Saturday, May 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Storm by Evan Angler ~ Review

I am so excited to be part of the Storm by Evan Angler Bog Tour. Click the tour banner to check out other stops along the tour.

by Evan Angler
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Available: Amazon, B&N

In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark allows citizen to shop, go to school, and even get medical care--without it, you are on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. Those who do . . . disappear.

Logan Langly went in to get his Mark, but he backed out at the last minute. Ever since, he's been on the run from government agents and on a quest to find his sister Lily, who disappeared when she went to get her Mark five years earlier. His journey leads him to befriend the Dust, a vast network of Markless individuals who dissent against the iron-grip rule of the government. Along the way to the capital to find Lily, the Dust receive some startling information from the Markless community, opening their eyes to the message of Christianity and warning that humanity is now entering the End of Days.

In "Storm," Logan and his friends are the leaders of the Markless revolution. But while some Markless are fighting Chancellor Cylis' army, the Dust is busy trying to find a cure for a horrible epidemic sweeping through the Marked. And it's difficult for them to know who to trust, especially when they aren't sure if Logan's sister Lily, one of the commanders in Cylis' army, is on their side or not. And all across the nation--and the world--the weather is become less stable, and a storm is brewing that bigger than any of them could have ever imagined....

When I first learned about the release of Storm I was so excited. I've been lucky enough to be a part of all three tours in the series and have enjoyed each one. But there is something about Storm that had me enjoying it even more.

Storm is the third installment in Evan Angler's Swiped series. So be forewarned - read the first two books first (they're great) and be prepared to read the fourth when it comes out (you'll want to).

I loved how the we jump right back into the action. Angler manages to give us a break down of what's happened so far in the series and even though it's a lot of information, I didn't feel like it was an info dump.Since it had been a while since reading the previous books it was nice to be reminded about where things stood. The action continues as we jump between story lines and groups of characters. Angler doesn't waste time on plot lines that are not integral to the main plot, and there is no way to skip or start skimming pages. If he writes it, it is important to the story. I love this type of writing as it weaves the story together in a tighter pattern. There's no way to not see the connections he's making.

The characters were the other stand out for me. Although Logan was the main character in Swipe and in Sneak, here he becomes the more of a center character among a larger cast. The group of characters has certainly grown since the first book, and at first I thought it would be a little much, but Angler spends enough time with each group of characters and manages to connect them to each other in a way that eventually made me forget how many there were.

There is definitely a religious undertone to this series and subtle references to stories from the Bible. I don't think that should distract anyone from reading Storm or any of the books in the series. This is an awesome continuation to this series and I can't wait to see where Angler takes it next.

About the Author

Evan lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon.
Swipe is his first book. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about it, and you didn't hear anything from him. Don't make eye contact if you see him. Don't call his name out loud. He's in enough trouble already.
And so are you, if you've read his book.


Print books 1-3 in the Swipe series, US only.

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