Sunday, June 23, 2013

"Revealing Hamilton" by Sarah Jayne Carr (Review)

Revealing Hamilton (JackRabbit7 Series)

Author: Sarah Jayne Carr
Pages: 322
Genre: Medical, Hard Science Fiction

A conversation with a stranger changes Amelia Hamilton's life forever. When she learns her grandfather faked his own death, normalcy slips from Amelia's grasp. To make matters worse, he is coming for her in less than seven days. What she hasn't determined is why.

Amelia's grandfather, Marius Benedict, once headed The Physician Coalition, an elite group of doctors who threw the Hippocratic Oath out the window. Years ago, they used a low-risk medical research study as a front for their experiments. Without their consent, innocents were injected with JackRabbit7, a hazardous substance used to alter their DNA. The victims were left with less-than-desirable super-human powers or excruciating death. Years after he disbanded the group, Marius has a new plan and is reforming The Coalition.

Max, a mysterious stranger from the Insurance Agency, offers to help keep Amelia safe. He introduces The Agency as an underground government organization that contains and eliminates those who intend to harm the world. To protect The Agency, the truth of their activities are concealed and replaced with sugar-coated stories in the media.

Over the course of the next week, Amelia has to accept the truth and learn who can be trusted. At midnight on her 23rd birthday, a contract between The Coalition and The Insurance Agency will expire, giving Marius full rein to approach his granddaughter and finish the project he started with her so many years ago.

My Review:
Firstly, let me say that it's hard to write a review for this book without giving any spoilers, so I'll jut comment on the writing style and leave out the plot (which was suspenseful and amazing, by the way).

I've got to say, I've never read a book quite like this. Full of intelligent dialogue, biting sarcasm (just the way I like it!), and
some imagery that gave me the creepy-crawlies.

I'd guess that a lot of planning went into this baby. There were so many twists and turns in the plot that you'd need a notebook to keep them straight while writing. But even with all the plot twists, everything is tied up in a neat little bow by the end, preparing to launch you into the next book.

For a debut, this is an excellent piece of work, and I look forward to opening "Embracing Hamilton."
Sarah Jayne Carr is a novelist who can be found most evenings with a cup of tea in-hand and her imagination racing from plot to plot. When away from her work, part of her mind is constantly brainstorming her next story and she always has writing paraphernalia within reach.

She wrote stories as a child, but became more serious about her passion during her twenties. In her spare time, she likes to read, splash in mud puddles, smell bookstores and eat Honeycrisp apples. Yearly, she participates in NaNoWriMo and has mentored others through the program. Due to her dedication to National Novel Writing Month, she is part of an amazing writing group.

Born and raised in Washington State, Sarah still resides in the area. Her life is richly filled with her supportive, yet swashbuckling husband and their golden Nugget.

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