The Master Key by T.K. Toppin is an exciting Sci-Fi story sure to please fans of the genre. It’s the second in the trilogy and just as good as the first. Ms. Toppin’s characters are three-dimensional and interesting. It’s the future, and people live quite different lives, but some things are fundamental to all humanity, and this is displayed well with those who people the story.
Josie is from our time and finds herself in the future a few hundred years. She marries the president. This is a great set-up, almost guaranteeing there will be action—and there is.
She’s relatable and spunky. For all her charm, she has a mouth on her, and it’s humorous when the people of the future hear her display her verbal “talents.” She’s crass but honest. Her husband, John, the president, is complex, a contradiction of traits.
All of the characters in this story have depth, and emotions are described well. Dialogue and narrative are quite effective.
Josie is trusting, and John worries for her safety, with good reason. There are mysteries to be solved. The sci-fi aspects and futuristic technology are fascinating and woven into a tale with an underlying humor that pops out once in a while.
Suspense is created in several ways through the characters. For example, Josie meets her great-great, and so on niece. Is the girl for real? Readers will keep turning pages to discover this and other mysteries that drive the tension. Things are unpredictable.
This book is richly detailed. The author has done a great job at world building. There is plenty of adventure, and fight scenes are abundant, sometimes graphic and very realistic. It’s action packed. There are some wild scientific turns, at times almost freakish.
Charming and funny scenes are mixed in. Josie and John have great chemistry, and this comes into play throughout this fast-paced story.
Themes of family, trust, ethics, and immortality raise some intriguing issues and stimulate thinking.
This is a great read but sometimes vague (luckily not too often). Interesting questions come up at the end, and I expect the third in the trilogy will be as good as the first two.
I received this book free from the author and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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