Rye Nova

Between Flight and Fight

Fiction - Drama
245 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2021
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight by K.M. Greffe is a short, taut and suspenseful thriller about Rye Nova, a man with the “gift” of foresight, who wishes more than anything in the world that he wasn’t cursed with the horror of foreseeing future events. His night visions have long plagued him and what he sees is invariably bad but worst of all there is usually not enough information in the vision to do anything about them in real life and change the horrible event that he foretells. The visions have led him down the path of alcoholism in the past and self-isolation today, to the point where he desperately does not want to even touch another human being as the mere touch of someone’s hand can lead to a vision of the future. He trusts only one person completely and that is the woman who saved his life years earlier, when he planned to commit suicide; that woman he calls Mama. Beyond her, he has no close contacts and lives alone on a houseboat he is working to renovate for himself. When he visits the local hardware store for a paint-scraper, he inadvertently walks into a domestic murder dispute between a man and his wife’s lover that threatens to end in total disaster for all the innocent people trapped in the shop by mere happenstance. Can Rye negotiate or fight himself and his fellow hostages out of this perilous situation or should he take flight as his natural instinct dictates?

Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight is a truly suspenseful and gripping story with an unlikely hero and an equally disparate and unusual cast of character. Author K.M. Greffe has created in Rye a lead character that is many things to many readers. His obvious flaws and difficulties with life will be easy for many to understand and empathize with, and yet his burning desire to ultimately do good and make a difference to events he sees through his visions marks him as a man of character and honor. I particularly enjoyed the internal dialogue Rye has as he tries to balance his desire to help his fellow hostages with his overwhelming need to be apart from other human beings. The relationship between the woman Rye calls Mama and himself is definitely one of the most interesting of the story. It is clear that she is the only person in the world he truly trusts and similarly she would never do anything to cause harm to come to him. As a reader, the emotional rollercoaster the author takes us on is intense, powerful, and gripping. I certainly became enthralled in this drama and found myself talking to the characters at times, advising them on courses of action, which is a sure sign the author has got it right. The author clearly has a wonderful grasp of the character’s motivations and needs. I can highly recommend this book for all lovers of suspense – it’s a ripper!

Tammy Ruggles

Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight by K.M. Greffe is a compelling crime drama with a psychological twist. Meet Rye Nova, a man with a mind tortured by nightmares and visions that come true, or have already happened. So impactful they are inked onto his body. One of his visions resulted in saving the life of a woman named Tess, but it drove him to near suicide and rehab. He is gifted and cursed with the ability to know the future, sometimes just by touch alone, but it wreaks havoc on his life and psyche. Normally he never sees the complete picture. Not enough to prevent a tragedy, or alert anyone that could stop it or alter the outcome. But one particular vision is different.

This character-driven psychological drama grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go. Greffe builds the story from the ground up, giving attention to details and creating fully realized characters and scenarios. The suspense is taut, the conflicts are personal, and you find yourself caught up in Rye's psychological struggles and the criminal aspects at hand. As the title suggests, this story is ultimately about the choices these characters make and the consequences that could arise based on these decisions. I love how the author has Rye trying to run from his dreams and abilities, trying to avoid having them by avoiding sleep as much as possible, but nothing seems to work. He has to deal with the nightmare somehow. The hostage situation is nail-biting. Additional characters--Lauren, Parker, Paige, Shawn, Travis, Mama Reese, and others--round out this tragic cast and domestic drama. Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight by K.M. Greffe is a piece of fiction that pulses with tension and suspense.

Pikasho Deka

Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight is another installment in the Rye Nova series by author K. M. Greffe. As in the previous novel, Rye continues to be plagued by visions of catastrophes, leaving him in a constant state of fear and distress. On the way to the hardware store, Rye finds himself embroiled in a hostage situation when the customers and employees of the store are taken hostage by a man named Parker. Parker has already been involved in four homicides and has a grudge against the store manager, Travis, who he suspects of having an affair with his wife, Lauren. Rye must now find a way to stop Parker from hurting the hostages and save himself and the others while figuring out the whereabouts of Lauren.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of the series and was looking forward to reading this one. I was not disappointed. If anything, Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight seems more polished. It feels as if Greffe has finally truly grasped the depths of the protagonist as more layers get added to Rye's character, and his relationship with Mama Reese is further explored. The plot is concise and tightly structured. The action sequences are realistic, and the scenes depicting the hostage situation full of tension and drama. I like the fact that despite this being the second book in the series, it also works as a standalone so that readers can enjoy it even if they have not read the prequel. Anyone who reads thrillers should love this one.

Susan Sewell

Caught in a hostage situation while picking up paint in a hardware store, a man with a dark psychic ability is living one of his nightmares in the dramatic suspense novel Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight by K. M. Greffe. Rye Nova is haunted by nightmares that have the frightening habit of transmuting to reality. While fixing his houseboat, Rye goes to the hardware store to pick up some supplies and drop a stray dog off at an animal shelter. Waiting for his paint to be mixed, Rye experiences deja vu when a man enters the store and starts shooting. As one of the hostages, Rye tries to reason with the man and have him let the other captives go. During a conversation with his captor, Rye learns that the unstable man's pregnant wife is tied up and imprisoned somewhere else. Before Rye or the police can find out the abducted woman's location, the man is injured and goes into a coma. Can Rye find her using his unique ability? Or is it already too late?

Brimming with drama, Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight by K. M. Greffe is a thrilling suspense novel. Beginning with a startling murder scene and abduction, the intensity of the plot continues to build, culminating in a shocking conclusion. From start to finish, it is an edge of the seat page-turner. Part of a sensational series, the book does well as a standalone. The author does an exceptional job of weaving essential details from the previous books into the story so that I never got lost or confused. It is a thrilling adventure that I highly recommend to those who love fast-paced novels with taciturn and indomitable heroes. Finishing on a cliff hanger, it is a riveting story that leaves the reader wanting more and waiting on tenter-hooks for the sequel.

Rabia Tanveer

Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight by K.M. Greffe is a novel about fighting the odds and coming out a victor. Rye’s visions are the bane of his existence. They terrify the hell out of him, but they have never led him astray. So, when Rye gets a vision of a woman dying, he knew there is nothing he can do about it. As always, he knows what will happen, but he does not know when and where it will happen, who she is, and how he can stop it. Is it even possible for Rye to stop her murder? Or will another person will die because he cannot help them?

Rye Nova: Between Flight and Fight is a far more fascinating and entertaining novel than I initially thought. It takes a lot of courage for what Rye does and, honestly, I was not expecting him to do anything. I love his reactions; how real they are and how human he is. The story itself is intricate and complex. There are layers that I loved to unfold. The narrative is smooth, it flows incredibly fluidly and it allows the reader to enjoy it. Rye is tough and so simple to understand. He wears his heart on his sleeve and that is very apparent to readers. The “villain” of the story is crafted to drive the story forward without being someone the reader will hate. You will feel empathy for the villain, but you will cheer Rye on. The race against time made me hold my breath and look forward to the conclusion. This is a fantastic story.