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Warms up after the first quarter,
This review is from: The Challenge (Mass Market Paperback)
Tessa Camen had to travel through time to find the family she’d always wanted. An orphan who found her calling in martial arts, Tessa eventually found herself in the elite position of being bodyguard to the president of the USA. During an attack on the President, Tessa is shot and killed. However, this turns out to be exactly what the Earth of the future needs, a warrior woman (and a virgin to boot) with no family ties to represent the entire planet in The Challenge, to become part of a huge interplanetary alliance which will allow the restoration of the over-polluted Earth back to it’s natural best. Kahn is the lucky guy selected to be her trainer. Kahn’s world went through the last Challenge, but to be fully accepted into the Federation their world has to train the next successful candidate.
Kearney has written some good books, but in my opinion this is not one of her best. Kearney says herself that this book was drafted early in her career, and was rewritten from scratch before being published. I feel it would have been worth a couple of re-drafts. I love paranormal stories, and have come to enjoy trip through time stories. This combines the two, but a bit uneasily. The basic story of a woman finding what she’d been needing her whole life is an engaging one, without the need for what seems like a plot constructed around this premise. Okay, a story needs a shape, but I’m just not convinced that there was any reason for this story to be shaped around the Challenge, to save not one but two worlds! The use of the various psi based technologies does not fit or work very well for me, and I found that very hard to forgive and work past. The withholding of information from Tessa is contrived, and the discovery and use of her psi abilities is not really told with the same insight of what it would have been like for her as, for example, when Tessa first leans what has happened to her and to the Earth. And the Challenge trial itself just doesn’t have the suspense, importance or weight to hold up the story.
Regular readers of the paranormal in particular may find themselves agreeing with me that this story lacks the punch of making the unreal seem somehow possible.