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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Book Review - Mpire: In Search of the Lost


In Search of the Lost is the story of Mallory Towneson Haulm, a sexy financial powerhouse, who lives in a quasi paradise in Austin, Texas. His opulent world is decorated with expensive toys and women more exquisite than an exotic candy shop. After fourteen years of separation from his family, Mallory is summoned to return home to join The Family Business. Poised for success, Mallory is focused on turning around the ailing business, not realizing that taking his assigned reigns will put him in a position of unrelenting power which he is unaware he even has. His world crashes as he reunites with his brothers and becomes Death, the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse. With every complication popping up in his life, the biggest one by far is in the form of an old lover from the past coming back to reclaim the spot in Mallory’s heart. – FROM AMAZON.COM
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: PHE Ink (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English

Mpire:  In Search of the Lost is the first of a TL James trilogy.  In this volume, Mallory Towneson Haulm is called home to join the family business after years of separation.  Reluctantly, he joins his brothers for his introduction to the stockholders as the newest board member.  While Mallory seems to have a good relationship with his brothers, tension develops between them.  And their father creates conflict because he sent Mallory away when he was still a young boy. 

The story drew me in at the beginning with an attack by a mysterious black cloud, but then it devolved into a male fantasy of wealth, power and sex -- lots of sex.  It verges on -- no, it crosses the line into pornography.  This novel definitely is not for children.

While the relationship among the brothers develops, the story slows down to a snail's pace, with an occasional hint of mystery to be revealed later. When the story picks up, we learn along with Mallory himself that he is the Anti-Christ.

This self-published book needs a good copy editor to clean up obvious errors and polish the awkward style, but the story is worth reading.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR…TL James graduated with an MBA from LeTourneau University. At LETU, James cultivated an interest in biblical studies and research. Little did James know, but her love for research would become an integral thread in her writing style.
After many sleepless nights, James began writing her first speculative fictional book, with her newly born son tucked comfortably at her side. She developed the family drama storyline that showcases her love of research, biblical studies and literary classics (i.e., Chaucer, Shakespeare and Mythology). The MPire Trilogy was born.
In 2008, TL James revived PHE Ink, a Writing Solutions Firm, after discovering a number of gaps in the publishing industry. James works with aspiring writers, one-on-one, to develop their literary voice. PHE Ink, also, assists entrepreneurs with transforming their business dreams into defined objectives and business plans.
TL James currently resides in Houston, Texas with her son and immediate family.


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Tl James said...

thank you!

TL James

tuffy777 said...

you're welcome -- purr!

Jean Holloway said...

Mpire: In Search of the Lost is a fascinating trip WAY out of my comfort zone and into the world of Mallory Haulm.

tuffy777 said...

Jean, hanx for commenting

Cheryl said...

I have been looking at all of the reviews on the tour since I have this in my file of books to read for my reading challenge for the next 13 weeks. Nice review. I am following your blog.

tuffy777 said...

thanx, Cheryl! Glad you like my blog

Cheryl said...

I am working on my review for this book right now! Great review!

tuffy777 said...

thanx, Cheryl! 8-)