Battered Earth

Fiction - Thriller - General
236 Pages
Reviewed on 09/05/2011
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Author Biography

Deborah Hilleren was a corporate executive at Nike, Inc. where she worked for twenty-five years before retiring to pursue both her love of writing and dream of owning horses. Her passion is to write intelligent, exciting novels that have a social conscience. Battered Earth is her debut novel.

Deborah grew up in Seattle, WA and went to college at Western Washington University where she majored in Art. Shortly after she moved to Portland, OR where she worked at Tektronix, entered the management training program, and soon became a Manufacturing Manager (a far cry from an art degree!) After returning to Portland State University to obtain an MBA, she went to work at Nike. There she had many interesting opportunities, spending much of her time as Global Brand Directors in the Kids and Women’s businesses.

Deborah’s many travels and business experiences have made her a lifelong student of human behavior. She is particularly fascinated with the impact of socially relevant issues and how people react to the changes in their lives.

Always ready to talk about her Kiger Mustangs, Colton and Carson, Deb loves to spend time riding and learning horsemanship skills. “I started riding later in life so I have to work extra hard to catch up!”

Deb now lives in Central Oregon with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and two horses.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

The earth has finally captured the attention of the human race as global warming and pollution wreak havoc around the globe. Natural disasters occur randomly and with deadly force on a daily basis to the point that some people have become desensitized to the news. Scientists come together in a summit, motivated by discovering green energy and reducing the carbon footprint the petroleum industry has imprinted on the precious planet. Of course, where there is good, there is evil. Deep pockets and zealous terrorist cells provide the counterbalance to their efforts.

Battered Earth takes us around the world, with vivid descriptions of geography, history, science and social fare. This whirlwind thriller unites the senses to full alert as the characters establish their personas then intertwine in a story of espionage, betrayal, romance and loss.

I found myself mesmerized in the plot, the peril of each personality whether on the receiving or the giving end. D. Hilleren has such a descriptive way with words that I could close my eyes and mentally visualize the landscapes, the sounds, the smells of the scene. A squalor, a lightening strike, a sniper hidden in a cathedral tower; this is the closest thing to a movie that a reader can get. This book has a story line that is quite impressionable and raises questions of the safety in our own world today. Closing the book at finish, I turned on the news and soon found my skin had goose bumps and an eerily familiar feeling.