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Day of Vengeance picks up where All Souls Day left off, which was very helpful because it had been a while since I read the first book. The first few chapters gave me the chance to refresh my memory, including all of the details about the plot and the characters. In Days of Vengeance, with Moloch gone, Amos, Vickie and Suzie have new problems to deal with. They seem to be the only ones to have survived the blast that killed Moloch. Everyone else is left drooling, with vacant looks on their face, and wondering around lost.
To me the science fiction elements and history of Chatham’s Forge were the most interesting. It was entertaining to see what an alternate world may have looked like. The timeline here differed from our own because of one historical difference. As a rare reader in the YA genre, I thought the author constructed good and believable relationships. The interactions between the three main characters felt about right. They learned some important life lessons, like finding out that being ‘grown-up’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The struggles they all experienced felt believable, as much as I imagine they are with this age group. I liked that the same feel and character dynamics were carried through in the second book. I thought the YA aspects remanded relevant and easy for readers to connect with making this an enjoyable read.
Length: 254 Pages
Publisher: Silver Leaf Books
Release date: August 28, 2017
What if you escaped being sacrificed to the evil god Moloch and banished him from your town at a terrible price in blood and destruction… only to become prey to gods more powerful and ruthless still?
Teenage friends Suzie Mitchell, Amos Ross, and Vickie Riordan are plunged into this terrifying dilemma in the ruins of their hometown, Chatham’s Forge, in a world devastated by nuclear war. Stumbling through the wreckage, they must confront the physically living but soul-dead remains of their friends and family, the vengeful victims of the old order in the Forge, the ascent of the powerful and seductive goddess Asherah, and worst of all… the deeds they themselves are tempted to commit in their rage and grief…
Martin Berman-Gorvine, biography
Martin Berman-Gorvine grew up in the Philadelphia area and lived in Israel for six years. Writing as Martin Gidron, he is the author of The Severed Wing (Livingston Press, 2002), which received the 2002 Sidewise Award for Alternate History (Long Form). He is a professional business journalist, is married to Jacqueline Berman-Gorvine, an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and has two sons from a previous marriage. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where he is hard at work on his next novel, a ghost story set in the vanished village of Green Run, Assateague Island, Maryland.