Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Review: Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren

Markos and Dino are brothers growing up on the island of Zante in Greece. They are young and headstrong. Markos has a temper problem that puts his family in a serious problem and soon he and Dino are forced to flee to America with Markos' girlfriend Sofia.

But things aren't any easier there, and problems and tragedy continue to haunt the brothers as they seek a life of peace and love.

I was really excited about this book because I love Susan May Warren's books, and I love a good epic love triangle story. And while I enjoyed Sons of Thunder, I have to admit it ended up being a little bit of a disappointment to me, mainly in the resolution of the triangle. This book definitely spans years and tries to accomplish a lot. The story takes place all over the place and into many different experiences. Admittedly, there was one section in the middle where I thought it was the hugest soap opera I'd ever read! Not that I'm against soap operas, I enjoy them, but the pace went almost too quickly jumping from one emotional reality to another. Also, whenever a word is overused I tend to pick up on it and it starts to really stand out to me. In this case, variations of the word fist were in heavy abundance.

I don't want to be a complete downer though, it was still a very enjoyable read. I love the way Susan May Warren creates love stories. She manages to write very intense believable love scenes without any, well, love making. :) I also loved a lot of the atmosphere of the book, and really believed it.

This is a Christian fiction book and so there are a few sections where the characters talk about their faith in God. These scenes do at times feel message-y or forced, but they are quite minimal in the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series!

Rating: 4.25/5
Things You Might Want to Know: Christian fiction
Source of Book: Provided by publicist for review
Publisher: Summerside Press

Litfuse Publicity and Susan May Warren are also running a contest to promote the book:
Be sure to check out Susan's fun contest for the book's release: Each one of us has a wealth of stories from the past – while they might not all be as sweeping and dramatic as that of Sons of Thunder’s Sofia and the Stravos brothers (swoon), your family history is a treasure nonetheless.

Well – let’s hear them! Were your great-grandparents ‘fresh off the boat’? Was your great uncle a war hero? Did your grandmother make unbelievable sacrifices to help or protect the family? Did your father harbor a family secret until his death? Are you related to someone famous? Do you have a family treasure? Whatever it is that is unique in your family history – share your story HERE! (click on the here button) One grand prize winner will receive:

• Memory Prize package containing a gift certificate to create your own hard cover photo book
• 6 month membership to Netflix (to satisfy that flick fix!)
• Signed copy of Sons of Thunder!

5 runners up will also win signed copies of Sons of Thunder!

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