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Friday, June 5, 2009

Retribution! [The Champion Chronicles: Book One] by M. Flagg

Retribution! [The Champion Chronicles: Book One] by M. Flagg
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full (364 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Dreams often reflect hidden desires . . . even if they are terrifying. Michael Malone, a unique creature of the night, has taken down three evil sorcerers. He’s not entirely successful. Faced with eternal suffering, a compassionate soul helps this Champion create an intricate fantasy until he can be rescued by the Georgian Circle. His tale of passion and suspense is tinged with many truths. Eternal devotion to a Guardian of Souls and a troubled teenager forces this mystically enhanced vampire to dream of survival. He yearns to be in Alana’s arms. He vows to protect Lukas, his mortal son. As he confronts his guilty, undead life his imagination runs wild. But Michael begins to lose hope, believing that there is no such thing as redemption. Why did the commanding Champion jeopardize his own immortality? Michael Malone has two very good reasons. One is revenge and the other is love.

My goodness, what a new adventure with vampires, guardians, empaths, sorcerers, seers, and so many other demonic creatures as well as a wealth of “Good Guys”.

The Champion, Michael Malone, pulls off a feat of never-before-known magnitude in the struggle between Good and Evil in the world. He pays a high price but knows he can never do enough to atone for 100 years of unspeakable deeds.

As the reader vicariously experiences the actions in his dreams, emotions range from the most horrific pain one creature can inflict on another to the purest of love one can bestow on another. Also, some of the wonderful in-between emotions are breathtaking. The extent some characters go to help another is mind boggling.

Michael Malone, a vampire, knows that only by ending his existence can his son Lukas and his guardian / secret love Alana be safe. This he determines to do and at the same time destroy a network of Evil in the world.

Alana, Michael’s soul mate as well as his guardian, risks all for him. As she and a multitude of others work to help Michael attain redemption and defeat Evil, the reader gets to see mystical, spiritual, and very human events that make the adrenaline pump fast in the veins.

At times the writing style takes concentration to follow but the plot is so intriguing one feels compelled to continue because so much is at stake for so many of the characters. Characters like Thorn, Helena, Zia Rosa and many others are evidence of Good in the world.

Retribution! is my first adventure into this paranormal realm but I’m sure it will not be my last. If you enjoy supernatural events with Good pitted against Evil, Retribution! should captivate you.