Indie Featured Corner
Genre: Science Fiction
What if your last day at school turned out to be your first day as a rebel warrior?
“Think,’Lord of the Flies’ meets the wild children in ‘Beyond Thunderdome.” Be aware dear readers the narrative uses a slang-based language that may appear to have typos. They are not, just quirky use of language to build a futuristic world. Think George Orwell’s 1984, or A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
In a land disfigured by famine and disease, panic spreads throughout the scattered population when the Agro Empire cuts food supplies. Soon, special children start to disappear. Now, starving Renegades are gathering, ready to storm the last haven in NotSoGreatBritAlbion. Whispers of a saviour have brought them to the perimeter fences. They want Adara, Catcher of Birds.
17-year-old orphan, Adara, isn’t like the other girlygigs in Cityplace. She has a special power which must be kept hidden. High-spirited and headstrong, she is thrilled about leaving school so she can follow her dream to train as an elite soldier of the New World Territories. But her plans are cut brutally short when Agros send in troops to lay waste to the capital. After her brother, Deogol, is abducted by a dark stranger, Adara must choose between saving him or joining her Santy Breanna to defend the once peaceful Metropolis from a vicious and deadly force.
Hollis studied her face in the light of the campfire. “So, how does a shepherd girl find herself in the Forest of Fondair, heading to the Kiatri to lead a crusade against the Fontre?”
Cassai had untied her braid and was unraveling it. The curls tangled themselves around her small fingers. “Not a crusade, war. Lashai belongs to us. We were a free, peaceful people under the Namarielle. The land flourished, and the people had plenty. The Fontre took everything: our herds, our crops, our money, they even burned down our churches. Why would they do that?”
Her gaze had fallen into the darkness between the trees, and Hollis assumed this was a rhetorical question. “So, we’re going to fight them; our small band of Keepers and anyone else we can find to join us will fight for our Lashai. And if no one else joins, I’ll fight them alone. I just can’t live as their slave. I won’t.”
Alone. Frightened. Captive. If you hear someone approaching, RUN. She is not there to help you.
There is an ancient evil in the Back Country, dormant for centuries but now hungry and lurking. When it sets its sights on an unsuspecting mother one routine morning along an isolated stretch of highway, a quiet farming family is suddenly thrust into a world of unspeakable terror, and a young girl must learn to be a hero.
What Amazon readers are saying:
“What a wonderfully atmospheric story! Gretel is truly one of those books that relies on excellent writing to create its mysterious and scary tone. In this case, the author creates the mood almost instantly and maintains it throughout the story.”
“I couldn’t help but think I was reading something from Stephen King (one of my favorite authors).”
“Let me just start out by saying that there are less than 10 books ever written that I would consider amazing, and this book is absolutely amazing. The way he wove 3 different stories into one is incredibly captivating, and it had a very intense feeling throughout the whole tale.”
“One of the best books I’ve read! I couldn’t stop reading it till the END!!!”
“Wow! What a great twist to an old story!”
“Wow. Fabulous twist on a Grimm classic. Such well developed characters. And THREE heroines.”
“If you’ve read the story of ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ and you think you know all there is to know about a girl and her brother abandoned in the forest by their father at the behest of an evil stepmother, think again. You simply have to read Gretel: Book One by Christopher Coleman.”
“Man oh man! A true horror story….not your old time Hansel and Gretel. No gingerbread house, no barred cages to be locked behind while the witch fattens you up. Nosiree bob. If you truly want to be scared out of your wits about what some people will do to others, read this book!”
“That fairy tale your parents used to read to you has changed and grown teeth, although author Christopher Coleman may have captured the feeling the Brothers Grimm originally intended us to feel.
“This book was really creepy. Very well written. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I would love to see this made into a movie.”
Gretel is a horror story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, afraid to turn off the lights and go to sleep. If you are looking for a suspenseful, creepy and spooky read that will leave you scared out of your wits, then Gretel is for you. You have been warned.