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Wounded Earth [Kindle Edition]

Mary Anna Evans
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Book Description

A thriller of environmental terrorism from a winner of 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 that no one else could possibly know, she feels compelled to fight back...until he exposes her most tender secret of all by threatening the daughter she has never met. If Babykiller has a weakness, it lies in unestimating the power of a mother's love for her child.

Babykiller reveals that he has spent the years since Vietnam building a shipping network that can move anything anywhere. Drugs, guns, money that needs laundering...anything. If a criminal needs something moved, Babykiller can absolutely, positively get it where it needs to go. Being a man with grudges to settle, he has placed ticking time bombs in very sensitive locations and he has put very dangerous weapons into the hands of fools. Because even a Babykiller gets lonely, he wants someone to watch with him as the world burns and, for reasons known only to him, he has chosen Larabeth.

Terrified, Larabeth turns to private investigator J.D. Hatten for help, breaking five years of separation and silence between quarreling friends who should have been lovers. And then Babykiller shows his true capabilities. He is poised to trigger environmental disaster at key sites around the world, and he can implement widespread terrorism with a single word. If she goes to the authorities for help, people will die. Lots and lots of people will die horribly. And one of the victims will be her daughter.

For the love of Larabeth, J.D. puts himself in the line of fire. For the love of J.D. and her daughter, Larabeth hands herself over to a madman. They are just a normal man and woman, up against a babykiller. But then, maybe Babykiller should have picked someone else to play his twisted games....

WOUNDED EARTH is the first thriller by awardwinning mystery author Mary Anna Evans, recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award in mystery fiction, the Florida Literature Award, and three Florida Book Awards Bronze medals. WOUNDED EARTH draws from her technological training and experience as an environmental engineer working at contaminated sites across the US. Her Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, STRANGERS, PLUNDER, and RITUALS, have been compared to the work of Tony Hillerman, Aaron Elkins, and James Lee Burke. They are available in print, large-print, and audio editions. Her short stories, "A Singularly Unsuitable Word," "Starch," "Land of the Flowers," "Mouse House," "Twin Set," and "Low-Budget Monster Flick!" are available separately for Kindle, or as part of her collections OFFERINGS and JEWEL BOX: SHORT WORKS BY MARY ANNA EVANS. She is also the author of two non-fiction works: YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER'S COMPANION and, with Dr. Faith H. Wallace, MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY GRADES: A MODERN APPROACH TO SPARKING STUDENT INTEREST.


Editorial Reviews

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"Wounded Earth delivers on plot. Its nail-biting intensity will keep you up late in your eagerness to find out how it ends." -Books and Pals


"Wounded Earth is a wonderfully entertaining read from beginning to end, recommendable to those who relish suspense and feast on antagonists with delusions of grandeur." -Stimulated Outlet Book Reviews

About the Author

Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but loves storytelling best. Her fictional characters, Faye Longchamp and Larabeth McLeod, live the exciting lives of an archaeologist and a globetrotting CEO, and Mary Anna envies them a little. Her published novels include the Faye Longchamp mysteries--ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, and STRANGERS--and environmental thriller WOUNDED EARTH. They have received recognitions including a spot on Voice of Young America's (VOYA) list of "Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal." They have been on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's (IMBA) bestseller list and have been designated Notable Books by Booksense and Indiebound. Mary Anna has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and a Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal. Her books have been nominated for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year and for the SIBA Book Award. While Mary Anna's novels are written with adults in mind, they have found an audience in schools, where they're being used to teach non-literature subjects such as social studies, math, and science. The social studies link was no surprise to the books' author, since her protagonist is an archaeologist, but she swears that she never once purposely included math or science in her stories. (And her readers have never once complained that the laws of physics operate properly in her books). Learning that she's done this unconsciously has been an inarguable example of the axiom that writers write about who they are. They can't help it. She is using her engineering education in an interesting way these days. Her book MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY GRADES, co-written with Dr. Faith Wallace, will be published by Pearson in 2012. Math and science explain the world, so they're indispensable to any story set in that world. And they're very handy tools for an amateur detective to have. Her next Faye Longchamp mystery, PLUNDER, will also be published in 2012. For more information on Mary Anna and her work, see http://www.maryannaevans.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Joyeuse Press (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DXAAKG
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome character driven thriller! July 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. It is hard to find a story with a strong female protagonist who is intelligent, relatable, and likable. Larabeth is all of the above. I was immediately intrigued by her character and her past. Wounded Earth is a wonderful character driven thriller. The tension builds right from the start, there is so much more at stake than you think. From Larabeth's first strange phone call to the very end I was drawn in to Larabeth's life and the deviousness of Babykiller. The plot is well thought out and gets richer as the story develops, made stronger and more interesting as Larabeth's past is slowly revealed to the reader. I truly enjoyed reading this book, it was so much more than I expected.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Good Things to Say about Wounded Earth July 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
There are so many good things to say about Maryanna Evans' WOUNDED EARTH, it's hard to know where to start. Is it the velvety smooth prose that is rich and textured, but never interferes with the story? Is it the depth of characterization of Larabeth and Cynthia, who would make a formidable duo going forward (hint)? Or is it the author's obvious intelligence and knowledge of nuclear and other environmental disasters, which (because it was written several years ago) proved to be prescient, given what's happened in Japan? Whatever the reasons, WOUNDED EARTH captured me from the start and held my interest till the end. I heartily recommend this thriller.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better February 15, 2011
By BillD
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read many of Mary Anna Evans' work and it just gets better and better as she writes. As previously noted this is her first attempt in the thriller genre and it succeeds. Her heroine is smart and likable (not all smart people are likable) and the action builds as the book progresses. As a fan of her mystery work, I think that with this book she takes her characters and storytelling into a new direction. If you liked her previous work, be sure to pick this one up. I don't believe you will regret it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wounded Earth July 7, 2011
By Lora
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review. I'm glad I chose this book to read and review. This is the first book I've read of this author so I know nothing about her previous books or their genres. I like how this book immediately drew me in and started building the story right away. I liked the continuity and how the past was clearly woven into the story without confusing the writing. The female main character was strong and believable . The only thing I didn't like was the name "Babykiller" used for the male antagonist. I know it was a reference to Vietnam but it was just difficult for me to keep reading that name over and over in the book. I also didn't like the very graphic description of the mutilation of the endangered species animals as part of the story. I don't think such vivid descriptions was necessary to contribute to the book. Other than that, I liked the book and it held my interest throughout as it built to the climax.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Red Adept Reviews: Wounded Earth May 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I obtained Wounded Earth, by Mary Anna Evans, from a copy sent to Red Adept Reviews.

Overall: 3 3/4 stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars

I liked the idea here. It tapped into a lot of my personal fears as Babykiller's technique involved eco-terrorism and harming endangered animals. Perhaps the saddest scene for me was when a pilot had to contemplate the fact that without his knowledge he'd been made to do harm while crop dusting. That the deer drinking from the river, the herons eating fish, might be ingesting toxins. Even though the book takes place in 1995, it called up memories of the Gulf Coast Spill, and how many innocent animals would die simply because humans keep screwing up. For the people less tree huggy than myself, there was also the threat of things not working out to well for people either.

Characters: 4 stars

Larabeth was a terrific character. Smart. Strong. From the second she even suspected there might be a threat, she sought out help. Now, by Literary Law, local police are useless, but J.D. - a private detective she knew - was her first call. I love that we're told she's smart and logical and then she goes ahead and does smart and logical things. Early on, after Babykiller calls her for perhaps the second time she said to him, "If you're threatening me, it won't work," ... "I may have been careless in the past, but no more. If you know so much about me, you know I can afford a security system, a gun, even a personal body guard, if that's what it takes."

I love that. She does make mistakes, but she makes reasonable mistakes. Even some of her actions that backfired were logical given what she knew.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it were a little less predictable July 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I, too, received a free copy of this book in exchange for a reader review. I enjoyed several parts of the book; however, there were times when the plot line seemed fairly predicable and as a result there was little suspense to the story as I read through it. It wasn't until about half way through the book did I realize that the story doesn't take place in the present day; but, in the past. Maybe I missed something earlier in the story line and it wasn't until nearly halfway through the book that I caught on to the time-period nature of the timeframe. Additionally, the author's take on the local police authorities and the U.S. government's security agencies involved in the story makes them appear to be rather unprofessional and unskilled. It may be true but I'd hate to think that these agencies are full of greenhorns, disbelievers of its citizens, crooks, or just inept. About 2/3rds of the way through the book I was looking forward to the ending just so I could write this review; not because I wanted to see how it ended. And, quite honestly, the day after I finished the book I could only give you the briefest details on how it ends. Not that memorable for me. However, as they say on the Internets..."your mileage may vary."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
This book was a little bit of a departure from some of the books I usually read, but it was suspenseful and worth it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Les Stockton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced
I enjoyed this book. It was definitely hard to put down. Lots of both excitement and sitting on the edge of my seat.
Published 9 months ago by LisaD
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
This book held my attention well, well enough that I completed it in two days. hope you enjoy as well.
Published 10 months ago by Bret Alldredge
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong, Intelligent Female in an Exciting, Suspenseful Thriller
Although I've not read anything from this author prior, I shall be purchasing her other works. The subject matter is not only applicable to current events, it's made more so... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Vikingcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written
I found that this book held my interest very well. The style of writing was very well done. The plot was not one that could be predicted easily. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Storyline
Reading this book was an enjoyable experience. The author did a great job writing the book. Would recommend reading it.
Published 13 months ago by Gloria Vogt
5.0 out of 5 stars If Xena was a scientist...
He name would be Larabeth. May I say..? Wow. Great story, excellent villain, and a heroine to make a grown man dream naughty thoughts... Read more
Published 13 months ago by JaxonD
4.0 out of 5 stars Wounded Earth
Enjoyed this book of up to date topics of the green environment and political money laundering. Highly recommend reading this book.
Published 13 months ago by Ronald Lips
5.0 out of 5 stars Wounded Earth by Mary Anna Evans
Different kind of story. Not a mystery. But action packed. Kept my interest. Couldn't wait to see what happened next.
Published 13 months ago by Carol Race
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I'm the author of the award-winning Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries: ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, STRANGERS, and PLUNDER. RITUALS will be coming in 2013. My other fiction includes several short stories, available separately as ebooks, and as a collection in both ebook and print form, called JEWEL BOX: SHORT WORKS BY MARY ANNA EVANS. My most recent publications are nonfiction, a departure for me. YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER'S COMPANION is available for novelists in both ebook and print form. I am also the co-author, with Dr. Faith Wallace, of MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADES: A MODERN APPROACH TO SPARKING STUDENT INTEREST, available in print from Pearson.

I'm a a chemical engineer by training and license, with a degree in engineering physics thrown in for spice, but I love reading about history and writing about an archaeologist. Truth be told, I'm a little jealous of Faye and her archaeological adventures.

I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, spending time with my family, cooking, and playing my 7-and-a-half-foot-long monster of a grand piano. My cat helps me write, so I should probably put his name on my books.

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