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The Agent's Daughter (Agent Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 16, 2013
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About the Author
Ron Corriveau is an electrical engineer and works designing custom integrated
circuits. He started writing to prove to himself that he actually does have a right
side to his brain. Originally from Southern California, he currently lives outside
Dallas with his lovely wife and two awesome kids. He has only recently come to
terms with the fact that he is a geek, although he would like to stress that he
doesn't hold any kind of leadership role in the organization.
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Life is not happy for Melina as her mother is in hospital in a coma after a car accident. Her dad - a software engineer - goes off on regular business trips and from time to time has to arrange a "bay sitter" to look after his children who do not know that he is a highly trained agent.
The story caters to the younger reader and that's fine but I found the dialogue stilted and unrealistic. People shorten words when they speak - "I don't" and not "I do not" particularly young people. I would suspect that this is as a result of English not being the author's first language. If it's not, then the dialogue lets the work down.
The characters in The Agent's Daughter are unique and complete. Melina is a typical high school girl who does not spend her time whining - thank goodness. Her brother is a funny, brilliant, and likeable kid. Alex, the boy Melina likes, is a decent young man who anyone would want as a friend.
The story has a quick pace that keeps your interest without losing attention to detail and believability making it hard to put down. I am definitely recommending it for our school library.
We then get a glimpse into what Melina's father, Evan, really does for a living and are given a chance to wonder why Evan ever thought of grooming Malia for espionage work when he's afraid to let her out of his sight.
Then, of course, things heat up in the second half of the book and we learn that Melina really is all that her dad believes her to be.
The yarn is a good one, albeit a tad too simplified with some things skipped over....e.g.: if there are 16,000 ways to signal that an agent needs help, how come no one was looking??? And how come no one noticed anything unusual about Melina's mom's coma??? For a bunch of elite spies, they really screwed up!