Published by Challedon Publishing on November 24, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
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Gold Award Winner-2015 Readers' Favorite Int'l Book Award Contest (Fiction Thriller)
A survivor. A soulmate. A secret.
High school senior Amanda Michaels suffers amnesia with regard to everything before the jet crash. She loses her parents and her memory in the aftermath, but miraculously survives. While recovering, Amanda strikes up a whirlwind romance with a young hospital volunteer, but only recalls a haunting series of flashbacks of her near death experiences (NDE’s). Meanwhile, her uncle, high profile DC trial attorney Andy Michaels represents her and the families of numerous passengers against Hemispheres Airways.
As the major monetary settlements with Hemispheres are looming, both Amanda and her uncle Andy stumble onto evidence of possible sabotage of the jet and a link to her dad’s classified biological research on cell chromosomal telomeres. Why was her dad’s research so valuable? Once Amanda learns she may possess biological secrets that competing intelligence agencies will kill for, she has no idea who to trust, unwittingly caught up in a web of biological espionage. Amanda’s personal roller coaster ride explores romance, heartbreak, depression, persistence and ultimate redemption. The fast paced story moves between Middleburg, Virginia horse farms, Washington, DC, New York city and points between. A series of stunning twists unwind along the path to the unforeseen climax.
Katie: I have always been a fan of biological thrillers so it is no surprise that I was drawn to this book. Taming the Telomeres is a fast paced ride that will keep you guessing all the way to the end.
The story begins with catastrophe. Amanda Michaels finds herself as the only survivor of a plane crash that also claimed the lives of her parents. On top of that devastating fact, Amanda has amnesia and can’t remember anything from her life before the crash.
When Amanda and her uncle uncover startling evidence of foul play involving the plane crash, they are swept up in a dangerous investigation to uncover the truth.
Just as she starts trying to make sense of what’s happened, Amanda realizes that more than just her memory has changed.
I really liked that Taming the Telomeres grabs you from the start and keeps the action coming. Throw in a complex plot and there is never a dull moment.
One of the things that I didn’t care much for was the emphasis on Kent being Amanda’s soul mate. I didn’t feel the sparks or get that “Ah Ha” moment and I felt their love left much to be desired.
All in all, I think this was a good book and I enjoyed reading it.