Michael Pennington- Zhena (ebook) (Hearts on Fire Books 2009) 3.5 Stars
This is a review done upon request by the author. Zhena tells the harrowing tale of Susan Anderson. She seemed to have an almost perfect life, two wonderful children, large home, loving husband, great neighbourhood, and lots of friends. Out of the blue she receives a phone call that changes her life. Suddenly she develops skills that she did not know she had and people are hunting her down. To save her family she must fight and run, all the while trying to figure out what is going on, discovering that she may not be who she thought she was.
I enjoyed reading Zhena. It had a good prologue that caught your attention and drew you in. The plot was clearly well thought out and I loved the lack of fluff that draws a lot of books out. Pennington got right down to the point and continued on with the twists and turns of his novel. I did not like the dialogue in this novel however, as it was far too mechanical. People, especially the children, did not react to situations or responses the way that real people would. Dialogue is an important part of writing; it must be strong and realistic.
Overall this was a good book. I would recommend Zhena to people who enjoy thrillers, action books, adventure, or the books with a touch of the weird.
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