Rating: 5 stars out of 5
It’s when you think you have your world in order that the tremors start, signaling the earthquakes to come. Charlie Turner thinks he has everything under control. Charlie and his boyfriend, Amos Greene, are in a good place finally. He is at home in Mountain Shadows and his business is good. Even his younger brother, Damon, has ditched the bad crowd and is doing better at home. Charlie’s life is at a good place. Then his ex-boyfriend, Chip McNair, reappears and the peace is shattered.
And in the midst of all the frightening events taking place on Mountain Shadows, someone Charlie loves disappears. That disappearance and possible threat reawakens old demons in Charlie that he thought he had buried. As the tremors begin and Charlie’s foundation begins to crack, can Charlie survive and who will be there to pick up the pieces?
In a series titled Earthquakes, you just know that any sense of safety and calm will be short lived. In Tremors, T.A. Webb delivers not just tremors but the beginnings of the huge seismic waves to come that will shatter everything around Charlie and those he loves.
Webb’s romance between Charlie and the prickly Amos has settled down to a lovely relationship. We have invested ourselves not only in Charlie and Amos but in Charlie’s troubled younger brother, Damon, as well. Damon has finally come around, Amos has an enjoyable snarcastic bond with Damon, and things are good. And that’s when the tremors appears.
Chip McNair, the ex, wants Charlie back and Amos is not happy. As T.A. Webb builds the drama around the couples dance (old vs new) and the boyfriends vie for Charlie’s love, the author brings in more mystery and suspense when a person close to Charlie goes missing. From puzzlement to terror, the emotions shift as the power of the situation and angst builds. What an incredible job the author does in creating a situation fraught with apprehension, a growing sense of alarm, and then shear unadulterated pain and horror at the end.
What happens within these 40 pages is a small marvel, it’s the shattering of someone’s world, and it’s devastating. As Charlie (and others) moves from one happy state of mind to the wreckage at the end, the reader is at his side, maintaining the same sense of dread and anxiety as Charlie and the other characters around him. And that ending? Heartbreaking and real.
This is a must read story in a must read series in one of the top recommendations for this year, the Pulp Friction 2014 Elemental Connections series. But this and all the other stories must be read in order. The relationships and characters are complex, the situation around them growing ever more dangerous by the day, and the patterns between them still not apparent. So start at the beginning of each author’s series and work your way forward. I have listed them all for you at the bottom. Use it as a checklist so you don’t miss out on any of them.
Tremors is outstanding! It’s one of ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Highly Recommended Stories of 2014!
Cover art by Laura Harner. Just wonderful.
ebook, 40 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by A Bear on Books (first published June 29th 2014)
seriesPulp Friction 2014 #12, Earthquake #3
The Pulp Friction 2014 series in the order they were written and should be read to understand the characters, events and plot:
Flare-up (Fighting Fire #4) by Laura Harner
Out In The Cold (In From the Cold #4) by Lee Brazil
Blown Chance (Whispering Winds #4) by Havan Fellows
Aftershocks (Earthquake #4) by T.A. Webb
Round Five: to be released
Radiant Burn (Fighting Fire #5) by Laura Harner
Cold Day in Hell (In From the Cold #5) by Lee Brazil
Final Blow (Whispering Winds #5) by Havan Fellows
Terra Firma (Earthquake #5) by T.A. Webb
Sixth Book Series Finale Written by all the Authors