Saving Raine by Frederick Lee Brooke
Frederick Lee Brooke
A Sci-Fi Story Full of Adventure.
“MATT, RAINE WENT to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not. You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt.”
When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father telling him to go to California and save his girlfriend, Raine, he doesn’t hesitate—he grabs his AK-47, revs up his blue pickup, and gets ready to make the 2,300-mile roadtrip.
But cross-country travel in 2021 isn’t easy—or, sometimes, even possible. The U.S. has become a near-military state: 17,000 checkpoints severely restrict interstate movement, Predator drones target innocent civilians without cause, and explosions rock cities daily. Matt and his stepbrother, Benjy, face deadly attacks from a corrupt government, ruthless local law enforcement, and bloodthirsty terrorist groups as they embark on their trek. They’re about to find out that their trip is much more than a private journey, and their success could change the face of the country—forever.
Can Matt and Benjy outrun the drone missiles raining down on their heads? Can they avoid assassination by government officials hell-bent on taking over what little is left of the country? Can they outsmart the deadly schemes set in motion against them?
Break the rules.
Save the girl.
He only gets one chance before she’s gone forever.
About Frederick Lee Brooke:
Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and following with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. The first book in Fred’s entirely new series is due in November 2013.
A resident of Switzerland for the last 20 years, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer.
When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.
Review by Simon Jenner:
An intriguing start drops you straight into this exciting dystopian future set in 2021 where the U.S. has become a near-military state and the country is on the brink of starvation. The U.S. in 2021 is not an easy place to live. Tech has advanced but life in general has gone backwards. The political situation is up in the air. The world is well described and fascinating with its nightly explosions, the need for ration coupons, pizzas costing $100 and restaurants having bulletproof walls.
Matt Carney, the 19-year-old main character, watches helplessly as his father is arrested and is soon forced to leave the family home by his obnoxious stepmother. Having found a cryptic message from his father, he sets off on a hazardous journey across the country to save his girlfriend, Raine. His stepbrother, Benjy, soon joins him and their friendship and teamwork ensure you are rooting for them on their danger-riddled quest.
The story is packed full of intrigue, action, drama, romance and colourful characters. Some of Mr Brooke’s characters from the Annie Ogden series make a welcome appearance. Ike and Tranny are always good for a laugh and the rat-eating contest was funny and disgusting in equal measures. There is also plenty of futuristic tech to be nervous about as well as admire.
A key strength of this book is the number of richly defined characters, all of whom have detailed and interesting individual stories. I’m looking forward to book 2!