Book Review: Into the End by Bonnie R. Paulson

While I only occasionally read apocalyptic thrillers, I found myself drawn to a three part set of books by Bonnie R. Paulson.  I recently began with Book #1, Into the End.  How did Into the End stand up to review in this busy Mama's Corner of the World?

Quick summary of Into the End by Bonnie R. Paulson.  Into the End follows Dr. Rachel Parker and a small cast of characters as they face an end of the world attack on America.  Rachel struggles to protect her family in the mountains and cope with the loss of her husband--and her own inability to face fear.  Rachel's sister, Brenda, struggles to survive and understand the situation at hand--as well as her sister's role in its making and, potentially, its resolution.  It seems that Rachel's past work in psychological projects for the government holds important keys--if she and Brenda survive long enough to use them.

Into the End is well written and action packed from page one.  The author pushes readers into the drama on the first page and keeps the reader engaged through the rest of the book.  Rather than chapter divisions, Paulson devotes a section to one of the characters every few pages.  This allows readers to experience the action from different points of view--which really helps the story line come together.  Paulson does this very well and uses the various viewpoints to present details and insights that help progress the intrigue and drama.  This really adds depth to her character development.

Would I recommend Into the End?  I just began Book #2, Through the Flames, of this series because I simply MUST know what happens next.  I really enjoyed the author's writing style and can't wait to read the other two books of the series.  Even if futuristic, end-of-the-world, books are not your usual go-to books, this one may surprise you.

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Through The Flames - Book #2 Allies = All Lies America is burning. The unknown blinds the citizens from fighting. Dr. Rachel Parker’s worst psychological designs are loosed on America by an unknown enemy. She leaves the safety of the mountains for the destruction of town to face her co-designer, Daniel, whose role is blurred by the smoke of deception. Captured by militia, Rachel has to find the answers she’s seeking. She’s not prepared to look within her own damaged mind for the solutions. Rachel’s frame of sanity and emotional stability lay on the line parallel to the country’s circumstances. Brenda Krous, Rachel’s sister, possesses information that could change the face of the war. Sacrifices to get there become more and more personal until the “Brenda” she was and the “Brenda” she is becoming hit a crossroads. If she finds the compassion to help her sister, her patriotism to the nation might be sacrificed.

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Out of the Ashes - Book #3 (Final Book) America can rise, but the cost is high. Traumatized by previous exposure to her own tests, Dr. Rachel Parker has to complete the methodical steps she swore would never see the light of day… on herself. Her sister, Brenda Krous, may be the only one capable of pulling her through intact. If they can accomplish the feat and find resolution together, the answers they discover can help the rest of America rise up and reclaim itself from the protection of destruction. But a nation’s fall has a time frame and pride can get in the way. Rachel and Brenda must find what they need in each other to conquer the fear in others.  

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Learn more about the author, Bonnie R. Paulson

Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.

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