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The Edge of Dawn

by Melinda Snodgrass

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The third book in Melinda Snodgrass’ Edge Series, [The Edge of Dawn], delivers. After an unsatisfying first-person detour into Richard Oort’s internal dialog, she returns to her strengths – well-crafted and descriptive writing and a broad canvass of unique characters.

Oort is still uncomfortable, and not terribly effective, as Lumina Enterprises’ CEO. But he is scorching the earth, taking the fight back to the magical forces bent on consuming the earth. Easily the best addition to the story, and to Oort’s alliance, is a Navajo girl, Mosi, who is immune to magic like him. Snodgrass takes the story, and her writing, to a new level introducing this character. Very few novels feature Indian characters without viewing them either stereotypically or in rose-colored glasses. But Mosi is a rich character, her culture only one facet in a beautifully colored prism.

Another bonus is that Snodgrass’ background in screenwriting makes it a given that each book provides a new and exciting climax. This one culminates in Turkey, and she nails the details for the land and architecture to the muddled cultures in the region.

As I wrote in my review of the first book in the series, [The Edge of Reason], Snodgrass is a gifted writer with a truly poetic command of language. Whether she’s writing film scripts or her high-concept, alien civil war series or installments in the [Wildcards] science fiction superhero series, she brings a keen eye for detail and deeply imaginative mind. She’s a valued and important local treasure

Bottom Line: The Edge Series leaps to another level with the introduction of a wildly interesting new character and hero.

4 bones ½!!!!! ( )
  blackdogbooks | Nov 29, 2017 |
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For Carl,

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Mosi Tsosie was scared.

The family had moved their flock of sheep to BIA land near the edge of Chaco Canyon and built a hogan. Grandfather was very traditional and refused to let them use a prefab building. They did carry the logs in the bed of the pickup because trees were scarce to nonexistent out by the canyon, but the sod was cut from the earth, and the logs were chinked with that same soil, and it had five sides and a door facing east as was proper.
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What do you do when the Earth is under assault from monstrous creatures by alternate dimensions and you're the only person who can wield the weapon that can destroy them? That's the situation facing Richard Oort, hero of the Edge novels. Lonely and overwhelmed after a series of terrifying, catastrophic global and personal events, Richard is still determined to save the world from the horrific Old Ones. He goes undercover in a Christian fundamentalist compound, playing house with an attractive FBI agent. At first, this only serves to increase his loneliness, missing his real family, but against all odds discovers another unique human who can use the paladin's weapon, one who might be able to join him and lighten the burden of responsibility. There's only one problem -- Mosi is a nine year old Navajo girl. Their enemies are trying to kill both Richard and Mosi--and have already killed Mosi's family. To keep her safe Richard becomes her guardian, but an error in judgement leads to disaster and betrayal, and now the odd pair will need to summon all their strength to survive the coming battle. From the American southwest to a secret society in Turkey, the paladin and his ward try to stay in front of their enemies, but the world is at stake--and time is running short.… (more)

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