Abduction by Michelle Isenhoff (Recompense Book 4)

Abduction (Recompense Series Book 4)

Michelle Isenhoff, Author

CreateSpace Independent Publishing/Amazon Digital Services, Fiction, May 15, 2018

Pages: 350

Suitable for Ages: 14 and up

Themes: Abduction, Ruby Parnell’s story, World-building, Future Earth

Synopsis:

If you’ve read the first three novels in the gripping Recompense Trilogy, you’ve read Jaclyn’s (Jack’s) story. You know the important role her grandmother Ruby Parnell played in escaping from Brunay, turning evidence against the Bruelim and initiating the Axis investigation at the end of the Provocation. Now its time to read Ruby’s full story about her abduction.

Ruby’s story is set 47 years before her granddaughter Jaclyn’s (Jack) begins.  Readers will find her world more relatable to their own. She is entirely focused on her upcoming high school graduation and her escape from her Tidbury Bay, a warm  community of seafarers, a beautiful harbor and beaches and the safety and isolation it has offered her. She has given little thought to the disappearances that are taking place all over the North American Republic, because they haven’t touched her town. But Ruby is a restless and lively soul who sees no reason to attend college, even though she is intelligent. Ruby dreams of traveling the world and experiencing life in real-time. She and a friend are talking about getting their teaching accreditation and traveling to Europe to teach English.

Ruby has another reason for wanting to leave — her older sister Opal. The two may be related by blood, but they have opposite personalities.  The sisters live with their grandfather and Opal works at the local cannery. Opal loves nature and wandering through the woods. She is quiet and cares and cooks for the family without complaint. She’s such a model of perfection that Ruby never sees Opal’s betrayal coming the night of her graduation.  In a moment of emotional recklessness, Ruby flees to the woods alone. She awakens a captive of a cruel race in a land she’s never heard of before, Brunay. She will soon discover what happens to the missing girls.

What I like about this book:

Michelle Isenhoff is a prolific author and a skilled storyteller. Her world-building is imaginative and intelligent, with a strong elements of realism. She makes her readers think, ask questions and look at the world around them. Her execution of cliffhangers at the end of each chapter propels the reader into the next one, making Abduction and her other books addictive reads. And her characters stay with you. I’m already plotting out her final book in my head. I would love to be a cell in her brain, because she writes with such ambition.

It is Ruby’s risk-taking and thrill-seeking nature and her stubborn determination that allows her to fight for what she believes and return. She plans a massive escape for all of the women in her compound, but fails. She endures unbelievable punishment and brutality by the heartless Bruelims, and experiences heart-wrenching loss. Yet she still manages to be the first of over 100,000 captives to escape Brunay and shed some light on the reason for the abductions (NO SPOILERS). It is a harrowing story of resilience.

After reading Ruby’s story, I understand the similar personality traits between Jack and her grandmother. They both are on the same unrelenting mission with stubborn abandon for their own safety so that others may be saved.

Fans of the Recompense series, will be thrilled with Abduction. It is a full-length prequel to the series, and is intended to be read at the completion of the main trilogy. There will be five books in the series: Recompense, Betrayal, Retribution, Abduction (full-length prequel), and Reprisal (full-length sequel coming Summer 2018.) Hooray! I still have one more opportunity to see how this series is brought to a resounding conclusion this summer.  Visit Michelle Isenhoff at her website to view all her published work.

Michelle Isenhoff  is a former teacher and longtime homeschooler. She has written extensively in the children’s genre, most notably her work in historical fiction: The Ella Wood series and the Divided Decade collection. She has been lauded by the education community for the literary quality of her work. These days, she writes full-time in the adult historical fiction and speculative fiction genres. Visit Michelle’s fabulous website.

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13 thoughts on “Abduction by Michelle Isenhoff (Recompense Book 4)

    • Mike, the series is addictive. I wasn’t sure at first whether I’d take to the series, but I was captivated from the start. Her character stay with you and you think about them. Four books are published and they can be downloaded. I bought the paperback copies, as I like a book in hand. It was nice not having to wait a year for the next book. I was able to read the first three books right away. And, Michelle stands out as an excellent author!

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    • I agree! Her books do keep getting better. I loved the Divided Decade. Then the Ella Wood series came along and I loved that work of historical fiction. But, she’s excellent with world-building and I LOVED the Recompense series. Kept me up late many nights.

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  1. Although I have time for about one YA or adult novel per year, this series sounds like the one I should choose next. The characters and story line sure pulled me in. Thanks for the review which I’ve bookmarked for future reference.

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    • You know Michelle and she lives to write. I don’t read a lot of dystopian/fantasy, but this series is worth it. And, the books are available so you can move through them quickly. I read Abduction in about three days. But start with Recompense.

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    • I think you will love this series as much as I do! I shared the trilogy in April. Michelle Isenhoff is a skilled storyteller and a powerful literary author. You can download the books from Amazon, or purchase the books like I do. I love a book in hand.

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  2. I was absolutely hooked by your synopsis. This sounds AWESOME!! Ruby sounds a lot like a lot of the people I know today. I love the quote: “I would love to be a cell in her brain, because she write with such ambition.” WOW! Addictive reads are my fave, and if you seem to like it this much–I’ll add it to my TBR list!

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    • And, you read my review of the Prequel. Check out my highlighted review of the trilogy. This is right up your alley and I know you would love the series! It is exciting and I can’t wait until the final book comes out. So you can binge read, without waiting for the next novel. Michelle Isenhoff is one of my favorite authors. I hope you start with Recompense first. You can download onto Kindle or order the books.

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