Saturday, July 13, 2019

Pulse by Linore Burkard: Review & Giveaway!

About the Book
Book: Pulse

Author: Linore Burkard

Genre: Christian YA/Apocalyptic Suspense

Release date: August 24, 2015

What do you do when the whole world stops?

Andrea, Lexie and Sarah are just ordinary teens until a mysterious event shuts down all technology. In the dead of winter, there’s no heat, no internet, no cell phones–not even a working car.

In this chilling Christian YA tale, most of the population doesn’t survive. Pitting faith and grit against a world without power, the girls and their families must beat the odds. But can they find the strength to survive when society collapses and technology fails?

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About the Author
Linore Rose Burkard wrote a trilogy of genuine regency romances for the Christian market before there were any regencies for the Christian market. Published with Harvest House, her books opened the genre for the CBA. She also writes YA Suspense/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R. Burkard. Married with five children, Linore home-schools her youngest daughter, teaches workshops for writers, and is the Vice President of the Dayton Christian Scribes.  Her latest  PULSE EFFEX SERIES, takes readers into a “chilling possible future for America, while affirming the power of faith in the darkest of times.”
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More from Linore

When my sweet historical romance series was published, I never dreamed my next would be YA/dystopian. What a switch in genres! So, how did I go from one end of the writing spectrum to another? Blame it on an idea that refused to die. I read a headline about how close the earth came to suffering a catastrophic electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, in 2012. We missed the worst effects of a solar flare by a hair (in space terms); but the “what if” factor had been set in motion. What if that flare hadn’t missed us? What if I was a teen raised on electronics–or an adult medically dependent on them–and it all went dead in a matter of seconds? What if the next flare doesn’t miss? PULSE, the first book in my PULSE EFFEX Series, was born.

The books shows life in the aftermath of such an event for three teens and their families. With the world plunged into a new dark age, can they keep hope alive?
11 Actions You Must Take After an EMP Attack

My Thoughts

Pulse by Linore Burkard is a Christian young adult/Apocalyptic suspense novel.  One morning Andrea, Lexie and Sarah are preparing to leave for school when the families notice that there is no electricity.  Upon further investigation, they discover that the cars will not start, cell phones are not working and there is no wi-fi.  It is a cold winter in Ohio and these three families must find a way to survive.  The story is told by the three teenage girls through their diary entries.  Sarah lives in the city, Andrea lives in a large home in suburbia while Lexie lives on a farm.  We get to see what it is like for each of them after the unthinkable happens.  They must find a way to stay warm and cook food.  Difficult times have a way of bringing out the best and the worst in individuals.  Pulse is an interesting story as we see what happens to society when there is no government to regulate people.  I did like how Lexie felt God nudging her to help her friend and how she responded to it.  I thought the first half of the book was better than the second.  It descended into political and theological rants especially regarding the right of gun ownership. There is extreme violence in Pulse (so you are prepared).  I do want readers to be aware that there is a disturbing area where one of the girl’s parents wish to “sell” their daughter to the neighborhood letch for food for the family.  While I felt the author gave an accurate portrayal of what could happen in the event of an EMP, it was not what I expected from a book that is listed as Christian young adult novel.  A wanted to share the following phrase from Pulse “human pain is hard to hear, hard to share, hard to endure.”    How would you act in similar situations?  Would your Christianity have you act differently from other?  Pulse is a book that will have you thinking as well as planning for the future.  

The other two books in The Pulse Effex series are Resilience and Defiance.  They are both available through Kindle Unlimited.  To celebrate her tour, Linore is giving away the grand prize of an eBook copy of her book and a $25 Amazon gift card.  Click here to enter.  Be sure to comment on the blog stops (schedule below) for nine extra entries into the giveaway!  Good Luck!  Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am sharing my review of Left Fur Dead by J.M. Griffin.  It is the first novel in A Jules & Bun Mystery series.  I hope you have a sunny day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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  1. This sounds like an intriguing read.

  2. This book sounds like a fantastic and really intriguing read.

  3. Thank you for the great review and being part of the tour.

  4. Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Always fun reading about another book to enjoy.

  5. This sounds like a great read. I love dystopian stories. I love the cover .

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  6. HI! Sorry, I tried reaching you by FB but you haven't answered, so I'm leaving a comment. You are the first person to say the book has foul language. I don't use or write foul language, and if a foul word slipped into the book, I'm concerned. It's been endorsed by three pastors and a couple ministry leaders so I was surprised by your comment. Could you please let me know what you're referring to? Thanks so much for hosting the book on your blog and for your review.

    1. I am sorry that I did not get your FB message. Unfortunately, one of my cats, Dickens, decided to use my notes to sharpen his claws and the others joined in (my notes ended up in little pieces). I have removed the reference to foul language from my review. Thank you!