Wednesday, April 29, 2015

REVIEW TOUR: Carnival Tricks by Jade Kerrion

Publish Date:  APRIL 7, 2015


In a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, Kyle Norwood is an honest-to-God human and proud of it. His deadly skills come from hard work and not genetic sleight of hand. An easy mission to protect two Proficere Labs scientists turns into a shoot-out that leaves a scientist and a federal agent dead. Worse, the research data the scientists were carrying disappears. 

In a world where human derivatives are hated and feared, Sofia Rios is almost human. When a fight during her waitressing shift turns fatal, a dying scientist launches her into the shady world of scientific espionage. The unwilling trustee of research that people would kill to obtain, Sofia turns to the man who steps out of the shadows to protect her, even though he appears as dangerous and disreputable as the people who hunt her. 

Together, Sofia and Kyle must unravel the truth behind the illicit information she carries before one or both of them are killed. Their mutual attraction sparkles, but the spark could just as easily become an explosion if Kyle ever finds out that Sofia is a despised telekinetic. 


The young man behind the counter did not look up when Kyle walked around the poorly stocked aisles into the restroom at the far end of the store, next to a door marked Exit. The restroom was filthy, but the stall was large and had a sink, which was all he needed. Kyle stripped off his shirt and grimaced at the deep cut in his side. Fortunately, the bullet had not ripped through organs or major blood vessels. He would be all right, at least long enough to make it to D.C. Perhaps the doctor there could help.

Behind him, the door lock clicked.

What the—?

Hadn’t he locked the door?

Reaching for his Glock, he spun around. His jaw dropped when he saw Sofia glaring at him with a first aid kit in her hand.

She scowled at him. “I knew it. I thought I smelled blood in the car.”

“Didn’t your mother ever teach you to knock?”

“Not when you’re hoping to catch someone butt-naked or with an injury that they’re trying to hide.”

“How did you—?”

“You walked funny. You were favoring your right side.”

That was not an answer to the question he had intended to ask. He had locked the door, hadn’t he? Kyle glowered at her. “Did I ever mention that you’re too observant?”

“Several times now.” Sofia washed her hands in the sink, and then leaned down to peer at the cut. “You could use some stitches.” She opened the first aid kit and carefully picked through its contents.

“I see you rummaged through the trunk of my car,” he said blandly. “It’s a good thing I didn’t have a body hidden in there tonight.”

She cast him a dirty look. Clearly, the girl knew no fear. “I can make do with what you have here.”

“Do you know what you’re doing?”

“There are lots of self-help videos on YouTube.” She giggled when he frowned. “Of course I do. I took courses in first aid before I decided to sign up for my nursing program. It wouldn’t do to learn that I’m queasy about bodily fluids after graduating. In fact—”

She paused suddenly. He did too. He had not imagined the low thud, like that of something heavy, a body perhaps, falling to the ground. He shrugged on his shirt and pulled his gun from his leather jacket. Pale and silent, Sofia closed the first aid kit and picked up his leather jacket. She looked at him, and he nodded. It was the only assurance he could give.

He eased the door open and tried to peer out of the bathroom, but was driven back by a hail of bullets that ripped up the wooden doorframe. “Do you have the car keys?” He mouthed the words.

Sofia patted the pocket of her denim jeans.

“On my count, get out the back door and get to the car.”

She swallowed hard and nodded. He did notice that the only time she did not argue with him was when their lives were in danger. Smart girl.


4 Stars

Carnival-Tricks is the story of Kyle, a human in a world of genetically engineered super humans, and Sofia, and mildly modified human with very limited enhanced abilities.  It follows their trials and tribulations as they seek to protect the world from an unknown danger than was entrusted to them by sheer accident.  They encounter a cast of morally ambiguous, and some outright non-moralistic, characters that add intrigue and danger to the mystery surrounding.  Add in a romantic subplot and commentary on outdated discriminatory ideals.

Overall, the story is interesting.  There is mystery and suspense wrapped around a complex scientific plot device.  I think that for me, that wasn’t the hardest thing to keep straight.  The futuristic technologies and enhancements to our world were are to imagine  and therefore, the suspenseful scenes lose a little in translation.  The characters, however, are enjoyable.  Kyle and Sophia have a alpha male softened by the ethical high-ground mentality of the heroine dynamic.  I wish there was a little more focus on the relationship between Danyeal and Zara as they don’t seem to mesh whatsoever yet somehow do.



Q - So, how is this book related to the award-winning Double Helix series? 

A - This book features the mercenaries in Zara's organization, The Three Fates, wrestling with potentially world-shattering challenges posed by the Genetic Revolution. Best of all, it includes guest appearances from your favorite Double Helix characters, including Zara, Xin, and Danyael. 

Q - Wait, I'm new to this. What makes the Double Helix series special? 

A - The Double Helix is a series premised upon the creation of the "perfect" human being, Galahad, but it is ultimately about his less-than-perfect physical template, Danyael Sabre, and the power, strength, and beauty found in humanity's imperfections. Ultimately, what makes the Double Helix series special are its characters. You will fall in love with them. 

The series offers readers a great mix of science fiction, fantasy, and action-adventure genres. It is also grounded in science. Fiction is a great deal closer to reality than most people realize, and the societal pressures and dilemmas faced by Danyael and Galahad are imminent. 

The fast-paced action will have you turning pages, while the plot layers on complexity after complexity, offering you an unlikely romance you will root for and a happy ending you can believe in. 

Q - What order should I read the books in? 

A - The four books of the Double Helix series should be read in order for maximum enjoyment and a deep down, gut-felt happy ending. The novellas, YA novels, and Case fi are standalone, but fit into the timeline as follows: 
- Miriya (Novella) 
- Perfection Unleashed (Double Helix #1) 
- Perfect Betrayal (Double Helix #2) 
- Zara (Novella - coming soon) 
- Perfect Weapon (Double Helix #3) 
- Carnival Tricks (Double Helix Case Files) 
- When the Silence Ends (YA) 
- Perfection Challenged (Double Helix #4) 

The five novels in the series have won a total of eight literary awards in science fiction, including Gold Medal, 2013 Readers Favorites. 

Robin Lynn, an Amazon reviewer, describes it as "Truly enjoyable and delectable in its subtlety. The action is jackhammer fierce while the mental machinations slowly weave their way through your psyche. Potent and spellbinding. Wow." 

Q - Can readers get the whole series in one go? 

A - The Double Helix Collection offers five novels, two bonus features, and saves you money! Check out my author page here at Amazon (just cut and paste into the browser field) for more details, and a full list of my available titles. 

And thanks for reading!

JADE KERRION is the author of the Double Helix series, which has won a total of eight science fiction awards, including the Gold Medal in Readers Favorites 2013. Her Guild Wars fan fiction was accused of keeping her readers up at night, distracting them from work, housework, homework, and (far worse), from actually playing Guild Wars. And then she wondered why just screw up the time management skills of gamers? Why not aspire to screw everyone else up too? So here she is, writing science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance novels that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time.

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"...I wish I could award more than 5 stars"-Hillel Kaminsky, Amazon Reviewer
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