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Startoucher

Sci fi / Fantasy
Date Published: February 17, 2018
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Humanity is put on trial by the aliens who seeded life on Earth.
After 3.8 billion years, the alien creators of life on Earth return to evaluate the results of their experiment. One species is found to be an extreme danger to itself and others – Humanity. Evidence for the continuation of the species hangs by a thread.
Jake Connolly, talented up and coming LA lawyer, has a hidden psychic side long suppressed. When a series of intense visionary experiences threaten to derail his life, he is dragged unwillingly towards mysterious events deep in the Mojave Desert. What he discovers there changes him forever, and will affect the lives of everyone on the planet.
As the world watches its destiny unfold, humanity is forced to fight for its survival in a Galactic court and justify its existence to far superior beings.
An innovative, intelligent, and mystical novel that asks the biggest questions of all.
Where are we from…where are we going…how much have we truly evolved?…

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About the Author

C.J. Odle is an author and ayahuascero (works with medicinal plants) living in a small conservation and healing center in the Peruvian amazon.
Born in 1961, from an early age he developed an interest in science fiction and fantasy. Around the age of 17 he began to study divination, which led to a career of over 35 years working as an astrologer and psychic. He has written four previous books, all non-fiction and mind body spirit titles.
In his early forties he experienced a psychic crisis, which led him to Peru to complete a 6 year apprenticeship in Amazonian shamanism. He still lives in the jungle in Peru with his wife. Startoucher is his first novel.

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My Review

5 stars

Jake Connolly is a lawyer in LA. Things seem to be going well for him except when he starts getting visions and headaches. He finds himself drawn to the Mojave Desert. There he blacks out and finds himself in an alien spaceship. It seems these aliens are responsible for the population of the Earth but they have found one species destructive to the rest, humans. Jake is going to have to plead a case about why humans should not be destroyed.Jake is not a character that I was really fond of. He just bothered me and I had no confidence in him and the others that were abducted to plead for humanities case. The more I read, the more I did warm up to him and I did have some hope that humanity might be spared. And when you really think about it, why should we be spared?

I really enjoyed the aliens and their technology. I liked how CJ Odle came up with a plant based technology instead of the typical metal technology. Now some of the things with the aliens felt a little cliché but I can over look that when looking at the big picture.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a wonderful first book from CJ Odle and he did a great job with it. It is supposed to be the first in a trilogy and I’m curious at where CJ Odle is going to go from here. I admit that this could easily have been a standalone book. But it is one that I definitely say that you should check out if you like scifi.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Twisted Prey

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Twisted Prey (Lucas Davenport – 28) by John Stanford

Lucas Davenport confronts an old nemesis, now more powerful than ever as a U.S. senator, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series

Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before.

A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S. Senate, where Lucas had predicted she’d fit right in. He was also convinced that she’d been responsible for three murders, though he’d never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again.

He was right. A federal marshal now, with a very wide scope of investigation, he’s heard rumors that Grant has found her seat on the Senate intelligence committee, and the contacts she’s made from it, to be very…useful. Pinning those rumors down was likely to be just as difficult as before, and considerably more dangerous.

But they had unfinished business, he and Grant. One way or the other, he was going to see it through to the end.

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John Sandford

Author’s Bio

John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master’s degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He’s also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

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My Review

5 stars

Lucas Davenport is back and working as a US Marshall. But he is going to find himself investigating a previous enemy, Senator Taryn Grant. Lucas was never able to prove three murders were committed by Grant due to her money and status.

Senator Porter Smalls is involved with a car bomb that killed his driver and almost himself. Smalls has a feeling that Grant tried to kill him so he calls in Davenport to investigate. Of course Davenport is eager to prove this and starts calling in people to help him. But that is where things go sideways. Grant is not going to give Davenport the chance to prove he tried to kill Smalls and is willing to go to any length to stop him.

This is a great story that is filled with lots of action, plenty of thrills, and a great story that twists and turns around itself and keeps you guessing about what is really going on. I have not read a lot of the books in the Lucas Davenport series but compared to the few I have, I loved it. Davenport is a tough person that is willing to prove that Grant is involved in this attempted murder. And when Grant decides to threaten his family, he made a BIG mistake.

I really enjoy this series and think anyone that likes political thrillers will enjoy it too. I really need to go back and catch up on what I have missed in this series. I would love to see how Davenport started out compared to where he is now.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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