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Starburst book 1 (Women of The Grey) by [Marshall, Carol James]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Women of The Grey (2 Book Series)

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  • File Size: 2231 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01KKXBW2G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Operating somewhere on the border between horror, suspense, and sci-fi, "Starburst: Women of the Grey" is deceptively simple and yet creepily riveting.

The narrative alternates between Lisa, Craig, Maggie, Rafael, and Iggy. We gradually learn that Lisa belongs to a non-human (but humanoid in appearance) all-female group called the Grey, and has been released into a not-very-nice part of Los Angeles on a mission to find a group of marks (the other characters) and bring them to a rendezvous point at a certain date. If she succeeds, she will become a Mother and gain power in the Grey; if she fails, she will...she doesn't know, but it won't be good. She also doesn't know what will happen to her marks if she succeeds, but she suspects that won't be good, either.

Despite being victims, both of life and of Lisa's schemes, the other characters are more fascinating than sympathetic. In fact, the entire book is essentially a study in autism, depression, and mental illness, as all the characters feel unable to connect to anyone around them, and suffer from visions and confusion. The "horror" of the book is more about disengagement from society, and even from reality, than it is about more traditional monsters, but is all the more horrific for that.

The alternating narrative viewpoints builds and builds the tension, as we learn more and more about the characters and their interlocking lives, even as no one, not even the orchestrators of the event, knows how things are going to end. I didn't exactly "like" the characters, but I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen to them, and I flew through the book, even though horror is not normally a genre I enjoy. As it's only about 230 pages, it was a very quick read, and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for some gripping psychological horror that's not too long.
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This is not my usual genre, I like blood and guts and gore. I was very surprised to find how much I loved this. I don't ever go for books where there is a great deal of analysis, but this was so different. I thought having different narrators would be confusing but it was brilliant. Each character was drawn so exquisitely, they were so shaped by their lives and they all evoked a strong emotional reaction. I wanted to bundle them up and take them home to love and nurture. The whole book is unusual in that I can't think which genre it belongs to. It seems to straddle so many. It's a remarkable piece of work and I can't wait to listen to the next in the series. A thoroughly deserved 5 stars from me.
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Interesting book about a young woman who is on a mission that involves four diverse people that seem not to have any relevance to either her or each other. Told in alternating points of view, we see each perspective of the characters and how they feel about the other people in the story. With a clear, crisp voice, Marshall is able to create credible characters that are damaged, some on the outside, others on the inside. Lisa has been given these "marks" that are somehow all connected. Together they are propelled to an shattering destiny and a whopper of an ending.
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I really didn't know what to expect from this book and, true to form, it wasn't like anything else I'd ever read. The reader is introduced to five characters and the story is told from each person's perspective. It was a little difficult to get into at first but on reflection it's a very original and well-written novel. If you're looking for something creepy, dark and disparate; this could be for you.

Thanks to author Carol James Marshall for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book about a young woman who is on a ... 9 Mar. 2017
By Carole P. Roman - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting book about a young woman who is on a mission that involves four diverse people that seem not to have any relevance to either her or each other. Told in alternating points of view, we see each perspecitve of the characters and how they feel about the other people in the story. With a clear, crisp voice, Marshall is able to create credible characters that are damaged, some on the outside, others on the inside. Lisa has been given these "marks" that are somehow all connected. Together they are propelled to an shattering destiny and a whopper of an ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars More writers should follow the example this author shows in her writing style. 26 Mar. 2017
By Seth L. Zucker - Published on Amazon.com
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A mosr oncredible journey into the varying lives of women who are not connected but are connected and have differing lives yet are from tje same beginnings. More books should. be written like rhis keeping me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to more books written bu this author. She is an example of. how a storyline can be exciting and resourceful both at the same time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 6 May 2017
By Old SciFi fan - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting read , the plot line is different and the characters are well done. The only part I didn't like about the book was the author seemed to want to describe everything and leave nothing to the reader's imagination.
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 12 Oct. 2016
By Starwarslover - Published on Amazon.com
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I had no idea what I was going to be reading when I started this.. but I quickly knew I would enjoy it. It was really interesting and you get to see different points of view of different characters and that was fun also. I am very glad I got to review this one
5.0 out of 5 stars Starburst 4 Nov. 2016
By Jessica Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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Lisa is a woman of the Grey. They are all the same and nothing more. But what is confusing is the mission. She has her four marks, and knows who each one is by face if not by name. But what will happen on end day? Will she live or die? What about her marks? Why does she feel different?
This book will go back and forth between different people. Very different from what I'm use to reading.
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