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Friday, February 20, 2009

Rock Bound by Rochelle Weber

Rockbound by Rochelle Weber
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Heat Level: Sensual
Length: Full
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewer: Larkspur

When the US Constitution is abolished and Congress is disbanded, Annie Peterson and Jake Johnsrud are among the thousands of people who descend upon the Mall in Washington, DC, to protest. In a massacre reminiscent of Tiananmen Square, many of the protesters are killed by US troops.

The able-bodied survivors are conscripted into indentured servitude by the Luna Mining Corporation--a company owned by the President. Annie and Jake struggle to adjust to life on the Moon--Jake as a miner, and Annie as a doxy to "service" the miners. Jake fights increasing feelings of anger and jealousy as Annie struggles to perform her job. She also resists her increasing attraction to Jake.

Along with their fellow inmates, they fight to survive on the lunar "rock" that is their prison.

Rocketship to the Moon is a good way to describe this story. Ms. Weber introduces us to her hero and heroine amid total chaos, which she handles well. There is a lot that happens right off the bat and I could follow the sequence with no problems. She also throws in a few of the supporting characters for us to get to know.

She bases her story in the not too distant future so there is a taste of familiarity in the work, you don’t have to work too hard to learn another language or too many unfamiliar items and phrases. Her descriptions of the surface of the moon are realistic which better helps the reader’s visualization. Total world domination is a great plot and I think it’s carried off well--and who doesn’t enjoy the ultimate good vs evil story line? The supporting and main characters are well developed and we get in-depth knowledge of their past which helps us understand their place in the story. The only weak link I found in the story was that the dialogue was a little staccato and I would have liked to see a smoother flow. I also found a lot of editing mistakes in the text that weren't caught, which is a big issue for me and not the fault of the author (but the editor and publisher). Sadly, it is the author who ultimately suffers for it.

I recommend this fascinating story to any and all of you out there who enjoy a good old fashioned sci-fi/fantasy. It was an enjoyable read with great characters and a solid plot.