The Notice Serves Up Gritty Realism and an Emotional Wallop

Daniella Bova has done it again. If this new author had any concerns about her sequel living up to expectations, she can definitely put them to rest. Her follow-up to the excellent dystopia Tears of Paradox packs a powerful emotional punch while drawing readers more deeply into the perilous world inhabited by main characters Michelle and Jason. An America in which the assault and seizure of rural and small-town life by an ever-expanding, controlling, and centralized government (e.g. “the sharks”) grows ever more suffocating with each turn of the page.

In a society where family members have become brutal enemies and not even the seal of the confessional can be taken for granted, everyone becomes a suspect in a never-ending quest for survival. Want to live and worship as you please? Too bad. Want to have a baby with your husband? You’d better be willing and clever enough to secure a hideaway unless you want to incur the wrath of Gaia-worshiping zealots whose supposed concern for earth and animals does not extend to innocent human life. Got a problem with men raping young boys? You’d best keep your outrage to yourself…or else.

Are you getting the bleak picture?

Before I depress you sufficiently enough to eschew this book altogether, the author manages to balance the darkness with glimmers of actual hope in the form of human defiance and Godly assistance. A thread of the supernatural (expressed eloquently through the use of water imagery and other effective literary devices) weaves its way determinedly through the novel, strengthening resolve and lighting each step of the way. What God decrees, no man can oppose — not even the sharks — though they certainly put up one hell of a good, demonic fight.

Don’t get me wrong: there are no actual spirit demons in the novel, although based on the evil actions many of the secondary characters routinely engage in, possession is a logical conclusion and the only explanation for those who believe in Father, Son, Holy Spirit, heaven, and hell.

Unlike futuristic dystopia novels, Bova’s books are terrifying precisely because they’re set in the not-too-distant future — an America that has been fundamentally transformed. It’s a place none of us wants to visit or reside in, but within the bounds of fiction, the author provides a spine-chilling glimpse into our looming reality if we don’t abruptly change course and embrace the principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, national sovereignty and — lest we forget in our increasingly secular humanist culture — freedom of religion.

Congratulations to Daniella Bova for a job well done!

Purchase The Notice here. Get Tears of Paradox for 99 cents on Kindle here.

This review is cross-posted at American Journal and Amazon.



Daniella Bova talks about ‘The Notice’ on Writestream Tuesday

Tune in to Writestream Tuesday on February 24 at 1 p.m. Eastern when returning guest and author of Tears of Paradox, Daniella Bova joins me to discuss the second book in her Storms of Transformation series, The Notice:

Daniella Bova was born and raised in Chester County, PA in a traditional, loving family. While she and her sister were young, their baby sister – born with Down Syndrome – died at the age of three. This traumatic experience changed their family forever.

Painfully shy and called a “Day Dreamer” by her mom, Daniella was what some would call an “average” student. Although she had difficulty paying attention in class, at home she was an avid reader and learner. By the age of 10, she could sew by hand and machine, embroider, and knit. In the late 70s, she came of age and married her high school sweetheart.

Years later, the pivotal events of September 11, 2001 would prompt her to see the world differently. She started paying attention to politics and national/international events, which ultimately led to the inspiration for her dystopian series.

To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday: The Notice with Daniella Bova. Or if you prefer to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246.

Visit Daniella for more information about the author and her books.


Writestream Tuesday: Best Books of 2014

I had a blast today interviewing some of the most talented independent authors I know on Writestream Tuesday. Although not all of these books were actually published in 2014, I certainly didn’t encounter them until 2014 when I interviewed their authors on my weekly show. Adding to my enjoyment, The Mysterious and Alluring Ms. Always Right from the Right Wing Riot joined me as co-host since The Prince of Whitebread and Scary Smart were otherwise engaged in productive activities, known as “day jobs.” I really appreciate the fact that Ms. Always Right devoted her lunch break to spending an hour on the air with me. Not only is she an absolute delight and a great talent, she’s one of the most genuinely decent people I know.

Many thanks to participating authors Daniella Bova, Jack July, Declan Finn, Maureen Miles Bucci, Robert Gore, and Alexandra Swann. It was a blast chatting with all of you!

If you missed it live, click below to listen. You just might find some excellent books for the readers on your shopping list!

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NOTE: Mainly due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to discuss some books I originally included in the broadcast outline today. I will definitely plug them on our upcoming CLFA Anniversary show on December 16. Stay tuned!