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What could possibly go wrong in her latest mission? Plenty; because it not only involves dangerous confrontations overseas, but comes full circle to attack her personal life and everything she loves.
The central force in AESOP lies in Matti's personality and spunky perspective take the world, and in her take-charge attitude and training which not only allow her to survive, but to consistently confront the forces against her. It's refreshing to see a female protagonist take the reins with independent thinking, proactive engagement, and confrontations that demand higher-level thinking.
Matti is a formidable spy, enemy, operative, and individual whose dual identity as a wife and mother is constantly tested by her assignments.
From chance encounters and the nature of 'defining moments' that change her course in life to her creative problem-solving skills and determination to not just survive, but thrive, Matti's character is the driving force to a story of espionage, intrigue, and adventure that will capture reader interest and keep readers engaged right up to a vigorous, explosive conclusion.
Plenty of thrillers attempt to create spunky female protagonists; but AESOP excels in its gritty, first-person observational style. It will especially delight thriller audiences who like their action nonstop and their characters not just intelligent, but self-determined, driven, and sometimes edgy in their relationships with loved ones, superiors, peers, and the world.
AESOP is highly recommended and is head and shoulders above most thrillers featuring female operatives facing high-level threats and physical and mental challenges.
- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review, November 2018
AESOP by Michele Packard is a fast-paced novel that introduces private contractor (Hit Lady) Matti Baker whose job is to find and eliminate individuals who pose a threat to America. Packard has created a kickass heroine that possesses beauty, brains, cunning, guts and brawn. In this novel, Matti is out to stop some very bad actors, and the job is exasperating. She doesn't know it, but someone is out for her too. She has or knows something of importance that someone powerful wants very badly. So sometimes she is the hunter, and at other times she is the hunted.
She uses her beauty and charm to eliminate one bad man but sometimes the hunted are immune to her charm, and things have to become a bit more violent. She has the help of two wonderful dogs, Bruiser and Koda, that are trained to rip an adversary to shreds if needed. But even as talented and careful as she is trained to be, things don't always go as planned. In fact, in one situation Matti gets abducted and terribly beaten, but after a long hospital stay and lots of surgeries bounces back. She is part Bionic Woman and as cunning as Pussy Galore; she is the female version of Mitch Rapp.
Matti Baker doesn't live only for the adventure of being a private contractor; she is also a mother of three children and a loving wife to a very supportive husband. Her family is important to her, and she finds herself torn when her assignment forces her to leave them or when she feels they are in danger because of her job.
Packard likes to use events from movies to illustrate the action occurring in her story. A memorable example is when Packard uses Stephen King's scene of Annie Wilkes smashing Paul Sheldon's feet with a sledgehammer to convey what is happening to Matti when her abductor's interrogation goes to the extreme.
Packard puts Matti through some terrible situations. In one scene she is again tortured, but instead of her crying out in agony she laughs.
"I stuck out my left foot purposefully to say, 'bring it on.' He grabbed it and pulled it to his knee level and opened the pliers. He looked at DD, who nodded to proceed. He yanked that pinky toenail straight off. I literally laughed out loud, as I could not feel a single thing."
Matti Baker is deeply involved in the most intriguing and dangerous missions. AESOP contains a perfect balance of action with the right amount of human context woven in. I found Matti Baker a very relatable, wonderfully strong and resourceful female character. Let's hope that Michele Packard keeps Matti alive to help keep America safe.
-Texas Authors, December 2018
From the Author
- ASIN : B07FXXMKKT
- Publication date : July 25, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 609 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 172 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1983144398
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #634,903 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Packard introduces us to Matti Baker, the new generation of badass heroines, in this first book of the trilogy. Matti is a civilian contractor whose mission is to recon and neutralize threats to the security of the United States. The storyline is well-crafted around a cast of characters that are easy to enjoy following. The author's use of many pop culture references (song lyrics, movie lines, etc.) add a but of humor to the story, but not so much that the tale is lessened.
This was a very strong start to the trilogy, and I'm eagerly jumping right into the second book of the series, Fable, now.
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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Matti is an interesting character. Her profession should have made her hard-boiled, but she has her softer side and ultimately that could be her downfall. I liked the relationship she has with her handler, Freddy, even though she has never actually met him. There is a real connection between them and a sense of genuine caring and respect. Matti’s family back story is also intriguing, and I wished there had been more time spent on it.
A quick read, I consumed this book in a couple of evenings and was left wanting more. There was so much I loved about this book – but a couple of things that didn’t quite sit right. Firstly, it was the sheer pace of the book. Many times, I found myself longing for it to slow down and take a breath. Important events were missed because they were thrown so abruptly into the storyline and then whizzed by at top speed, that a few pages on I would go – wait, what just happened? – and have to go back to refix it in my mind. Even the most active of action books need periods of contemplation and reflection, otherwise, there is a tendency for it all to mash up like food in a blender. So, my advice to the author, for what it’s worth, is to let the reader breathe sometimes.
Secondly, there were an awful lot of references to American movies and TV shows, and I mean a lot, as in several on each page. Now, I’m never a fan of pop culture references in books. For a start, they can date the book, but also if the reader is not American and not a particularly big TV or movie watcher, it can leave them bewildered and annoyed, not understanding the reference, only knowing they’ve missed a meaning here. America is not the whole world, and anything that risks alienating a large proportion of your readers is something that needs careful consideration.
But this is only a personal opinion and in no way detracts from the very solid four stars I am awarding this book, with the added proviso I wish I could have given 4.5.
Aesop, as in the purveyor of fables, is an unusual book to review. Whilst it breaks the show don't tell rule repeatedly, it is undoubtedly a fast paced, thoroughly entertaining read, aimed at adults. Whilst containing no sexual scenes, there is bad language and copious amounts of violence, befitting the subject matter.
The storyline pulled me in with it's intelligence and air of authenticity, and the characters were well drawn, especially Matti, through whose eyes the narrative unfolds.
An original and compelling 5🌟
I really liked Matti and enjoyed the little personal insights into her thoughts as the piece progressed. She actually reminded me a lot throughout of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
I'm looking forward to seeing where the story progresses to with the sequel Fable.
This is well worth picking up and giving a read, especially if you're a fan of espionage, action based stories.