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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Burn Zone - James K. Decker

Released February 2013

James K. Decker

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

With humankind headed for disaster, an alien race called the Haan helped save everything, but the truth is that they've saved little. Sam Shao discovers the truth when her adoptive father is arrested and leaves behind key to what the Haan are plotting. There's a biological weapon set to go off and kill everyone within the Burn Zone.

Sam and her father have been surrogates to Haan infants for years, so she knows more about this alien race than many. Sam sets off to rescue her dad, but some Haan are hot on her heels and want her silenced. One of the Haan, Nix, is given orders to assassinate her, but he realizes she was his surrogate and acts as her protector instead. It's up to Sam to save the human race, but she's just one young woman, and it may take a miracle.

I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of science fiction. One of my biggest issues is the names that writers always give their alien characters, they're never easy to pronounce. I did run into that issue with The Burn Zone, but the storytelling was so gripping that I found myself no longer caring.

There's a touch of romance to the story between Sam and one of her friends. The relationship between Nix and Sam is touching. The evil Haan certainly make you dislike them. In the end, everything pulls together to create a fluid, riveting tale of good versus evil. This is a wonderful story and one that is apparently first in a series, so there's certainly more to come.

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