Resilience

The Lenka Trilogy Part 2

Fiction - Adventure
260 Pages
Reviewed on 07/22/2020
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Author Biography

I delivered medical aid to orphanages and hospitals across the globe, including Romania during the revolution, South America and Bosnia during the war. The success of each mission depended on enlisting the unlikely support of those I called 'benevolent rogues'. These men and women used their wit and guile to deliver medical aid and help save lives. Thirty years later, I decided to weave these extraordinary stories into my 1990s based The Lenka Trilogy.
I believe readers will relate to its heroine who, despite being a young teacher in rural Ireland, wants to help children, whether abandoned in Romanian orphanages or fleeing the war in Bosnia. Even the Rogues she meets on the convoy who are veterans of humanitarian aid crises, grow to respect the ‘unworldly’ teacher for her tenacity and quick-wittedness. Despite the tragic subject matter, there is also sharp humour which I am sure readers will enjoy. This was based on my personal experiences, as it helped me, and my Rogues, to get through some traumatic times.
Critics have praised my work, with the Self-Publishing Review (US) describing Heartbreak as “both thrilling and poignant" and The Independent Review of Books (US) describing my writing as "Reminiscent of Hemingway."
My first novel, Churchill's Rogue, was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Inaugural Adventure Awards.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Resilience is a work of fiction in the action, adventure, and recent history sub-genres, and was penned by author John Righten. Forming the second novel of the Lenka Trilogy, the work does contain the use of some explicit language and is more suited to mature audiences. We revisit our heroine Lenka in 1992, where she sets her sights on her next mission to provide aid in war-torn Bosnia. Her interpersonal drama continues as secrets are unveiled about a former lover, whilst the brewing conflict spills over and threatens to quite literally explode onto a global scale, with Lenka and her delivery missions right at the center of the storm.

Author John Righten continues The Lenka Trilogy with style and flair, developing the protagonist as our young Irish girl once again finds herself in deep danger and put to the test. One of the things which I really enjoyed about the work was the inclusion of so many other essential characters who aid in her missions, which gives a good sense of how these operations work during wartime. The dialogue too was excellent for conveying the realistic experiences of the piece, and for establishing the time and cultural setting of the work. In terms of the plot, the novel eases us in gently and provides a good catch up from book one, which then rockets towards a very exciting story with plenty of new twists and turns to enjoy. Overall, I would definitely recommend Resilience to fans of the existing series and action/adventure stories set in real conflicts.