Serpent Rising

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Pub Date 06 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 19 Jun 2020

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Description

Ever since her great aunt left her alone in a cave when she was ten, Serena Mendez has been haunted by the traumatic incident. Now she’s an unemployed, pill-popping twenty-one year old suffering from nightmares and PTSD. When her psychiatrist suggests she visit her great aunt to get to the root cause of her ailment, she reluctantly agrees it’s time to confront the past.

Accompanied by her geeky friend Bryson, they travel to a Navajo Reservation to meet with her great aunt and return to the cave where it all began. But what she discovers points to an ancient conflict between the Illuminati and a Luminarian sect with origins to Atlantis—and she appears to be at the center of it all. With more questions than answers and only a handful of clues, Serena embarks on a mystical journey across six continents to learn more.

But sinister forces oppose her. Pursued by a powerful enemy, Serena must evade capture and fulfill her true destiny. Can she expose dark secrets and a hidden conspiracy? Or will those who wish to remain in the shadows find her first?

Ever since her great aunt left her alone in a cave when she was ten, Serena Mendez has been haunted by the traumatic incident. Now she’s an unemployed, pill-popping twenty-one year old suffering from...


A Note From the Publisher

Available in the following formats: Hardcover: (978-1-64397-114-8) Softcover: (978-1-64397-115-5) & Ebook: (978-1-64397-116-2). LCCN: (2020933546). Print distribution through Ingram, Bertrams, Baker & Taylor, and Perma-Bound. Ebook library distribution through Overdrive, Hoopla, and Baker & Taylor

Available in the following formats: Hardcover: (978-1-64397-114-8) Softcover: (978-1-64397-115-5) & Ebook: (978-1-64397-116-2). LCCN: (2020933546). Print distribution through Ingram, Bertrams, Baker...


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Featured Reviews

This was a great quarantine read. Following Serena around the world was just what this wandering soul needed to escape our current lockdown. The author assumes his audience has some knowledge of myths, nature lore, ancient history, etc but connects the dots where needed. A modern day heroine discovering her own inner strength is also refreshing. There are some questions left unanswered about Serena's family but they may come out in following books.

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I could not put down Acquista's novel. I enjoyed traveling the world with Serena. It's a fast paced thriller that everyone would enjoy. The characters were well developed and I felt like I was there. It's definitely a well written novel.

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It was an interesting ride through some of the most ancient cultures of the world. I enjoyed the blend of conspiracy theories that drove this world. The action was a bit short, but the descriptions of Serena's experiences pulled you along.

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At first I wasn't so sure about the book. The first couple of pages felt like a show of big words. But it didn't take long for me to get pulled into the story and eventually the suspense kept me reading to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed Serena's journey from troubled young woman to one who was much stronger in her abilities and her own strength. It was nice she had a friend like Bryson, although as the story goes along the reader begins to wonder if something bigger than the two of them brought them together.

I will definitely recommend this to my older teens and up.

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At it's heart Serpent Rising is a quest. Serena Mendez, a 21 year old with PTSD stemming from an incident in her childhood, goes on a far-flung journey first to revisit her aunt and go back to the site of her trauma. Serena and her friend Bryson have no idea that a simple road trip will become much, much bigger. There is a lot of mysticism and conspiracy theories, suspense and fast moving action. I enjoyed the book and saw some similiarities to books like the DaVinci Code. Good suspense and moved well, except in a few places where it got a little bogged down in deep background. I found it was a good escape from the pandemic and the real world.

(Review based on complimentary Advance Reader copy received as a giveaway through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.)

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this was a really unique read, I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were great and I really liked the world that was built. It was a fun mystery.

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I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Great plot! I love the pacing. It is very well written

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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When I first started reading, I was discouraged and decided to put it down. I had a feeling I just wasn't in the right mood for this type of story. Now that I had a chance to go back and read, I'm so glad I gave it another chance. I absolutely fell in love with the story! I found myself re-reading a few paragraphs because I really loved the delivery. The characters were interesting, and I couldn't put it down once I got into it. I'll definitely be watching out for more by Victor Acquista in the future!

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Different. If you enjoy a bit of sci fi and fantasy this is the book for you. The writing is solid and the story is pretty entertaining. Check it out. It had some really good moments. Happy reading!

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I found it engrossing and quite enjoyable. Good world building and character development.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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