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Angels Mark (The Serena Wilcox Mysteries Dystopian Thriller Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Natalie Buske Thomas , Cassandra Thomas
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Serena Wilcox Dystopian Trilogy Book #1: Start here with Angels Mark, then read Book #2 Covert Coffee. The last book in the trilogy, Book #3 Bluebird Flown, is a new release, launched May 2013.

Serena Wilcox and her family have destroyed their old home and faked their deaths to go off the grid under new identities, after obtaining insider information about a threat to the United States. The threat results in a geographically divided America, with two governing presidents: John Williams and Japanese-American Ann Kinji.

Conspiracy, greed and a lust for power are at the root of this plot-twisting thriller about corrupt American government; when the future of the nation depends on former private detective Serena Wilcox and her unlikely crew.

Revolting and oddball characters, quirky humor, shocking dialog and events: "Spellbinding!"
Will a war-torn America, split in two, put the nation on a path toward healing and recovery? Or is futuristic America destined to remain bipartisan and deeply divided?

Book #1 in the Dystopian Thriller Trilogy [The Serena Wilcox Mysteries] is inspirational, humorous, and clean (no graphic violence or language). The series is cross-genre: hard-boiled mystery, suspense, futuristic, speculative fiction, political and religious thriller genre.

NOTE: This version of Angels Mark is a second edition with updated material and a new book cover, but the story remains true to the first edition. There is no need to update your file if you already purchased a good copy of the first edition.


Editorial Reviews

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"Evocative storytelling spins into fast-paced political thriller, leaving readers not knowing whom to trust. Natalie steps on all the right toes... Whilst weaving a crafted story that is every conspiracy theorist's worst nightmare or apocryphal dream." -James Michael Emery & Shepherd Black

From the Author

The Serena Wilcox Mysteries appeals to both men and women, from young adults to seniors. The catch? Most readers either love my series or hate it. There is no "meh" option.

Will you be a fan? If you have a bizarre sense of humor, if you enjoy something new that can't be put in a box, if you enjoy a clean read with outrageous murder scenes, if you like revolting characters and tongue-in-cheek commentary about the stupidity of mankind, you may be a fan. If you take important things seriously but laugh at the rest, you may be a fan. If you are frustrated by corruption, if you are longing to say "finally, someone who thinks like me!", if you crave reason and balance, you may be a fan.

The Serena Wilcox Mysteries
began as light page-turners that are now sold as a short-story collection. The series later evolved into the popular dystopian thriller trilogy: Angels Mark (2011), Covert Coffee (2012) and Bluebird Flown (2013). The series will take off in another new direction in 2014.

The series has been criticized for being religious, yet it has also been criticized for not being religious enough. I originally had no intention of writing a Christian book, however my clean (no graphic violence, sexual content or language) style and my mention of faith-based concepts caught the attention of readers. Some specifically mentioned gratitude that the books are a "clean read". Others expressed annoyance.

The same can be said for my style of humor. My quirky and oddball humor has been hailed as "fantastic fun" by some readers and "inappropriately lighthearted during serious subject matter" by others. Some say that they can't drink coffee while reading my books, as they "literally laugh out loud", others say that my books are "insipid and immature".

In yet another example of how readers respond differently to The Serena Wilcox Mysteries: my style of plot-twists has been criticized as "meandering" by some, and "edge of my seat, stayed up all night reading it" by others.

My books are not conventional mysteries or typical thrillers. The series is hard to classify because it's a genre of its own. The only thing that readers consistently agree on is that no one can possibly guess where the series is going. The plots, the endings, and the characters are complete surprises. If you enjoy surprises, you may be a fan.

Love it or hate it, the Serena Wilcox series is truly original and creative. Much like me.

Product Details

  • File Size: 412 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0966691962
  • Publisher: Independent Spirit Publishing; 2 edition (December 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GNSJS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,367 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angell's Mark, the newest Serena Wilcox mystery March 10, 2012
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What would happen if the United States found itself torn apart from another World War? Would it survive as we know it today? Would the United States of America still be united, Still be one nation under God? Natalie Thomas explores these questions and others in her newest Serena Wilcox mystery.

Natalie Thomas brings detective Serena Wilcox back for a brand-new thriller. In this new book, Serena Wilcox finds herself in a situation where she must choose to protect herself, her husband, and most importantly, her children. She and her family are on the run. Hiding deep within a country that has been torn apart, literally, from the ravishes of WW III. Eyes are everywhere, though, and soon, the hiding turns into a fast-paced game of cat-and-mouse, with Serena and her family in the center.

Spell-binding, this is one book that is hard to put down. So glad I read it. I enjoyed every minute of it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time fan! April 16, 2012
By Lita
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As a long time fan of Natalie Thomas's work; this is my favorite! I loved previous work too; The Serena Wilcox Mysteries: Books 1, 2 & 3 this bundle is a steal for being able to get caught up with one my favorite characters. Angel's Mark kept me on the edge of my seat, and as a cautionary tale left me pondering the state of our nation and the direction we're headed in a way I haven't considered before. A great read by a fantastic author; get them ALL!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! August 11, 2011
By Miki
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This book was absolutely fantastic! Action, suspense, mystery-I could not put it down once I started. I felt like it was taking me too long to read each page, because I wanted to get to the next one! I recommend it whole-heartedly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely amateurish January 10, 2013
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Glad I only paid $.00 for this one! Plot sounded good but I found it to be very contrived and insipid. I have not read anything else by this author, but am surprised that readers enjoyed them if they were written in the amateurish style of Angels Mark. I DID finish the book, and surprised myself by doing so (hence my 2 star rating rather than 1).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars missing parts February 27, 2013
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The copy of Angels Mark that I downloaded on my kindle was missing parts everytime I came to a hyphenated word when I flipped the page the rest of the word was missing and the characters were off somewhere else. I was wondering if it had an update to it so I can read it to give a better review.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jumpy November 18, 2013
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Such a good story. It did jump rather than move logically, a bit too much for me. Characters and action and discoveries became more simplistic than I prefer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT A BOOK YOU CAN'T PUT DOWN August 10, 2014
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I was a little dissapointed in the sory itself, not confusing just didn't hold my interest that long. I only read it at doctors appoin't ments.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't think so July 29, 2013
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This book had me so confused. The time had come for everyone to take the mark, a computer chip for buying and selling, so Serena Wilcox burns down her house and she and her family disappear.

And yet, while in hiding, they still go out to eat, go grocery shopping, and take the kids out for ice cream. All of this,in what was supposed to be a cashless society. It seems the author forgot the basis of the book.

This book was all over the place, and a very frustrating read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good plot line and liked the fact that there was no swear words or unmarried sex.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Phyllis Sigurdson
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking For A Different Type Of Mystery? This Is It!
I really found this book fascinating. I loved how the author gave a different chapter to each character thus giving me a better background into that person. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun read.
Published 4 months ago by GraceEmily
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Kept me totally intrigued . Can't wait to read the next book. A great mystery and sadly full of more truth than fiction regarding our politics.
Published 4 months ago by Michele Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
This is a very complicated mystery that will have all of you guessing until the end. the Serena Wilcox mysteries is a complete thriller with unexpetiing thrills till the end
Published 10 months ago by SAK
4.0 out of 5 stars Have not read yet
Rated as a 4 because I have not read yet. It transferred to my Kindle and Amazon-Kindle account without issue so gave it a good rating for everything. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Rloca8754@hotmail.com
This book may start slow but once on a roll hard to let go.
"We are one nation under God",supposedly. Well read on and ENJOY....
Published 13 months ago by Robert T. Locastro
5.0 out of 5 stars ANGELS MARK
What a book ! Could not put it down, finished it in two days. It was like seeing the possible future of our country, believable, but hoping it never happens. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal
It was interesting, to say the least. We all go through hard times, but, although all hard times are not the same, they are all predicated upon the same; there is learning to be... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Helion Cruz Gonzalez
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it
I struggled through 25% of this book waiting to get into the story and it just wasn't happening. The build up was too long and boring and didn't really make sense.
Published 15 months ago by Patricia Kenworthy
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More About the Author

Natalie loves all things Irish, oil painting, sugar cookies, the color red, pizza, live music, and singing. She is an author of books for all ages and enjoys people who are still capable of having an imagination, of having a sense of wonder, of feeling hopeful and full of energy, of feeling as if anything is possible, of feeling afraid of scary things and unafraid of the rest... of having courage, of being selfless, of being spontaneous, of recognizing humor, and of living life to the absolute fullest.

Natalie was born in upstate New York, raised in Indiana, and then lived in Germany for three years. She currently resides near the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Minnesota). Natalie would one day like to time travel, but for now she writes about it.

Natalie Buske Thomas is also an oil painter, singer-songwriter, and entertainer.

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