Lash Series Book #3

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
255 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2013
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Author Biography

Tara Fox Hall received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romantic drama She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series, the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series, and the transgender erotic Grow a Pair series. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works In Vein and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and authored the essay “Paradox in Film and Fiction,” published in Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence’s special issue Paradox and Mind (Taylor and Francis, 2013). Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite

War, The Lash Series: Book Three by Tara Fox Hall is a complex, emotional, historical fiction novel, introducing readers to World War II, combat strategies, and the emotional realities of war. Readers may often struggle to read historical novels because of a "boring" tone or style. This, however, is not the case with Tara Fox Hall's Book 3 of Lash. Providing the reader with a few fictitious, sci-fi, paranormal characters to accompany historical facts allows for readers to comprehend the plot in a more fun, exciting, and understandable way. Readers may find themselves deeply divided emotionally as they relate to the Lash character as he is tossed into a world of struggle and conflict; but also mentally and emotionally as he discovers the unpleasant realities mankind suffers through war.

Not having read the previous book in this series, an analysis of the Lash character is based on the third book. Lash appears to be a hard character, with a lack of patriotism, sympathy, and compassion. These characteristics become apparent at the very beginning of the book when the character struggles with why he should care about a war and people so far away. These characteristics are highly relatable to many people who have thought the same thing once or twice. The character's motive for proceeding into the unpleasantness of war is from necessity and obligation, as he searches for his old lover and a stubborn nephew.

As stated above, I have not read the previous 2 books in this series, but that has not detracted from my pleasure in reading in any way. This book was well written and researched, although for the timid or faint-hearted reader, this book may not be for you as it contains graphic details and unpleasant situations. Tara Fox Hall has written a terrific book - bravo!

Kathryn Bennett

War by Tara Fox Hall is the third book in the Lash Series and in it Lash journeys to Europe to find his nephew and his former lover Nancy. World War II is upon them and Lash finds himself forced into service by a German werecougar named Theodor von Kessel. It will take several attempts at escape for Lash and the friends he meets along the way to free themselves and Nancy from the grip of the German forces. The question is can they actually escape, kill Theodor, and manage to survive what history remembers as one of the bloodiest wars?

Tara Fox Hall has created a book that will be loved by war aficionados, history buffs, and paranormal fans alike. It ticks so many boxes for what is layered between its pages. As a history buff and reader, I could see the research that went into the book to give credibility and realism to the characters of the time and I enjoyed those little details. From a paranormal aspect, there is a lot to sink your teeth into with all the different kinds of 'weres' that Lash comes into contact with and makes his friends. It is an adventure and, like all adventures, there are a lot of twists and turns and it keeps you interested. For me, it took about a chapter to feel fully invested in the story and once I was, I did not want to put it down for anything. I would highly recommend this book if you want something that is going to entertain and rivet you.

Bil Howard

Visit World War II in a completely unique way in the historical fantasy thriller War by Tara Fox Hall. The things that go unseen behind the scenes come to life as weresnake, Lash, takes a trip to Europe, seeking his nephew as well as his ex-lover Nancy. His trip to the continent comes at a time when the sabers are rattling and Germany is preparing for war. Things aren’t so easily accomplished without some sort of sacrifice and Lash is forced into service to the Nazi state by a werecougar, Theodore von Kessel. While marching with the German army, Lash learns of Germany’s “Final Solution” and the role that he is expected to play in it. He also becomes friends with another soldier and weresnake, Dieter, as well as bringing Nancy to safety. When Lash escapes and discovers that both Dieter and Nancy were captured during their escape, he is forced to return to Europe for another rescue. This time, he is joined by another weresnake, Nails, and a mixed group of weremen to free Dieter and Nancy from the prison camps. In his attempt, Lash is imprisoned in a death camp after being ambushed by demons and captured. However, Lash escapes and is soon reunited with Dieter as they march onward along with the American forces to D-Day. Lash has come full circle and begins his primary mission a third time while attempting to survive the last days of World War II.

War presents the story of one of the most brutal times in the history of the world from a different realm, the realm of werepeople. This unique concept provides an interesting twist to the traditional historical novel and allows a creative explanation for some of the strange things that happen in times of war. Creative, suspenseful and action packed, War will stir up ideas in readers’ mind which go beyond the recorded history of the Second World War and leave them out of breath in the process.