- Series: Misfits and Millionaires (Book 1)
- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1540394840
- ISBN-13: 978-1540394842
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Big Inch (Misfits and Millionaires) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 19, 2017
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Kimberly Fish started writing professionally with he birth of her second child and the purchase of a home computer. Having found this dubious outlet, she then entered and won a Texas manuscript contest which fed her ongoing fascination with story crafting. She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats. She lives with her family in East Texas. Please visit www.kimberlyfish.com for bog posts or follow her on instagram at fish_writer
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In "The Big Inch," Lane Mercer is a female undercover agent during the WWII war effort. Longview was evidently a bed of intrigue and center for the country's effort to get oil out of Texas and to the East Coast and our troops. I hadn't ever heard of the actual Big Inch or Little Big Inch (the pipelines for this effort), or the effort to get them built, until reading this book.
Fish gives us a well fleshed out Longview, full of a diverse bevy of characters who may or may not cause Lane trouble in her effort to keep her "boss" safe while he is trying to carry out the country's vital mission. Even better, Lane is fully alive, especially with her back story of a recent failed mission for the Resistance in France and with her recently passed husband, who evidently was perhaps a typical, unsaintly, soldier. She's wounded, and burned, and complete unsure what she is doing on this mission.
Lucky for us, she meets plenty of characters to keep her doubting herself as events unfold. There are a number of men keeping it fun, from the handsome, though married, older man she is trying to keep safe, to her East Coast privileged actual boss (who in my mind sounded a bit like Kennedy might have had he been Chief of the OSS), and the pure Texan golfer-bad-boy who is much more than he appears (we don't know any guys like that, do we?). The women are just as intriguing, some quite Texan, some quite not, and not what they seem, but all very much products of the times, if you know your WWII women's history. I am also glad to say that this book is not just about white folks. That is important to me, and so I loved the side story of Sam and a number of his friends.
One more note for Kimberly herself. Madame, get this book on audio. Pronto! I can just imagine how a narrator could really bring it alive. In fact, if you put if up for audition, I just might audition myself, its that fun. You can publish it through Audible's program with or without any money down, so there is nothing to loose, so long as you pick a good narrator that delivers.
Nicknamed the big inch because of the thickness of the pipe walls, it is on President Roosevelt's high priority list. The army sends in one of its top colonels to spearhead the project. However, the risk of enemy agents (think spies) sabotaging the construction is a very real concern. Thus, Washington's Office of Strategic Services (OSS) sends in a female agent. Under the premise of being a top-notch secretary for the colonel, she must keep the project, as well the colonel, safe. Not even the colonel is aware of Lane Mercer's clandestine credentials.
Will Lane be able to keep the project from "blowing up" before it's completed?
**Meet the Protagonist of The Big Inch**
Lane Mercer was specifically chosen for this mission because she needed time to recover from a disastrous mission in France. She blames herself for the loss of four men from the resistance movement who put their lives in her hands.
Recruited into the OSS shortly after her army officer husband is killed in action overseas, Lane is the least likely person to become an agent. Although she can take care of herself, as she was taught in OSS training, she is basically mild mannered, friendly, and always wanting to do the right thing.
Lane is a wonderful character, with a backstory that includes emotional scars from childhood, as well as the closeted grief from her husband's death. It was a treat to see how Lane interacts with the colonel and the people of Longview, while trying to do her job and maintain her cover.
Unfortunately, I must take issue with SPAG - spelling, punctuation and grammar. This story is easily worthy of five stars, but because of the many SPAG errors, I must take a star away. I do this in fairness to any readers who might make a purchase decision based on this review. Most of the errors are missing words or unnecessary words. In all likelihood, these are uncaught remnants of the editing process.
On a positive note, the character arcs are great, as is the overall pacing of the story. Kimberly Fish also has a wonderful ability to describe anything. She manages to touch on all the senses. For example, if you've ever been to an oil town in Texas, you probably noticed the smell of crude oil immediately. Thus, this was mentioned frequently throughout the story. I can only imagine the research Fish had to do to ensure historical accuracy in her descriptions. Bravo, Ms. Fish! Well done.
This story is the first book in the Misfits and Millionaires series. I plan on continuing with this series. I highly recommend this particular book to anyone who enjoys a really, really good story!
Lane Mercer, the main character, struck me as an outwardly brave, intelligent, independent woman who also happened to be a government spy. She was truly a rarity in 1942 East Texas. Yet, as Kimberly developed her character, I found Lane, like so may women, was also full of self-doubt. She was haunted about how she had handled an earlier government assignment and whether or not she was up to her current challenge. Velma was another surprise, but I won't spoil the plot.
Kimberly peppered her plot with references to Longview,Texas landmarks most of which I knew, except Lake Lamond. I'm going to check it out to see if it's still as enchanting as it was in 1942. Yet, I know Lane's description of this place was colored by Zeke's presence.
Kimberly, thanks for educating and entertaining me. I look forward to your next book.