Paperback: 472 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 21, 2012)
Kindle: 2945 KB
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 6, 2013)
Gift copy, no review solicited
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An Action Hero That Captures The Heart
This book had me so engrossed I stayed up way too late on a weeknight finishing it. I didn't really know much about it except except that it's the first book in a series of thrillers featuring a female agent. It's a fat book at almost 500 pages, so I had planned to read a few chapters at a time. But once I started reading I forgot to stop.
The book starts with an introduction where the author explains that the inspiration for his story was watching a hero receive the medal of honor and he wondered how young people become heroes. So he decided to write an origin story about a hero.
The story begins with Amy Lynn as a child, on a tiny farm in rural Alabama the day after her big brother's funeral. She's valiantly doing her chores, determined to take care of her brother and her dad who works all shifts at the mine. And I just fall in love with her, enjoying the story of her growing up, and the backstories of the important people in her life. So when Something Horrible happens to her as a teen, I'm thinking no, No NO! But it's a pivotal moment that shapes her life, and the author does not spare his hero. Which makes me root for her to overcome and cheer when she does.
Amy Lynn is a hero, and we get to see how she becomes one. I don't know what it is about her or the way the author writes, but her story really pulled me in. I had to know what would happen. Actually, since there are a couple of sequels, it would be more accurate to say I still have to know what happens next.
I liked the way the author described growing up in the rural South. I liked the supporting characters. I have one complaint - I did not like the font that the flashbacks / backstories were written in - it made me squint. Also, be aware that there are scenes of graphic and horrible violence, and there are sex scenes (not explicit or gratuitous, but possibly disturbing). That aside, I highly recommend Amy Lynn. Just make sure to start reading it on a weekend so you don't end up groggy and sleep-deprived like I did - you've been warned!
Reviewed by VM on Month DD, YEAR