Book Review: The Trinity

Happy Monday everyone! Spring is around the corner, so I’m sending you all hopes of a warm and pleasant spring season. As promised, today I’m bringing you my review of The Trinity, by Daelynn Quinn. You can find her on her website, on Twitter, or on Facebook. Follow her and give her your support! Please note, if you haven’t read the rest of the Fall of Venus Trilogy, this review does contain spoilers. Read at your own risk!


“One’s greatest fear, when confronted,
Invokes one’s greatest strength.” ~Anonymous
-as read by Pollen McRae

the trinityPollen McRae is a young woman struggling to keep her world together. Her dead brother is alive, her niece Evie captured by the Crimson Enforcers, the militia of the Trinity, and she is pregnant with a child whose paternity is very much in doubt. All this while the world teeters on the edge of annihilation.

Most of the world population is dead, due to a virus released by the Trinity, and Pollen, her brother Drake, and Evie may hold the key to the survival of the human race. The best hope for survival is to escape and colonize a neighboring planet before the madness of the trio who seek to control the destiny of the populace destroys them all.

It’s a race against time. The planet is heating up, global warming is fast making the world uninhabitable during the summer months. All the while, the population is having to seek refuge in underground colonies called the web. Pollen is assured a seat on the first shuttle mission to colonize an alien world, but she refuses to go unless Evie is rescued first.

Can Pollen and the rest of the refugees at Ceborec save Evie and thwart the demented plans of the Trinity? At risk are the lives of everyone on the planet. Who will ultimately triumph, the power-mad self-appointed rulers of a dying world, or Pollen, a young woman striving to keep the remains of her family intact? Survival is at stake.

There is only life or death to be gained, and there are no second chances….

Daelynn created a wonderfully engaging story, filled with hope and wonder, and also pain and heartbreak. Even when I thought I knew where the writer was taking the story, she managed to throw a twist and surprise me. In the trilogy as a whole, Daelynn never allowed the reader to grow complacent with the plot, and guided us on a journey we could never expect.

At the end of the series, I was left amazed by the storytelling. Some may question why she chose to write this book, or why she chose to write it the way she did. Daelynn plays with the concepts of origin and evolution, of the Genesis stories of creation, and of theology itself to wonderful effect. It is at once controversial and entertaining, and well worth the read.

The story was highly imaginative and original. The narrative itself was well-written and exciting, The ending did leave me perplexed, but I recognized that I had allowed my own prejudices guide me to a conclusion that never materialized. Instead, my expectations allowed me to be shocked, and I appreciated it all the more.

I highly recommend not only this book, but the rest of the series as a whole. Please check all her books out. The links are at the bottom.


The Fall of Venus Trilogy
Fall of Venus
Crimson Return
The Trinity

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Upcoming Reviews

fallofvenusHappy Saturday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day.

I wanted to let you know that I will have a new book review to post on Monday, the 17th. The book, Daelynn Quinn’s conclusion of her Fall of Venus Trilogy, The Trinity, will be the subject of my review this time around. Please don’t miss it.

Before then, check out my reviews of the other two books in the series, Fall of Venusand Crimson Return. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Until Monday, give Daelynn’s book a chance, and support her and other self-published writers. Have a great weekend!

Book Review: Crimson Return

Happy Monday everyone! Hope the weekend treated you well. Today I’m reviewing Crimson Return by Daelynn Quinn. This is the second book of a series, and also the second book of Daelynn’s I have had the fortune to review. If you haven’t read the first book, please be advised that there may be some spoilers in this review. You can find the author at Daelynnquinn.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.


Crimson Return

Crimson Return © Daelynn Quinn 2013

Crimson Return, the second book of the Fall of Venus trilogy, picks up a few months after the events of Fall of Venus. Once again, we follow Pollen McRae, a young woman, who like all the world’s population, has suffered unimaginable loss and grapples with the new reality, that their world is now uninhabitable.

Pollen is now safe from the Trinity, three of the worlds most rich and powerful, and orchestraters of the world’s demise, in the stronghold of COPS, along with her niece Evie, and Marcus, another escapee from the Trinity’s safehouse/prison, the Crimson Survivor Refuge. In the safety of COPS, they both have found a way to contribute to the continuation of the human race, to help escape the runaway global warming catastrophe facing them.

As they settle in, Pollen’s ex-fiancee Glenn mysteriously shows up. Glenn, who had sided with the Trinity and became a Crimson Enforcer, but ended up helping his ex and her niece and new boyfriend escape, His appearance triggers a crisis for Pollen and the COPS. Should Glenn be trusted? Should he be allowed to remain?

He upsets Pollen’s certainty in regards to her new boyfriend Marcus, and begins to drive a wedge in her relationship. Later, when plans go missing, and equipment sabotaged, this confirms to COPS and to her that Glenn cannot be trusted. Before his sentence is carried out, he delivers a bombshell, someone she believes to be dead is in fact being held captive by the Trinity.

Crimson Return is about survival against all odds, and fighting for what is right and for those who you love. It’s about the struggle against the establishment that puts their own financial well-being above the lives of the poor and weak. It’s about the value of life, and the premium we sometimes are forced to pay in order to live it.

But in its essence, it’s about the struggles of a young woman trying to live her life in the midst of an epic catastrophe. Can she do what is right or will she fail at the first sight of temptation? Will she be faithful to the love of her life, or will she be seduced by the memory of another?

It is in the setting then, that we see that even when facing such adversity, the will of the human spirit to persevere is great, and the dramas of life, both big and small, continue, bringing with it both great joy and terrible heartaches. There are consequences to accept, and new realities to overcome.

Of Pollen McRae, a young woman in her early twenties yet very much a child in thought, the events of this book will push her to the precipice and she will have to choose between the naiveté of youth, and the cold pragmatism of maturity. As the fate of the world is at stake, and as life succumbs to the stranglehold of a moribund planet, this is still one woman’s journey into adulthood.

Crimson Return sets the stage for the conclusion of the series, will Pollen accept responsibility? Will she be able to fight for the ones she loves and for the survival of a people facing extinction?

Of the author, Daelynn Quinn matured as a writer between the first book and second book. While I had some trouble getting into the first book, I fell back into an easy and comfortable rhythm with this one. She has done a fantastic job creating a world and populating it with characters you can care about. Not only do I recommend reading Crimson Return, I urge you to go back and read Fall of Venus. I know you will not be disappointed.


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Just chillin’ n readin’

I’m stuck at home on a Saturday night. Typical. It’s actually not a bad thing. I have a new book review coming out on Monday, for Daelynn Quinn’s book, Crimson Return, the second book of the Fall of Venus trilogy. I’m three-quarters of the way through with the book, and I plan to finish it before I go to bed tonight.

Work on my own book is progressing slowly. I’m not having any luck writing at home, so yesterday I left the nest and drove to Amarillo, set myself up at a coffee shop, and wrote for a couple of hours. It’s not nearly enough, but it’s a start.

Seriously, writing can be a chore sometimes, but all the worthwhile activities usually are. It’s those who acknowledge that fact, and persevere in spite of the grind that achieve their goals. I want to be one of those people, someone who can say I accomplished my goal.

Tonight, I will finish reading my book so that I can post my review as promised. I’m enjoying the book and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it. If you haven’t already, check out my review to Fall of Venus, and come back on Monday!

Book Review: Fall of Venus

Happy September everyone! This month I will be reviewing Fall of Venus by Daelynn Quinn. I found Daelynn and her book on Goodreads, and I’m glad I did. You can find her on her website, Daelynnquinn.com, or on Facebook. Follow her and give her your support!


fallofvenusWhat would you do if you woke up, and everything you knew had changed? The people you loved, gone. Your memory altered. You wake up in a strange place, not knowing how you came to be there. You immediately find yourself fighting for your life, and your best chance for survival comes in the form of a stranger, one who is in the same predicament.

Fall of Venus by Daelynn Quinn, follows the events of Pollen McRae, a twenty-year old woman who finds herself facing the unknown. The story seems to be set in an undetermined future, as the world is facing the consequences of a global catastrophe, specifically global warming at an unprecedented rate.

Survival has meant the forced relocation of the population into underground bunkers every summer, to escape the scorching temperatures. There is a war with a southern country, one in which Pollen has lost an older brother. She has also lost an infant child in the recent past.

When she awakes at the start of the novel, Pollen does not know where she is, or why her clothes are in tatters. She is sore, scratched and bruised, and she discovers a tattoo on an insect on her face. Soon our heroine finds herself in mortal danger. As she tries to flee from her unknown assailants, she befriends a guy by the name of Marcus, who sports the very same tattoo. Like Pollen, he has no memory of how he came to be there. Their immediate thought is to survive.

The world appears devoid of life, including animal and even insects. The only life they encounter is the band of outlaws determined to kill them. As they try to piece together what had happened, they find that most of the world’s population is dead. Her only family is Evie, a niece who is in the prison camp Pollen escaped.

Pollen’s only goal is to save her niece, while dodging those who want to kill or capture her. Why were they prisoners? What happened to the populace? Could this be the first cataclysm which signals the end of the world? Is survival even possible?

Daelynn does an outstanding job of bringing the reader into her story. You see a horrific landscape, scarred beyond recognition, beyond man’s ability to heal. There is love, but also sorrow of an unimaginable scale. There is selflessness, but also an incomprehensible level of greed, love of power and money, and possibly the desire for control, one with a reckless disregard for the sanctity of life

There’s an immediacy in this book, as the problems that culminate in the story are horrifyingly familiar. Wars and the fears of a pandemic, environmental and climatological disasters are ever-present on our collective minds. We live with the pervasive greed of those in power. Could we be looking at our own future?

I started the book not knowing what to expect, but I finished the book excited, impatient for the next one to come out. I have never read the final paragraph of a story and been more sorry to have it end. With a few words at the close of the book, Daelynn brought the whole of her novel to an exciting resolution, one that is poised to launch what promises to be an epic saga. I could never have guessed at the ending, but I gasped with recognition, marveling at the tale she created.

Fall of Venus is the first book in a trilogy. The second book, Crimson Return is set to publish on the 8th of this month. On the 8th and 9th, Venus will be available for free download via Amazon. I cannot recommend this book enough!


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October’s Review – My Not-So-Ordinary Life
August’s Review – Minutes Before Sunset