Anna confronts the mysterious people blending into scenes following several near-death incidents, only to learn they’re a part of a world-wide organization, that’s been covertly safeguarding her endangered bloodline against another invading presence.
Plot: Pahlke’s plotting is well-laid out, leaving readers with enough questions to keep them engaged, and providing answers at just the right pace to not let them get bored, yet continue to reel them in. The ending is creatively comprised of wrapping up of the current story to set up the next segment of the plot arc, while creating a cliffhanger that is just shocking enough to keep readers holding on, but not leaving them frustrated.
Prose/Style: Although some points lag with description or extra information that detracts from the excitement of the story or is sometimes confusing, such as the beginning when Anna slips and falls on the ice, the overall prose is smooth, understandable, and captivating.
Originality: Even with plenty of stories out there regarding alien races trying to covertly take over our planet and the secret government agencies designed to fight them, this story adds an interesting scientific twist with the attempt to wipe humans out being from real diseases, and the cure coming from everyday humans that have a special blood type from another alien ancestor. The somewhat simplistic root and resulting hunting of these humans makes the plot almost believable and therefore more original than other similar stories.
Character Development: All of the characters have a great start to individuality and personalities with the words they said, but most conversations and banter lose personality with too much “she/he said” or “she/he asked” instead of adding more descriptive dialogue, more strongly conveying their feelings and personalities. With already well-written characters, the addition of descriptive dialogue would be a great benefit to the story as a whole.
Date Submitted: June 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsRiveting story!
May 25, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
The story is unique and engaging, the writing fresh.... Tremendously excited to read the next installment of the series! Anna's vulnerability and resilience makes her a terrific protagonist and certainly puts this book in the 'binge-worthy' category.
I’m really enjoying this book. I was hooked as soon as I finished chapter one. Well written unique story.
May 20, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Great book! I enjoyed the writing style amd the story pulled me in deeper as it developed. I can't wait for the next book!
This book was awesome. I am new book reader and I thought this so ...
This book was awesome. I am new book reader and I thought this sounded interesting. The most incredible part to me is that she wrote about how this rare blood type can aide in curing diseases like Cancer, AIDS etc. and just recently, the New York Times published an article that Delta 32 (a blood mutation) is leading the cure for HIV...WOW
I love how the story was written, the quick chapters kept my attention and had me wanting more. A great quick read and looking forward to reading the next book in the series!! I wonder if it will focus on the man from Scotland, the girl from Spain or maybe someone we haven't even met yet!!
Life Force Preserve; Anna and the resurgent of the precious blood (Life Force Preserve #1)
Kurt Johnson's review
May 25, 2019
it was amazing
Great read. Highly recommend. Great protagonist and unique plot! Now I'm ready for the next book :)
Life Force Preserve; Anna and the resurgent of the precious blood (Life Force Preserve #1 of 12)
Courtney Leigh Pahlke (Goodreads Author)
Ravin Maurice's review
May 31, 2019
really liked it
The title is a little confusing for this high concept sci fi novel about a girl named Anna and a series of events that happens around her after she gets in a series of serious car accidents.
I really enjoyed this book but its a very hard plot to explain and not give too much away. Its starts off seeming to go more in the thriller direction, but once Anna finds out the truth about what is really happening it goes straight to sci fi and the author has tackled some really interesting concepts dealing with blood and aliens and Egypt. Anna takes the truth a lot better than I would have, and I think it proves how strong she is and makes me look forward to reading the second one to see her growth and where she goes from here.
Anna has had a series of near-death experiences. It seems at every turn there's an accident waiting to happen, with her as the target. She's becoming far too familiar with hospitals, but even more than that, she feels as though she's being watched. And the faces of those watching her seem eerily familiar. But learning the truth behind the accidents and the full realization that she is indeed being followed is even more unsettling. Anna soon learns she's at the center of a mystery that transcends continents and defies medical science.
Author Courtney Leigh Pahlke's Life Force Preserve is an eerily suspenseful book that will keep readers guessing with every turn of the page. Recommended for home and school libraries, this book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
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The CLUE Book Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Suspense and Thriller Fiction. The Clue Book Awards is a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (The #CIBAs).
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- Courtney Leigh Pahlke – Life Force Preserve has moved forward in the judging rounds from SLUSH pile to the 2019 CLUE Book Awards LONG LIST. These entries are now in competition for 2019 CLUE Shortlist. The ShortListers’ works will compete for the Semi-Finalists positions. Semi-Finalists will be announced and recognized at the CAC20 banquet and ceremony. The First Place Category Winners, along with the CIBA Division Grand Prize winners, will be selected from the 16 CIBA divisions Semi-Finalists. We will announce the 1st Place Category winners and Grand Prize Division Winners at the CIBAs Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at the luxurious Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, Wash.
2019 CIB The 16 divisions of the 2019 CIBAs’ Grand Prize Winners and the Five First Place Category Position award winners along with recognizing the Semi-Finalists will be announced at the April 18th, 2020 Chanticleer International Book Awards Annual Awards Gala, which takes place at the Chanticleer Authors Conference that will be held in Bellingham, Wash.
A devastating car accident. A rare blood type. Courtney Leigh Pahlke found her life put on hold when she was rear-ended by a car traveling 55 miles per hour in 2016. She suffered severe injuries to her neck and back, taking two years to recover, much of it spent on bedrest.
“During that time, I was in a really bad depression because I’ve always been a workaholic, and it was not easy to not be able to get out of bed or do anything for such a long amount of time,” said Pahlke, who serves as an ownership partner at Top Coverage, an automotive restyling shop in Chicago.
A Fresh Idea
Technically, Pahlke had to take what life threw at her laying down during those months of recovery, but she spent her time doing anything but wallowing.
The car accident revealed Pahlke’s blood type to be extremely rare—so rare, in fact, conspiracy theories abound about aliens and unknown origins regarding Rh-negative blood.
Pahlke began researching blood types during the months she spent recovering and discovered there were hardly any books on the subject.
“I thought, ‘Wow! I might actually have a fresh idea,’” she said.
That’s the moment Pahlke decided to put her college minor in creative writing to use, and she began plotting an 11-part pre-apocalyptic science fiction thriller.
Writing the book became a form of therapy throughout Pahlke’s recovery.
“I wanted to make the writing as realistic as possible, so I spent a year researching, which literally saved me from my depression because I kept my mind occupied while everyone else is at work living a normal life,” Pahlke said.
The book—titled Life Force Preserve Book 1: Anna and the Resurgent of the Precious Blood—was published in May and is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and other major retail outlets. The plot centers around characters being followed by agents keeping them safe from an unknown assailant attempting to kill those with the Rh-negative blood line, which the book explains could be used to cure viruses.
The science fiction thriller has received plenty of attention from readers and critics, according to Pahlke.
“I want to make everything really interactive with my readers and people who follow the series,” she says. “It’s very science fiction but it’s also very much a mystery. So far, people seem to be taking a liking to it. Now, I just need to promote it more.”
Pahlke’s full-time job is running Top Coverage, an automotive restyling shop in Chicago, with her brother, Garrett Pahlke. Their father, Henry Pahlke, started the company in 1975 and handed the reins over to the siblings who continue to grow the family business.
Pahlke is responsible for all of the company’s marketing, web design and social media presence, as well as anything else that needs doing.
“The accident was hard because my whole life has been Top Coverage,” Pahlke said. “As a person with an entrepreneurial background, I had to do something to keep me occupied.”
How to Flex
As Pahlke’s body was recovering, she was flexing what she says are her writing muscles.
“I met with another author I’m collaborating with on another project and he was telling me how you have to exercise your writing muscles by writing a little bit every day. If you don’t keep it up you’ll be out of writing shape,” she said. “I have a good stride going and I don’t want to go backward so I’m using that muscle.”
Pahlke flexes that muscle with her creative writing, but also through writing articles for THE SHOP magazine. The experience has helped her realize the therapeutic attributes of writing.
“Anytime I went through something rough in life, I didn’t realize it until now, my way to manage stress is to write and to help me clear my mind. It’s like a healthy serum for me,” she said. “This book is what kept me going when I was at my worst. The dedication in my book is to my readers telling them that when life stresses them out they need something keep your mind going strong and occupied.”
Writing the first Life Force Preserve book also provided Pahlke closure and healing after the accident.
“There was one chapter, after I finished writing it, that there was closure and I started forgiving the girl that caused the accident. It was healing for me,” Pahlke said.
The Beat Goes On
For Pahlke, now it’s all about balancing her writing and running Top Coverage.
“I guess I eat, sleep and dream Top Coverage, and some days I feel like I’ve hit my limit, but I enjoy writing so much because it doesn’t really seem like work. It’s my balance to Top Coverage,” she said.
Pahlke has the next three books in the Life Force Preserve series outlined and planned out.
“It’s so much fun when you know the route you’re going to take,” she said. “It’s such a beautiful thing to create people and have the freedom to make up your own little world.”
The idea came to the Chicago writer while she was on bed rest for nine months
Chicago, Illinois – New Chicago author Courtney Leigh Pahlke is publishing an apocalyptic science fiction series that is based on a startling discovery about her blood type while being hospitalized for serious injuries from a major car crash.
Pahlke was in her hometown on a country road, heading to a family party. While waiting to make a left turn, a distracted driver drove into the back of her Jeep at the projected speed of at least 55 mph.
“My life changed in seconds. One second I’m enjoying the summer breeze and before I know it, I’m hearing and feeling crunching metal.”
Pahlke's life took a different turn that day. Suffering both neck and back injuries, she spent close to two years recovering. Once coming to terms with how long her recovery could take, Pahlke researched diets and foods for decreasing inflammation. A friend suggested the blood type diet. Pahlke didn't know her blood type but found it from hospital notes. When she Googled her blood type, her jaw dropped.
She discovered her blood origin was unknown, which was also a topic linked to many conspiracy theories. For the next six months, Pahlke researched the topic and came up with an idea for her first novel. She took bits and pieces from each of the horrifying conspiracy theories and drafted an outline, deciding one day she'd write the story.
In April 2017, Pahlke had back surgery. Faced with more healing time, she wrote the first book. According to Pahlke, this novel saved her. She said she experienced serious depression by the third month of bed rest and did not know how to make the time pass.
"I was scared and also learning how much your spinal cord links to the movement of your arms and legs. There was a point I felt the electrical jolts from nerve pain down all four limbs. I guess researching and outlining a potential novel kept my mind occupied. It gave me hope. After back surgery, I took all of my bottled up frustration and poured it into a book."
Pahlke says completing the book gave her closure from the accident. She's excited for her first book “Anna and the Resurgent of the Precious Blood” to come out May 13th, 2019, and is ready to start the next character novel in the Life Force Preserve series. Visit Courtneyleighpahlke.com for more information.
Science fiction and medical thriller enthusiasts worldwide can purchase “Anna and the Resurgent of the Precious Blood” on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, eBooks2go, Google Play and Kobo.
Courtney Pahlke graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in psychology and a secondary in creative writing. She worked at the Crisis Center in Iowa city leading to graduation day, where she went back home to Illinois with a plan. Courtney hoped to gain her masters degree in forensic psychology at a school in Chicago, while working for her dad, to pay for school. After the first year working for her dad’s company, she decided not to continue on with school and grow the family business instead.
When Pahlke is not brainstorming the next plot for the Life Force Preserve series, she is growing her father’s empire with her brother Garrett at Top Coverage, taking pictures of food and her city, or taking a crack at a new recipe.