Overview – FRIENDS OF MY ENEMY Tetrology
(Review of Book 2, AFTER THE WAR, follows the Tetrology overview)
I'm a semi-retired RE Broker in Idaho specializing in retreats and off-grid properties and as such, a big-time PREPPER, always on the alert for literature of my trade. I found and read all four books of the FRIENDS OF MY ENEMY Tetrology expecting to find another version of the theme of Economic collapse; push-back to government over-reach; survival-challenging catastrophe; EMP/Pandemic/War induced crises such as ONE SECOND AFTER, PATRIOTS, LIGHTS OUT, etc.
What I found instead was a futuristic "dystopian romance love story" with the elements of sci-fi, war, personal conflict, epic disaster, romance, tragedy, political treachery, redemption, and survival.
The author juggles a complex series of sub-plots acted out by the various characters to create a ‘page-turning’ read. Events, places, and dates span the past, the present, and mostly the future. Many junctures create potential for future expansion describing events, places, and characters not yet explored in the present series.
The characters imitate life. The Lady Grey, Arinna Prescot, heroine of the series, is a beautiful warrior of high moral values, and of true CHARACTER. Such is rare in real life, and so refreshing, even in fictional form. Every man should be blessed with a woman such as the Lady Gray.
The special men she encounters including her husband CPT Michael Prescot, Baron Vasquez, the Earl of Kesmere, and the Old Soldier CPT Vries, as well as the host of other characters, male and female, complete the range of life-like people, each playing special roles to make the Friends Tetrology a very exciting read.
The author kept my undivided attention through to the end of book four. I see real potential for a mini-series along the lines of Thrones, Hunger Games, and Star Wars. Hoping for a sequel!
Review of Book 2 of the Friends Tetrology, After The War.
The cover of Book 2 depicts a striking image of “drop dead gorgeous” Lady Grey, heroine of the Friends Tetrology. Guys, and Gals, who know and love “girls with guns” will appreciate! My, oh my, may I never find myself on her “Enemies” list.
The “victory” in Europe is not what the public was led to believe. Politics being the strangest beast, the deception continues. The black-hearted Ambassador Eldridge, in connivance with MOTHER, exerts pressure on Lady Grey and the Guard to support the deception, while plotting to remove her in order to advance the lust for political power.
For her service in the Guard, she is rewarded with a private estate next to that of the Earl of Kesmere, Derrick Eldridge where she conducts continued secret operations against the FLF from her private command post. The retreat is transformed into a multifaceted enclave from which Lady Grey directs the defense of Europe
The ‘shadow war’ is continued in secret under her defacto command along with the able assistance of CPT Vries with a skeleton military force, drastically diminished by horrific losses in the battle of Kiev. And undefeatable military team emerges while MOTHER plots and strategizes to steal the victory from the victors and take control of power.
Certain characters pursue ill-advised personal ambitions, having devastating consequences on their lives and those of others. Some are young innocents, some are seasoned and experienced deviants.
Baron Vasquez comes to realize that he has a spouse worth honoring, and a marriage worth protecting. His dear friend from before the war, the Earl of Kesmere, Derrick Eldridge discovers an unexpectedly chemistry with the Lady Grey, a relationship complicated by many individuals and by numerous inconvenient conditions. Much to the dismay of his controlling father, Ambassador Eldridge, green shoot of romance begin to sprout between he and Arinna Prescot causing distress in the lives of two other lady hopefuls.
Many more exciting twists and turns to numerous to discuss make Book 2, AFTER THE WAR even more exciting than Book 1. It just keeps getting better – enjoy!
Without reservation, I rate AFTER THE WAR Five Stars.
My reviews of books 3 & 4 will follow shortly.