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Home World by Bonnie Milani – Review


My review:

the story started out strongly, but I began to lose traction following it towards the middle. Nevertheless, there is definitely a good story here, with Jezekiah and Keiko a sweet note in an otherwise-stark universe. Sci-fi meets Romance, with both a sweet nibble and a bitter aftertaste – after all, when it’s a love triangle, someone has to lose…

The war in the background was a trilling ride, in response to the romantic main story. I would have been more interested in a story mainly featuring them, but it was good to have the scenes broken up with some hot lovin’.

3.5/5

Home World

Amid the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Waikiki, Jezekiah Van Buren thinks he’s found a way to restore Earth – Home World to the other worlds of the human Commonwealth – to her lost glory.

Ingenious even by the standards of the genetically enhanced Great Family Van Buren, Jezekiah has achieved the impossible:  he has arranged a treaty that will convert Earth’s ancient enemies, the Lupans, to her most powerful allies.  Not only will the treaty terms make  Earth rich again, it will let him escape the Ring that condemns him to be Earth’s next ruler.  Best of all, the treaty leaves him free to marry Keiko Yakamoto, the Samuari-trained woman he loves.  Everything’s set.  All Jezekiah has to do is convince his xenophobic sister to accept the Lupan’s alpha warlord in marriage. Before, that is, the assassin she’s put on his tail succeeds in killing him.  Or the interstellar crime ring called Ho Tong succeed in raising  another rebellion.  Or before his ruling relatives on competing worlds manage to execute him for treason. 
But Jezekiah was bred for politics and trained to rule.  He’s got it all under control. Until his Lupan warlord-partner reaches Earth.  And suddenly these two most powerful men find themselves in love with the same woman.   A woman who just may be the most deadly assassin of them all.

Bonnie Milani

Bonnie has taken what might be called the sandwich approach to writing.  She started writing early, winning state-wide writing contests in grammar school, publishing an environmental fairy tale under the aegis of the NJ Board of Education in college.  After earning her M.A. in Communication at Stanford, Bonnie freelanced feature articles for East Coast newspapers and regional magazines, from Mankind and Peninsula to Science Digest as well as how to articles for the late & much lamented fanzine Speculations.  She stopped writing completely after marriage while building a pair of businesses with her husband.  It was only with the successive deaths of each member of her family that she reclaimed her love of story-telling.  Home World is the result.
Today, Bonnie lives with her husband of thirty-six years in Los Angeles.  She is still a full-time benefits broker, specializing in employee benefits for entrepreneurs and micro-businesses. 
bonnie.milani@yahoo.com 
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September 9, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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