Friday, July 8, 2011
The Fear Principle by B .A. Chepaitis
The Killing Times, serial killers ran rampant and reached epidemic proportions. So the government decided they needed to be punished...elsewhere. They created Planetoids, small planets that orbited the earth, out of sight and mind.
On Planetoid Three, Dr. Jaguar Addams uses her gift of empathy to connect to the killers. She urges them to confront their own fears and takes them within herself, cleansing the criminal. She is very good at her job but she has never had an assassin as her subject, until now.
Clare Rilasco is a new inmate, who claims to have killed over a hundred people professionally, but namely the Governor of Colorado. While on Planetoid Three, not only will she face her fears, but they are also hopeful she will reveal who hired her.
However, it is not as easy as Jaguar thought it would be. Clare turns the tables on her, and the two begin a powerful mind struggle. Who will win? What will be revealed?
The Fear Principle is a page-turning novella with compelling and gritty characters set against a hard-core prison system. The world-building is unique and sent goosebumps up my arms. I'm really looking forward to the next in the series, The Fear of God.
About the Author:
BARBARA CHEPAITIS is author of 7 published novels, including the critically acclaimed Feeding Christine and These Dreams, as well as the sci-fi series featuring Jaguar Addams. The fourth novel in that series, A Lunatic Fear was a finalist for a Romantic Times Bookclub award. Her first nonfiction book, Feathers of Hope, came out through SUNY Press in July.
She has optioned two scripts, and has recently been awarded a seed grant to develop a documentary titled Making Peace.
She is founder and director of the storytelling trio The Snickering Witches, and faculty with Western College of Colorado’s MFA program in creative writing.