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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456530704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456530709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,186,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Very well written, great character development with an excellent story line.
Marion G. Frazier
The premise of this book is kind of scary in that I could see terrorist doing exactly the things that happened in the book.
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It is hard to find a story with a strong female protagonist who is intelligent, relatable, and likable.
Just Jen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Just Jen on 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 By Libby Fischer Hellmann on July 11, 2011
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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 By BillD on February 15, 2011
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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 By Lora on July 7, 2011
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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 By Michelle R on 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 By NY Whitesox on July 10, 2011
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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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