Book 2 is a well rounded story. Events keep moving at a steady pace with several touching and hilarious moments like the search for "universal sticking substance" in order to facilitate the first interspecies trade - it had me in tears, I was laughing so hard. Campbell also develops characters from "smaller" roles in previous books into more complex characters that are really enjoyable. Plus not one but THREE new species with complete cultures and characteristics without getting bogged down. As usual, I can't wait for the next installment...
I seldom read SciFi books but after reading all the exciting reviews, I decided to give it a try. I was entralled with the story in about 10 minutes and was literally biting my lip til the end. The idea of a child being groomed for leadership in a 'planetary defense" plan just didn't seem right to me but I soon forgot his age until the story reminded me of it.
For those who like to read books in the order of events instead of publishing dates, I am going to reprint the list that I found so helpful that "Joe, from California" mentioned in a review that I can't find again:
Shadow of the Hegeman
Shadow of the Giant
Speaker for the Dead
Children of the Mist
First Meeting - a collection of short stories that fill in small details that is recommended after finishing the series.
Thank You, Joe.
A great homage to what Real Love is Like: as an older man's memories pass through over 4 decades, a World War, challenges that are overcome and rejoiced over due to living life as Couple dedicated to each other. Also we get to meet a modern young couple learning what Real Love is: how to recognize it, how to show it, support the one you love, and how to take a leap of faith.
If any art lovers are out there, you will get a kick out of the collection of "eccentric" artists that Ira and Ruth collect over their lifetime that leads to an amazing Auction twist at the end that I really didn't see coming at all. (I would name a few artists but I am afraid that my spelling of their names would be disrespectful).
If any bullriders or Rodeo fans out there, you will get a thrilling view of life on the Circuit as well.
I loved the experience of reading this book! I thought I had it all figured out in the first chapter but Boy! was I Wrong! Thank You Julie Garwood for a wonderful story full of intrigue, romance, and historical background threaded throughout till the very end. I can't wait for the rest of the series.
I liked Cooper when I first met him visiting Virgin River. Getting to know him better in Thunder Point was not a disappointment. This series shows a lot of promise of more heartwarming, fun-loving, and a little crazy love in a small eccentric community. I can't wait to see whose next on the "hit" list. Thanks, Robyn.
I really enjoyed this well rounded story. It had intrigue, lots of humor, and during the first quarter, danger. Danger for the plans of each and every scheming character who was going to solve all their problems by "using" the others. Then what happens? LOVE.
Don't really care for the narrator's accent tho...
Everyone has plans for the Heir...but they forget one thing - He is a Highlander and refuses to be manipulated. Then He comes to the rescue of the innocent lass who is blamed for sabotaging all their plans. Ahh, love is born.
I am new to Julie Garwood books and I am so glad I started with Gentle Warrior. It is a warm love story with an engaging story line. I plan to listen to it over and over again several times a year. I will also look into more of her stories.
Having dealt with this issue in my family, I was impressed with how respectfully, realisticly, and kindly Susan Mallery dealt with this subject matter. This is why I continue to buy her books. Great stories, intelligently written.
This story was well written and I just knew I had it all figured out at the beginning. However, lots of plot-twists and turns later - I was very surprised by the ending. Characters actually grow from previous stories and I hope will continue to grow into future stories. Oh, and BTW, TWINS RULE!!!
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