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Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite
Florian Louisoder's action novel Shock Wave 2: The Book of Vallora is a riveting science fiction story of time travel and alternate history. Linda DeSantis, the principal character, is originally from Atlantis. She escapes from the destruction of Atlantis 5,000 years in the past in the Vortex, a time travel device. She now lives in modern-day Florida. When the world faces Armageddon in the 21st century, Linda returns to Atlantis to confront another time traveler from Atlantis, Karras, who is determined to control the world. In Shock Wave 2, Linda and her ex-husband Scott return to Miami from Atlantis. They find themselves in an alternate 21st century in which the US is ruled by the Nazis. Linda has in her possession The Book of Vallora from Atlantis. Karras believes the book is vital to consolidating his control of the world. The tension and suspense are palpable as Linda and Scott flee from their nemesis.
I was hooked from the start by Florian Louisoder's action novel Shock Wave 2 and its extraordinary characters and alternate history storyline. I liked the way themes of marriage, family life, freedom, power, and tyranny are worked into the story through the lens of remarkable and formidable characters. I particularly liked the character development of Linda DeSantis, the principal character. She has unflinching courage and an incredible will to survive. Linda knows she must return to Atlantis to change the world to its actual timeline. I felt the story gained a great deal of depth by including Linda's ex-husband, Scott DeSantis, as a major character. Their family life, their love for each other, and their children make for a powerful contrast to the family life and society in the Nazi US. I felt the minor characters evoked the struggle between freedom and tyranny vividly. I think the worldbuilding of ancient Atlantis was very imaginative and well-crafted. Karras of Atlantis changed the modern timeline, showing utter ruthlessness and greed for absolute power. A compelling and thought-provoking science fiction story of gritty characters and a terrifying alternate history.