PREYING MANTIS is a story of passionate love on one side and deception/betrayal on the other side. The book employs that timeless and universal theme of love and betrayal as a framework for exploring some cultural values that encumber US residents of recent African extraction as they struggle to meld into the great American Dream.
Preying Mantis: BOOK AWARDS WON 2015-16
PREYING MANTIS has won the following book awards for 2015 and 2016.
- 2015 New Apple Book Award: ROMANCE CATEGORY (Official Selection & Winner) http://newappleliterary.com/2015ebookCat17.html
- 2015 Great Midwest Book Festival: FICTION CATEGORY (Honorable Mention) http://www.greatmidwestbookfestival.com/
- 2015 US Book News: AFRICAN-AMERICAN FICTION (Listed)
- 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival: ROMANCE — Honorable Mention– http://www.losangelesbookfestival.com/
- 2016 Pacific Rim Book Festival: GENERAL FICTION — Honorable Mention —http://www.pacificrimbookfestival.com
- 2016 Paris Book Festival: GENERAL FICTION — Honorable Mention –http://www.parisbookfestival.com/winners2016.html
- 2016 San Francisco Book Festival: GENERAL FICTION — Honorable Mention — http://www.sanfranciscobookfestival.com/winners_2016.htm
- 2016 New York Book Festival: GENERAL FICTION — Honorable Mention — http://www.newyorkbookfestival.com/
Lyn Thomas is an engineer by training who has worked as a scientist and academic. Now retired from academia, Thomas maintains cutthebabble.com, where he discusses the nuances of written communication in US English. Thomas’s nonscientific publications, in addition to Rogue Lovers: The Story of Tarissa, include Seeing the World in Black & White and A Potemkin Paradise.
BELOW ARE MORE REVIEWERS’ COMMENTS ON PREYING MANTIS.
Elizabeth Brown‘s review
Essie Harmon‘s review
This was the first book I’ve read by this author Lyn Thomas, but I certainly hope it’s not the last! She has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many rookie authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a new niche of literary drama that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). It was very well-edited (I notice these things!) And I personally would have preferred more dialogue spaced throughout the narrative as it got quite dense at times. But I loved how it all wrapped up and overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and delivered an emotional win.
From the opening pages of “Preying Mantis” by Lyn Thomas I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Ms. Thomas writes so beautifully… almost lyrical, poetic prose that sucks us right in. She sets of the scene and characterizations in a skillful way that not only engages the senses but creates great visualizations and elicits emotional investments. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked at certain things (no spoilers). Len is great… love the cultural influence and the fact that the MC is older. An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique setting makes this a memorable read for me. Highly recommend for fans of compelling literary fiction.
“Preying Mantis” by Lyn Thomas is one of the most original and well-crafted romance/suspense novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and loved the way Lyn Thomas writes with enough vivid descriptions and details to fully develop the scenes and the storyline, but not so much where it slows down the pace at all. Interesting, fully-fleshed out characters and unpredictable twists… enjoyed being on the journey with Lennox and was happy with how it all wrapped up.