Thursday, February 6, 2014

Random Lit...Cerece Rennie Murphy's Order of the Seers Trilogy

Author Bio:
Cerece Rennie Murphy fell in love with science fiction at the age of seven, watching “Empire Strikes Back” at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C., with her sister and mom. It’s a love affair that has grown ever since. As an ardent fan of John Donne, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut and Alexander Pope from an early age, Cerece began exploring her own creative writing through poetry. She earned her master’s degrees in social work and international relations at Boston College and Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies, respectively, and built a rewarding 15-year career in program development, management and fundraising in the community and international development arenas – all while appreciating the stories of human connection told in science fiction through works like Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed,” Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and “The X-Files.” In 2011, Cerece experienced her own supernatural event - a vision of her first science fiction story. Shortly after, she began developing and writing what would become the “Order of the Seers” trilogy.
Cerece lives just outside of her hometown of Washington, D.C., with her husband, two children and the family dog, Yoda.
What would you do if you held infinite power in the palm of your hand?

Order of the Seers poses this question within a story that fuses action, mystery, romance, and adventure in a science fiction novel that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

Order of the Seers begins with the journey of Liam and Lilith Knight, a brother and sister who are hunted by The Guild, a ruthless world organization that seeks to capture and exploit Lilith’s unique ability as a Seer to envision the future. Soon after they are forced to leave their home, Lilith and Liam discover that she is not alone. Other Seers like Lilith are routinely kidnapped and enslaved by the Guild for the purpose of consolidating wealth and power around the world.

But from within the organization, Marcus Akida, a captured Seer with powerful visioning capabilities, quietly plots his daring escape with the help of a beautiful and tortured Seer named Alessandra. When the escaped Seers are drawn to the same remote commune in Iowa as Liam and Lilith, they each find a place where they can rebuild their lives and rediscover their passion for life and love. As the Guild’s efforts to find them intensifies, the Seers ban together with outlaws from the commune to fight back against the organization that threatens their lives – setting off a chain of events that will unleash the full power of the Seers and change everything we know about the true potential that lies dormant in each of us.
**Contain Spoilers**
 I saw this book quite a few times and though, hmmm that sounds interesting, but I never read it. I bought it and still didn't read it. Finally I grabbed it and once I started I had to finish. The plot pulls you in from the start. It open with a young lady, Lilith, and her older brother, Liam seemingly having a sibling spat, but as it progresses you feel that somethingisn't right with Lilith. she's obviously hiding something. That something turns out to be their mother's death. Lilith and Liam become fugitives running and fighting for their lives each step of the way. I found it quite interesting the way Liam became the protector of Lilith. He would protect her with his life and she would guide him with her visions. The author did a great job developing their story.
Fast forward to two other Seers, Marcus and Alessandra who form a bond like that of father and daughter, who are being held against their will by the Guild (who murdered their family and kidnapped them-as they do all Seers) and under the control of a drug known as Luridium. Marcus is the only one capable of fighting off the side effects of the Kuridium, which makes him an entity to be reckoned with. With his help, Alessandra's powers expand and they are able to escape from the Guild's facility. Through the explanation of the way the Luridium worked and other facts about the Seers and their DNA, I found myself wanting to skip a few parts because they were to in depth as far as the scientific elements are concerned, but I continued to read. I could have done without such an in depth explanation though.
The Seers are drawn to a man named Eli, who is also harboring Lilith and Liam in a remote community closed off from society. The story of Liam and Alessandra was beyond beautiful and thier sex scene...LOVED IT!! There they hatch a plan to take down the Guild and reveal it's true intentions and operations. When they mentioned a "fight" I figured fists and other body parts would be involved, but the Seers had evolved and so had their powers. I loved the appearance of Joel (Marcus' son, who was presumed dead) and his connection to Lilith.
I give this book 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone.

The Quest to Control the Power of the Seers Continues…

After successfully destroying the Guild’s Purification Center in Chicago, The Lost Seers, led by Joel Akida and Lilli Knight, embark upon a world-wide mission to save their kind from the tyranny of the Guild and unveil their greatest weapon – The Restoration Project. Developed in secret, The Restoration Project has the potential to awaken the supernatural ability within every man, woman, and child on earth and bring down the very foundation of the Guild’s power and authority.

But the Guild has other plans. Driven by the necessity for control, Crane Le Dieu creates The Red Order, a new league of clairvoyants whose sole purpose is to hunt down and annihilate the Lost Seers. Without the Guild’s mind-controlling drugs, The Red Order is able to develop its gifts far beyond the capacity to see the future, honing their skills to become the ultimate threat against the Lost Seers. But the question remains – will the power of The Red Order be enough to defeat them?

The Red Order continues the epic battle for freedom which began in Order of the Seers, revealing the secret motives behind an organization that exists to exploit and a renegade movement that seeks to usher in the next phase in human evolution.

What are you capable of?
**Contains Spoilers**
 Let me just say right off the bat, I loved this book more than the first one. Again, it opens with action/drama and pulls you right in. Liam and Alessandra have been hunted down and are about to face what seems like a fatal battle, but Alessandra realizes that she posseses more power than she could have imagine and is able to project her thoughts into actions, as well as heal Liam. Her new gift of healing almost costs her life in another scene though.

The group risked coming together from their hidden locations in order to discuss the fact that Eli and the other scientists have discovered the Seer gene in every human being and that they could actually reawaken it, so that everyone could be a Seer. Hmmm...sounds interesting, but I don't think I'd want it. Joel put it best when he questioned if humans were really ready to have the capability to see the future, but know that there was no way they could change it, no matter what would happen. Nope, I'm good.

Mentioned in the first book were Seers, Michael and Nina. The Guild got to them before Joel and the others could, and it is with them and three other Seers that the Red Order is born. Their main goal is to take a new form of Luridium that doesn't stunt their capabilities to evolve their gift of seeing. While Michael and Nina were lied to and told that Joel killed their parents, Tyrol is the only memeber who willingly came to the Red Order. In addition to the Red Order, there's a the end we find outhat the creature is actually the true form of a man, but for most of the book, it's just a creature who's unstoppable and who wants Lilith.

After confrontation with Joel, the Red Order realizes they were tricked and Michael and Nina change their allegiance to the Guild. Through a series of media releases, interviews, and other propaganda, the world is alerted to the existence of the dormant gene and what the Guild actually does.

I found myself completely immersed in this novel, but there were a few parts that I didn't really get. The main one being, is Lilith dead? In orde rto face Crane she "transcended," but my understanding of that was that she basically let go and kills herself, something that her and Joel discovered they could do by accident. She does this and actually admits that one day she owuld have to tell Liam; Joel admits that he would join her as soon as he could; but she's still walking around and talking to them as though nothing has changed. I guess I'll have to wait and see. I'm also looking forward to the havoc that I know will come from the creatures they inadvertantly released into the world.

Another 5 stars for Mrs. Murphy!
Order of the Seers: The Last Seer
Releae Date: TBD
Having unleashed a new evil into the world, The Seers face the ultimate challenge in The Last Seer, the third and final book in the Order of the Seers trilogy

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