring’; the second half of the book, even though filled with action, seems to ‘lose steam’ and some of the generated excitement; Sim, although a fascinating person, is somewhat annoyingly inconsistent; some greater description of the purportedly actual cataclysmic event would seem to have provided a little greater sense of catastrophe, at least for this reader – e.g. black hole production discussed earlier perhaps could have been used/expanded/delineated.
3* 4* probably for sci-fi buffs; flawed for others, as described.