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"Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not. You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt."When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father telling him to go to California and save his girlfriend, Raine, he doesn't hesitate—he grabs his AK-47, revs up his blue pickup, and gets ready to make the"Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not. You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt."When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father telling him to go to California and save his girlfriend, Raine, he doesn't hesitate—he grabs his AK-47, revs up his blue pickup, and gets ready to make the 2,300-mile roadtrip.But cross-country travel in 2021 isn't easy—or, sometimes, even possible. The U.S. has become a near-military state: 17,000 checkpoints severely restrict interstate movement, Predator drones target innocent civilians without cause, and explosions rock cities daily. Matt and his stepbrother, Benjy, face deadly attacks from a corrupt government, ruthless local law enforcement, and bloodthirsty terrorist groups as they embark on their trek. They're about to find out that their trip is much more than a private journey, and their success could change the face of the country—forever.Can Matt and Benjy outrun the drone missiles raining down on their heads? Can they avoid assassination by government officials hell-bent on taking over what little is left of the country? Can they outsmart the deadly schemes set in motion against them?Break the rules.Save the girl.He only gets one chance before she's gone forever....

Title : Saving Raine
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ISBN : 9781494738471
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Number of Pages : 260 Pages
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Saving Raine Reviews

  • Simon Jenner
    2019-04-27 07:27

    An intriguing start drops you straight into this exciting dystopian future set in 2021 where the U.S. has become a near-military state and the country is on the brink of starvation. The U.S. in 2021 is not an easy place to live. Tech has advanced but life in general has gone backwards. The political situation is up in the air. The world is well described and fascinating with its nightly explosions, the need for ration coupons, pizzas costing $100 and restaurants having bulletproof walls.Matt Carney, the 19-year-old main character, watches helplessly as his father is arrested and is soon forced to leave the family home by his obnoxious stepmother. Having found a cryptic message from his father, he sets off on a hazardous journey across the country to save his girlfriend, Raine. His stepbrother, Benjy, soon joins him and their friendship and teamwork ensure you are rooting for them on their danger-riddled quest. The story is packed full of intrigue, action, drama, romance and colourful characters. Some of Mr Brooke's characters from the Annie Ogden series (Doing Max Vinyl) make a welcome appearance. Ike and Tranny are always good for a laugh and the rat-eating contest was funny and disgusting in equal measures. There is also plenty of futuristic tech to be nervous about as well as admire.A key strength of this book is the number of richly defined characters, all of whom have detailed and interesting individual stories. I’m looking forward to book 2!

  • Marsha
    2019-05-07 02:35

    Saving Raine by Frederick Lee Brooke is a fantastic look into what our future may become. It is exciting and over flowing with strong,purpose driven characters. The telepathy was a pleasant surprise. I am usually a bit out of my league reading sci-fi novels, but this one explained the details with minute patience. The story line is jumbled and erratic, always leaving me on the end on my seat, wondering how each episode fits into the big picture. All in all, a terrific beginning to a compelling series. Bring on book 2.*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Heather Bridson
    2019-05-03 10:48

    This book is different. It is written in a world that may be ours in the future, full of drones, violence, and militia. Really not my cup of tea. The story jumped around a lot, I think it was supposed to show a lot was happening all over, but it was just distracting. It really seemed like there were way to many story lines in a single book, with chapters just a few pages long that jump from story to story. I know it is all tied together, but jumping around like that made the story not engage me. There were so many plots to this book, and there were parts that really did not belong at all, like the movie watched on the plane. Just made me want to stop reading the book. I know the book was supposed to engage the reader, keeping them guessing till the end before revealing how it is all connected. It just didn't work for me. And the story in the end with the twin brother that can talk to his twin with telepathy, really doesn't work with the rest of the story. Its like it was just thrown in to add something readers like, and it just added to me not liking this book. It feels like there are way to many stories in this single book. The author could have taken each story and written a great book on each one, but chopped them into tiny bits and pieces, threw them all in a word processor, and came up with this book.So basically you can see I did not enjoy the book. I had to make myself keep reading it, just so I could give it a chance to engage me. The book is violent, but it is supposed to be and I get it. It really seemed like there were just to many stories, to much going on to make a smooth and fun to read book. The stories themselves are well written, just chopped up and thrown together in a way I just didn't enjoy reading, and I love reading! Not to bring the author down, I think the individual stories are good, but there is so much stuff thrown in, and the stories are so chopped up that I couldn't enjoy it. I think you could do at least one book on the hog farmers and their Patriotic bacon initiative.I was given a preview copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid in any way, and all opinions are my own.

  • Naznin Azeez
    2019-05-17 10:28

    The book cover is apt for the story line. The title Saving Raine is all about Matt’s cross country road trip to save his girlfriend, Raine. The drones shown in the background play a crucial role in this story.The introduction to Matt’s family background, is really detailed. It sets a nice pace in the beginning. The author’s writing captures the very essence of each situation, makes you want to hang onto every word of his. You feel exactly what Matt feels. The turmoil that he goes through is very much real. His step mother drives him mad, but she drives you mad too!.The one thing that really has impressed me is the presence of drones. Every one has a drone of their own. That’s how the author sees year 2021 to be. The police drones are really amazing. It flies upto people, scans their retinas and immediately gets info on that person. How futuristic is that!. Also, drones projects voice too (to use them as your mouth piece, like a mic). The ideas that the author came up with is very creative and believable in a futuristic world.There is a whole lot of side plots too. You follow Ike and Tranny (who are characters out of Doing Max Vinyl (book one of the Anne Ogden series)) and get to know more about them. There is this character called Peaches who does some sermons spreading peace. I found it to be captivating and sending a powerful message. There are many other too. I love the way it all links together.I wish the spark between Matt and Raine was portrayed a bit more intensely. However, the way the story goes, I feel that that will be covered in book number two. I just can’t wait to read it!All in all, a great book!. I give this book 5 stars!

  • Terri
    2019-04-29 06:34

    It’s 2021. America no longer looks like the booming capitalist country it once was. The military has all but taken over, looking for terrorist groups such as the one called March22. In this dystopian world, people are using technology to spy on each other, and technology is also being used to make people the average person complacent to what is going on. In the midst of all of this, an already dysfunctional family is torn apart when the father is taken by the FBI on charges of being involved in March22. His oldest son Matt is determined to not only find out what happened to his father, but he is also determined to get from his Midwestern town to Stanford University where his girlfriend goes to school. Matt’s journey isn’t the only one explored in Saving Raine. Readers will also get to discover what happens after convicts escape prison during a security breach, how mistreated hog farmers plan to get patriotic with bacon, what the new president and his wife have to do to save the country, and how a television pastor holds the key for many of them. While there are many different characters and plotlines in this book, they all seem to come together enough to get the whole picture on how this dystopian society is crumbling beneath everyone’s feet. Although the ending of the book is a bit of a cliffhanger, it is a book that anyone who enjoys futuristic dystopian settings will love.

  • Martha Bourke
    2019-04-29 09:38

    I've been a longtime reader of Frederick Brooke's adult detective series and I was very curious as to how the first book in his new Young Adult Dystopian would come out. YA voice is tricky to pull off for the best of writers, but I've always thought his characters were so well painted and Saving Raine is no exception. I love that the main character is male for a change and Matt is easy to like. He's definitely flawed, but that makes him all the more believable. Brooke's wonderful cast of characters brought me back to the Doing Max Vinyl days - in fact two (I won't say who) actually make an appearance. He juggles their stories with ease and they're all intriguing, whatever their walk of life. I was impressed with how Brooke handled the creation of his Dystopia. The picture he creates of our world in the year in 2021 is believable in terms of technology, the world order, etc. It was also filled with the kind of danger and excitement I crave with this kind of series. Of course I want Matt to get the girl. He's a fantastic hero! But first I want him to go through an agonizing bevy of trials and Brooke does not disappoint.I'll be anxiously awaiting Book 2!

  • Fiona Wilson
    2019-04-29 10:38

    Actual rating - 3.5 starsThis book is quite relevant right now. It involves drones, and the way they can be used to control certain things and people, and how easily they can be used for both wrong and right. At the moment there is a lot of debate going on regarding drones and the need for registration for anyone flying them. I took a long time to get into this book, kept putting it down and then going back to it a day or so later. I got very confused as to who everyone was, with lots of characters being introduced very quickly. I didnt really get the significance of a few parts, mainly pig related, and where that took the story. As I persevered with reading the story I did get used to who the characters were and where they featured in the overall story. I did enjoy it, but the confusion at the start, and the difficulty following the various stories featured within, is what brought my rating down a bit. I actually started getting more into it right near the end of the story as the action really picked up. I am interested to see where the author takes the story next and will be reading book 2 when I can.

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-18 04:31

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author starts off with action and never lets up. This is a fast-paced read, with fully developed characters and a plot that kept me turning the pages. If you enjoy dystopian science fiction, then I think you'll like this book. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

  • Jill
    2019-04-26 10:36

    I couldn't wait to finish this book. I was great. It makes you wonder how soon the situations in this book will come true. I could almost picture it. I was well written and kept you interested in the story and main characters. I want to know what happens next.

  • Randa
    2019-05-23 02:30

    The cover:Simple, beautiful and eye-catching :). It gives you an idea about what the book is all about.The story:As a dystopian diehard fan, I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. The story is purely amazing. Great style of writing and interesting characters. The whole aspect of a dystopian world is well done. I’m a fan.Summary:The story begins in 2021, in the USA, with Matt 19 years old, living with his father, his stepmother and 2stepbrothers and step sister. After something happens to his father, he then receives a message from him saying that his girlfriend, Raine, is in danger, so he goes after her to save her.Throughout the book he goes through ups and downs, we find some revelations and dangerous truths. However there are some good things too that happen, family things ;).What I loved:- The writing style is a definitive plus. It’s simple, fluid and you easily feel confortable with it.- The story is rich with everything, especially the characters. There’s no way you’ll get bored reading this book.- It’s full of intrigue, action, romance and drama. Even the family aspect in this book is very interesting.- The technology mentioned in this book is just… wow! I was really taken from the moment the writer started describing the technology! I wish I lived there!- The world the writer created is amazing: bulletproof restaurants, electronic vipers, expensive food…. etc.- It’s just a great dystopian book!- Can I add that the title is just well chosen?! :D.What I disliked:- I found the chapters to be a bit long to my liking.- That’s all!The characters:Matt: wow! Just wow. What an amazing boy. The author created the perfect protagonist to this book, strong, loving, caring, determined, protective and brave. Nothing more to be said.Other characters: In order to not spoil the book for you, I can’t describe the other characters, but trust me when I say, this book has the best characters I read about in a long time. They’re each interesting in their own wicked way (even the stepmother… whom I dislike by the way).Favorite quotes:Just yesterday, he’d taken Matt to the electronics store. They’d spent two hours looking at new Vipers, Chameleons and Tornados. The new Tornado could travel at eighty mph and stream video from twenty miles away. Chameleons had advanced noise cancellation and blended in with the background, impossible to see. Afterward, John had taken him out for a $100 pizza. --- Chapter 1.Gripping the wheel with one knee as the truck skidded backwards, Matt aimed his slingshot out his open window. His eyes met the eyes of the driver in the split second before the ball bearing tore through their windshield. The steel ball impacted the man’s forehead, burrowing a three-inch crater.Safety glass had its limits. --- Chapter 3.Matt smiled. It was cool to think he and his stupid twin brother had at least one thing in common. Otherwise they seemed to share almost nothing. Luke had grown up with their mother, while he had grown up with their father. Luke wasn’t even on speaking terms with John Carney. It was cool that the one thing they did have in common was a matter of mutual ignorance. --- Chapter 49.Conclusion:If you want a different, interesting, intriguing and very well done dystopian story, read Saving Raine, you won’t be disappointed.I shall say I’m really looking forward to the next book! And finally, thank you so much to Ally, the publicist, for contacting me about the book, the blog tour and for sending me an e-copy to review. Thank you so much!

  • Asteropê
    2019-05-04 04:27

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.At first I thought this was a YA series, but soon after I stared reading, I could tell it was for a slightly older audience. The world the author painted is a gritty, kill or be killed sort of world where only the strongest survive, as common with the dystopia genre. It's full of violence, death, lies, corruption and everything else. I thought the use of drones as a predominant plot element was interesting. Seeing as drones are gaining predominance in our society, it's not a major leap to think they'd be more common in the near feature (though I doubt they'd be on the same level in 2021 as they are in the book). The reformation of the political sphere, was also interesting, I thought. I think this sort of book and plot could in the right hands, translate well into the big screen. Though the plot seems rather simplistic - Matt and Benjy need to get from A to B, to save Raine - things prove to be far more connected than I expected. There were some side-plots and characters (such as Ike and Tranny and the hog brothers), that in the beginning I was trying to understand how they were relevant or fit into the larger picture. Things started to make sense in the middle, where plots and characters started to reveal their purpose. I saw this as a set-up book, the first of a series that puts all the pieces on the game-board and gets them ready for play. By the end of the book, I felt I had an understanding of the pieces on the game-board and where things might be heading, so as a here's-the-world-we're-in sort of first book, I thought it presented things well (provided you stick with it and finish it). I found Matt to be a likable hero, though rather simplistic, in one-track mind sort of way at times (mostly in his thoughts of Raine). I suppose it's understandable in that she's his girlfriend and the plot is based around him getting to her. I'm also going to guess that because she's the one good thing he has/had going in his shitty life, that he also latched onto her like an anchor, so when he needs to think good thoughts, they were of Raine. Plus, there's a lot of things he needs to be clued into, so he's learning things long with us, which often puts him at a disadvantage and make him seem clueless. I do hope that as the series progresses, he's not as one dimensional and has more range than presented in this book. Benjy, though, complemented him well and they made an good team. The one person that did annoy me was Raine, mostly in how she acted towards Matt. I hope if she plays a role in the series, she's written with a better purpose. There were also some other characters introduced that will no doubt play a large roll in the next books. I'm curious about them (mostly (view spoiler)[Matt's twin brother, Luke. (hide spoiler)])All in all, I enjoyed it. I'm not a big reader of dystopia books (not due to preferences, just never got around to reading many of them), so I liked the glimpse a world where everything gone to Hell. While I don't have a lot of compare it to, this one seemed to focus more so on the political changes in a dyspopian world and I thought that was refreshing compared to some of the more popular books of the genre. I'm curious to see where it all leads, so I'd definitely continue with the series.

  • Cass
    2019-05-01 08:37

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am a big fan of dystopian/speculative fiction, and this book didn't disappoint. It was refreshing to read a dystopian novel that takes place in the near future (2021), rather than in some vague "far off future year" that is never mentioned.Brooke is excellent with world building, thanks to the small details he includes about the sad state of our country in 2021. The ideas that he presents (the development of 9 political parties, the return to the use of ration coupons, inflation that has resulted in $100 pizzas, the popularity of drones, militias and violent protests) are all plausible. When you read Brooke's back history explaining the different events that lead to the country's chaos, it's like you are watching everything unfold in real time. It reminds you how fragile government systems can be. The book really makes you stop and think about what people are capable of and how far some people will go to enforce their ideals. It would be a good conversation starter in a classroom because it raises a lot of questions about ethics, the role of government, protesting, religion, and racism. My favorite piece of world building was Brooke's decision to make the NRA its own political party. In the book, the NRA guts its leadership in 2014, brings in new leadership and becomes the UMC: (United Musketry Coalition). No matter your personal political views, Brooke's choice to include this detail is a great sign of what-if thinking. Basically - I appreciated the creativity.While I enjoyed the book, there were a few things that kept me from giving it five stars. I could have done without the Raine/Matt romance. It didn't feel developed enough. Raine is a textbook secondary character: her sole purpose is to motivate Matt, when she speaks its only to comment on Matt's actions, and the story could move on without her. When she is not standing in as a plot device, her dialogue is bland and annoying. Lots of "I don't understand’s" and "What's going on’s?" Basically - she isn't needed. When I was first reading, I really didn't like Matt as a main character. I almost felt that he was lacking. But I think that is due to the fact that a lot of characters in YA are insta-heroes. No flaws. Pure action star that saves the day. Matt is different. He is 19, and still in his Junior year of high school. You can tell that he is self-conscious about his intelligence. Even though he is the only one who can hunt and provide his family with food, he still doubts his self worth. I think this is why he is obsessed with Raine. She serves as a person who can give him positive reinforcement. In that way, I guess Raine is necessary because she highlights how vulnerable Matt is. At the end of the book, Matt isn't magically transformed, but you can see the beginnings of confidence growth. I ended up appreciating how normal Matt is, and his moments of teen angst made me laugh. I am definitely interested in seeing how his character matures and develops in future books. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading dystopian/speculative fiction. It toes the line between YA/Adult fiction --teens or adults can enjoy it. It's fast pace and alternating points of view kept my attention. Overall, a fun story that makes you stop and think about all those “what if” ideas.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-29 02:38

    Set in 2021 in a virtual militaristic state that's the U.S. "Saving Raine" begins when Matt Carney receives a cryptic message from his father who was kidnapped one evening from their home. Warned to save his girlfriend Raine who's attending University in California before something dire happens, Matt quickly packs his gear and climbs into his truck, leaving his murderous, obnoxious stepmother behind to cross hundreds of miles of dangerous country.With Benjy his fourteen year old stepbrother who's determined to tag along, they make a journey that pits them against cold-blooded terrorist groups, hi-tech military drones and the relentless pursuit of local law enforcement. Only with the help of Matt's father's connections in a shadow organization called March 22 do they hope to survive and reach California.Frederick Lee Brooke sets the stage in a country torn apart by economic instability, high cost of food and a rising crime rate. In a country where individual freedoms are becoming extinct and movement across the country's restricted, not only does a computer glitch free thousands of prisoners but hundreds of Predators and Reapers the newest President unleashed to find them have disappeared. Threads of this innovative and thrilling plot not only follow Matt and Benjy's terrifying trip across a perilous landscape, but the devious manipulation of the new President after assassinations rock the White House, the flight of two prison escapees and the shenanigans of a couple of pig farmers. With death and destruction constantly looming the mood of the story is dark and uncertain. Ducking flying bullets and evading missile attacks that destroy bridges , city buildings and cars the action never stops in a plot with twists and turns that have Matt not only trying to save a long lost brother, but the girlfriend who's uncertain whether or not she still loves him. Only the humorous antics of individuals like Ike and Tranny at a rat-eating contest and the political conniving of hog farmers Phil and Mel lighten the escalating intensity and suspense in a story that's a page turner from beginning to end.Cleverly the author has created characters that are unforgettable and realistic as they meet one challenge after another. Nineteen year old Matt Carney haunted by the abandonment of his mother and the disappearance of his father loathes his drunk, cynical stepmother and her family. Insecure in school he's resourceful, brave and an accurate marksman with the slingshot. In contrast his stepbrother Benjy is a highly intelligent, insightful teen who's loyal and supportive. Of the antagonists James Jeffers, the President is power-hungry, heartless and insensitive, even willing to blow up the plane his wife is on to stop the radicals from escaping."Saving Raine" which I previewed on Goodreads/First Reads is packed with action, intrigue, romance and colourful characters; a thrill ride you can't put down until the startling conclusion at the end which begs for sequel. I liked it and rate it highly.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-05-11 04:22

    Time line: 11/1/2021-11/23/2021, Chicago-San Francisco Matthew Carney (Matt; Kotter; 19), Wet Wanda (Matt stepmother; Carney), Benjy Robson (14; stepbrother; Benjamin), Robert (16; stepbrother), & Marissa (18; stepsister), watched in horror as their husband/father John Carney was arrested by the FBI. Food/supplies were extremely scarce in the US. Families were issued Ration coupons, & Shadowmarket’s popped up everywhere. If you could find live game/fish to eat that was something else. Later most of the White House bureaucrats were assassinated: President David Burns (UN liberal), Vice President McKinney, John Keene (president pro tempore of the Senate), Secretary of State Miller, Rosa Iaccarino (wheel chair; Speaker of the House), Jerome Ballmer (Secretary of the Treasury), except for James Jeffers (Secretary; UMC Party). The Presidency now rested on his shoulders. Amanda Jeffers is his wife) & Penelope Jeffers is their daughter (14). The Golden Gate Bridge was also partially destroyed. The new cabinet consisted of: Bianca Orlando (Vice President), Jim Watson (director of homeland security), Hal Holsom (NSA chief), secretary of defense Reese, Dave Knopfler (homeland security deputy Chief), Tom Underwood (Chief of Staff), Attorney General McMichael, Petra Bedrosian (f; McMichael deputy), Senator Zachary Lincoln (chairman of Liberty Party), & Anne Jacobsen (chairman of 2nd Sixth Bank, vice chair of the Corporate Party). The White House found out that the outsourced company of American Prison was responsible for all the prisons gates opening & letting the prisoners (400,000) get free. The plot begins. Matt & Benjy trek across the US regardless of checkpoints out to save Raine (Matts G/F). They decide to hunt for game & meet Tom & Walt. Through the 2’s journey they also meet Sander McIntyre & Gerald Shipton (cowboy). Matt later receives a message through his jet link from his G/F Raine who is going to college at Stanford, & of course he replies back to her. Who are Tom & Walt? Who are Gerald Shipton, Sander McIntyre & Leisl (f)? How are 4 of them linked to John Carney? What other good/bad adventures will Matt & Benjy encounter/endure? How will Matt & Raine relationship end up? A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written futuristic (dystopian) sci-fi political book. It wasn’t always very easy to read/follow from start/finish, but never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make great futuristic movie, or mini TV series. 1 you have to read to the very end. It was just OK for me so I will rate it at 4/5 stars. Thank you for the free book (Story Cartel) Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Claire
    2019-04-30 08:23

    I received this copy for free in exchange for an honest review.This book had an intriguing premise, probably cultivated by the news that Amazon were using drones to deliver parcels. We're in the US in the year 2021, so seven years in the future. Apparently this March, a huge terrorist action causes the US to implode, shut its borders, institute martial law (kinda) and food shortages run rampant. Into this hot mess comes our hero, his dad gets arrested and he runs away from home. He then runs across the country, running into rebels, kind hearted skinheads and pastors. In the meantime, there's a coordinated assassination of the presidential hierarchy. Lots of prisoners break out. The new first lady is having an affair and there's a bunch of hog farmers running around.Lest you think I'm selling this short, this is precisely how confusing this book is. It started interestingly enough with the main character's father being arrested, but unfortunately it didn't manage to hold this momentum. The world building is at fault. Now I can get behind dysotopia, I can understand how certain situations can come about, but this situation I cannot see happening. Particularly as soon as next year. The writer has not thought about how the US operates within the world at large. For me to buy a US burdened with food shortages (when it produces enough for 10 billion people alone) something really massive must have happened to make it so. A nuclear war, a massive tidal wave taking out the Eastern Seaboard, meteor strike or aliens etc. This world is believable but not with the background or timeframe that's been given. That's the major stumbling block to me enjoying this story. It's like watching Space 1999 and realising that we've passed that date and we don't live on the moon.Another issue lies with the characters. Matt could be a good character, he really could, but he's crippled by a lousy romance, a tragic backstory and no actual sense of place. I don't care about his family, because I know nothing about it. The other characters are not memorable and I rapidly became bored with the 'look ma - a critter' stereotypes. All of this is unfortunate because the writing is rather good and it's for the potential alone that I give this two stars.

  • Nadene(Totally Addicted to Reading)
    2019-05-01 02:24

    When I first read the blurb, I was a bit unsure as to whether or not I should read this title as I don't generally read futuristic/dsytopian novels. However, for some unexplained reason I felt tempted to give it a try. I figured I did not have much too lose from reading it. If the book was good then I would have been thoroughly entertained but if it was bad then my only regret would have been the time wasted spent reading it. Well after completing Saving Raine, I must say without a doubt this was one temptation I had no regret yielding to.In Saving Raine we meet Matt Carney who was forced to watch the FBI arrest his father for no apparent reason. Matt was then forced from the place he has called home for his nineteen years by his stepmother. It was clear that she hated him and would do anything to be rid of him. After receiving a strange message from his father Matt set out on a hazardous journey to save his girlfriend Raine.Saving Raine is a fast paced, action packed, intriguing , gripping and thrilling read which had me hooked from the very first line. There were several stories taking place at once which was a bit distracting and confusing at times however they eventually came together which helped me to get a better understanding of what was really taking place in this story.The author's description of the future was a bit intriguing and scary at the same time. Intriguing in terms of the technology being used and scary as it relates to the devastation that this same technology could create. I am so glad it's all in his imagination.This a great start to a new series which I would recommend to persons who love this type of genre. This is my first time reading Frederick Lee Brooke and it was definitely a worthwhile experience.DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW

  • Nakita Allen
    2019-04-26 09:47

    This book was really quite interesting!!! Sadly though it was not my favorite book. I found that there was just way to much going on with the story its self. The book is called saving rain, so I would have thought it would have been about that. However there was so many other story plots going on that it was hard to pin point exactly what was going on. I found my self at times more confused then anything!!! However that being said this story did have some good points to it. The characters were all very believe able, and there were quite a few action points that did keep me going. My favorite parts involved mat, his brother benji, and rain. Like I said before though there were quite a few other characters, and stories I think didnt really need to be in there ( i now its kind of a end of the world sanario, but some of the added on stories did not make that much seance to me). I think if it was just kept at mat, benji, rain and the president stuff the storie would have been a lot more repeatable. I did love the action in this book as well though when things got interesting they got really really good, but like I said before I think things got a little lost with everything else that was going on. Also I do think that the ending as more then a little rushed. I think that not all of the characters had a resolved ending to the point that there could be another book. It just ended right abruptly. I really wanted to like this book, but sadly it was not my favorite book. However that does not mean that you wont like it!! I hope that everyone will at least give this book a try. I am just stating my 100% honest opinion.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-30 05:47

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*This is a crazy dystopian world with a corrupt government all but controlled by the military and using technology to spy on people and control them. With the world in shambles Matt's trip to save his girlfriend Raine is full of explosions, gun fights and a lot of secret help along the way.I liked Matt right away and getting a look into the insanity he suffered at home and then a cryptic message from his father really pulled me into the story and had me hooked and rooting for him. I liked how his journey across the dangerous country brought him some answers and I can't wait to continue the series because with all the drama and answers there were also a lot more questions raised and I am excited to see the fight continue.At first I was a little bothered by what I called the side stories, mostly because I just wanted to follow Matt on his journey but they all ended up being WAY more important than I could have ever realized and looking back at the story as a whole they made the story much more well rounded and I love how perfectly the author weaved them together in surprising ways.I almost always enjoy a corrupt power to fight against and I do enjoy this struggle but what I love most is that there is not really just one bad guy htere are a bunch of evil groups in this world and soem are not always what they seem everything is so intense and teisted that the only thing I know for sure is that I am on Matt's side and rooting for him to discover the truth and maybe find some peace, but the action and espionage are so good that I'm enjoying the crazy ride and I can't wait to see who ends up on top.

  • Roxanne Kade
    2019-05-19 02:22

    This was a very interesting read, with plenty of action and mayhem. I enjoyed the main plotline with Matt on a mission to save Raine, however, there were quite a few subplots, with the introduction of many other characters, and I sometimes felt like there was too much going on. It became a bit distracting. Another thing that got my head spinning, were all the different types of drones etc. I don’t read a lot of Sci-fi so I felt a bit lost whenever they were mentioned because I just couldn’t picture them.These few minor details meant I wasn’t able to fully immerse myself in the futuristic world created by Brooke, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like this book. As I mentioned earlier, it was full of action and really interesting. The many plot twists and turns were intriguing and kept me entertained. There were even a few surprise curveballs thrown in for good measure.My heart went out to Matt, he was in the middle of all the chaos, trying his best to keep his head above water. He had such a good heart, which was evident when he chose to leave his undeserving family some food. Although, I got the feeling it was more for Benjy than the rest of them. And then there was Raine. She didn’t make much of an appearance in the book, until the very end, but she was Matt’s main focus and I felt so bad for him when she wanted nothing to do with him. Again, ever the good guy, Matt still risked everything for her despite her rejection of him. I did see a bit of hope for them at the very end, though. I just hope they find some normal in all the craziness.Readers of intelligently plotted and written Sci-fi reads will be thrilled with this book.

  • Sarah Embry
    2019-04-30 04:43

    If you love dystopians, high- tech, and war stories I would definitely suggest this book. First off I'm going to admit going into this book I was not expecting to like it as much as I did, just because it is not the type of book I would usually read. I really loved how the author created a world where technology is the biggest help, but also the biggest problem. Plus, the hierarchy and systems they came up with is pretty impressive when you think about just how many there are.The book takes place in the future, but not to far like most stories when they are about the future, in an America where technology is everywhere and used for everything much more than now in modern times. These technologies are what is leading the war in this story and what creates the turning points as you go. It follows about five stories throughout the book, the main character Matt and many others but as it goes on you see how each story plays into the other and really supports the story. It is full of bad guys being good guys and vise versa, and unexpected leaders in unexpected places. One thing about this book is I would suggest it to older kids because of the language and violence in the book. Also when you start reading give it a chance because it took me awhile to get into the book but once I did I really enjoyed it. Lastly, I want to say I'm glad I was given the opportunity to review this book, and I want to encourage everyone to read this book. Who knows even if this is not something you would usually read, you could discover you like these types of subjects to read about.

  • Mikaela
    2019-05-09 08:27

    You can find my reviews at: The Titan's Tomb*Received from Badass Marketing in exchange for honest reviewWhilst this story wasn't the typical fantasy novel I mostly always read, I'm super glad that I was given the opportunity to review Saving Raine because I really enjoyed it. Let me just say that if this is our future, I would really like to not live on this planet...way too '1984' for me, thanks. But unfortunately, with the amount of drones the US uses for their military air strikes and the like, Brooke's novel does hold some prophetic warnings. I have read a lot and I mean a lot of dystopian novels, but Saving Raine was very different to all of them, mostly because it feels like this could be very real and happening right at this very moment. And that is how much I ended up getting into this story, I literally felt like I needed to watch the skies for a hidden drone! Really the only little problem I had with this book was that I found it a bit distracting and hard to keep up with the numerous amounts of point of views. This put me off for a little while, but eventually they all seemed to interconnect, which made the book almost even more exciting and heart pounding. So much chaos and destruction and action within this fast-passed book, the characters are all very well written and the plot is something you can really sink your teeth into please don't bite the book. A fantastic read for young adult, all dystopian lovers and adults alike.

  • Arlene Downey
    2019-05-08 10:37

    Very interesting look at what the leaders of the USA can do if they really try to muck it up. The country suffered a series of catastrophes that resulted in the two major political parties splintering into many parties. The result is food shortages (shelves in the supermarkets sparsely filled), expensive gasoline, no airplanes flying, drones used for many purposes (think smaller drones with cameras and links to computers, not big ones with missles!) and people targeted and killed for no obvious reason. Into this scenerio. Matt, the 19 year old hero who is having trouble in school, is a good hunter who has kept his family fed with the game he kills. His father is arrested - or is he? The FBI has no record of where he is being held. Mat's stepmother is increasingly hostile so Matt sets out from Chicago to go to California to see his girlfriend in California after receiving a video message from his father telling him to go.The trip is joined by his step brother Benji and they meet many people who assist them in their travels because they know his father. It was exciting to see how it ended! I will be looking for the rest of the series!Very interesting concept and story. It is well written although it moved from different people in various parts of the country in each chapter so it was telling several stories about the current situation from many perspectives. It reminded me of a Tom Clancy novel in that it moved from one groupr to another and then they all came together in the end.I recieved a free ebook in exchange fro my opinion of this book.

  • Fireslily
    2019-05-19 06:49

    This is not my normal book genre, but this is definitely one of my favorite books now. I finished it and immediately bought the sequel. The two party system in the US is gone, and the different factions have sent the government into chaos. Nowhere is truly safe, although some places aren't that bad. Matt was surviving ok, until his dad is arrested and he has to leave home for his own safety and he also has to make his way across the country to save his girlfriend.There was a lot of action in the book, so it definitely kept me absorbed in the story. The characters were also wonderful. The main characters have fully fleshed out personalities and the minor characters add a lot to the story. The chapters are also fairly short, which makes it easy to read a little bit at a time (if you can keep from reading it all in one sitting). I did have one small complaint. In this book, you meet a lot of characters who are on the run for one reason or another. They are afraid of being found, especially by the government. If they are so concerned about being found, why do none of them change their appearance and name? To me it just seems like a really obvious thing to do, so there were a few times where I ended up yelling at the characters for being idiots. However, that is a very minor detail in a really good book.I received a free copy through Goodreads First Reads. All opinions are my own.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-05 08:37

    I received this book through good reads giveaways.This may contain a few minor spoilers.The book and the concept are very interesting, and very relevant in today's world. And the genre is right up my alley. I did enjoy this book; it's full of action, many different characters and stories to follow, drones, a dystopian near future.. I decided to only give the book 3 stars for a few reasons. First, if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. If the worst thing that could happen is that people with guns show up..expect people with guns to show up. Yeah this kept the book interesting and fast-paced, but it was too predictable. Second, certain things just worked out too perfectly. I get that the point of some things was just to show how big March22 is, but come on, every stranger Matt meets knows him and is a member? Third, I didn't care for the not so subtle references to pop culture, like Nina Nardelli being Kim Kardashian. Brooke is trying to make it relevant to the times..but I didn't care for it. And finally, most of the female characters seemed to be..overly sexualized, if that's the proper way of phrasing that (probably a little too harsh phrasing). Multiple times a woman is described as being sexy with great boobs (not in so many words, I'm paraphrasing). I'm generally not particularly sensitive to that, but if I take not of it you know it's blatant.All in all though I did enjoy the book, and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!

  • Arnela
    2019-05-20 08:49

    [I received a review spread]For fans of strange dystopian near futures this where you should start.Here we find ourselves with Matt, and in the near future of 2019 with America in peril. Just like Matt, we'er not sure how our Freedom has dwindled down to the flickering embers that it is in this novel, but we're strapped in for a journey full of quirky, some fairly well-rounded characters, mysterious militias, and cut throat new political parties [if you thought 2 were bad get a load of these 9].I enjoyed it fairly well. The book kept us in the dark, and like our young protagonist, we had to piece it all together from multiple characters points of view. I have to say though it is definitely more for those more comfortable with weapon and war jargon [not that you won't get the hang of it after a while, it just may be easier knowing some starting out]. The only reason it isn't a solid 5 for me is that I'm more used to several chapters being devoted to the main character at any stretch of time, with intermittent chapters from other character's points of view. Here every other chapter or so is devoted to other characters and how they're getting through this mess [and while at times I enjoy them more than the main protagonist], I personally found it just a little jarring to the flow.Overall it's a wonderful story, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Mike Siedschlag
    2019-05-25 07:37

    Author Frederick Lee Brooke provided me with an e-version of Saving Raine for review.Saving Raine is set in a dystopian future of the United States. It is a post-apocalyptic without the apocalypse story. The country has become terrifying place to live. The protagonist in the story is an unwitting and at times, unwilling rebel hero. A lot of high tech gadgetry is used in the story, but it is not a techie book. There is romance (kind of ), action, humor (the hog farmers are great), political intrigue, betrayal, and a quest. I enjoyed Saving Raine immensely. It's no secret I love post-apocalyptic stories. As I said, this book is not strictly speaking a post-apocalyptic story, but it reads kind of like one.Saving Raine is the first entry in The Drone Wars series, and a great first entry it is. There are many characters who grabbed my interest, some positively, some not so much. I am definitely interested in reading where this story goes. Since, I believe, that is the goal of any series beginning book, Frederick Lee Brooke can feel good about his series. If you are at all a fan of dystopian fiction, sort of post-apocalyptic action adventure, anti heroes and real heroes, I think you'll find Saving Raine by Frederick Lee Brooke a good representative of the genre. If you have never read books of this genre, this may be a good place for you to start. Enjoy!Mike

  • Jonathan Pettit
    2019-05-01 10:41

    Good, solid dystopian action. Tale about Matt on a trip cross country to rescue his girlfriend, Raine. The book takes place in 2021 in a militaristic United States, where everyone owns drones and government assassinations seem to be common. Common goods and services are sporadic, though gas is cheap and plentiful. Characters are well thought out, with lots of descriptions. Supporting characters are entertaining. Bits of humor thrown in the story throughout. I plan to continue reading the series.I did notice a few issues with nomenclature and some comments, however. The book takes place in 2021, and as much as I like the idea of personal drones, I think that the drone technology in the book was too far advanced for something in the next ten years. My opinion. The book references the army jeeps in the hog farm attack. The army hasn't had jeeps since around 1990. It would have been better to reference light trucks or HMMWVs (Humvees). Reference to Matt's AR-15 machine gun. An AR-15 is semi-automatic. It would have been better to reference as a "semi-automatic rifle." They use magazines not clips. Near the end of the book there was also a reference to an M-50. I'm assuming this was for an M2 .50 caliber machine gun? Even with this, the book was still a very good read.Kindle review copy provided by the publisher.

  • Kristin Dutt
    2019-05-25 04:36

    This is a very interesting military/sci-fi/dystopian novel. Have to say I do hate the title (sorry!) The title really doesn't fit the book in my opinion. Raine is barely a secondary character and honestly I don't like her a bit honestly from what little I've read about her. Now to what I did like....I love the idea of drones....LOTS of drones and they all go missing. The action was much more impressive than the poor love relationship in this book which could've just been left out (hence my reason for not caring much for the title)This whole story has conspiracy theories all around centering around Matt and I have to say there executed well in this book. Lots of action and thrills. Would have loved some more background on his family especially his dad. But I have to say this is a good length novel that should keep adults fully captivated not so sure about teens since there are some dull moments but if they can get past it I think they would enjoy it just as much.Looking forward to the next installment Inferno and maybe Raine will grow on (or if I'm lucky a drone will accidentally blow her up so Matt can move on <3)

  • Tina
    2019-05-03 10:51

    This book is hard for me to review. When I started reading it, I was intrigues as to what was going on. The world that the author created is kind of crazy. Planes were scarce in the sky, food was hard to come by in stores and the government seemed to control everything. Matt saw his father arrested and accused of treason. His step mother was very mean to him, so he decided to leave. Chaos ensues where he is running for his life and trying to save people he loves. The story is told by several different people and in their POVs. The way they link together isn't shown until later in the book. This confused me and frustrated me at times. There are a lot of political issues in this book, which are not something that I usually read. They are explained for the most part, though.There was a ton of action in it. Some of the secondary characters were interesting. The way it comes together in the end is wonderful. I am curious to see what happens now. It does end in what I would consider a cliff hanger.3.75 starsI was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Panda99
    2019-05-07 03:37

    I found the vision of what America has become in a few short years very disturbing, but effectively written. This radical right-wing revolution has destroyed life for normal people in the country. In this environment of violent militias, food shortages and a new political landscape, a young man Matt and his younger half-brother try to make their way across the country to reach Matt’s girlfriend Raine. This young woman seems oblivious, and uncaring about Matt the man she claims to love.I also found this story very compelling as it developed and look forward to reading the continuation of this series. Most of the character development is strong (the males are more like actual people, but the women are more like sexual objects), as you see the story through the eyes of a variety of the citizens affected. The action is fast paced as they travel toward a mission of vast importance. Note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review