14 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Wounded Earth by Mary Anna Evans

I got this book in for review last year and it kind of sat in the back of my head to read. I liked the description and it looked to be something right up my alley. I ran across it again and decided to finally give it a shot. WHY did it take me so long? This book is absolutely wonderful!

The main genre is thriller/mystery but it also has a bit of environmentalism and activism in it. I will admit that I was a bit worried about that. I’ve read books similar to this in the past and it was entirely too preachy for me. I like my fiction to lack holier-than-thou. I shouldn’t have worried. This was so supremely well done! This was interwoven very well into the plot and didn’t feel forced down our throats, just part of the story.

Where the author excels with this book is character development. I felt like I knew Larabeth, like she was my good friend living next door. The author has the ability of empathy. I was extremely empathetic to both Larabeth and Cynthia and their plight. Even the pilot, who played a small part, was so strongly developed that I felt connected with him.

Her writing is amazing. It’s beautiful, almost lyrical at times. She sets up a scene without giving away too much of where she’s going. The only bad I saw in the whole book is that there were a few times that the book seemed to drag a little. Almost as though she was overexplaining a situation. We could have done with a little bit more of a strong editing arm.

Having said that, it doesn’t detract from the story and the story moves along very well.

Highly recommended to those that enjoy a good thriller and just plain excellent writing.

Description:
An environmental thriller from a recipient of Red Adept’s Red Adept’s Annual Indie Award–

Larabeth McLeod has beauty, money, several patents, a Ph.D., a successful environmental firm, and some very old secrets. When a man with the uncomfortable name of Babykiller begins stalking her, terrorizing her with stories of her darkest days in Vietnam, stories no one else knows, she feels compelled to fight back…until he exposes her most tender secret of all by threatening the daughter she has never met.

She turns to private detective J.D. Hatten for help, breaking five years of separation and silence between quarreling friends. And then Babykiller shows his true capabilities. He is the head of an illicit business offering but one service–moving cargo worldwide for criminals who need their drugs or cash or smuggled goods shipped safely and anonymously–so he is capable of putting anything anywhere. He quietly explains to Larabeth, a well-known environmental executive, that he can even put defective gauges in nuclear power plants, and he will, just to get her attention. If she goes to the police for protection, people will die. Lots and lots of people will die. And one of them will be her daughter.

Larabeth and J.D. are just a normal man and woman, up against a babykiller. But then, Babykiller doesn’t know who he’s dealing with…

WOUNDED EARTH is the first thriller by Mary Anna Evans, winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Florida Literature Award, and a Florida Book Awards Bronze medal Her Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, and FLOODGATES, are available on Amazon in print, large-print, and audio editions.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2012: 2

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