Future or Past

Long weekend but I had two great books from different times to help me escape.  One from our future and the other from our past.  But both showing a depth of the human spirit to continue on in the face of adversity.

I was so lucky to get an in depth book that has me thinking of just where we are headed in our society.  The book is Culpa Innata penned by B. Barmanbek – creator of the cult video game by the same name. I finally have a new Sci-Fi best read.  Culpa Innata projects is forward to a time when Earth is largely ruled by a one-world union and technology has taken care of just about everything.  Very much of how life is heading to in the near future.  Meet Phoenix Wallis our window into this new world.  Phoenix has just been hired as Senior Agent of the Global Peace and Security Network. She's grown up inside the Union and trusts its sanctums.  But after one week on the job she begins to learn that this perfect world hides much darker secrets.  Culpa Innata has fascinating characters and deals with uncomfortably timely themes (technology dependence, gadgets that take the place of human relationships much like Face Book has done for many of us).  This starts the trilogy series that Barmanbek has planned.  My copy is an e-Book from NetGallery but you can also get a paperback too.  I have to thank Babs from PRbytheBook for hooking me up!

Now on the other hand I have a great relaxing read.  One that helps me go back to a time in life where the worries were real but realistic.  That there was social morals and most people stayed within those codes.  Twice a Bride by Mona Hodgson is the fourth book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series.    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I loved seeing strong minded Willow learning how to make her own way after suffering the loss of her husband.  Willow realizes that she will need to find work and that her talent in painting can be her lifeline.  She also finds her way back to fitting in with her family as well as the community.   If you would like you can check out Chapter One for yourself.

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