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ODE TO THE PAST (with the occasional nod to the present)

The Review That Matters

As we gear up for the release of THE ORACLE on November 10, reviews are beginning to trickle in. There is this one from Booklist:

"There’s a good, solid story here, but the real attraction is the author’s development of the relationship between Sarah and Daniel. ... [The] story arc involving the series’ two lead characters enriches each book and makes the series more than just a collection of independent thrillers."

Thank you, reviewer David Pitt. (David has reviewed, favorably, the entire trilogy.)

And this from the lovely blogger The Lit Bitch:

"Niko has such as vast knowledge of the ancient world and I am perpetually amazed at just how much she knows! Her knowledge and research brings authenticity and wonder to the story."

But the one that really matters is the one I received yesterday from my mother. With trembling voice she said: "Your book ... amazing. Mark my words: it will be a movie."

Now, you might think that all moms like all books by their children, and they have nothing but praise. Not so! With the past two books, I had to ask: "Mom, did you read the book?"

Each time, I got a dry "yes."

"Did you ... you know ... like it?"

"Sure ... It's pretty good."

Sounds polite enough, but "pretty good" is pretty much an indictment. Don't get me wrong: my mom is proud of me, and she tells everyone about my books. But she's a harsh critic. Her taste leans more toward Khaled Hosseini and Jhumpa Lahiri. She likes emotionally charged, character-driven literary works. (Nothing wrong with that. So do I.) So to get that kind of enthusiasm about THE ORACLE is monumental, especially since the book is set in Greece, our native land. No doubt she scrutinized my handling of the setting; apparently, it passed muster!

Whether the story is a homerun or not will ultimately be determined by my readers. But I can't help but feel a sense of relief at the words of my ultimate critic.

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