Review by Madison Davis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
In 2043 Raphael King, a Journalist in New York watches the news where his wife reports about a two-country conflict. He has no idea he will shortly have to watch her die when war breaks out.
Deeply unhinged he talks to his own boss and takes the advice to leave New York as fast as possible. He leaves New York to see his sister-in-law Jaxie Nottingham.
Together with her, he has to experience the new world government and its horrible repercussions on the U.S. civilian population.
He and Jaxie feel as well helpless as also furious about the way they are treated like immature children and captives in their own home, their own country. They are surrounded by distrust, violence, and ridiculously strict control, as well as also torture and sadism, all provided by the new world order.
Working together Raphael and Jaxie are launching vigilante-cells to fight against the injustice and against those who try to get rich from the war at the expenses of those who suffer.
I will stop here telling more about the story. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s reading pleasure by giving away too much.
I’m normally not the biggest fan of Science Fiction, but this book is written clearly, easy to understand, even within the technical aspects of the book which generally cause the biggest problem to me.
At this point, I won’t say I ‘enjoyed’ the book because I simply didn’t. Crowns and Cabals scared the living daylight out of me. The voluble description of a possible World War III the author used, the scary secrets within the plot, the realistic chances of this situation not being too far away, together with the strong characters and the steadily building suspense within the story; all this painted the most horrible pictures in my head and made me tremble in fear.
The book is one work of tension from the first page to page 305. I know this sounds weird, but I admit, I’m not exactly happy with the ending of Crowns and Cabals. But this is only my opinion, and I’m convinced other readers are going to disagree with me on that.
I like both protagonists equally. Their characters are strong, well built and developed. They both carry the story and events through the entire book through the end and gave me, the reader, hope.
Even though I said I did not enjoy reading the book, because it scared me – however, I do not regret I read Crowns and Cabals. It is a fantastically written book, with a strength I wouldn’t have expected reading the blurb.
To fans of SciFi, this book is a must-read!