From the United States
5.0 out of 5 stars An illuminating and thrilling ride!
Lada Ray's "The Earth Shifter" strikes a perfect balance between thrilling and educational. It captivates you from the very first lines and holds your attention to the last sentence. While being a very well-written spiritual thriller, it tells with direct honesty about the hardships that Russia was going through in the 90s and early 00s. Despite the fact that several of the names have been changed, one quickly recognizes certain characters and a company from that turbulent time, and learns in great detail how the oligarchs in Russia became so despicably rich overnight. That part or Russian history is never told in the Western publications and few in the West know what deathly aftertaste the first decade of "democracy" left in Russia.
But The Earth Shifter is much more then just a historical account. It will take you on a magical journey to Lake Baikal in Siberia, and to a thrilling trip to the US. It will guide you through the past, unveiling some of the little-known events. And it will join it all together in to dazzling culmination, giving hope... to humanity.
This adventure story is a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in Russia, history, and where the humanity is heading.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read in two years!
This is the main saga written in tandem with Ms. Ray's series "The Earth Keeper." Read her book "Catharsis" to get a rundown of an amazing preamble to humanity itself!
Warning: Lada Ray knows more about human nature than Gandhi himself!
With that said, she is able to craft a wonderful tale that will entertain where other writers would steer their great knowledge into penning a pedantic. I'm so glad she didn't go that route. The Earth Shifter is a very "aware" novel, but one that fails to preach overtly, thus not suffering the reader with a moral or lesson. These elements are present, yes, but encapsulated in the guise of a thrilling tale.
But really, once you've read the book, you'll be quite frightened (and I do mean FREAKED) to see how prescient the themes presented are. After all, our world has just been attacked by meteors...
In all seriousness, you can't take my word for it. Read "The Earth Shifter" and you'll see a new definition to YA fantasy. I cannot wait to read further into Ms. Ray's masterful works!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very captivating
I was thoroughly caught up in the drama that Lada Ray had spun for the reader. She developed the characters in depth, and I was able to empathize with them. Her work is listed as YA for young adults and older, and I appreciated that the content was not loaded with expletives and other activity that Hollywood seems to think is the only thing that sells. Ms Ray creates a crisis mode environment that is tragic, yet there may still be a "smidgen" of hope if the lead characters can follow through appropriately. The end of the book does leave the reader hanging, looking forward to the next installment. I hope it will come out soon!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading. Fun. Thought provoking.
A joy to read. I don't think the idea that all the people's of Earth souls would be destroyed or lost if mankind were to destroy itself, but it is a very interesting story. Illuminating. Riveting. November 4, 2015: I think now that I was mistaken when I wrote that our souls would not be lost if we destroy our Earth home. We would have done a great sin, and we would not have a place to re-incarnate into. This would be the situation for many ages. So we would be lost souls. But the soul is transcendental and therefore eternal.
4.0 out of 5 stars which were good) I really enjoyed the information on the Russian culture and geography that ...
Apart from the literary techniques (characters, suspense, etc. which were good) I really enjoyed the information on the Russian culture and geography that I was unaware of prior to reading this novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed this book, and although it is described as a paranormal fiction, we can easily see that it also applies in the normal life. Very exciting from start to finish
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Shamanic Journey
I enjoyed the shamanic journey which reminded me a little of the Anastasia of the Ringing Cedar series but a different storyline. Written by a Russian it reveals much about Russian history which has enormous relevance today. The West has so much to learn about Russia.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good plot
I enjoyed this book very much. It had a very different perspective on a number of topics. I was hoping to purchase the second book of this series, but it is not available, yet. I look forward to its release.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel!
Lada shares her wisdom in this wonderful novel. It is so much more than just fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book, it is a delightful piece of paranormal fiction that is exciting from start to finish - I can't wait for the next one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent meta-physical and geopolitical information woven into a great story that rings true on many levels! More please....namaste
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Looks like a sequel could come after this. Could not put it down. Very cleverly written
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book and Lada Ray. I will be reading all the others she has written.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well done! And I can't wait for the sequel!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!!!!!!! Loved this book.
A.C. den Brouwer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book, exciting. loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic new young adult fiction!
Introduction: I finished Lada Ray’s “The Earth Shifter” three nights ago and it has been on my mind ever since. The characters and plot have stuck with me and I eagerly await the next installment, as things really began to kick off as I flew through the final pages. The book builds slowly and steadily introducing a wide variety of characters, locations and lore which really flesh out this tale of time travel, alternate history and psychic powers, making everything real and believable. It was great fun to watch as multiple, seemingly unconnected, story threads all came together in the end, and although Lada purposefully telegraphs certain plot points, I was often totally thrown for a loop by the twists she has placed throughout!
What It’s About: The basic plot revolves around the concept of Karma and merit, that a time of judgment is coming for humanity. The physical manifestation of this all-cleansing judgment comes in the form of the Comet of Karma. The Comet of Karma is a massive extra terrestrial body that is destined to collide with, and destroy the Earth should humanity remain on it’s cruel, inhumane and destructive trajectory. That’s where the main character Sasha comes in. Without giving too much away Sasha, a Russian girl in her late teens, has special powers. She can read and influence the minds of others, she can travel through time and effect historical events and much more. If humanity is to have any chance at survival, Sasha must learn about her destiny, pass through many hardships and find the other who, like her, has many powers of his own.
I’ve been interested in the Tunguska meteor incident which occurred in 1908 for some time now. It’s a mysterious and fascinating piece of history and so I had a big smile on my face when Lada presented what “really” happened back then. Throughout the book many historical references are made, except unlike our accepted historical versions, there was always powerful and mystical forced behind such events and persons. This is very cool. Lada also manages to pack a lot of geographical, political and historical information throughout the book making it a truly educational experience as well as an entertaining one.
Strong themes present include greed, abuse of power, bullying, cruelty and senseless destruction. These are the elements that have set in motion the gears of Karma, the universe deciding that humanity has failed to find wisdom and enlightenment, and thus shall be purged. There is definitely a strong underlying critique on the way the financial and political world works, it’s not shoved in your face, but it’s there and I for one welcome it. Like many of the great writers, from Swift to Orwell, a healthy dissection of the darker sides of humanity are integral to their work, they ask us to reflect on the world around us and not to take things at face value, but to dig deeper.
Who Should Read It: The Earth Shifter is a young adult, sci fi, adventure. I’m sure it would be extra special reading it if you were a teenager and could closely relate to the protagonists, but as a 27 year old man I still had loads of fun. Very much like say, Harry Potter, it can be enjoyed by all ages. I’d recommend The Earth Shifter to anyone into conspiracy theories and alternate explanations of historical events, also to fans of magic, powers, time travel and mysticism. The book also has strong metaphysical and shamanic elements so I think it would really appeal to those into their mysticism and spirituality as well. The Shamanism is well researched and true to the original shamans of Siberia. The book depicts spiritualist healing sessions of trauma and other ailments that those into holistic and energy/spiritual healing would enjoy a lot.
The Earth Shifter definitely has a very wide appeal, and is a very welcome addition to the young adult market. Hopefully Lada’s series will continue to grow and develop a strong following as it definitely deserves it.
Closing Comments: As you can probably tell I enjoyed The Earth Shifter a lot and I look forward to continuing Sasha’s journey with the next book. The book is well worth checking out if any of the themes appeal to you, and remember you can read a lengthy sample at the e-book store of your choice. Finally as I was reading a book set primarily in Russia about comets striking the Earth what should happen but a comet should strike Russia! That was crazy and gave the book a whole new level of intrigue! All in all I give Lada Ray’s The Earth Shifter 5/5 Stars Check it out and have fun!
~ Rohan Healy, author
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly researched and a marvel of creativity
The Earth Shifter by Lada Ray is advertised as an "epic quest," and it certainly doesn't disappoint. Ray manages to create a cosmic adventure thriller that will take the reader through history and across continents in an attempt to save all mankind.
The book commences back in 1908, when a secret meeting between a monk and Pope Pius X in the Vatican in 1908. The conversation revolves around a comet on a collision course for earth, threatening global destruction. The two men discuss the impending doom facing the earth, and agree that only the prophetic "Key," can prevent all but certain annihilation of the planet and its people.
The monk is observed by one of the pope's guards levitating, and joining the mystic emergency session of Earth's Council, a secret mystical group consisting of the protectors of Earth. The Council of the Earth Keepers agree not to interfere when the Comet of Karma collides with the Earth, so this civilization would reap the consequences of its past, present and future actions. Only under the actions of the "Key," can Earth and all mankind be saved. The storyline is intriguing and the shadowy characters and secretive meetings brilliantly executed.
The story then switches to modern day Russia, where we meet Sasha, a young Shifter, capable of time travel and reading others minds. Sasha is under aware of her true hidden talents and powers. She is closely guarded and protected by her parents - Olga & Maxim Elfimov, and a Shaman - Tengis.
Sasha and her family are subjected to the observations and manipulations of governmental and non-governmental organisations, but why? What will the consequences be, and why the real interest in Sasha and her family? Sasha finds an alternative world hidden away from ordinary humans with her powers however; this world is equally fraught with as much danger & evil, as love & goodness in modern day earth.
The introduction of two other central characters, Kei & Win, Chinese twins living in New York City's Chinatown, only serves to add to the carefully crafted mystique surrounding Earth's faith. What have these two young men, and the sexually attractive female "Red," got to do with Sasha and Earth's ultimate faith?
The dark organisations casting their haunting influence in the background from intelligence agencies through to secret societies are fantastically captured. This book contains breath-taking and life costing thrills, deception and espionage at its best.
The plot moves along quickly, introducing each key character and sub-plot with precision timing. There is also the perfect amount of imagery given to set the readers imagination alight with each page. Who and what is the Key? Will the forces of crime and darkness prevail and can Sasha, Kei and Win realise their destiny? Terror, murder, intrigue, and magic become the course in this wonderful thriller.
The Earth Shifter is an awesome, fast- paced original storyline with exceptional twists that will leave you breathless and wanting more. The book is outstandingly researched and a marvel of creativity. It contains the perfect mix of history, fact, fiction and creative imagination at its best. Simply said, the Earth Shifter is a great read that will leave any reader excited for the next instalment by this very talented author.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read
The Earth Shifter is the first part of a paranormal YA trilogy written by the prolific Lada Ray.
Humanity is unaware how close the Earth came to ending on June 30th 1908. On that occasion it was saved by the mysterious Earth Keepers. The world is now under threat once again from the Comet of Karma and the The Earth Keepers must decide if the Earth is worth saving or if it is beyond redemption.
Teenager and Moscow resident Sasha Elfimova possesses powers that could change the fate of the Earth, as she is a Time and Mind Shifter, whose developing abilities are yet to be fully realised. Sasha’s mentor is a Siberian shaman named Tengis, who resides on the shores of the largest fresh water resource on the planet, the beautiful Lake Baikal. On the other side of the world in Chinatown, New York City, live Kei and Win, two enterprising twins of Chinese origin, one of whose destinies when combined with Sasha’s could alter the fate of mankind. Will destiny bring these two together to form an alliance that will decide the fate of our planet or is mankind destined to face annihilation?
The Earth Shifter is essentially a complex and diverse tale with a good versus evil theme, in which the author is adept at merging real world events such as the aforementioned meteorite explosion and explaining their continued relevance today. Though the book could best be described as a cosmic adventure thriller, it also combines fantasy and mystery elements and this along with its compelling narration of Russian history, embrace of the natural world and fascinating insights into Geopolitics assures that The Earth Shifter will not only appeal to a younger audience.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Lada Ray's The Earth Shifter is the easiest five star reviews I've done in a long time, not just from the perspective of the writing but I loved and was captivated by the story right from he beginning. This is an intelligently written story, that draws on remote viewing (I was lucky to be friends with one of the main researchers at Stanford when the studies were under way to attest to the accuracy of the author's depiction, down to the noting on paper, drawing, what was viewed) along with other very cleverly done metaphysical highlights to make this a very believable story. This author's writing transports the reader away from a usual reality into possibilities as a backdrop to a story line filled with intrigue as the protagonists, Sarah & Kei are introduced (this part of the trilogy focused primarily on Sarah), in a plot that reads like any great detective story. The writing is beautifully done and draws on exquisite metaphors such as "the rain forest is the earth's lungs." Siberia is brought into focus and described as if another character in the story, lending to Mother Earth (& her human inhabitants), as a feature with a life of her own, vividly giving focus of what is to be saved if the story plot is to succeed. The author draws on Russian history and other concepts of a historical nature very effectively.
The characters are many and complicated. The two main protagonists are Sasha, a Russian girl whose parents are well educated and experts in remote viewing, and Kei a Chinese teenager with a twin, Win, who live in New York. Each of their respective families and extended friends feature into the story to create a web of intrigue as Russian evil power players rush against American power seekers. Good versus evil threads through the characters, and human foibles abound, ever present in the "gifted" Shaman and others featured with psychic abilities. The way the author introduces psychic features is also very clever, the Shaman turns into a bear and saves Sasha and her father from a pack of wolves, which may sound fanciful but trust me in the context of this read you won't be questioning what is real or what is fantasy for the mystery aspect of the story, the parallels with so much of what is happening in the world today, and so many other detailed aspects give believability to this well crafted wonderful story.
My only complaint is that it is a trilogy and I have to wait to find out what happens next. This is my first read from author Lada Ray. It won't be my last. I highly recommend this read for all ages.
Darlene Foster, author
4.0 out of 5 stars Something For Everyone
This book has something for everyone: history, action, fantasy, philosophy, culture and spiritualism. The author's incredible imagination transports us back in time as well as gives us a glimpse into a terrible future. The historical detail is cleverly incorporated into a modern day tale full of mystery and intrigue. I love the detailed description of the Siberian landscape; I now want to visit Lake Baikal! Ms Ray has created some fascinating characters who will either save or destroy the earth. Although they possess amazing powers, they are shown to be real with everyday emotions and desires. Many characters are introduced to move the story along. Some are not what they seem. This is the first book in a series so we are left wondering what will come next. Will the young people save the world or are we doomed?? I eagerly await the next book.
Jason Sullivan, author
5.0 out of 5 stars Meteoric Thriller
The Earth Shifter' takes the reader on a world-enriching spiritual journey filled with drama and excitement! Lada Ray, with her keen intuitive sense, has written another impressive thriller. As in her previous thrillers, `Gold Train' and `Stepford USA', Ms. Ray artfully puts the pieces in place, building the suspense steadily until the reader is fully encompassed. In `Gold Train' we were treated to the mystery of the Tsar's missing gold. In `The Earth Shifter' we journey back to key moments in Russian history to gain insight into the forces influencing the fate of the Earth today. If you have never been to Russia, let Ms. Ray introduce you to Moscow and Siberia as you have never imagined them. The powerful natural forces of the Russian steppes and the rich historical legacy of Moscow shine in the pages of this thriller providing a unique perspective on the world changes that are taking place around us.
There is an exciting spy component to this book that includes corporate espionage as well as secret government agencies. What do we discover at the top of these stealth organizations? It is not high-tech but rather psychic powers! Remote viewers and shamans are of interest to this power-obsessed community. Will multinational corporations drive the world to a horrible fate, or will spiritual leaders heal the world by using the magic and wisdom of the ancient traditions? Read `The Earth Shifter' and find out!
Lada writes the characters in `The Earth Shifter' beautifully. You will feel the excitement as you experience the joys and frustrations of two families destined to bring forces on opposite sides of the globe together. `The Earth Shifter' has incredible scope. It combines geopolitics, spirituality, cultural depth and, perhaps most of all, the idea that it is the relationships we form, how we treat each other, that is so important to the healing of the planet. I highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Earth Shifter
Tolkien move over, another Russian has hit the deck running. This is a complex intense inside look into cold war Russia from an insiders point of view. We get to see someone who dearly loves her country and is not afraid to tell it like it is, warts and all, but there is one heck of a lot that we in the Western world have no idea about in this complex exciting panorama, which makes up this fascinating land.
Bringing out in such detail a subject, that most of us had only rumors of, is a whole new adventure in itself. Mind experiments, focusing on people 'seeing', far distances behind enemy lines, inside secret facilities, stealing Top Secret information without actually being there, had been rumored in many circles and finally exposed after the breakup of Soviet Russia. Here is all the drama, not only with Russia but China & the U.S. with more to come in future installments.
One can see that English is not this authors primary language, which in its own way gives it an authenticity that few other writers have. In fact talking to her it is not even a second language which goes to show how talented she really is. The innocence of a new comer to freedom, ideas let alone language is poignant let alone the betrayals, murder that are going on right in her own family and still having the steel within to go on for the last gasp of human life as we know it. This could only be told from a Russians point of view or an immigrant from a brutal dictatorship, that had struggled to survive under harsh realities.
My hats off to you and bow, looking forward as you move forward in what will be a formidable literary career. I give you a 4.9 Star rating based on a few technical items that we discussed. A Must Read !
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review written by Sofia Siberia
The Earth Shifter by Lada Ray is a rich cocktail of amazing ingredients with the two core, and most delicious components being, the mystical realm of Lake Baikal in Siberia, as well as the Prophecy of the Key.
With every new chapter I just couldn’t help but admire the versatility of writing. The author covers a wide range of interests from history and legends, to mysticism, prophecy and origins of humanity. There are elements of a spy thriller set against the glamorous backdrop of modern Moscow and New York.
My family is originally from Siberia, and I was mesmerized by the beautiful descriptions of indigenous Siberia, including shamanism, ancient history, Tunguska Meteorite explosion, as well as local village life.
The author Lada Ray is a unique mysterious encyclopedia in herself! Her writing style is inimitable and her esoteric knowledge is impressive!
While reading the book, I just couldn’t help but wonder how one person can possibly know all that!! :)
Let alone the unexpected twists and turns in the narration, amazing flashbacks, stand-out characters and unforgettable settings that all fold into an astonishing kaleidoscope of events and a mystically-integrated message. Every new chapter is an escalating suspense, and every new piece of information is an introduction to another, even more gripping revelation.
The Earth Shifter will keep you thrilled, intrigued and glued to the next page. You’ll wish you could finish your chores ASAP so you could absorb yourself in reading again. The book brings modern present and ancient past into a fantastic unity, being prophetic, revealing, casting lights on the shadowy preliminaries and the shifting destinies of humankind.
The Earth Shifter will literally “shift” your consciousness, for, after reading it, the world as you see it will never be the same again!
I'm endlessly happy I discovered Lada Ray’s books and got to know her as a writer!
All the best luck to you, Writer – the Mystery!..
5.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic and Irresistible
I was impressed by this prophetic novel, which at times felt like a mystical guide to various mysterious past and future events in our unfolding history! Already within a few months of release, several events happened in our world that were foretold by Lada Ray's vision! A comet has recently exploded over Russia, shaking up the world. Hmm... a spooky coincidence? Or a warning, just like predicted in the book? Also lately, we've been hearing stories of global conspiracies and government meddling, just like described in The Earth Shifter.
I enjoyed the fluid writing and gripping plot that had me reading right through the unexpected and explosive conclusion. There are plenty of twists that I didn't see coming, reaching their crescendo near the end of the book. This epic novel boasts a mystery, world conspiracy, remote viewing and psychic spies, and many strong and deeply moving characters to root for. But what really distinguishes this book from most is a treasure trove of valuable mystical and metaphysical information, as well as the wonderfully spiritual tone of the whole story, which I found especially irresistible. The book has a very intriguing ending, and I can't wait for the sequel to find out what happens next to Sasha, Kei, Win, and of course, Shaman Tengis!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good and Very Interesting Story!
Very good and interesting story! We know nothing about Russia here in the West, now do we? So this is a great book, and her other books for that matter, to learn more about the history of this immensely big and unknown land!
Next to history this book is about Shamanisme, Mind control, Remote Viewing, and Esoteric and Karmic issues, so very interesting for those who are, or not, familiar and/or interested in reading about all these fascinating topics!
Very well done, Lada Ray, I'm looking forward to the next installment!!
Mr. George G. A. Wensley
5.0 out of 5 stars How does a snow flake and a spark save the world?
I really enjoyed this book. The characters in this book, move effortlessly through Russian history and it's geopolitics. There is a spiritual essence to this. The author is a Russian who lives in the USA, which adds flavor to the writing with her desire to be in Russia. There are many characters that interplay with each other. One of the characters is Siberia, another is the Baikal Sea.
A comet hits Siberia in the early 1900s, but it could have been stopped by a group of mystics. History is about to repeat itself,unless two great mystics can be found and join together to save the day, or not.
The earth shifter is a new twist on artifactual fiction.
A spark meets a snow flake.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely woven tale
In a current age where every story is about wolves and vampires or witches or whatnot, it is nice to read of a tale that engages the reader deeply. With mythology, supernatural abilities, and history all entwined...this is an excellent read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lada Ray's unique story left me in awe.
WOW! Lada Ray's blend of history, current events, mythology and fantasy left me in awe.
They were the Key of Destiny. They would multiply their power and propel Earth forward or they would destroy it. They are the Earth Shifter.
The Earth Keepers were deciding Earth's fate. They were the record keepers, moderators and ultimate decision makers. Should they allow the Comet of Karma to determine the Earth's fate or should they intervene to save the planet? As they talked, Tengis, one of the Keepers, told the others that the Key of Destiny would be both male and female - yin and yang, receptive and assertive. If they did not save the Earth now, the Key may be destroyed. Their vote was to allow the Comet to run its course.
Sasha and her father, Maxim Elfimov, where camping at their secret spot on Lake Baikal in Russia. Tengis, her mentor, was with them. He began to tell them of the Tunguska Meteorite Explosion,103 years ago. He went on to say, that the Comet was sent to Lake Baikal, because no people lived there. The Keepers had saved mankind from the Comet of Karma in 1908. But, the Keepers agreed not to interfere again. If Earth was to be saved this time, it must be done by free will.
As Sasha drifted off to sleep, she dreamt of the end of Earth. Tengis and Maxim looked at each other. She had the Vision. Time was running out.
Sasha Elfimova is the Key of Destiny, the female key. She is also a Time and Mind Shifter. Her mentor, Tengis, is a famous Siberian Shaman. Her father, Maxim Elfimov, is a Moscow University professor of linguistics and her mother, Olga, worked for Russia's richest man, Boris Konukovsky, CEO of Norus, the country's largest oil company. Her father and mother were her Protectors, humans, whose mission was to assist the Key of Destiny. They were there as a sacrifice to help save Humanity from itself. If Humanity refuses help from the Key of Destiny, Karma intervenes and restarts Earth's clock.
There are four types of Shifters: Mind Shifters can access any thoughts. Matter shifters can turn into anything or turn objects into something else. Time Shifters can bend and jump time. Space Shifters can compress space, appearing at different places at once. The Keepers watched them from birth, because misuse of their power could be catastrophic. A case in point is Hitler.
When Sasha was young, they found she was an Intellect Shifter, unique on the earthly plane. She was a true Mind Shifter. She was bored at school, so she would tap into minds, just to pass the time. Until Misha Siuzin appeared. When she tapped into his mind, she found a Kindred Spirit and they became best friends. Shortly after, she became friends with Zeena and school became more fun.
Sasha could also time travel. For three years she traveled randomly, or so she thought. Slowly she began to see a pattern to her travels..
Late one night, Olga received a call to return to the office. It was very unusual, but there was no way she could say no. She wondered if they could have found out her secret? After she left the office, the man in black, who had sat quietly as she talked, said it was her. Boris Konukorsky told him to take care of it, tonight. Olga still didn't realize what was happening as the truck pushed her car through the guard rail.
In NYC Win and Kei were playing chicken on their new bikes, weaving through the cars. Kei heard a woman calling for help. The brothers raced to help the man. Win felt as if he was flying over the traffic, gently settling back down when they reached the man. (Made me think of ET and the kids flying on their bikes as they try to elude the feds). It felt supernatural to him. The twins worked over the man until he began to breathe again. When Kei looked up from the man, he saw her. She winked at him.
Win and Kei's parents had been there for Yunn Lin when she was pregnant with Hao. She returned the favor, when the boy's mother had been ill after their birth. In her delirium, the mother had mentioned a Key. Now Yunn Lin would betray her to save her own son.
Assistant CIA Director, Aloysius Drakely, received a call from Yunn Lin. She told him what she knew. She told him of the Key - two children born 30 days apart, who would open the door to a new era. For that to happen, they must come together. They would multiply their power and propel Earth forward or destroy it. They are the Earth Shifter.
Drakely couldn't let anyone else hear about it. He would betray everyone and everything to get what he wanted. He went to the Society, which consisted of the elite, those raised above us commoners, whether by birth, wealth or talent. They were bestowed with great power. and wanted Ultimate Global Dominance. No one and nothing would stand in their way.
The Keepers had allowed Maxim to wait until Sasha was sixteen to tell her of her destiny, but now she had to know. Time was running out and only she could save Earth from its ultimate destruction.
5 STARS - Would Buy It For Them (lol)
Originally, it was the cover that made me notice the book. It was not only beautiful, but made me wonder what the book was about. Combining history, science-fiction and the paranormal makes this a unique read.
Lada Ray's writing, the depth and detail of Russia and its history intertwined with the fantasy of the Earth Shifters, takes you on a fantastic journey towards Earth's end or it's new beginning. I was lost, as I dove into Sasha's story, only coming up for a breath of air as I raced through the final pages. I was crushed when I reached the end, wanting so badly to continue reading.
The storyline reads like the current events of today.
The Mayan calendar with the date 12-21-12. The end of the world. Armageddon.
Since the end of the cold war with the USSR, the CIA has nothing to do. They can't fight China, seeing they own trillion of dollars of our debt and supply most of our goods. So, what else can they do? How about the USSR, again, with its gangs, mafia, and corruption.
The Society operates like our politicians today, above the laws of us commoners. The misuse and manipulation of power overwhelms the headlines today. It seems they feel as if it is their right and they deserve whatever it is they are after, bar none. Sound familiar?
I am a bit of a conspiracy believer. When Lada Ray wrote about Ultimate Global Dominance, it brought to mind a thought I had. There is a small group of the elite, MEN rolling in money, who control and manipulate world events. Do you think this is possible?
The book relates so much to real life and real events. As I read along, the book telling of money laundering, tax evasion, treason, greed.......... I would forget it wasn't a true historical novel, but fantasy.
Recycled - a term used for taking out humans who had not earned the right to move to the next level, the rest died. I once went to a seminar where they talked about recycled employees. They were employees no one wanted, so they "passed" them on to another company just to get rid of them.
Keys would unlock the door to a new era. Some other Keys were - Buddha, Jesus and it definitely went wrong with Hitler.
"Ancient Greeks emphasized two disciplines - philosophy translated as "the love of wisdom" and philology translated as "the love of the word". And of course the word logos also gave birth to the contemporary word "logic".
I can hardly wait for Book II, which is due out the Winter of 2013-2014.
From other countries
Mr. George G. A. Wensley
5.0 out of 5 stars Where a snow flake and a spark might save the world?
Reviewed in the UK
I really enjoyed this book. I really believe that time travel is only possible in books. The characters move effortlessly through Russian history and its geopolitics. There is a spiritual essence to this. The author is a Russian who does not live in Russia, which adds flavor to the writing with her desire to be there. There are many characters that interplay with each other. One of the characters is Siberia, another is the Baikal sea.
A comet hits Siberia in the early 1900s, but it could of been stopped by a group of mystics. History repeats itself, unless some great mystic can be found to save the day, or not.
It is a new twist on artifactual fiction.
A spark meets a snow flake.
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome, inspiring read!
Reviewed in Canada
An awesome, inspiring read. Lada Ray is remarkable writer, you feel you are living the moment with people and places in the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Reviewed in the UK
Gripping and full of flavour.
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