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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Centrifugal Force! The story
slides through several genres. There is so much in it—family relationships,
reconciliation, consequences, suspense, and romance—all set in an academic
setting, mostly! The story is filled with twists and turns and keeps you
reading well past bedtime!
Plot: Author Lickel describes it thusly: In the turmoil of
2011, an American college administrator and a German socio-economics expert
attempt to rectify the past to save their children and preserve the fragile
world in crisis. Rachel Michels made a poor choice, which resulted in her
biggest blessing, her daughter, Maeve. When the father of that blessing returns
decades later, she knows he wants something she’d taken from him. Rachel has
lived in near seclusion and mistrust, fearful of losing the one person who’s
kept her life from coming unglued.
Professor Gervas Friedemann returns to Wisconsin, seeking a
missing ancient artifact, along with help for his oldest daughter who is
suffering from a rare genetic blood disorder. With the European Union at stake,
blackmail could negatively impact a crucial vote in the German Parliament
unless Gervas recovers an irreplaceable relic he left in the United States on a
lecture tour a lifetime ago. He knows who took the piece of history he once
flaunted—the woman who had stolen his soul. He only hopes she still has the
Characters are very believable—the kind of folk we all
know—driven by fear, ambition, loyalty (sometimes misguided), etc. We live and
work with these people.
Writing Craft – Lickel does a superb job. Her writing draws
a person into the story without drawing attention to itself.Her language creates pictures and evokes
emotion. And her sense of story structure is spot on! The writing itself is
free of typos and grammatical mix-ups, which I very much appreciate.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely, to all lovers of a good
Note: A number of supporting information links about material in the book, such as Fanconi Syndrome, Etruscan Jewelry, and links to Germany can be found on the author's website book page.
About Carol A Brown
a B.A. in Anthropology and Languages from Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota,
and elementary education teaching certification from Boise State College,
Boise, Idaho. She received her M.A. in College Instruction
with special emphasis in English as a Second Language from Eastern Washington
University, Cheney, WA. She taught English language for foreign
students at North Idaho Jr. College where she was also the foreign student
advisor. She has also held teaching posts at Gonzaga University, and Whitworth
College. In addition, Carol also served for six years
as Education Director for Elijah House Ministries, Post Falls, ID. As
representatives of Elijah House, she and David ministered in Australia,
Germany, Finland, and extensively across the U.S. Later,
they spent 8 years in Victoria, B.C. where David supervised the internship
program for Elijah House Canada. It was in Canada that Carol began
writing as a ministry. She was written a number of books, including the
popular, Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity, which has been translated into four
languages. She is also the author of the Sassy Pants Learns series, in which
she distills some of the more mysterious truths of life into the language of
children. Find more at her website and Amazon Author page.