Sunday, June 30, 2013

Kim McMahill Is Visiting Today. I'm Reviewing Her Book, Desperate Dreams

Kim grew up in Wyoming, which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. Since leaving Wyoming she has enjoyed many opportunities to see the world and has lived amid some of America’s most stunning landscapes. Kim started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense. Along with writing adventure novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology and cookbook.

To most, America has become a safe, orderly, predictable place, but to a few, like Nyla and Ethan, it has become a prison. Inseparable since childhood, but now faced with being torn apart, they are determined to change the course of their future.

As Nyla struggles to understand her deepening feelings for Ethan, they embark on a desperate journey for freedom through the inhospitable Big Bend region of Texas. With their two best friends in tow they attempt a daring border crossing to chase a dream few would understand and only the most courageous will dare to challenge the new order and embrace forbidden love.

The sounds made the hairs on the back of Nyla’s neck tingle. She couldn’t tell how close the predators roamed, but as her mind replayed the scene from the highway through the abandoned towns she decided any distance was too close. She would never forget the hunger in the predator’s eyes, the gleam of their long teeth or the absolute lack of fear the wolves had shown for their passing vehicle. Now, they didn’t even have her tiny car for protection.

Nyla stayed close to Ethan as she cautiously walked on, picking up anything that could serve as a weapon for self-defense. She hoped the two wolves they kept hearing were the extent of the pack. The size of the group they had seen on the road would be impossible to escape from or fight off if an encounter occurred.

Another wolf returned the call and the sounds grew closer. Nyla had read that the animals’ sense of smell was highly evolved and feared their group had already been detected and determined to be an acceptable meal.

“I think they caught our scent, they sounds are getting closer,” Nyla said.

“Just keep walking and don’t talk,” Ethan said as he listened to the howling. His mind wandered back to the highway and he felt true fear for the first time in his life.

Soon the howling stopped and the silence made Nyla even more nervous. She could almost feel eyes following their movements. She heard a rustle up ahead and huddled close behind Ethan as he flicked on his light. Two large four legged bodies whirled around and disappeared into the brush.

“Here.” Nyla handed each of her friends a sturdy stick about four feet long.

“If they come at us, don’t turn your back to them. If there’s only two maybe we can hold them off,” Ethan added as he took the stick from Nyla’s hand.

Nyla watched as Ethan quickly extracted a knife from his pocket and secured the blade to the end of the stick, making a spear. Just as he finished wrapping the string and tying it off, Nyla spotted the two shapes re-emerging from the shadows, this time from behind.

“Behind us,” she hissed as the group whirled around to meet their enemy.

Ethan tried to shine his light in their eyes, but this time the wolves kept their eyes diverted and began circling the group.

“Huddle up, backs together,” Ethan whispered.

The wolves paced slowly and methodically, moving in closer with each circuit around the group, spacing themselves so the potential meal was sandwiched between them.

“Claire and Jared, stay focused on the animal closest to you no matter what you hear from us. Nyla and I will concentrate on this one. If we lose our focus on one, it will expose our flank. That’s probably their plan—one strikes and the other attacks from behind when everyone’s attention is diverted.”

The moment the words were out, a wolf lunged at Claire, hitting her shoulder...

My Review:
Nyla Ward and Ethan Brand have been friends since childhood. But Nyla’s family remembers a time when there was freedom. No monitors, no surveillance and the government wasn’t continually watching, maybe even controlling, everyone’s actions. There were rumors of drugs in their prepared meals to keep them calm and Nyla well knew what happened if you went against the government, her own mother sat behind the grey walls of the Facility.

Ethan and his friend Jared were coming of age. They would soon pass their required studies and be sent away. Where? No one knew, but rumors swirled against what the government told them. The men were sent to the east coast or to the military. But they never came back.

Doomed to a society of oppression, Nyla and her girlfriend Claire along with Ethan and Jared decide to make a break for it. Under the cloak of darkness and into an impending storm, they left on a chaotic journey through the Big Ben Region of Texas.

Boarder guards awaited them but freedom stood within reach. Will they make it before they’re captured? Will the two young couples find happiness in Mexico where all that was forbidden in America, including love, would be a possibility?

Once again Kim McMahill delivers a chilling portrayal in Desperate Dreams. As I read the book, I could see how easily headlines and technology in place today could easily turn into the unsettling future of tomorrow. Another real page turner. Well done!

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Mary L. Ball said...

Another great novel that's a must read!

Victoria Pitts-Caine said...

Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

CH said...

Wow - "Desperate Dreams" sounds like a real thriller!

Victoria Pitts-Caine said...

It is a real thriller - download a copy - you'll enjoy it.

Kim McMahill said...

Thanks, Vicki, for having me on your blog, and thanks to everyone for posting such kind comments.

Victoria Pitts-Caine said...

You're welcome, Kim. I really do enjoy your books and I'm anxious for the next one.