Vigilance Review

What makes this series so good are the well-developed characters and the world-building. This continues in the second book as we get deeper into the story.

Vigilance is the second book in the Regina Shen series and I found it just as thrilling as the first book.

What makes this series so good are the well-developed characters and the world-building. This continues in the second book as we get deeper into the story. Regina, who lives in the swampy islands outside The Wall with the outcasts of their only-female society has been training for the last two years to manage the huge feat of crossing this impossible barrier wall and then infiltrating the University as a student.

She manages it but her intelligence and free-thinking gets her into trouble. It also makes her see just how much The World Federation bullies their society into submission and conformity, and Regina goes against the grain. She discovers other free-thinkers and manages to find her sister, evade capture, and decide that she must use her skills and life to change things.

Once again, Regina uses her wits and this time, unbeknown to her, she is up against two rivals who are using her as a pawn in their own game for power and greed. New characters are introduced and Regina goes through many trials. She experiences tragedy, makes new friends and discovers her worth in view of what she can do to bring about possible change.

Because the world in this novel is an all-female society there were instances where two of the characters showed a love attachment to another female. It was subtle however. The author has not portrayed the society as a lesbian one so I have been comfortable up to now reading this series and hope that this aspect does not become a major theme in the series.

I look forward to digging into Defiance Book 3 in the series to see how Regina keeps growing as a character and as a leader for change in her broken society. If you like well-written dystopian novels don’t miss this series. It will not disappoint!

(by Laura Fabiani at http://www.libraryofcleanreads.com/2016/06/regina-shen-vigilance-book-2-by-lance.html

Resilience Review

      `Resilience` is the first book in an action-packed, science fiction, young-adult, series by author Lance Erlick. The Federation are the evil rulers. The people under the Federation are known as Marginals. Women within the Federation could only have children if they obeyed. The Federation dumbed down the Marginals, they were not allowed to read books.

      This book reminds me of the `Hunger Games`. The setting is fictional and it complements the characters. The book, `A Tale of Two Cities` is mentioned because both stories tell of hardships and spies.

      Chapter seven ended with a twist, which shook my nerves. I like how Regina took the only resources she could find and turned them into something useful. Example, she tied logs together to make a raft. But, she knew bounty hunters were after her. She could relate to the `Life on the Mississippi` character, Tom Sawyer.

(by Michelle at http://newhorizonreviews.blogspot.com/2016/06/review-resilience.html)

Endurance Review

Regina Shen: Endurance (book 4) begins with Regina Shen still on the run from the federation and dealing with the betrayal of her mother. Regina has all the keys to saving or destroying the federation and if she were anyone, but an outcast then she would be queen. However outcasts cannot even become citizens. This leaves Regina on the run and trying to figure out what she should do as allies become traitors and the federation follows her.

I found that Regina Shen: Endurance (book 4) was the best book in the series by far. This is the book where Regina truly decides her fate and the fate of the Federation. However I cannot seem to get over the simple fact that if the Federation had not made her an outcast most of the trouble could have been avoided. Regina really came into herself in this book as she was given more and more choices on what she could do with what she knew.

(by Misty at http://hubpages.com/literature/Regina-Shen-Endurance-book-4-Review)

Defiance Review (5 star)

This series just keeps getting better and better! This book didn’t feel filler, as some 2nd and 3rd books can tend to be. It had it’s share of adventure and plot movement, and stood on it’s own (not in terms of being read alone, I don’t recommend that at all) but as it was a legit addition to the series and needed to be there for the continued growth of the series. 

The character development in this series is starting to surprise me. I have read so many series where I enjoy the ride the characters take in personal growth, but this one has taken the cake. I have grown so attached to Regina and her journey that I find myself talking about this book whenever I can. I feel for her, and root for her. She is just such an unseen character in some of the YA dystopian books. She has a brain, and she uses it. It isn’t an afterthought for her. And it’s nice to see a strong, SMART, female lead for a change.

In this book Regina is still on the run, and now looking for her sister. This added to the adventure and page turning for me. I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to find out what happened. We find out a lot about the world Regina lives in this book as well, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I love when series just get stronger as they progress. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the last book! I have so many unanswered questions and feelings about certain characters: like the mother and the Chief Inspector. I just need to know what happens and know that it all works out for Regina 🙂

(Posted at: http://bookishlydevoted.blogspot.com/2016/07/regina-shen-defiance-by-lance-erlick.html)

Vigilance Review (5 star)

I enjoyed Book 2 in the series called “Regina Shen” as much as I liked the first book.  Regina Shen has done all that she can to try to stay alive and not get caught by the horrible people that want to use her body to save others. She finally after 2 years has figured out a way to jump the Barrier Wall to try to get to her sister who she knows has been taken by these people. Has she done enough and learned all that she can to save her sister and keep herself free? After all she is the one that they want. Maybe they will let her sister go now. When she gets to her sister, if she can, there are very hard decisions that she must make. Will she be able to make the hard choices? I am so excited to start reading Book 3 in this series. I give this book a 5/5.

(by Debra Gaudette at http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2016/06/regina-shen-by-lance-erlick-book-tour.html)

Resilience Review

Regina Shen is a woman living in world that bans books and artifacts from before the Great Collapse.

I have to say when I began reading Regina Shen: Resilience I was not sure that I would truly enjoy it because I felt like the book was based on a concept that had been done before by other authors. However as I read more and more of the book I discovered just how wrong I was. This book may be based on a similar concept, but the book is far from ordinary. The plot of the novel keeps moving in sort of zig-zag which keeps the reader guessing about what is going to happen next. The author does a truly amazing job with stringing each chapter together and with character creation. I truly loved Regina Shen she is a character that just keep picking herself back up and trying again. I enjoyed the fact that she was a strong female lead character and her eidetic memory allowed her to learn and understand faster than other characters. Her enjoyment of books is something I could truly understand and appreciate. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for new take on an old concept.

(Posted: http://hubpages.com/literature/Regina-Shen-Series-Reviews)

99c Promo—Rebel & Regina Shen series

Due to my absence much of this year on account of my brother having a stroke and needing my help, I’ve put together a year-end promotion on the first books of both the Rebel and Regina Shen series.

The Rebel Within (first book in Rebel series) is on sale for only 99 cents through December 18 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple Itunes.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C0WEZ48

Also, if you use Bookbub.com, The Rebel Within will be a Featured Deal on December 6.

We also plan for Regina Shen: Resilience (first book in Regina Shen series) to be on sale for only 99 cents December 13-18 on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VDIZ72O

Check out the other books in the series and short stories on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA

Happy holidays,

Lance

Regina Shen Book Promo

In anticipation of the upcoming release of the 4th book in the Regina Shen series (Endurance), we are having a 99c ebook promotion on the 1st book in the series (Resilience) until June 3, 2016. The book will be available at both Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

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New Release/Cover Reveal

After a long period away from posting due to writing and joining grandparenthood, we are pleased to announce the release of the collection of short stories and novelettes: Short Sci-Fi Adventures.

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This brings together 6 previously published shorter science fiction/fantasy stories. You can check it out on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

We are also announcing the upcoming release in June/July of the 4th book in the Regina Shen series Regina Shen: Endurance.

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This series has been a labor of love and we hope you enjoy. We will keep you posted on the specific timing of the release, a planned blog tour, and any special promotions associated with the new release. You can check out the rest of the series by visiting Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other venues.

Promotions and Freebies

Lots of timely news.

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First, we’re holding a Kindle Countdown for Regina Shen: Resilience, the first book in the Regina Shen series, only 99 cents until December 17, 2015. Visit Amazon to check it out.

Second, we’re delighted to offer free novelettes in the Rebel and Regina Shen worlds for those who sign up for our newsletter.

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By signing up, you’ll receive occasional notices about new releases, special offers, other free materials, and news related to my stories. To get your free downloads, just tell me where to send them here.

Lastly, we’re in the process of changing the covers on the Rebel series. You can still see the old covers on the print books:

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The Kindle covers have already been changed:

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We would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this change.

To create a little excitement over the new covers, we will be offering the Kindle version of the first book in the Rebels series (The Rebel Within) for only 99 cents from December 18-23, 2015 on Amazon.

Help us celebrate the cover change and promotions.

Thanks,

Lance

http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA

 

Another Regina Shen Vigilance Review

By D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Regina Shen Vigilance

This second novel in the Regina Shen series continues the engrossing post-apocalyptic saga begun in the first book. The setting is a world where the ice caps have melted and created two levels of society, and Regina is one of the outcasts here until authorities discover her unique DNA makeup, which holds possibilities for the continued existence of an increasingly threatened humanity.

Book One set the stage and should really be enjoyed before Vigilence; but even newcomers to this series will be able to quickly absorb its setting and characters, which open with Regina’s concerns about her new family and threats to its existence. She’s on a mission, hunting for a kidnapped sister – and to do so, she must jump the wall and enter a forbidden world filled with uncertainty and threats.

Part of what drives the action in the Regina Shen series is psychological depth: Regina doesn’t just react to events; she strives to understand the people behind them: “Alice was cute in a big-girl way. But she had hunger in her eyes to get what she wanted. In the swamps, I avoided bartering with her type. They tried to steal what you brought, and then steal what little they bartered in exchange. Afterwards, they gloated at your misfortune.”

In any fictional account, it’s this level of emotional depth and attention to motivations behind actions that elevate the superior read from the mundane nonstop staccato action thriller – and Regina Shen: Vigilance features this in abundance.

From the psyche of the Federation and its different lifestyles (““You want to race?” I asked. “That’s Marginal,” she whispered. “The Federation promotes Harmony, not competition.“) to nefarious plans to exploit Regina’s DNA for less than altruistic or survival purposes, the story line is fast-paced but loses none of its tension by exploring different protagonists’ motivations and concerns.

The result is a gripping sequel in the series, highly recommended for both prior fans and newcomers to Regina Shen.