Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Review - Saving Tampa © Jo Webnar


Saving Tampa 

Author: Jo Webnar

Publisher: Highland Press Publishing


For as long as she could remember, Rachel Cunningham feared and hated her psychic ability. When a strange man accidentally touches her, she sees the death of thousands. Rachel knows the FBI won't believe her, but she has to try. Lives are at stake. Special Agent Arrons dismisses her information as a publicity stunt, yet his conscience nags him.

When Rachel identifies an Al Qaida cell leader, Arrons puts his career at risk and issues an alert. Together they race against time to prevent a terrorist attack. Will the terrorists' threat succeed, or will Rachel and Arrons find the solution in time to Save Tampa?

Rachel skipped by her mother’s side eager to join her friend Sally in the sandbox. “I’m a little teapot short and stout,” she sang in a sweet childish voice, her bouncing curls tickling her shoulders.  When she plopped down beside Sally, she stopped mid verse and shuddered. Her smile and laughter vanished. The sun was bright, but a strange shadow only she could see covered her friend like a malignant fog.

Sally stared at her feet and when Rachel touched her she felt...pain. Rachel’s back and thighs seemed like they were on fire, and there was a gigantic lump in her throat.  She was terrified.

Tears ran down Rachel’s cheeks as she snatched her hand back. “Your daddy hurt you!” she screamed.

Rachel’s mother knelt beside her. “What’s wrong, honey? What is it?”

“He hurt Sally. Her daddy hurt her.” She sobbed on her mother’s shoulder.

Sally’s eyes were huge pits in her small face, and she too started to cry.  In obvious pain, she stood and backed away from Rachel.

The child’s mother grabbed her by the arm and dragged her away.  “You keep that freak away from my girl. You hear me?”

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Rachel’s mother pulled her closer, clearly shielding her from the woman’s words. “My daughter is not a freak. What did your husband do to Sally?”

Sally’s mother looked guilty and terrified at the same time. “He didn’t do anything and it wouldn’t be your damn business anyway.”

Rachel knew better, she had felt it. Her mother obviously didn’t believe it either, for she glared at Sally’s mother.

“It was just a slap. That’s all.”  Pulling the crying child behind her, Sally’s mother left the park.

* * * *

Still in the sandbox, rocking Rachel in her lap, Colleen made soothing noises deep in her throat.  When Rachel was born, the skin of the birth sac had formed a veil that covered her face. As soon as she had seen the caul, Colleen had known her daughter would have the second sight. She just never realized how much the psychic ability would cause her child to suffer.

This was the first time Rachel’s ‘gift’ had shown her something she didn’t want to see, but Colleen doubted it would be the last.

Saving Tampa  © Jo Webnar


Rachel has always been different and as her mother puts it, she’s just a little bit more special than everyone else. Rachel has a gift and not the kind that she is happy with, the only sure thing about her Psychic ability is that she never knows when it will kick in. When she get a feeling by accidentally touching a passerby, she knows she has to do something or tell some one, and she does… with unexpected consequences.

When Special Agent Arrons is told that he has a job that is just right for him, he knows that it would not be a pleasure, but he was not expecting a woman, a dog and a premonition that may change the entire face of his city.

Arrons goes on his gut feeling and follows Rachel’s vision, they uncover a more sinister plot than they could have ever imaged and they are in a race against time to prevent it.

Saving Tampa is absolutely a winner. Jo Webnar has not only written  a story that will grip you from start to finish but something I could identify with, characters who are intelligent, gutsy and who were willing to go the distance in the name of truth and honour.

Rachel is a brilliant artist, challenged by the fact that she can and does get a glimpse of the future at the most unexpected time. When she does the right thing she ends up in the middle of more than she wants to be involved in and with an attraction that she hasn’t felt in a long time.

Arrons is up against a woman who knows what she wants and not afraid to speak her mind. Constantly impressed with her colourful choice of words, he is caught up in the chase to find a threat against his city while keeping the woman who’s becoming to mean more to him than he ever could have imagined safe.

Ms. Webnar has outshone most of the books I have read this year . Saving Tampa holds you from the first page and with twist  and turns, emotional highs and lows you are caught in a web that is believable, gripping and have you saying never let it end.

P.S. Over the past weekend I re-read two books with psychic element that I read a while ago and loved, I wanted to see if my opinion of them had changed – It has not. Still loved them.

The other one was posted earlier.. HERE

6 Speak To Me:

Sophia (FV) on 5 May 2010 at 16:39 said...

Oh this sounds like a good one. Sounds like some good action!! You had me at: "[...]characters who are intelligent, gutsy and who were willing to go the distance in the name of truth and honour."

Nice review EH!

Chris on 5 May 2010 at 20:32 said...

You know it's a good book if it stands up to rereading!

Blodeuedd on 5 May 2010 at 20:52 said...

Nice review there.
Books that can take hold of you from page 1 are totally the best

Erotic Horizon on 5 May 2010 at 21:03 said...


Thank you - this was such a good read for me...

Hope you get the change to read it..


Erotic Horizon on 5 May 2010 at 21:04 said...


You know it's a good book if it stands up to rereading!

I could not have said it any better..and all the best ones do.


Erotic Horizon on 5 May 2010 at 21:05 said...


I am having a run of good books that holds me from page one..

Nice to have that sometimes..