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Official Review: The Choice, the unexpected heroes

Post by Bluebird03 » 07 Aug 2019, 15:35

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Choice, the unexpected heroes" by Gwen M. Plano.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Choice: the unexpected heroes is a masterpiece of suspense and intrigue. The story begins with Admiral Joseph Parker visiting General Robert Taylor at Begert Air Force Base in Sacramento. They will combine efforts to piece together events that led to the failed assassination attempt on the President there. Brad Channing, a former Navy SEAL, was one of the ten casualties that had helped to derail that attack. Sarah O’Brien, the love of Brad’s life, was also killed that day.

Soon, the admiral and general uncover evidence that implicates government officials in some of the highest offices of the United States. They learn that the final goal of these attacks is a one-world government. To further complicate matters, there is someone on base watching and reporting their every move. But, who is this mole reporting to? Who is “The Lion,” the mastermind? Parker advises what they do know about the Lion. “He controls by fear. He lives off hate, the anger of people pitted against one another because of race, religion, inequities, or whatever. He creates the divisions through distortions, and then moves in and takes control.” As body bags mount and trust plummets, will they be able to intervene in time?

I liked that the author included a Foreward, which provided an excellent summary of the first book in this trilogy. Therefore, the reader can move seamlessly into this second installment and not feel lost in the story. And while there is a final book in this series, this story was easily able to stand on its own. The ending certainly hints at another book but does not leave the reader with several loose plots.

Also, I loved the timeless theme of good vs. evil. Hope, amidst catastrophe and fear, dominated the tone of this book. Plano did an outstanding job of developing her characters, even secondary ones. While I enjoyed getting to know both the admiral and general, I especially loved becoming familiar with Donna Tucker (Sarah’s best friend who came to the base to see where her friend perished) and Jim Anderson (Begert’s PR department’s leader and liaison to Donna). I could easily relate to Donna and imagine her determination to serve the memory of her departed best friend. Additionally, the novel’s plot was intriguing and frighteningly realistic.

Since I am unaware of any errors in this book, I will say that it was exceptionally well-edited. (The capitalization in the title is per the author's preference). There was some profanity, but it was not consistently a part of this story. I appreciated that romance bloomed in the midst of this riveting plot and that the author kept the few sex scenes relatively sedate. While there was mention of numerous murders, these references were also tastefully written and were not at all explicit. As I could not find anything to dislike about this novel, it is with great pleasure that I award The Choice: the unexpected heroes by Gwen M. Plano 4 out of 4 stars.

This story will undoubtedly appeal to readers fond of thrillers, suspense, romance, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Those who are sensitive to any profanity or references to violence will likely prefer to choose a different book. I list this masterpiece among my favorite novels and eagerly await Plano’s final book in this captivating series!

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Post by Michelle Fred » 08 Aug 2019, 05:54

I like when romance is infused into books like this, it acts as light to what could have otherwise been a dark book. I hope good prevails against evil in the end. Thanks for your fantastic review.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 08 Aug 2019, 06:57

Thanks for your wonderful review! I am glad the book provides a Foreward so readers can be brought up to speed and there is a bit of romance woven into the storyline.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 08 Aug 2019, 11:45

Good vs evil usually makes for a good story and I like the blending of romance into the story.

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Post by Everydayadventure15 » 08 Aug 2019, 11:51

The villain in this book sounds interesting. I enjoy a good vs evil book and love to be able to cheer for the good guys even if it looks like the bad guy seems to be winning. The struggle makes the victory at the end more satisfying than if there is no challenge at all. I personally like to read books in order, so despite the forward, I'd be interested to read the first book before giving this one a shot. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by kdstrack » 08 Aug 2019, 21:04

What a compelling story line! This idea of a one-world government has been simmering in the background for quite some time. It was thoughtful of the author to include a summary of the first book in the series. This really intrigues me. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Post by janinewesterweel » 09 Aug 2019, 11:29

What a unique idea to provide a foreword in a series that brings the reader up to speed! I really like that because even if a novel is a standalone, you often still would like a bit of background info. Lovely review, thank you, Bluebird. :)
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Post by unamilagra » 09 Aug 2019, 18:33

This sounds like a very thrilling and well-written book. I might have to check out this series! Great review!

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Post by essyallan7475 » 09 Aug 2019, 22:51

I love suspense and action books. The plot is quite unique. Will read in future

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Post by Kelyn » 09 Aug 2019, 23:51

Sooo...suspense, dystopia (kind of), and romance. Seems like a mix right up my alley. This one will be going on my TBR shelf! Thanks for the intriguing review!

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Post by Bluebird03 » 10 Aug 2019, 20:57

Michelle Fred wrote:
08 Aug 2019, 05:54
I like when romance is infused into books like this, it acts as light to what could have otherwise been a dark book. I hope good prevails against evil in the end. Thanks for your fantastic review.
I agree, Michelle, the romance portions provided a brief respite from a pretty serious and intense plot. Thank you so much for your comments! :)

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Post by Bluebird03 » 10 Aug 2019, 20:59

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
08 Aug 2019, 06:57
Thanks for your wonderful review! I am glad the book provides a Foreward so readers can be brought up to speed and there is a bit of romance woven into the storyline.
I, too, appreciate the summary provided and, of course, the romance. Thanks so much, Stephanie, for your comments! :)

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Post by Bluebird03 » 10 Aug 2019, 21:04

Cecilia_L wrote:
08 Aug 2019, 11:45
Good vs evil usually makes for a good story and I like the blending of romance into the story.
Definitely. I never tire of good vs. evil or romance. Thank you, Cecilia, for your comments. :)

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Post by Bluebird03 » 10 Aug 2019, 21:06

Everydayadventure15 wrote:
08 Aug 2019, 11:51
The villain in this book sounds interesting. I enjoy a good vs evil book and love to be able to cheer for the good guys even if it looks like the bad guy seems to be winning. The struggle makes the victory at the end more satisfying than if there is no challenge at all. I personally like to read books in order, so despite the forward, I'd be interested to read the first book before giving this one a shot. Thanks for the great review!
Yes, even with the Foreword, I think reading the first book is best- especially if it was as good as this one. Thank you for reading my review and for commenting! :)

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Post by Bluebird03 » 10 Aug 2019, 21:10

kdstrack wrote:
08 Aug 2019, 21:04
What a compelling story line! This idea of a one-world government has been simmering in the background for quite some time. It was thoughtful of the author to include a summary of the first book in the series. This really intrigues me. Thanks for the recommendation!
Yes, I was thankful for the Foreword and found the plot line quite intriguing. Thank you so much, kdstrack, for your comments! :)

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