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Torch Song: A Kickass Heroine, A Post-Apocalyptic World: Book One Of The Blackjack Trilogy (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Shelley Singer

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Fans of Lisbeth Salander of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games will love Rica Marin, a new kickass, gunslinging heroine.

"Fast-paced action and a decisive, strong-minded heroine make this a good choice for fans of the postapocalyptic thrillers." -Library Journal


Rica Marin’s a mercenary—a hired gun, soldier, and spy who answers only to whoever can keep her in the meds she and her only living relative need to survive the plagues that scourge the earth after biological warfare’s wiped out pretty much everything.

It’s a strange world that’s left—composed of tiny city-states like Redwood, Sierra, and Rocky—run with a variety of futuristic machines and broken-down ones. Fancy new cars float as well as roll, but the Internet’s now so glitchy you can't even blog properly—newspapers have come back! So many machines are in disrepair that a fixer in this world isn't someone who rigs elections or cleans up after murders—it’s a person who can repair both an elevator and an ancient toilet. But roving bands of bandits, godders, causies, breeders, khakis, and toxies threaten to destroy what’s just been fixed.

Anywhere there are people—however few—there’ll be power plays, and Rica’s current job at the Blackjack Casino is to run interference between the warring clans of Tahoe, in tiny Sierra. But then the city-state of Rocky gets ambitious. And that means war.

" ...truly one of those books that the reader simply cannot set aside until completion. A story whose pace is akin to the speed of a rocket-launcher missile, Blackjack will grasp any reader by the throat and hang on till the end. What characters! What plotting! ... (Torch Song) will linger in the mind for long after the completion, with the question ringing: Could a near-future like this actually occur?" —Euro-Reviews

WHO WILL LIKE IT: Fans of THE HUNGER GAMES Trilogy, The Millennium Trilogy, and post-apocalyptic thrillers and dystopian fiction. Think LEGEND for adults, or a literary expansion of THE BOOK OF ELI.

"Shelley Singer does an excellent job of describing a bleak future of the US.... Shelley’s world is dark and gritty with complex characters and an intriguing theme." -- Night Owl Reviews

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 332 pages
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  • Editeur : booksBnimble (14 février 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 apocalyptical thriller 2 juillet 2007
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur Amazon.com
The year is 2066 and the earth is barely populated as a consequence of the biological and viral plagues as well as nukes nearly destroyed the planet. Terrorism got completely out of control and nations tried to throw out the undesirables of a jihad that was answered in kind by the western powers. The United States is desolate with shell points of civilization interspersed with fiefdoms, bandits, and despots.

Rica Marin is a mercenary because she and her grandmother need the money for vaccinations and boosters, so they don't catch a fatal disease lingering from the poison years. Right now her assignment is the country of Sierra; hired by Chief Graybie to investigate the Coleman's owners of the blackjack casino in Tahoe. She finds that the Colemans are better than most people she has had to investigate. They want to consolidate and make their power base larger in a peaceful manner. So people can feel safe and technology will grow in a controlled manner. The problem is Rica is working for the wrong side; the Colemans' enemies are the Scorsia who are mafia types and use mob methods to get what they want. Rica has the alloy the Colemans want but are suspicious of her and deal with the Scorsia patriarch so he doesn't get a chance to succeed in his grab for power.

This is quite a different apocalyptical thriller because it leaves the readers with hope. The human race wasn't totally destroyed and they have the numbers to build a base that is anchored in equally and justice for all instead fear instead of prejudice. Rica is a strong willed woman willing to do more work as long as they fall within her moral compass. The Colemans are benevolent rulers with high ideals who want to protect their country by assimilating smaller weaker neighbors. Lee Singer has written a fascinating and enthralling work that focuses on the characters to deliver a cautionary message.

Harriet Klausner
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good and bad balanced out in this slow-paced, well-written post-apocalyptic tale 1 septembre 2014
Par Karen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
"Torch Song" takes us on a journey with mercenary Rica Marin, who has been commissioned to root out various evils in a post-apocalyptic future.

On the negative side, the pacing of this novel drags somewhat at times, and characterisation falls just short of real depth for some of the characters (especially the villains), which also impedes the romance aspect. I also ended up feeling as if this novel was the set-up for a sequel, which isn't something I appreciate.

On the positive side: In spite of the fact that Rica is hardly a "kickass" heroine, she is a very likeable protagonist. Also, quite a lot of the static nature/plot issues/less than stellar characterisation is balanced out by very vivid and solid writing from the author.

Does the good balance out the bad? For me it did. In a genre where readers really give more leeway than they should when it comes to quality, Singer has taken a lot of care, and it shows. If I could have added half a star, I would have.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Mind-Blowing Ride! 2 mai 2014
Par Peggy Dougherty - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
TORCH SONG is a mind-blowing ride that holds you in its grasp from start to finish. Singer creates a futuristic realm, both fascinating and frightening. Rica, the protagonist, takes the reader into this world, and this reader felt lucky to have her as a guide.
She is gritty, confident, and competent. She's a mercenary hired to sort things out among warring factions. And it's all about the meds. Meds that everyone wants and needs after plague and other disease and pestilence have lain waste to humanity.

Rica knows her way around, and, fortunately for her, she's a pretty good judge of character. She figures out whom to trust and whom to bust. Not only that, she sings! Sensual, torchy ballads that make listeners wistfully remember simpler times.

There's nonstop action and complex relationships. As the story draws to its close, conflicts get resolved, but new ones rear their heads. Rica's life is taking a turn on several levels, making the reader wonder what lies ahead for her. We'll all have to patiently wait for Book Two.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fascinating Story 13 mai 2008
Par Camille V. Cira - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
It takes place in the year 2066. Our world as we know it has been decimated by terrorists, foreign and home grown, followed up with chemical warfare that has most of the population dead or dying. The story is fascinating in that it covers the gamut -- love, brutality, and politics in a world that is just emerging from catastrophe. Frightenly real.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well paced, plausible plot, leaves you wanting the next one 4 juillet 2014
Par Marla A Burke - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Set in 2066, the story of a fractured country and a mercenary who loves her Granny enough to do what she must to keep them both well and safe is a believable, post apocalyptic read.

The reasons for the current fragmented, almost tribal societal structures are unveiled as Rica uncovers the true nature of the characters around her and deals with the internal conflict between what she feels is right versus what is both expedient and safe.

We watch her perspective adjust and shift as time passes, people are killed or exposed as spies, and she's betrayed by her employer. It dawns on her the only way to keep Granny safe and protect her own fractured piece of what used to be the US, is to choose sides for an incipient war.

As in life, she doesn't have all the story and no one is telling the whole truth. So, she goes with the best solution available. It's also convenient that her choice keeps her in touch with the attractive, powerful, and manipulative Jo.

This is the first of a three book series. It sets the foundation for both Ricas' personal journey and the ultimate conflict around reestablishing a United, consolidated country that can defend against vague, international threats and remaining segmented and vulnerable. The potential plot twists, all based upon whether or not the characters will choose to repeat recent history-complete with all the requisite ideological groups-make the next book something worth waiting for.
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