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3.13.2015

Believers ~ Review with Excerpt

Believers
The Believers Saga
By Tamara D. Taylor

Mari Messais is a non-medi in a world that has catered to the medis for over 400 years.  After all those who live forever deserve to enjoy all that life has to offer.  But when Mari is unexpected promoted to be Joseph Aramat's assistant she finds herself suddenly in the medi world.

Mari finds herself suddenly in doubt about whom to trust - those in her familiar world or those in her new one.  And when she suddenly finds herself subject to attack she must decide quickly whom to trust.  Is Joseph as safe and trust worthy as he appears?  Or is it an act to get at Mari's most guarded secret - one that could cost her and her family everything?

Believers is a journey of trust and a discovery of love in the midst of betrayal.  If you like your books exciting, with danger increasing towards an explosive climax you will enjoy this offering from Tamara D. Taylor.  This is a world different from our own but one can see what once was.  Belief in God has been outlawed.  The world prospers and rewards the elite while subduing the spirit of the lower classes.  It is this world that Joseph is determined to change, if he can be believed, and he wants Mari to help him.

 I'm hopeful that the very fact that this book says The Believers Saga that there will be additional books forthcoming.

It is important to note that are a few situations that may be slightly offensive to very sensitive readers who don't appreciate language that could fall in the PG category.

I was provided a copy of this book through PUYB in conjunction with this blog tour in exchange for my honest review and tour participation.


About the Author:

Tamara D.Taylor was born and raised in the East Bay of California until she moved to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Creighton University. Today, Tamara still resides in Nebraska where she and her husband, John, are raising their five young children.

A life long lover of all forms of the written word, Tamara is an avid reader, and has been writing short stories and poetry since elementary school. After watching her son struggle with succeeding in school, she decided to finally write the novel she had been thinking about for years in an effort to show her son that no dream is too big to achieve.

Her latest book is the YA Believers: Truth in Deception.

For More Information:
• Connect with Tamara on Facebook and Twitter.
• Find out more about Tamara at Goodreads.

About the Book:
Title: Believers: Truth in Deception
Author: Tamara D. Taylor
Publisher: Tamara D. Taylor
Pages: 330
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Mari lives in a world of the future where an anti aging drug has torn society
apart, creating an insurmountable divide between the wealthy and the poor.
Her life is thrown sideways after she receives an unsolicited promotion at work, which leaves her as assistant to one of the most notorious playboys of the wealthy elite.

Mari struggles to find solid footing in a world that drastically conflicts with her
humble upbringing. Her moral compass is tested as she finds herself falling in
love with a man she knows she should not trust,  compromising her relationship
with her childhood sweetheart.

After her life is threatened, she fears for her safety and that of her family.
Will she be able to guard her own secrets to prevent even further danger? Will
death be the consequence of falling in love with the wrong man?

“This is a great book. It contains a world that is dark and focused on the
comforts of the select elite and a world of hope and love for those less
fortunate... all coupled with action and anticipation. Great combinations in my
opinion! I can't wait to read the next book!”-- California Mom

For More Information:
Believers: Truth in Deception is available at Amazon.
• Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.



Book Excerpt:
What would you do if you knew you could live forever? How would you change 
your life? The world? Would you be the one to make it better? I thought the 
cure for aging would be the answer to so many of humanity’s problems. I really 
believed this little pill would help us make the world a better place. 

Yet all I have seen is the further deterioration of generosity, love, compassion 
and freedom. It has not brought out the better side of the human race. It has 
created a darker side where compassion and generosity are rare traits that 
are almost extinct. It has taken me over 400 years to realize that the end of 
aging does not give one freedom. Your body becomes a prison in which you are 
trapped and from which you can’t escape.

It saddens me that the world has entered such a dark time, to the point where 
I no longer want to stay and witness the pain that we, as people, are putting 
ourselves through. 

To many, this will come as a shock. My success has only forced me to put up a 
wall, one that keeps away even those who feel they are my closest friends. I do 
not trust anyone. The friends I have left only appear to be interested in their 
association with me to advance their own political aspirations in life.

I feel that if I can’t offer the peace that eternal life brings to all, then none of 
us should have it. It is not fair of us to choose a select few to live far past an 
age that God has intended. 

I have watched too many good people come in and out of this world, knowing 
that, “in the end,” I could have saved them. However, like many other people, 
I had started believing that I deserved this gift, that it was my right, and that 
if a person was not smart enough or rich enough to buy this gift, then they did 
not deserve to obtain it.

Looking back on my life, I can see that I am the origin of all the world’s 
troubles. As intelligent as I was to invent this amazing drug, I can’t begin to 
imagine that I am brilliant enough to change the course of our planet.

My heart is broken, my soul damaged and weak. My resilience is nothing but 
a shadow left. I cry, for humanity, mother earth and the faith that we have 
lost in God. So the only thing left I can offer is the end. Tonight will be my 
last. I have settled my regrets, sins and all other misgivings with God and 
look forward to joining all of those I have cared for over my 400 years on this 
planet.

He slowly raises the gun and puts it into his mouth. With a quick fluid motion, 
the trigger is pulled.