Trackers, Birthright Project Series #2
Youre going to be disappointed if you read the first 2 books in this series. You might notice that I gave both of these books 5 star ratings and wonder why Id say this. Well, WestBow Press, at the time I write this, has elected to not publish the 3rd and final book in this series. Youre going to be disappointed in the light that Outriders and Trackers are so good that youll feel a certain emptiness knowing that book 3 is unlikely (not impossible) to be forthcoming.I love the post apocalyptic sub-genre of mainstream science fiction as well as Christian science fiction in general and this series falls into both of those categories. It exceeded my expectations in terms of plot and character development to the extent that Ive actually caught myself daydreaming about the story. Off hand I can only recall a couple of stories that have had that effect on me, The Stand by Steven King, and The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. Outriders and Trackers are definitely well worth reading even knowing that the story may never be finished.
December 16, 2006
Mackel is excellent at both character development and world building. As another reviewer posted her characters are very three dimensional, even the villains. And its so very important to have three dimensional villains. It makes them even more creepy! The heroes are very real, flawed and conflicted. Their challenges, both physical and spiritual ring true. This painstaking development means a reader is drawn into the story, caring about the outcome and the path taken to resolution.The very idea of this story is a strong point as well. While a post apocalyptic earth is no ground breaking concept, the idea of a remnant of people surviving in a safe house under water certainly is. The whole premise of training up the youth of this community to leave the safety of the Ark and live on the surface, gathering samples of nearly extinct species of flora and fauna is very cool! To me its not the kind of quest you normally find within the pages of a fantasy.The action is well paced and the story moves along. I cant recall hitting any points where I skimmed words to get to the next action scene. Every word moved me forward which makes this a quick, engaging read.There are many, many point of view changes in Trackers. It makes it very difficult to deeply involve yourself any one characters story line. Each character is well developed but the frequent point of view changes take away from that.The biggest problem I had this Trackers though was the end. It didnt seem like an end. It felt like there were threads hanging.
December 15, 2006
Trackers is Kathryn Mackels second book in the Birthrighters Project. The young men and women sent out from the ark below the ice in Outriders, continue their responsibilities of gathering species from Gods original creation amidst a world filled with warlords, mutants and now an ancient evil. But not only must they fight against this evil, they must struggle with their own desiresdesires that could destroy their mission and leave them exposed.Tracker Timothy manipulates the others, convincing Niki and a rook to enter Baron Alrods palace in order to retrieve the secretive shroud, when his real intentions are to rescue Dawnray, the woman the baron has taken for his lolly. The rook, Anastasia, discovers a young man indentured to the sorcerer Ghedo, who dreams of good though knows only evil. While Timothys group penetrates the palace, Brady and his crew work to save a small village against the darkest evil theyve faced yet. Brady must accomplish this while learning to trust Ajoba to be obedient. A new twist in Trackers is that Ghedo must face his own worst fearbeing unseated by a more powerful sorcerer.The novel is filled with graphic images of a world gone wrong. With each character Mackel takes great care to delve into their deepest desires and weakness, but views them from the light of the Cross. I enjoy the creativity of this author because I never know what will happen next. Though the darkness is the blackest of evils, Mackel relies on the brightest of Lights to dispel it, something Id love to see in more novels. The redemptive value of the story deeply blessed me.
December 13, 2006
I'm a Christian Sci/fi fantasy loving teen, and this book is at the top of my list! If you love fantasy, than Trackers is a must read! Kathryn Mackel does a fabulous job of transporting the reader into the world of the characters. And the story takes so many twists it's amazing. Once you start this book you won't want to put it down, trust me! Trackers is a must have!!!
October 26, 2006