Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW for "Static Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #2)" by Edward Aubry

*****(5) out of 5 stars!

A year after the world was thrown into magical chaos, Harrison Cody takes part in an expedition to learn the cause. What his team finds is an unfathomable enemy, who intends to finish what was started and wipe out every remaining survivor. Harrison is the key to stopping it, but doing so will come with an unbelievable sacrifice, one he might not be willing to make.

Once again, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.  After reading the first volume in the Mayhem Wave series (Prelude to Mayhem), and thoroughly enjoying it, I had serious doubts as to whether the sequel could live up to the benchmark that was set previously.  But it did so and then some!

Unlike the proceeding novel that dealt alternately with two main characters in separate locations and circumstances, this one pretty much just follows the exploits of Harrison and those in his immediate vicinity.  That this entourage did not include Dorothy and Mitchell for the majority of the book was somewhat disappointing.  But at least Glimmer was once again along for the ride, and in rare form.

Other main players in the story include many that we met, if only briefly, near the end of volume one; as well as several newly introduced characters, some of whom prove more important than others.  All have their own attitudes, moods and motivations, which come across abundantly clear in the narrative.  I certainly appreciate it when an author can adequately articulate varied personalities to the extent that each being appears as a real three-diminsional individual.

“You were right,” [Louise] said.  “About the girls.  Leaving them there would have been horribly wrong.  And without you to speak for them, we certainly would have.  Thank you for saving those children from our darker selves.”
“I… don’t know what to say.”
She touched his face and smiled.  “You know, in a lot of ways, I think you’ve become our conscience, Harrison.”  She straightened up.  “I won’t be admitting that again anytime soon, so you should run with it while you can.”

This tome provides an even more exacting look into the thoughts and feelings of Harrison.  He often gives the impression to others as being something of a jerk, but he truly does have the finest of intentions, and just wants the best for everyone.  As things progress, he gets more and more of a chance to prove himself, first as a worthy person in general, and later as a fine leader.

Harrison put his hand on Apryl's shoulder, and she spun around and beat him on the chest with her fists.
"Shh."  He held her wrists.  "Hey, stop."
She looked up at him.
"Please forgive me," he said.  "You deserve a chance to live."
"So do you."
"I know.  Tough shit for me."  He kissed her.
She grabbed his head with both hands.  "I love you," she said through tears.
He laughed.  "I certainly hope so!"  He kissed her again.  "I love you too."

There is so much (good stuff) that I could say about this book, but also so much that is better if read and not just given away, so I’ll just leave it at that!  I’ve heard from the author that the third book in the series (Mayhem’s Children - due to be released in December), is supposed to be even better!  Seriously?  Honestly, I can hardly contain my excitement!
I received a free eBook copy of this novel from 
the author, Curiosity Quills Press, and NetGalley 
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

"Static Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #2)" by Edward Aubry
is now available on Amazon Kindle!

"Prelude to Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #1)" by Edward Aubry
is now just 99-cents on Amazon Kindle thru August 27, 2017!
It is also available in Audiobook, Audio CD & Paperback formats.

Read my 5-Star REVIEW of "Prelude" HERE!

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