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Primary Fault: Book 1 of the Schattenreich by [Reamer, Sharon Kae]
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Primary Fault is a winding odyssey that treads the fine line between fantasy and science fiction. Caitlin Schwarzbach is a former Texas resident who has come to Cologne, Germany; but someone or something has followed her across the ocean. An eerie doppelganger of her beloved brother (a well-regarded seismologist) repeatedly tries to kidnap her, and seems to have framed her brother for multiple heinous crimes including sexual assault. The mysterious and attractive Hagen von der Lahn saves her life, and her attraction for him grows, but before she can uncover the whole truth she suffers severe head trauma. When she awakens in a hospital, she has a vision of a menacing figure from her childhood - could it be Death come calling? Echoes of the sinister supernatural pervade Caitlin's world, in this dark and captivating thriller.

Willis M. Buhle
Reviewer's Bookwatch: September 2012
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About the Author

Sharon Kae Reamer developed a deep love for speculative fiction by watching Frankenstein, Wolfman and Dracula movies with her father as soon as she was old enough to scream. Her published books in the completed five-book Schattenreich series include Primary Fault, Shaky Ground and Double Couple, Shadow Zone, and Triple Junction. Sharon received her doctorate in geophysics in her adopted home state of Texas. She moved to Germany to start a family and pursue a career as a seismologist. She continues to conduct research at the University of Cologne and is involved with several archaeoseismology projects. Sharon lives in Overath, Germany, on the outskirts of Cologne with her husband, son, and Ramses the cat. Visit her website at www.sharonreamer.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1681 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475123094
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Terrae Motus Books; 1 edition (2 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OIXJA8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #809,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Primary Fault is the first novel in a new fantasy series by Sharon Kae Reamer. Set in Cologne and nearby Bensberg, the novel is a fast-paced, dialogue-driven occult thriller with an unlikely romantic heroine at its heart. Caitlin Schwarzbach is a salty-tongued Texan and a card-carrying jeans and T-shirt girl. Following the death of Caitlin's mother, a shattering car accident and a failed relationship, Caitlin decides to leave her old life behind. She sets her sights on Germany where she has family roots, not least of all her older brother, Gus, who runs a influential seismology institute outside of Cologne.

The author presents a world in which earth science and earthy mysticism jostle shoulder to shoulder in competing visions of reality. The novel begins with Caitlin's arrival at Cologne-Bonn airport and the trouble begins almost immediately. The earth moves, reality shifts and Caitlin is accosted by someone who looks unnervingly like her brother. Before she has a chance to recover, her brother goes missing, and is accused first of assault and then murder -- all in rapid succession. The future siting of a planned technology park hangs in the balance of Gus' unpublished seismology report, which powerful agents would prefer to suppress or at least discredit. Caitlin must act quickly to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance and salvage the reputation of the research institute that is his life's work.

The absence of Caitlin's beloved brother leaves her disoriented and susceptible to the charms of Gus' friend and associate, Hagen von der Lahn. Hagen may as well come from an alien world as far as Caitlin in concerned. He's an enigmatically handsome, old-world aristocrat and holder of the family estate at Burg Lahn.
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I found Primary Fault a unique and thrilling read. Sharon Reamer is able to somehow combine police thriller, seismology and fantasy together into a cohesive, entertaining novel. I loved that it took place in Cologne, Germany. It provided a realistic backdrop to the story and one gets the sense of this historically rich city. The characters were likable and the touch of romance enough but not overly done. And the addition of science gives the book weight making it both interesting and more believable. She uses certain well-known tropes of fantasy literature but has such a unique twist I was very drawn in. The only frustration I had was that the police thriller gets resolved but the fantasy element of the book, which appears to have its own vast history, was left open, but I have heard that another book is soon to come out so this makes sense. An highly enjoyable read for all fantasy literature lovers who want to experience something unique!
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I've read a few fantasy novels and to be fair they are not normally my favourite genre. I've enjoyed some, found some annoyingly cliched and as with any genre found some to be really bad. So I approached this novel with some trepidation.

My fears were unfounded. Primary Fault is well written, original and compelling, and as one of the books blurb comments states, '...the start of something big.' There's urban crime, celtic fantasy and romance all boiled up in plot that grips and pulls the reader along. I shouldn't be surprised if we start to see a lot more of this author in the future.

It's refreshing to find a fantasy brave enough to be different. Kudos to the author.
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I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this clever and original read which merges mythology and magic with a heady mixture of romance, science and suspense. It is full of mystery and secrets with a complex plot and superbly well drawn characters, which drew me in from the off.

After her life in the USA turns sour following the death of her mother, her own long recovery after a road accident and being dumped by her boyfriend, Caitlin Schwazbach travels to Germany, where she hopes to make a permanent home alongside her brother Gus, a renowned seismologist. Rather than the peace she craves, Caitlin walks into a nightmare scenario: she herself is assaulted by a mysterious man, who bears a striking resemblance to Gus and Gus disappears, suspected of a series of heinous crimes, deeds she knows that the brother she loved would never commit.

Caitlin’s own life is full of danger as she seeks to find Gus and prove his innocence. At the same time she falls for the handsome and mysterious Hagen, a business partner of her brother and a rich and renowned aristocratic playboy, whose actions towards her blow hot and cold. Her problems do not stop there as she experiences strange dizzy spells and visions which seem to be increasing in intensity. She is particularly terrified by the appearance of the figure she refers to as Death. Caitlin must unearth who is out to discredit/destroy her brother whilst protecting both her heart and her sanity.

We are treated to many forays into the Schattenreich, the shadowy ‘otherworld,’ where the author draws on a rich combination of both Celtic and Germanic mythology. I found this aspect of the novel truly fascinating as it added dark and mysterious depths to an already thrilling and suspenseful read.
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