Monday, January 30, 2017

The Remnant Blog Tour - review and giveaway


Blurb:
One nation, without God...

Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants—those who display symptoms of faith—and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety.  Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause, his only distraction a new CTC employee, Selma.

But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, contacts him, and he discovers the purpose of Selma’s interest. The Remnant agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.

Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Does he remain faithful to the CTC? Or trust Selma and the Remnant and give up everything to save his son?

My review:
Colton Pierce is the top extractor with the Center for Theological Control (CTC), and he's determined to be the next director when his boss retires. The problem is he's arrogant and has no people skills. Skills he needs most when dealing with his son. Distracted by a beautiful new CTC employee, Selma, he is surprised when he discovers his son is on the list for extraction. Colton will do anything to protect his only child, even work with an underground militia group called the Remnant. With them, they may be able to free not only his son but all the Abberants in quarantine before they are put to death. Yet is the CTC lying to him or the Remnant? Who should he put his faith in?

An incredibly well-written tale of speculative fiction. It is interesting to ponder what the leaders of the world would do to rid it of war. In this book, they created a virus that destroyed genes that they believed were linked to spirituality. Anyone displaying behavior linked to religion is tagged, watched, and, if found guilty, extracted from society and forced to lived in exile on an island. A harsh punishment which some folks don't think is enough. They believe those Abberants need to be exterminated. A grim future.

At the beginning, I wasn't a fan of Colton. He had an inflated ego and a lack of consideration of others. But then there was his son Marty. His love for the boy, however misguided, put a crack in that extractor armor of his. And as the story progressed, more and more cracks appeared. Colton wasn't the man he presented to the world. This was amazing characterization of not only Colton, but all the cast of characters. Selma was one of my favorites. Brave and a little bit of a mystery, she's a woman to admire.

The plot takes us on several twists, and I wasn't certain who to trust. I wasn't even sure of the implants in their heads! Great suspense and action.



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About the author:

William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible.

A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption.

For more on Davidson and his writing, connect with him on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon Author’s Page.

This is a tour-wide giveaway for two (2) print copies that are available to those living in the U.S. only and one (1) eBook copy available international. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 26. You can enter to win at each stop of the tour.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more chances to win. The schedule is located HERE.

17 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

Awesome review, Christine. It's good to see a book where the characters grow as you follow along. Thanks for being a part of William's tour.

Mason
MC Book Tours

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

William will appreciate that review!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I've never read an adult book in this genre, but it sounds good. Congrats to William!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thank you for reviewing The Remnant. Colton really grew as a character over the course of the book.

cleemckenzie said...

Loved reading about The Remnant. Thanks for the great review.

Christine Rains said...

You're welcome, Mason. It's a pleasure hosting William today. And thank you to everyone for stopping by. :) Have a great week!

M.J. Fifield said...

Sounds like another book for my TBR list. Thanks for the review!

Chrys Fey said...

Great review! I had the honor of reading this book in its earlier stages, and you really nailed it in your review. I didn't really like Colton in the beginning either, but he won me over.

Congratulations to William!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Great review. Congrats to William!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Sounds like a terrific book! Seeing's as how I have next to no backbone when it comes to resisting a good book, I just pre-ordered it, and am looking forward to reading it.

Decadent Kane said...

Thanks for sharing the review- book looks interesting.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Your review makes me want to read the book even more than I did before. Thanks. Congratulations to William.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I read this book for a review too. William really knows how to paint a scary future.

Juneta Key said...

That hooked me. Had to pre-order, sounds like a brilliant premise.
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

William Davidson said...

Thanks for all the comments and hope everyone enjoys! It was a blast to write and I've already finished draft one of the sequel. Have a great week everyone!

Meradeth Houston said...

This sounds like a fascinating bit of spec-fic, especially given current events! Definitely one I'll have to pick up :)

Sherry Ellis said...

I've seen this book around the blog-o-sphere. Thanks for your review. It certainly sounds like a good book!