The Rise of Kali: A Hunter Recovery Novel by Ron Owen

It’s been five years since Kali Hunter lost her father in a plane crash, and she still carries the scars from her loss. Now, she runs the business he started, Hunter Recovery, where she uses her wits and her skills to return stolen goods to the rightful owners.

An unexpected phone call from an old family friend gives her hope. After a lifetime of searching, he has finally discovered the location of the Evolution Stone, and he needs her help to reach it.
Legend says that it has the power to grant one wish by changing the past. Now, Kali is determined to harness the power of the Stone to change history and bring her father back.

Kali will need every skill she has to survive the dangers that lie ahead of her.

But, changing the past can have unpredictable results. Will she be able to deal with the consequences of her actions if she succeeds?
Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

A little about Ron first:

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Ron Owen grew up a fan of the action adventure. Starting with Batman on television and taking off with James Bond on the big screen. (That’s Sean Connery, by the way. The one and only James Bond.)
A small town boy from Southern Illinois, he didn’t begin writing until 8 years ago when the first two chapters of The Rise of Kali were pecked out on a pre-smartphone PDA.
It took all of those 8 years to breathe life into FMC Kali Hunter, part ballerina, part Samurai sword master, part James Bond, part Bruce Lee, part Indiana Jones. For more about Ron and his books, check out his blog.

Sherry Terry’s Review: 4 Stars

As an editor, I found some issues with the writing, but as a reader, they didn’t take away from the great plot. I instantly fell for Kali, and she felt like a real person. The cover promises some paranormal elements, and I think it delivers and fits the story well. Although this story could do with a good critique, it was enjoyable with lots of good action and packed full of suspense.

Once on the trail of the Evolution Stone, the near death, run for their lives, intrigue around every corner keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning the page. The setting of an archeological site was done well, and I did feel like I could see the sights and smell the smells.

I recommend this book for anyone who loves action, adventure, and thrilling intrigue around every corner.

RA Winter’s Review: 4 Stars

I have to say that I’m sorry, I haven’t finished the book yet, but the plot is great. There are a few little things that the author needs to look at, like changing fonts halfway through the chapter, but that doesn’t take away from the story.

I love archeology stories and this one comes with a great heroine, Kali, the book’s namesake. She’s a bundle of ingenuity and skill. Someone for us to root for. Her father’s presumed dead and now she’s after the stone. It’s action-packed, with tidbits of corporate espionage, so there is a lot going on plot-wise. I’m really enjoying every detail. It is a little long at 635 pages but so far, each page has been worth the time.
If you like archeology, mystery, and adventure, you’re going to love this one.

4 out of 5 stars for a great plot and storyline even though I haven’t finished it. I’ll get on that right away. So far, this story delivers.

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  1. I really enjoyed this story. It had mystery, action, and a great cast of characters. I wasn’t hooked after the first chapter, but once Kali was introduced in the second chapter I was hooked. It’s so nice to have a strong female lead who is also clever (and uses a sword!). I really liked her and connected right away.
    I don’t want to give too much away, but shortly after Kali learns of her father’s death, she goes on the hunt for the Evolution Stone, a magical item that has the power to change the past. The quest takes her to Babylon, ancient temples, and tombs, using a statue as a key and map. As readers, we’re taken on a thrilling ride as clues are discovered leading Kali closer to the Evolution Stone.
    What I really liked about this novel is the balance between action and solving the puzzle, so I had time to learn about the characters. They had good depth, all of them, including Kali’s sidekicks.
    I highly recommend this book! Explore ancient temples with Kali for a captivating adventure.

  2. ************************ Review **************
    Overall rating: 3.5 stars
    I’m a sucker for alternate history fantasy, so I was hooked by the prologue, where we learn that the artifact, the evolution stone, has the power to change the past. Unfortunately, the next few chapters failed to engage me. Why? The action is lively, the plot full of twists and turns, but there is, for my taste, too little focus on character development, especially at the beginning of the novel.
    I did keep going because I wanted to discover what happened (I’m not going to tell), and because I enjoyed the exotic locales; I’m fairly well traveled, but I’ve never ventured beyond Europe and the Americas.
    This novel appears to be self-published and definitely, to my ear, suffers from lack of an outside editor, especially one who knows grammar and punctuation. The novel is riddled with badly punctuated sentences. This bothered me greatly, and threw me out of the novel each of the many, many times I noticed them.
    Should you read this book? Maybe. Check it out for yourself – Amazon will let you read the first few chapters for nothing – and then decide. If you love adventure, this might be the book for you.

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