#Bookreview of A Ripple of Fear by J.M. Northup

#Bookreview of A Ripple of Fear (The Fears of Dakota Book 1)

by J.M. Northup


It only takes a spark to inspire an inferno.

In a world with fears stemming from catastrophes and terrorism, America faces its biggest challenge yet. Discord and apprehension are pushed to the extreme as ancient prophecies approach fruition. The world Dakota lives in is becoming unrecognizable: doomsday preppers grow more prevalent while government and local services continue deteriorating, eroding the security people feel in their lives and each other. As tensions grow, so does the paranoia that drives the nation to a crossroads that will change history.

Dakota holds onto her hopes of a better tomorrow, but the thread of peace seems to unravel faster than it can be contained. What will become of her and the people she loves, when a spark ignites America into an inferno of fear?

Combining survivalist drama and a dystopian future, A Ripple of Fear is a gripping story for readers of all ages.


This is the first book in the series, but wasn’t actually written until after the second book Fears of Darkness was published.  Click on the cover to read my review:

My biggest complaint about Fears of Darkness was how did the US fall apart so fast?  I just couldn’t see it happening the way Northup implied.  Other readers must’ve felt the same way, so she went back and added more background leading up to the second book.  Now, it all makes sense. 

In A Ripple of Fear, we get to meet Dakota’s mother and father and Rae’s family as well.   We also get to see how Dakota and Chris’ relationship evolved to where they were the couple in book two.  I feel such more connected with her and her family & friends, and now I know what anguish they were suffering at the start of book two.   They had just literally seen their worlds fall apart. 

Because of the more detailed background, this story starts slow, but believe me, it ends with a bang.  About halfway through, the tension starts mounting and keeps on going.  If I hadn’t already read the second book, I would’ve bought and read it right away.  

The characters are just as developed and multidimensional , and the story is well-written.  There are a lot of moral issues as well.  Those neighbors that you talk to everyday, who you think are you friends.  What will they really do in a national crisis?  Will they turn against each other?  I think Northup hit the nail on the head with her portrayal of the human psyche.  All it takes is one or two loud-mouths to turn a crowd into a deadly mob. 

If you enjoy YA and end-of-the-world tales, you’ll love this series, and I highly recommend it.  I give it 5 feathers.  Well done.

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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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2 Responses to #Bookreview of A Ripple of Fear by J.M. Northup

  1. Great review. I’ll definitely check it out when I have time

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