Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Mark On Eve - Joel Fox

The Mark On Eve
Joel Fox
Bronze Circle Press, Apr 14 2015, $13.99
ISBN: 9780692306192

In 1717 New England, Eve Hale pleads with Tinuba Tam, the Witch of Cornell Harbor, to save the life of those on board the Zarrago; especially her beloved Marcus Nash.  As the Zarrago breaks apart killing all on board, raging with jealousy, Tinuba curses Eve to walk the earth until Marcus kisses her.

In the present Eve Skellar strongly supports California Governor Judith Rhodes for the presidency.  On a campaign stop, Eve steps in the way of a cop’s assassination attempt.  Miraculously, Eve survives the bullet, but exposes her almost two century hidden secret; as everyone wants to know more about this heroic supergirl.  Los Angeles Post reporter Tom Evanger persistently investigates the reluctant but now famous Eve.  After hundreds of years of watching the oppression and abuse of women and the glass ceiling limiting roles in support of others, Eve believes in the emancipating importance of Rhodes becoming the first female president.

The Mark On Eve is an exciting, entertaining suspense that rotates between the present and several periods in the long life of the heroine; while making a case for the key societal oppression premise of Joel Fox’s refreshing paranormal.  After centuries of ennui and horror at her gender’s historical mistreatment, Eve finally found a purpose to live in Rhodes’ campaign.

Harriet Klausner

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