BOOK AWARDS: PREYING MANTIS (The Story of Tarissa) and HALF-PAST TARISSA (Surviving A Scam)
Mantis is a novel (contemporary romance). An epic story of love and betrayal, it draws from my experience s an academic and scientist. Half-Past Tarissa is the sequel tracking the reverberations of the betrayal.
Eight out of 13 reviewers gave Mantis a 5-star rating, four more rated it 4.5-star, and the 13th rated it 4-star; the review comments are most gratifying to me. The latest comments by reviewers are on next page (PREYING MANTIS).
Len, a NASA scientist met Trish at a party and fell in love with her. Trish was articulate and feisty, while Magda, his honorable and efficient wife, was staid and low-key. Len and Trish embark on a torrid love affair that takes them to the stratosphere, with adventures in the U.S. and Europe punctuated by epochal events such as “9/11” and Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster, which they observed together from vantage perspectives provided by his work schedule. Len kept up hopes and plans to get his family well situated before he would follow his heart and propose to Trish; the constraints of his traditional African background would not let him do otherwise.
But by the time Len finally broke out of his 44-year-old marriage, Trish had quietly defected to someone else. Len pulled all stops to woo her back, but she spurned all his efforts. And when he persisted she turned truculent adversary and sued him to court for “harassment.” Now perplexed, Len examined Trish’s behavior closely and was horrified at what he found: the real Trish Adoja had none of the virtues his fevered imagination had attributed to her all along; she was a consummate con artist. With hindsight Len embarked on an anguished review of her years of pretended affection —and saw it all as a stupendous camouflage for her serial predation on a specific, predictable type of men.
The narrative is woven tight around three characters, all Nigerian émigrés to the US, and all middle-class professionals. The book offers some insight into the socio-cultural dynamics of African elites as they struggle to meld into the American “melting pot.” Theirs is a category of Americans whose tradition-suffused story is seldom told; but the underlying theme of love and betrayal is, of course, timeless and universal. There is a sub-theme of miscues and conflicts in the expected gender roles of modern romance.
The prose is at a higher level (to quote a reviewer) since the book is targeted at advanced readers of English language who also have a robust lexicon.
Review Prefix by INDIE BOOK REVIEWERS Manager: Hi,
Good news I have the 6 reviews ready for you and they are all very positive! Congrats 🙂
Normally we would post these reviews where the book is available for sale, but since it is not published yet we will hold off until it is. Let us know when you are ready and where it is listed.
One thing is I had a few reviewers ask if the author was male or female (Lyn can go either way I guess) and we didn’t have any info on the author so they just had to guess in reference to pronoun use in their reviews (using she/her..) if this is incorrect please tell me and we will fix it, or you can just make the changes yourself.
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Thanks again for letting us read this. Everyone really liked it!
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My other two books (Seeing the World in Black-and-White, and A Potemkin Paradise) are shown below.