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Amazon Burning Paperback – November 7, 2014
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Emma has been studying journalism at NYU until a terrible encounter with one of her professors forces her to temporarily remove herself from school. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Holly Scudero
I won “Amazon Burning” in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
I wanted to like this book, it has mystery and romance in it but unfortunately I found it to be too... Read more
I was gifted this book for a honest review, Thank you.
We are introduced to Emma, running away from NYU and we taken into this whirlwind of a murder mystery in the... Read more
I was intrigued from the beginning with the mystery of who killed Milton Silva, the environmental activist with a lot of history fighting for the salvation of the Amazon... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steph
A won this book in a free giveaway thru goodreads. What a great book. I loved reading about Emma and Jimmy and their time together in the Amazon Jungle. A must read.Published 15 months ago by Rick Gillispie
I received a copy for an honest review
Emma has had some trouble at NYU and has to leave. Read more
First, I know the description says "Young Adult", but this is definitely New Adult. Unless the young adults you know read very graphic books, both with violence and sex... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kari White
Amazon Burning was a fast paced book filled with Amazonian adventures, new adult lust, and intriguing characters. It was certainly a wild ride. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sherre
Unlike what the cover may suggest, Amazon Burning isn't entirely about romance. In fact, it's a book that, if you're like me and have no idea of what life is like in the Amazon... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nicole