- File Size: 815 KB
- Print Length: 311 pages
- Publisher: Booksurge (September 1, 2008)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2008
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001P80WEK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,658,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It starts off with the teenaged Claire receiving a cryptic message from someone representing himself as an associate of her long absent father, indicating that he finally wanted to see her, but not on American soil. She must come to France - and she receives several letters that seem genuine enough even though the postmark and the address don't match up.
First things first. She wants to go, of course, but there's prep work to be done in the paving over of her mother, who is known to have an unhealthy and exceedingly narrow-minded attitude toward her ex-husband. She's not disappointed; her long-suffering mother instantly goes into a state of high dudgeon; the father, she tells Claire, is a not only an irresponsible skunk and a loser, but a counterfeit personage who, after the work of raising her was mostly accomplished, and in keeping with his true character, now was willing to come back into her life and take things over - or away from - her mother, who had been the rock and the breadwinner.
They finally get through the family wrangling; they actually obtain funds from the person who is professing to be taking care of her father's affairs; and decide to go on the sentimental journey since you only live once. Or at least Aunt May has decided you only live once and she wants part of Once while somebody else is paying for it, so she volunteers to act as chaperone. Things fall into place and you can almost feel the unspoiled excitement of a first time in Paris - to be experienced by a youngster who has never been over-exposed to the Good Life.
The author takes a young reader to places most of them never have been before - the streets, restaurants and venerable hotels of Paris and Marseilles. It's a mixture of high adventure, a taste of not only the good life but a little champagne as well. Then the plot begins to thicken and they begin to search for the father who is still missing, and for the "associate" who seems to be leading them on a scavenger hunt instead of producing her suddenly proactive father. The lure was successful, if completely unintended as they find out later - and they end up captured and in a compromising situation on the high seas in the clutches of a pack of Asian Ruffians instructed from afar by an Alpha female pirate. In an inspired moment, they use their panties as an escape artist's tool. I refuse to reveal how this was done. You shall have to read this for yourself if you want to uncover the method.
It's a lively story, complete with all the necessary components; terror, but nothing too bloody, treasure, friendship in unlikely places and the plying of nimble wits as they extract themselves from each situation. One has the distinct feeling this adventure was written for someone young and special, and would imagine they are very happy with it, too. And everybody should have an Aunt May somewhere in their life, even if they don't end up in the hold of a ship without her after she promised to chaperone them - she was the "onion in the stew".
I won't spoil the plot by revealing its details, but basically, it's about a 16-year-old Hawaiian-Chinese girl, Claire, who is lured by a stranger to search for her long-lost father in Paris, but finds herself and her best friend in a fight for their lives. How they conquer their enemies is part of the excitement. Then, toward the end of the story, she finds the answer to the conundrum: Is her father, who had abandoned her and her mother after just a year of marriage, worth the danger she had to endure to find him?
Read the book to find out. You can order it on Amazon.com.