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Most helpful customer reviews 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. `How far would you go to regain the trust of the one you love?' By Grady Harp British author and pediatrician AD Starrling (that is her pen name, her real name applies only to her practice and private life) joins that distinguished group of physician/authors that includes John Keats, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Georg Büchner, Havelock Ellis, R. Austin Freeman, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., W. Somerset Maugham, William Carlos Williams, Alex Comfort, Khaled Hosseini, Michael Crichton and A.J. Cronin among many others. She was born on Mauritius but move to the UK for medical school. She lives, practices medicine and writes in Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England. To date she has published three novels, all a part of her series she has named the SEVENTEEN Series. Why the choice of the title and this series? The author answers, `The origin of Seventeen is a story in itself. Several years ago, I went to Mauritius on one of my biennial visits to see my family and ended up going on a day trip to a beautiful island off the mainland called Ile aux Cerfs. When our boat was traveling through the lagoon on the way back, it passed a small sandbank with mangrove trees. On it was a black marker stone bearing the number 17, written in red, dripping paint. It was a striking sight to say the least and one that stuck with me.'And so began this entertaining well-written series of which GREENE'S CALLING is Book 3. As a bow to her readers who may not have read Books 1 and 2 and supply the informational background to truly jump into this story, she graciously adds an intro, begin with - `The Crovirs and the Bastians: two races of immortals that have lived side by side with humans since the beginning of civilization and once ruled an empire that stretched across Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Each possessing the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, they have been engaged in a bloody and savage war from the very dawn of their existence. This unholy battle has, for the most part, remained a well-guarded secret from the eyes of ordinary humans, despite the fact that they have been used as pawns in some of the most epic chapters of the immortal conflict. It was not until the late fourteenth century that the two races were forced to forge an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.'The intervening tales are then shared until we reach our present story. For a succinct synopsis the author offers the following on her excellent website: `An immortal healer. An ancient legacy reborn. A chain of cataclysmic events that threatens to change the fate of the world. When a plane crashes in the Amazonian swamp where Conrad Greene is attempting to live out the rest of eternity, the jaded immortal who was once one of the Bastian First Council's greatest assets stumbles across a conspiracy involving the recently elected president of the United States. Caught in the middle of the intrigue is US Secret Service agent Laura Hartwell, the one immortal on Earth most likely to put a bullet through Greene's skull. Greene is coerced into returning to the life he had left behind by the leader of the Bastians and reluctantly agrees to assist the Americans in their investigation. As disturbing incidents start to unfold around the globe, Greene and a team of elite human and immortal agents must track down an elusive organization hell-bent on shifting the power balance of the world. Can Greene stop the deadly countdown that threatens to alter the course of human history and regain the trust of the woman he loves?'Not having read the first two books of the series may diminish the full potential of GREENE'S CALLING, but judging form this one book she owns a fluid writing style that allows even the most skeptical reader to dismiss the notion that dealing with the sci-fi aspects of the concept of the story is difficult. Starrling's character building is solid, her capturing of the atmosphere of the Amazon jungle is particularly well delineated, and in the end the fact that we are dealing with immortals and mortals in the same story plane feels completely normal. Starrling writes with meticulous attention to detail and if this isolated book is an indication of her talent, she most assuredly has significant contributions to make to contemporary literature. Time, some polish, and some post-manuscript retrospect should guarantee that her career as a writer will be a solid one. Grady Harp, August 14 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Intrigue and suspense with just enough humor to keep me smiling. By Denise Z Greene's Calling opens with brief chapters in history depicting events that occurred centuries prior to the events that unfold in this current adventure. Next we find Greene floating on a river in the Amazon fishing with his faithful pooch when suddenly a plane plummeting from the sky crashes into Green's house. What Greene discovers in the wreckage sets off all the alarms in Greene's intuition and then we're off on an action packed nonstop journey around the world in hopes of preventing events that could change the world. The story is well crafted with wonderful world building, particularly given this is the third installment in the Seventeen series, and this book can easily be read as a standalone novel. The characters are fantastic and believable providing just the right amount of intrigue, betrayal, greed, and suspense, as well as a generous dose of humor that kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. The ending is very satisfying and while there are other characters I would love to see featured in their own standalone stories, it is complete without any of the cliffhanger type events that so often leave the reader frustrated in an ongoing series. I would recommend Greene's Calling to fans of supernatural thrillers with a cast of memorable characters including those that have you gritting your teeth in anger, as well as splitting your sides with laughter at the snarky antics. I received this book with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Well-written, well-researched, action-packed and brainy! By Bambi_Unbridled Greene's Calling is another well-written, well-researched, action-packed, brainy book from A.D. Starrling. What else is there to say? I have never been a huge fan of the action thriller genre, but I cannot get enough of Ms. Starrling's books. I have to take a minute to talk up this author for those of you who may not have heard of her before. I, myself, ran across this series quite by accident, and that was a very lucky day indeed. I was just discussing these books with my friend Deanna, who loves action movies, because these books would make fantabulous movies. I do hope they get optioned one day. But I was saying that these are books that you can just tell that the author is super intelligent (hence the aforementioned "brainy" description). I mean, its not everyday I enjoy a book discussing chemistry and macromolecular materials and engineering. I'm a lawyer, we typically don't do math and science very well. ;) I am foisting these books on my little bro now as he has an interest in biomedical engineering, so I think he will appreciate how smart these books are.That being said, if you are not a brainy person, and are worried you may not be able to follow along with these books, never fear. I know not one iota about science and chemistry, and I do just fine. The books are fast-paced and action-driven so you will speed along with the plot without getting hung up on the dynamics of the explosives that feature heavily in this book. And for you romance readers, this book has some of that too.We start Greene's Calling following the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire. This was a nice little history lesson, and sets up our back story for the villains in this installment. This was a nice touch and made me reminisce reading some of the more heavily-detailed historical romances I have read by authors such as Bertrice Small. I always say I would have learned history a lot better if they let a fiction writer help with the writing.We later meet our main character, Conrad Greene, where he has exiled himself to the jungle after things went sour with his soul mate. I really liked Conrad and his four-legged friend, Rocky. The special bond between the two was wonderful, and I can understand the lengths Greene went to when he saved his best friend. Greene's soul mate is Laura, and they have been separated for 300 years. But when Greene learns she may be in trouble, he rushes to her side. I was set not to like Laura based on her treatment of the man, however she eventually won me over. The plot did not waste a lot of time on the drama between the soul mates, instead focusing on the supernatural terroristic threat from Ariana and her progeny. I would have liked to see the relationship issue flushed out a little more I think, but I didn't notice it as I was reading. It only came to me now that I'm done. So I doubt you will miss it either.This book was just as action-packed as the previous two, and the plot came together nicely as the immortals worked with US govt officials to uncover and neutralize the threat to major cities around the globe. I still think that King's Crusade is my favorite book of the series. I really miss Yonten - he was such a great character. But this was a great addition and ties together nicely with the previous books. I think we are building towards a big culmination where all of the "special" immortals will be called on to work together for some common goal, and I look forward to that progression.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. See all 23 customer reviews...
"Starrling writes with meticulous attention to detail and if this isolated book is an indication of her talent, she most assuredly has significant contributions to make to contemporary literature." Grady Harp *Top 100 er* *Hall of Fame* *Vine Voice*"Greene's Calling by A.D. Starrling is a riveting historical supernatural thriller full of interesting characters. The author has done a commendable job in creating impressive and endearing characters that readers will remember for a long time." The Great Reads *Top 500 er*"One of the best series in a long time!" Kindle er"Mystery, action, suspense, and romance!" A TiffyFit "Book Devourer""Well-written, well-researched, action-packed and brainy!" Bambi Unbridled From the Author Hello and welcome to my action thriller series Seventeen. I hope you enjoy the novels in this series as much as I loved writing them. You can visit me at adstarrling.com and sign up to my newsletter to get a free ebook and find out about upcoming book releases, sneak previews, and special promotional offers. Thanks! About the Author AD Starrling is the author of the award-winning action thriller series Seventeen. She lives in England, where she spends her time writing fast-paced thrillers and juggling babies in the intensive care unit where she works as a part-time Pediatrician.
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