Monday, March 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Review: Believers: Truth in Deception

Blog Tour: Review: Believers: Truth in Deception  by Tamara D. Taylor



Mary lives in a world of the future where an anti aging drug has torn society
apart, creating an insurmountable divide between the wealthy and the poor.
Her life is thrown sideways after she receives an unsolicited promotion at work,
which leaves her as assistant to one of the most notorious playboys of the
wealthy elite.
Mary struggles to find solid footing in a world that drastically conflicts with her
humble upbringing. Her moral compass is tested as she finds herself falling in
love with a man she knows she should not trust,  compromising her relationship
with her childhood sweetheart.
After her life is threatened, she fears for her safety and that of her family.
Will she be able to guard her own secrets to prevent even further danger? Will
death be the consequence of falling in love with the wrong man?

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Excerpt:



What would you do if you knew you could live forever? How would you change
your life? The world? Would you be the one to make it better? I thought the
cure for aging would be the answer to so many of humanity’s problems. I really
believed this little pill would help us make the world a better place.
Yet all I have seen is the further deterioration of generosity, love, compassion
and freedom. It has not brought out the better side of the human race. It has
created a darker side where compassion and generosity are rare traits that
are almost extinct. It has taken me over 400 years to realize that the end of
aging does not give one freedom. Your body becomes a prison in which you are
trapped and from which you can’t escape.
It saddens me that the world has entered such a dark time, to the point where
I no longer want to stay and witness the pain that we, as people, are putting
ourselves through.
To many, this will come as a shock. My success has only forced me to put up a
wall, one that keeps away even those who feel they are my closest friends. I do
not trust anyone. The friends I have left only appear to be interested in their
association with me to advance their own political aspirations in life.
I feel that if I can’t offer the peace that eternal life brings to all, then none of
us should have it. It is not fair of us to choose a select few to live far past an
age that God has intended.
I have watched too many good people come in and out of this world, knowing
that, “in the end,” I could have saved them. However, like many other people,
I had started believing that I deserved this gift, that it was my right, and that
if a person was not smart enough or rich enough to buy this gift, then they did
not deserve to obtain it.
Looking back on my life, I can see that I am the origin of all the world’s
troubles. As intelligent as I was to invent this amazing drug, I can’t begin to
imagine that I am brilliant enough to change the course of our planet.
 
My heart is broken, my soul damaged and weak. My resilience is nothing but
a shadow left. I cry, for humanity, mother earth and the faith that we have
lost in God. So the only thing left I can offer is the end. Tonight will be my
last. I have settled my regrets, sins and all other misgivings with God and
look forward to joining all of those I have cared for over my 400 years on this
planet.
He slowly raises the gun and puts it into his mouth. With a quick fluid motion,
the trigger is pulled.



★★★★★
Rating: 5 of 5 stars


Secrets. Anti-aging drugs. Some would do anything to get these in their hands, maybe even kill...?

This tale oozes charisma, witholds rieting content, and has some wicked fast-paced action-packed moments that are thrilling to the bone.

The story follows the main character, Mari, who comes from a home filled with good values and morals that takes place in the future of today's world where people's lives are basically revolving around this anti-aging drug called Xenvie. Only the rich can afford it,, leaving those who cannot to age and die poor. Mari is part of a group called The Foundation, and is  known as a Believer. Believer in God, faith, and oppose the anti-aging as wrong and against God's natural way of life. She is to be the new assistant for Joseph Aramat, the youngest son of the Aramati family, the family that owns the corporation she works at. From the very start, everything is already in motion. Things are only going to get even crazier and dangerous. Trusting someone is getting harder to do, and secrets that should be kept are about to be spilled.

This reminded me a little of Romeo and Juliet. there was even a scene where Joseph and Mari were about to pull a Wrath and Beth in J.R. Ward's Dark Lover. Overprotective male, deflecting female.

This was soo touching and incredibly heartfelt. I really don't think this book was soley about religion.  Yes, it was important, but it was more of something people could rely on, something pure and reliable, to have faith in. Something other than the Government and that anti-aging drug.

There was constant danger for Joseph and Mari. It was crazy how Mari would end up with the most physical damage in the many unpleasant encounters they were met with. Joseph was more on the mental side, assuming the reason was that He didn't quite believe in God, but Mari did. I was able to catch on fairly quick and appreciated the foreshadowing. It helped soften the the full impact of the things that were intense. Deadly even. So many secrets and strikes of betrayal. There were grammatical errors, enough to make it a bit difficult to figure out what was being said in conversation and what was the character thinking, especially in the longer paragraphs. Other than that, nothing seemed out of place. The author did fantastic in the very beginning elaborating the story's world and laying out all of the important stuff.

Overall, I had a very exciting reading experience and look forward to checking out momre of this author's work. Great debut.



About the Author:



Tamara D.Taylor was born and raised in the East Bay of California until she
moved to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Creighton University. Today, Tamara still
resides in Nebraska where she and her husband, John, are raising their five
young children.

A life long lover of all forms of the written word, Tamara is an avid reader,
and has been writing short stories and poetry since elementary school. After
watching her son struggle with succeeding in school, she decided to finally
write the novel she had been thinking about for years in an effort to show her
son that no dream is too big to achieve.

Her latest book is the YA, Believers: Truth in Deception.
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