December 22, 2019

#BookReview: The One and Only (The ELI Chronicles #1) by @Author_JuliaAsh

Synopsis: When bioterrorism threatens to obscure humanity, one woman has the power to restore hope.

Ruby Spencer plans to resign from the U.S. Special Warfare Council. With an escalating Extinction Level Infection (ELI), the SWC needs the best minds acutely focused on the fight ahead. Yet motherhood has shifted her priorities. She’s preoccupied with her newborn’s health and safety. So resigning is the right choice.

For her last assignment, the SWC sends Ruby and husband Clay on a low-risk mission to Taiwan where they’ll consult with scientists analyzing the infection. Too bad Lt. Col. Quinton Oxford—the American Consulate’s embittered military attach√©, is waiting in the shadows. Because Ox’s plans for the couple are everything but low-risk. 

When the Spencers are separated and kidnapped from Taiwan to Moscow, Ruby is thrust into a perverse war game between superpowers, where she’s the prize. Only she doesn’t know why. Or even how her abduction relates to the ELI crisis. 

But her connection with Zoonosis Mutated Bacteria is emerging. And the fate of her family, of the world, awaits her next move.


JULIA ASH is author of a dark-fantasy trilogy (The ELI Chronicles) which includes THE ONE AND ONLY (April 2018), THE TETHER (April 2019), and THE TURNING POINT (planned for release in the spring of 2020). 

As a realist with a passion for the fantastical, Ash enjoys reading and writing fresh twists involving monsters in literature (zombies, vampires, and werewolves).

She lives with her husband Rick and two Brittany bird-dogs on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Rating: ★★★★
My Review: This book was a lot better than I thought it was going to be.  I am so iffy when it comes to adult fiction titles because it seems they want to drag the reader in 50 different directions all at once and I have issues keeping it all together.  Luckily this story didn't do that and I was grateful.  I read this one in one sitting and I can not wait for the next one.  Ruby was a great lead in this story and I can't wait to see what happens next!!  She was such a strong character and just didn't take anyones crap anymore and that made me love her even more.  She is like the person you want to be when you grow up.  The ending of this one was a shocker and man I am totally calling it a cliffhanger!! 

Go Into This One Knowing: Cliffhanger 

"Ruby becomes someone not to be trifled with; a meaty sequel would be welcomed." - Kirkus Reviews

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