4 out of 4 stars
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Praesidium by McKinley Aspen is Book One in the Shadows in the Wind series. On Kathryn's fifth birthday, her father disappears while talking to his sister, Jacquelyn, on the sidewalk. Years later, at the end of her last year at Yale University, Kathryn goes to a career fair and meets Raphael Landy, who offers her a job on a four-member team that works on special projects for Hope & Global Support (HGS). She is offered a $125,000 annual salary, housing, and full medical, dental, and retirement benefits. Kathryn does not know how this job will affect her long-distance relationship with Scott, a law student at the University of Chicago. However, knowing she will not receive a better offer for a first-time position, she accepts the job. Ashley, Greg, and Michael are her new teammates at HGS. What is HGS? What type of projects will they work on? How will this job impact Kathryn and Scott's relationship?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this thought-provoking book. I will now look at coincidences differently and question what is behind them. McKinley Aspen made me feel like one of the characters with descriptions like "racing downhill like a lion chasing its dinner." I could feel the speed the characters were going while racing downhill. I also appreciated the demographic description of the desert's natural beauty as "stunning red buttes rising from the dusty ground in the desert." Readers can learn the importance of teamwork by reading this book. For Kathryn, Ashley, Greg, and Michael, good teamwork was the difference between life and death and success and failure. The romantic and paranormal aspects of the plot flowed smoothly throughout the narrative.
I did not encounter any negative aspects in this book. It is a well-written and fast-paced book that kept me intrigued throughout it. The ending made me anxious to read the next book in the series to see what this four-member team will encounter next. The sequel is sure to be as adventurous and exciting as this book.
This book has been edited by a professional editor and deserves nothing less than 4 out of 4 stars. There is nothing about this book that would justify a lower score. This book is almost flawless, with only a handful of minor errors that did not distract from my reading enjoyment.
Readers who enjoy romance, crime thrillers, and science-fiction books are the ones I would recommend this book to. There is a religious aspect to this book, so if you find that type of content offensive, you may want to avoid this book.
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