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The Fey Paperback – September 30, 2009
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Claudia Hall Christian is a beekeeper who writes novels and serial fiction. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Alex is married, but she also engages in regular naked cuddle times with the members of her team. Their relationships are . . . entangled, to say the least. She picks out diamonds for their family members, owns property with some of them, and makes regular trips to the mass gravesite of the team members who were killed in the major attack that destroyed most of her team and sent her into hiding. Her injures were severe enough to leave her on crutches, but not so severe that she can’t knock out attackers with roundhouse kicks to the head. While she attempts to recover, she also has to deal with family drama. Her mom is needy, her biological dad isn’t who she thought it was, she has to send her sister’s scummy boyfriend to Gitmo . . . you know, normal family stuff. It’s got to be hard being part of a famous family when you’re supposed to not exist. For example. Alex and her husband want to renew their wedding vows (it turns out he was a secret fugitive from the IRA all this time and they may not have been really married because he was actually married to someone else) and her mom has to figure out how to spin it for Page Six so that nobody knows Alex is still alive. You know, that kind of everyday common sense covert intelligence agent stuff. Meanwhile she’s got to go to a special ceremony to honor “the Fey,” but nobody at the White House knows who she is, so some guy yells in her face about how amazing and special “the Fey” is and how she’ll never get it. Eventually I just gave up trying to make sense of it and tried to just move with the flow of the story.
While she’s dealing with recovering from injuries, she takes weekly calls from Elizar, the super-baddie who killed most of her team. Eventually, she allows him to capture her and she has to draw on her elite training in being beat up and get assistance with staying hydrated from a ghost (oh, yeah – did I mention there is a ghost? Alex’s best friend, Jesse, who was killed in action, appears to her all the time when she’s in captivity he can’t unlock doors or help her escape, but he can move razor wire and help her fill a bucket with water because . . . you know, ghost powers). She’s a very important intelligence asset, but the government is also willing to let her languish in a known location in a major US city because . . . well, that part never really made sense, to be honest. They let her languish so we could have several scenes showing how tough Alex is and how much her male co-workers adore her.
It's a hot mess. The editing is, if possible, even worse than the story. The flow is confusing, characters drop in and we have to figure out – on the smallest of clues – who they are and how they relate to the story. Important details (like Alex not seeing her twin brother for a decade) are just casually dropped into conversation with little explanation or context. It’s almost like some key scenes are missing, that’s how sketchy some of the details are. Yet the author has time to tell us, in tedious detail, every single time Alex’s husband “worships” the diamond in her belly button or all the compliments that people have for Alex.
woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities : she was the heroine of a materialist generation.
* the chief female character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize.
* (in mythology and folklore) a woman of superhuman qualities and often semidivine origin, in particular one whose dealings with the gods were the subject of ancient Greek myths and legends.
As an exmilitary member I could relate to some of the SNAFU's described in the story.
Give it achance and it could grow on you.
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I loved this book. Yes, the military protocol may not be exact but this is a work of fiction. Take it as such.Read more