Review and blog tour stop: Saving Raine by Frederick Lee Brooke.

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 Title: Saving Raine.

 Author: Frederick Lee Brooke: website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

 Series: The Drone Wars #1.

 Publisher: Smashwords Edition.

 Publication date: December 15th 2013.

 Source: From publicist.

 Format: e-book.

 Date read: Today, November 21st, 2014.

 Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

 Get the e-book/book/audiobook from: Amazon, Audible,B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

"Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not.

You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt."

When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father telling him to

go to California and save his girlfriend, Raine, he doesn't hesitate—he grabs his AK-

47, revs up his blue pickup, and gets ready to make the 2,300-mile roadtrip.

But cross-country travel in 2021 isn't easy—or, sometimes, even possible. The U.S.

has become a near-military state: 17,000 checkpoints severely restrict interstate

movement, Predator drones target innocent civilians without cause, and explosions

rock cities daily. Matt and his stepbrother, Benjy, face deadly attacks from a corrupt

government, ruthless local law enforcement, and bloodthirsty terrorist groups as

they embark on their trek. They're about to find out that their trip is much more

than a private journey, and their success could change the face of the country—forever.

Can Matt and Benjy outrun the drone missiles raining down on their heads? Can

they avoid assassination by government officials hell-bent on taking over what little

is left of the country? Can they outsmart the deadly schemes set in motion against


Break the rules.

Save the girl.

He only gets one chance before she's gone forever.

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

Simple, beautiful and eye-catching :). It gives you an idea about what the book is all about.


The story:

As a dystopian diehard fan, I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. The story is purely amazing. Great style of writing and interesting characters. The whole aspect of a dystopian world is well done. I’m a fan.


The story begins in 2021, in the USA, with Matt 19 years old, living with his father, his stepmother and 2stepbrothers and step sister. After something happens to his father, he then receives a message from him saying that his girlfriend, Raine, is in danger, so he goes after her to save her.

Throughout the book he goes through ups and downs, we find some revelations and dangerous truths. However there are some good things too that happen, family things ;).

What I loved:

- The writing style is a definitive plus. It’s simple, fluid and you easily feel confortable with it.

- The story is rich with everything, especially the characters. There’s no way you’ll get bored reading this book.

- It’s full of intrigue, action, romance and drama. Even the family aspect in this book is very interesting.

- The technology mentioned in this book is just… wow! I was really taken from the moment the writer started describing the technology! I wish I lived there!

- The world the writer created is amazing: bulletproof restaurants, electronic vipers, expensive food…. etc.

- It’s just a great dystopian book!

- Can I add that the title is just well chosen?! :D.

What I disliked:

- I found the chapters to be a bit long to my liking.

- That’s all!


The characters:

Matt: wow! Just wow. What an amazing boy. The author created the perfect protagonist to this book, strong, loving, caring, determined, protective and brave. Nothing more to be said.

Other characters: In order to not spoil the book for you, I can’t describe the other characters, but trust me when I say, this book has the best characters I read about in a long time. They’re each interesting in their own wicked way (even the stepmother… whom I dislike by the way).


Favorite quotes:

Just yesterday, he’d taken Matt to the electronics store. They’d spent two hours looking at new Vipers, Chameleons and Tornados. The new Tornado could travel at eighty mph and stream video from twenty miles away. Chameleons had advanced noise cancellation and blended in with the background, impossible to see. Afterward, John had taken him out for a $100 pizza. --- Chapter 1.

Gripping the wheel with one knee as the truck skidded backwards, Matt aimed his slingshot out his open window. His eyes met the eyes of the driver in the split second before the ball bearing tore through their windshield. The steel ball impacted the man’s forehead, burrowing a three-inch crater.

Safety glass had its limits. --- Chapter 3.

Matt smiled. It was cool to think he and his stupid twin brother had at least one thing in common. Otherwise they seemed to share almost nothing. Luke had grown up with their mother, while he had grown up with their father. Luke wasn’t even on speaking terms with John Carney. It was cool that the one thing they did have in common was a matter of mutual ignorance. --- Chapter 49.


About the author:



Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with DoingMax Vinyl and following with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred’s entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December, 2013.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.



If you want a different, interesting, intriguing and very well done dystopian story, read Saving Raine, you won’t be disappointed.


I shall say I’m really looking forward to the next book! And finally, thank you so much to Ally, the publicist, for contacting me about the book, the blog tour and for sending me an e-copy to review. Thank you so much!