Title:  Lightning

Author:  Bonnie S. Calhoun                                                                      

Pages:  416

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group


Bonnie S. Calhoun’s Lightning picks up where Thunder left off.  Selah Rishon has transformed into a novarium or enhanced human.  She grows in power and skill as she continues to find out more about her biological father and his people.  In the meantime, Selah discovers that her mother, little brother, and step-father have disappeared, and she embarks on a journey back to the mountain to find her family and to find out all she can about what she is becoming.  The evil that is in the mountain threatens to destroy Selah and her family, but she must do all that she can to rescue them before it may be too late.  At great personal cost, she survives to begin a new journey to the west where she must find the Third Protocol that will complete her transformation.

With action and peril throughout, Bonnie Calhoun delivers a story that includes what makes her happy as a writer:  body count, blood, and blowing things up.  It all appears in this action-packed story along with well-written characters that convey bravery as well as fear, conflict as well as strength, darkness as well as light.  Although the story takes place a few hundred years in the future in the ruins of what was once America before a super volcanic eruption wiped out most of the country, hope still survives in the midst of treachery and turmoil.  These characters are believable and portray both the best and worst of human beings.  Even those who are on the “right” side are shown as flawed, which adds to the realism of the story along with providing for an interesting plot.

Those who read this novel will certainly look forward to book three of the Stone Braide Chronicles—coming fall 2016!

My rating is 5.

Guest review by Cleve Johnson

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