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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Melissa Meeks Reviews "One Wild Ride"

Title: The Call
Series: Time Masters Book One
By Geralyn Beauchamp
Cold Tree Press (October 8, 2007)
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
ISBN 9781583851982

Reviewed by Melissa Meeks
See more reviews at Bibliophile’s Retreat

Rating: 5/5

Describing this book is an interesting endeavor. Rather than ask the usual questions it actually makes more sense to ask what Time Masters isn't. In this case the answer is … Nothing!!! Beauchamp has managed to intertwine all genres in a coherent manner that I have yet to find elsewhere. At the same time she’s also managed to work in all the elements of a good story with a superb quality of writing.

The hero - Dallan - is not only a hunk, but he's got the Romance factor going on big-time. If Shona hadn’t already claimed him and he was for real, I'd certainly be first in line to do so myself. I’ve read quite a pile of books before and since first picking up Time Masters and still have to say over a year later that I've not seen much out there to rival the writing of this debut author. She’s crafted an excellent plot and characters that leap off the page into the reader's imagination as if real and remain vivid even after putting the book down.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll even be frightened at times. As the cover says this is One Wild Ride. If you just have to find the best roller-coasters – this one delivers and you can even experience it from your favorite reading nook. So hop on and enjoy as the story goes from a "comedy sketch" due to characters being out of their accustomed environment on one page to fight scenes with action, adventure and suspense on the next. These fluctuations come at you often and fast in this book, as full of emotional power as a minefield of explosives. Of course the intense emotion is part of what makes the book so riveting. I could have stayed up all night reading just to find out what would happen on the next page, in the next chapter or even how the book would end. I have rarely found another author who can evoke such intense responses with the written word.

This book is one that I can’t bear to lend out and risk losing as it’s worth rereading many times. I had to buy an extra copy just for sharing so I could horde one to get my fix of satisfying reading anytime. Geralyn has put so much meat into her story that with every read I still find new details and thoughts popping up. Before it was even released, I quit trying to count my “reads” and still hope to squeeze in time to read it again and again. I am so glad this is only the first in a series and am already chomping at the bit for Time Masters Book Two: The Prophecy.

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ForstRose said...

Thanks Carolyn - that was a quick turn over on my submission.

Bibliophile's Retreat can be found at http://forstrose.blogspot.com

Melissa Meeks

ForstRose said...

BTW Readers - I'll be sure and check in on the comments here so I can visit with any of you who stop by.

Melissa Meeks

M. C. Pearson said...

Sounds like an awesome book. I have a few that I never lend out for the same reason...gotta be able to have my fix of good books too. Thanks for the review.

Michelle Sutton said...

I don't usually read sci fi but I love romance and I think the author is a great lady. I think she's in my ECFL group. :)

Janna said...

I do that with books too, can't bear to lend them, but they are too good not to share so you have to buy an extra to pass around :-)

ryanx6 at msn dot com

lmm0827 said...

Melissa, I've read Time Masters and it's all that you say it is. I'm looking forward with anticipation to its sequel.

David said...

I feel the same way about TIME MASTERS. In close to 2 years of running CFRB I've seen only 1 other book that even came near it as far as the ingenious plot goes and that was FLASHPOINT, by Frank Creed. Many others were good, but not that good. TIME MASTERS went far and beyond any expectations I had. Being well over 500 pages (closer to 600) I was afraid to read it. Yet as soon as I started I was hooked. The only "bad part" I found was it ended up being too SHORT. I'm frantically waiting for the sequel.
David Brollier
CFRB co-Founder

cathikin said...

I have also read this delightful novel by Geralyn, and I feel much the same as Melissa. I had to get another copy for the same reason. This is a great review, one that I think should tell just enough to get other people interested.

Laura Davis said...

Melissa, what a fantastic review! You've got me so intrigued that I simply have to go out and purchase this book right away!

ForstRose said...

@ all thanks for stopping by and all your wonderful comments.

You're welcome Mimi.

Yes Michelle, Geralyn is a member of ECFL as am I though she found it before I did.

TM is more fantasy than Sci Fi with a very strong romance thread. You might enjoy it if you like romance.

Yes Janna when they are good enough I can't stand to give up my only copy then I also need one to share - LOL

LOL David you're not the only one impatient for The Prophecy.

Thanks Cathi for the compliment on the review.

Laura be sure and tell us what you think of the book after you have a chance to read it.


The Time Mistress said...

David the second book gets turned into the publisher the first part of November but I'm afraid you'll have to wait until next fall! Well, unless of course you'd like to be on the test team! Shoot me an email and let me know! And hey, if I wasn't the author, I wouldn't lend it out either! LOL! In fact, I loved it so much, I wasn't even going to ever publish it! It was all just for me! Thanks for the review Melissa!

ForstRose said...

Thanks Mom for stopping by and seconding or is that thirding, fourthing, ... or whatever you'd call it my thoughts on TM.

And Geralyn thanks for dropping by too. Glad you didn't keep TM all for yourself but then again "someone" had other ideas on that count who has more pull than either of us LOL. So it was bound to get out sooner or later. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us and you're welcome for the review.