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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Westbow Press (21 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449762255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449762254
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Ashley Hodges Bazer lives on the eastern plains of beautiful Colorado (United States) with her amazing pastor husband and the three best kids in the world. She earned her BA in theatre (stage management) from Arizona State University. Even though she has worked for highly esteemed employers such as Disney and Focus on the Family, being a mom is the best job she has had. Writing takes up most of her time now, although she finds the occasional place to perform in her small community. She hopes that people will discover the love of God through her unconventional stories. Learn more about Ashley and her upcoming books at www.AshleyBazer.com.

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Ashley Hodges Bazer lives on the eastern plains of beautiful Colorado with her amazing pastor husband and the three best kids in the world. She earned her BA in theatre (stage management) from Arizona State University. Even though she has worked for highly esteemed employers such as Disney and Focus on the Family, being a mom is the best job she has had. Writing takes up most of her time now, although she finds the occasional place to perform in her small community. She hopes that people will discover the love of God through her unconventional stories. Learn more about Ashley and her upcoming books at www.AshleyBazer.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By H. Walker on 25 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
The story was intriguing and interesting.
Sadly it was not a "beginning of a series" book, so I feel like there was some back story I could have used in the characters themselves. ( I think this is supposed to be book 1, so a prequel book would be lovely, dear author). Be sure to check out the reference in the back
Still I enjoyed it.

Dystopian rebel honeymooners, Chase and Trista, serve a King, dis-enthroned by the Legacy. In trying to help Chase, Trista takes an assignment for him. This leads to her capture by the Legacy. Chase refuses to believe that Trista has been executed.Throw in time manipulation and sci-fi technology and the whole book is quite inventive.

Over all a decent book, from an author who has promise. Looking forward to reading more in the future.
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Kept me up late reading! 22 Jun. 2013
By Pam K. Keyser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was recommended to me by a friend of the author (Liz W.). It is very well written, and the characters well developed. And it is a wild ride--many surprises, and I love being surprised. I recommend it--but it may keep you from sleeping! All I can say is--sequel, please...
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Asylum - Dystopian Thriller 22 Jan. 2013
By A Goddess of Literature - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Circeae Tales is planned to be a 10 book science fiction/dystopian series. I'm fairly sure that Asylum is the first book even though it doesn't really read like it. Then again science fiction is notorious for just dropping the reader into a situation to scramble to catch up to what is going on. Trista is a Ghost (rebel) and captured by the Legacy (the government) and used as a guinea pig for the Legacy's new rehabilitation program. The Legacy released news that Trista has been executed and their doctors from the Experimental Medical Agency implant memory and pain controllers into her brain to make her think that she is loyal to the Legacy. She believes her name to be Krissa and has little memory of her parents and no conscious recollection of her husband. She has terrible headaches whenever Ghosts or her husband, Chase, is mentioned. The doctors orchestrated this on purpose to keep her on a short leash.

Chase, while trying to track down Trista, has also been captured by the Legacy and sent to a prison ship where he will be rehabilitated (aka tortured) daily. When the prisoners riot and take over the star ship, they find themselves with an unplanned prisoner - a systems analyst who was working on the ship's computer systems at the time of the discourse. This systems analyst is none other than Krissa, whom Chase recognizes immediately.

I found the premise to be quite interesting and the government's actions to be satisfyingly horrifying. However, for some reason, I had a very hard time getting into this story. Part of it may have been that there are SO many characters to keep straight right from the beginning of the book. There is an appendix in the back of the book listing characters and places to help keep these things straight but I unfortunately didn't find it until I had finished the story.

I also would have liked a bit more of the back story and some explanation as to who this Prince is, that the Ghosts are loyal to and why he is considered an outlaw to the Legacy. Maybe that will come in future installments of this series. The book could use another read through by the editor, but all in all this was a decent first read from new author Ashley Hodges Bazer. If you like science fiction and/or dystopian settings you are sure to enjoy this book. There is also a hint of romance but not enough of the typical romantic plot to put off those who do not enjoy romances.
difficult read 4 Jun. 2013
By A. Zittel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like so many other books I've read lately, I have mixed feelings about this book.

I enjoy sci-fi though I don't read a lot of it lately, and I definitely am a big sci-fi junkie as far as TV/movies are concerned.

I began reading the book & was greatly confused from page one - there's a lot of name, place, technology dropping, some of which is explained (relationships with one another) but most of which is not explained. I kept feeling like I was being dropped into the middle of a series with no warning, but nowhere on amazon or goodreads is there any mention of this being part of a series, though multiple other reviews do mention that it is part of 10 book series. I even did research on the author's blog, and other than a vague mention of this book being part of a series, I don't know if this is true or not.

The book eventually establishes itself, and I was drawn into the world and liked the Christian elements in the book, which were really well done. They are written that a Christian will pick up on them, but for someone who just wants to enjoy a story, they can just enjoy the story.

I really liked Krissa/Trista, but about halfway through the book I started struggling to finish reading the book, as well written as it was. There's just too much cruelity in the book for me to really enjoy it - there's a lot of torture, a lot of experimentation, and a lot of stuff that just doesn't sit well with my sensibilities. If I hadn't specifically requested this book for review, I wouldn't have finished it (and I honestly had to skim some parts or it would've given me nightmares). A lot of the medical surgery stuff reminds me of Dollhouse.

I received this book to read free as part of the book sneeze program & was not paid for my review.

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Asylum... Awesome book! 25 Feb. 2013
By Meag - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ashley Hodges Bazer does a great job with this science fiction novel. She brings in many fanciful aspects while also making the reader feel connected to the story. The story begins with a baby boy being left with a caretaker after his mother has struggled to get him to safety and and passes away. Jumping forward about twenty years we meet the two main character Trista and Chase. Chase is a captain and Trista a computer technician for the military. The people the fight for are called the Ghosts and they are battling the legacy. Bazer does not give much detail of what has gone on before this time, but the reader knows that the legacy does not follow the Crown (the triune God), and that they often torture and kill Ghost members.
Eventually Trista is taken captive by the Legacy, and the rest of the story is about her time as a prisoner of the Legacy and Chase's fight to get her back. It is a rather epic story and I enjoyed reading every page, I was a little sad when it ended as well because it was over. However at the beginning many of the terms that Bazer uses seem overwhelming and not always explained completely. However once you pick up on some of the language the reading becomes easier. The story itself was excellent! I was impressed with the way she portrayed the emotions of all of the characters and everything they were going through. I also enjoyed the science fiction feel of the story, making it extremely enjoyable and very different from many other Christian fiction works, particularly in Christian circles.
Overall I would rate the book a 4 out of 5. I would give it a 4.5 but that is not always an option (and I reserve a five for my absolute favorite books). This is a book I will definitely read again and will recommend to anyone who enjoys science fiction.
Hard to Put Down 20 Feb. 2013
By Burgundy Damsel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was an interesting reading experience. When I put it down, I itched to pick it back up and read more. When I picked it up, my (extremely- critical-reader) brain automatically cataloged a list of things that I couldn't help but view skeptically.

The plot, in a nutshell, goes like this: newlywed computer expert Trista, member of a noble, faith-based and freedom loving rebellion (the Ghosts), gets kidnapped by the evil ruling empire (the Legacy). Legacy doctors scrub her brain and implant false memories as part of a medical experiment designed to take annoying, expensive prisoners and turn them into useful, willing servants.

Not surprisingly, her husband goes off the deep end when he finds out and obsesses with trying to save her. His mentors and friends try to temper his rashness and keep him from getting himself killed or captured, while Legacy doctors try to manage unexpected glitches in their new programming of Trista.

The Pros: The characters are very realistic, and both their suffering and their struggles of faith really come through. The story has a good pace, and is written in such a way that you're not quite sure what comes next but definitely want to find out! The author established some very good bad guys that should serve her well in the upcoming books projected for the series. There's also some good discussion of the nature of revenge and forgiveness.

The Cons: I couldn't help but think as I read how completely inept some of the characters seemed to be. Chalk it up to Murphy's Law, Divine Providence, literary license, or whatever you like, but these guys just weren't terribly organized and effective as far as rebel/empire campaigns go (in my personal opinion). This was also definitely meant for an audience who appreciates humility, forgiveness and faith. If you're in the mood for vengeance and flamethrowers, this is the wrong venue.

I liked this, and will likely read the next book in the series when it comes out.
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