Book Review: Rise of the Phoenix by M.R. Ferguson

About the Book:

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The US government has initiated nuclear war against its own people. In the chaotic aftermath, survivors were told it was to eradicate the weak and the evil—to strengthen society. Phoenix never believed the excuses.

Painfully mutated after the fallout and having an insatiable thirst for human blood, she puts herself into exile. When a handsome stranger enters her life, his true identity and knowledge of classified secrets will open her eyes to what really happened. She must fight to save the human survivor’s, unite the mutated, and save the President’s life or (WHAT HAPPENS IF SHE FAILS?)

My Thoughts:

 This is a vampire story like no other. Set in a time when the government is trying to make the world perfect with no crime and no rebellion, the after effects of this are disastrous to say the least. The people who survive have turned into vampires, craving blood and with increased strength but not the other abilities we have imagined. those who don’t turn, die due to poisoning.

This story tells us what it’s like to deal with the loss of family, of the ones we loved and of how life as a monster is. I wouldn’t exactly use the word monster, but as usual some vampires are good and some are bad. I guess at the end of the day it is just not possible to get rid of the bad or else the balance is lost.

The story revolves around Phoenix who survives the nuclear explosions and becomes a vampire. She is skilled at stealing things without getting caught and prefers to stay on her own. She ends up meeting Adam who seeks her out for help. His father was the president at the time of the nuclear explosions and before them. He was the public face of the entire thing even though behind the scenes he was against it. Adam runs away from home at a young age and later becomes famous as part of a rock band.

Phoenix and Adam together devise a plan to save his father and what ensues are interesting events. They make some acquaintances with humans who survived after convincing them that they are not going to hurt them. However Phoenix and Adam get captured by the government and thus the story unfolds.

The characters in this story are well thought out and have strong personalities. Each one has a part to play in this first part of the series even if it very small. The story is fast paced and gripping until the end which will leave the reader with a craving for more. The ending of the story is so well written that I am excitedly waiting for the next book in the series.

There is a splash of romance and some strong bonds of friendship that will make us stop and think. I strongly recommend this book for fans of urban fantasy and vampires and any kind of paranormal fiction.

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