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Victoria Griffith’s debut novel is a triumph! Amazon Burning is a spellbinding tale of love, intrigue, and murder set in the imperiled Amazon rainforest. A young woman’s coming of age story is deftly woven into this vast ecological conflict, as indigenous tribes struggle to defend their land against the loggers, ranchers, and miners who are destroying it. A nonstop thrill ride that will leave you wanting more. (Courtney Farrell, Bestselling author of Enhanced)

About the Author

Victoria Griffith is the author of the award winning non-fiction picture book The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont (Abrams, 2011), which won numerous awards, including the prestigious Parents' Choice. The book was recently translated into Portuguese for the Brazilian market and was also released in audio book version.

Before becoming a full-time author, Victoria spent twenty years as an international journalist, fifteen of those years as foreign correspondent for the UK's
Financial Times. During that time, she had fun writing on a wide range of topics, including Brazil's Yanomami Indians, architecture, space exploration, the human genome, and the growth of the Internet. She even managed to fit in some children's book reviews. Her most terrifying assignment was preparing lunch for Julia Child, who praised the Brazilian fish stew but refused to touch the blackberry dessert. Victoria lives in Boston with her husband and three daughters.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: HighLine Editions; New edition edition (November 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938231945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938231940
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.5

I received this book as a gift from the publisher.

+++I would not classify this as YA but more of a New Adult murder mystery or contemporary.

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This cover is beautiful. It captivates, the colors explode off the book capturing the wild and untamed majesty of the Amazon. (Though I’m not too sure about that black purse).

The descriptions of the Amazon are bold, dark, and embrace the dangerous whimsy of the deepest recesses of the jungle.
Between the landslides, the vicious animals, the uncertainty of life or death, it’s a precarious world that reeks of danger and corruption. The suspense mounts as each scene is laced with the unexpected and the anticipation of something sinister.

Mystery, Nancy Drew style, weaves throughout the plot. There are clues that shout out, clues that are subtle, and those that are so seemingly random you don’t know what to make of them. The puzzle is tantalizing. You’re consumed with the desire to solve the riddle of the murder and everyone looks suspicious. It’s hard to know which characters to trust.

I learned so much from this book. It was like being transported to a magical and slightly nightmarish dream world. Insight into the crime rings, the risks journalists take, the prevalence of guns and attacks on the streets were terrifying and enlightening. It really opened my eyes to issues in the Amazon in terms of environment and domestic crime. The Amazonian Indians, the Yanomami, I had no clue that they existed or any idea about how their culture words and interacts with the rest of Brazil. These tidbits of information were fascinating and show that Victoria did her research.

Emma was an uncoventional protagonist. She’s headstrong and courageous but scared.
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A big departure from her first work The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont, a highly praised children’s book, Victoria Griffith proves that she is just as adept at writing for older audiences in her first published novel, Amazon Burning. Amazon Burning will appeal to both lovers of mystery and romance genres alike. Exploring the physical, the cultural, and the political landscapes of the Amazon rainforest, Amazon Burning sets itself apart as an “original”. Read this book!
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I read the whole book in one day, that’s how interesting it was. Amazon Burning is a compelling, entertaining story. The plot line is solid and the main characters are well-developed. And, as for who killed Milton Silva, there is an ironic twist at the end, reminiscent of a good noir-style story. Griffith did a good job spinning her tale.
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I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.

Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith tells the thrilling story of aspiring journalist Emma Cohen and her journey into the Amazon to uncover the truth behind the death of prominent environmentalist Milton Silva. Emma is in Rio de Janerio interning with her father when news of Milton's death reaches them. Hopping aboard a plane with her father and newspaper photographer Jimmy, they head to the jungle to cover his funeral and do a little digging. From dealing with corrupt police to gold diggers to an illegal exotic animal ring, Amazon Burning will keep you engaged in the action until the very last word.

Character Breakdown

Emma Cohen is 22 years-old when she takes her father's offer of an internship at the newspaper he works for in Rio. Moving from NYC to the bustling city is a bit of culture shock for Emma, but with everything that is happening in NYC it is the best option for her. Without revealing any spoilers I'll just say that Miss Emma is facing a lawsuit and being kicked out her senior year of college because of something that happened with a professor. Needless to say, Emma is very strong-willed, a fighter, and has a nose for trouble.

Jimmy is a photographer for the newspaper in Rio, not much older than Emma, and extremely charming. He comes from a rich family, went to school to be a doctor, but has decided that it isn't for him. He and Emma become fast friends, but there is more than just friendship brewing between them.

Romance and Action

Okay so the plot is two-fold. First there is the main plot....who killed Milton Silva and why?
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Author Victoria Griffith’s new mystery novel, "Amazon Burning," offers readers a marvelously unsettling ride—richly imagined, sexy, suspenseful, politically engaged, tragic, paradoxical. The story’s protagonist, Emma Cohen, a young and relatively naïve journalist, is both gutsy and endearingly vulnerable. (The girl can’t help it. And neither can the boy.) As for the author, she clearly takes great pleasure in leading her heroine thousands of miles off the beaten path… from New York to Rio de Janeiro to Boa Vista… and finally to an encampment of vicious thugs mired deep in the Brazilian rain forest. Griffith skillfully paints a panorama of Brazilian citizenry—environmentalists, children of privilege, power brokers—the venal, the indigenous, the murderous. This debut novel is a brilliant flight of fancy. Storm warning: “Heavy turbulence ahead!”
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