Sunday, October 25, 2015

Release day(review) - The Liberty Box @AuthorCAGray

TITLE: The Liberty Box
SERIES: Book One
AUTHOR: C.A. Gray
RELEASE DATE: October 25th 2015
PUBLISHER: Wanderlust Publishing
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review


Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancé and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie. 
Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom. 
Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?

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C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, Arizona. She has always been captivated by the power of a good story, fictional or otherwise, which is probably why she loves holistic medicine: a patient’s physical health is invariably intertwined with his or her life story, and she believes that the one can only be understood in context with the other.

Her favorite fictional tales have always been epic battles of good versus evil, with a strong tendency towards parable. An idealist herself, she has always been convinced that these stories have something deeply true to tell us about the human condition, and that is why we love them so much… or at least that’s why she does.

She still wants to be everything when she grows up. She moonlights as a college chemistry teacher (she has a degree in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing), does theater when she gets the chance, sings, plays piano, was once a personal trainer and in coffee shop management. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!
 

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The Liberty Box is an exciting, fresh and full of action dystopian story about how powerful are our minds and the consequences of not owning our thoughts. Many of the topics of this book sounded closer to me, the idea of what liberty really means and how we see what we choose to see. Sometimes we can be happy pretending everything is fine because it's easier than facing the reality.

It all begins when Kate learns about the death of someone from a past she had forgotten. With her fiancé’s help she will discover that The Republic of the Americas is not what it seems. From then on tragedy, revelations and survival will fill Kate’s life. She will encounter a group of people willing to fight for real freedom and bring down the Potentate and The Council.

One of them is Jackson who is captured by the agents as soon as he arrives to the Republic. Jackson is an amazing character. He is a centered, down to Earth, honest man. His control over his mind is incredible and plays a key role in the story. I imagine him as a man who lights up a room just by walking in. I adore him and can't wait to read more about him.

The plot is really good. You can see that the author took her time to create a solid, complete and believable story. The explanations are understandable, the writing is flawless and the characters have defined personalities.

I really enjoyed the rhythm of the story because is fast without rushing into scenes. We can follow the action and when is necessary we can sense the adrenaline or danger.

Overall, The Liberty Box is a really good dystopian story worthy of your time if this is a genre you enjoy. I look forward to read the next one.

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