Pat Bertram's Light Bringer Reviewed By Sandra Shwayder Sanchez of Bookpleasures.com
Reviewer Sandra Shwayder Sanchez: Sandra is
a retired attorney and co-founder of a small non-profit publishing
collective: The Wessex Collective with whom she has published two short fiction collections
(A Mile in These Shoes and Three Novellas) and one
Her most recent novel, The Secret of A Long Journey is soon to be released by Floricanto Press in April 2012 and her first novel, The Nun, originally published by Plain View Press in 1992 is being Â reissued in a 2nd Edition with additional material by PVP in March 2012.
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Author: Pat Bertram
Publisher: Second Wind Publishing
you have been fascinated by stories about the lost continent of
Atlantis or rumors of the advanced technologies of ancient Egypt or
China , if you are fascinated by weather and the current rapid
succession of natural disasters one after another, you will most
probably be fascinated by Light Bringer.
Pat Bertram is clearly very well read in the areas of astronomy, physics, ancient history and universal mythology and she brings her broad knowledge and brilliant imagination to this X files style story set in the present day Colorado Mountains . That knowledge lends credibility to this persuasive work of speculative fiction. That is to say, by the time it is all explained, it all makes perfect sense. The primary characters are believable and likeable, the villains suitably obnoxious, and the supporting characters are authentic, based, more than likely, on some of the eccentric individuals you can usually find living in these small mountain towns.
Scenes of a group of crotchety old folks who get together to eat curried oatmeal, quote Shakespeare and play Chinese checkers are wonderfully funny discussing current catastrophes from economic depression to planet wide natural disasters each with his or her own conspiracy theory to cover all of it. The plot replete with secret sinister underground corporate experiments, extra terrestrial creatures, a couple of budding romances, could have been the stuff of trendy comic books or yet another television series but the author’s excellent characterizations make it real, original, the stuff of literary fiction. Stylistically the author is adept at moving between lyrical poetic descriptions of nature, wryly funny dialogue and perfectly paced suspenseful writing.
I found this book to be not only entertaining but educational and it inspired me to want to study more fully those ancient mythologies, reading between the lines to guess at cryptic messages and try to trace current connections. It was a fun read that left me wanting more about these characters and more characters by this author.
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