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Monarch Paperback – September 15, 2011
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"Lies, secrets, and betrayals cocoon a love story as fragile as a butterfly's wings. Readers who like their thrillers spiced with romance, or their romance spiked with danger, will love Michelle Davidson Argyle's Monarch. A promising debut!" ~ Karen Dionne, internationally published author of Freezing Point and Boiling Point
"Monarch is a smart, modern thriller that is surprisingly emotional, with well defined characters and a suspenseful plot. Readers will flutter with anticipation at the end of each chapter. Michelle Davidson Argyle is a solid storyteller." ~ Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author of Children of the Fog
"Monarch, a dynamite thriller, has all the ingredients necessary to keep thriller lovers turning the pages. With characters you'll love and love to hate, a twisting plot with plenty of action, crisp dialogue, and for a touch of the unusual, the Monarch butterfly flutters through this exciting tale." ~ Marilyn Meredith, Invisible Path
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But this is more than your run-of-the-mill thriller. "Monarch" is a story that delves into the emotional impact that high-risk jobs have on a man and his family. With insight and empathy, the author shows the price some men must pay to keep not only society safe, but their families as well.
An underlying thread, adding both menace and melancholy, was the juxtaposition of the dangers and threats facing the migrating Monarch butterflies to Nick's final contract.
Plotting is tight, characterisation is excellent - even the minor secondary characters have depth - and the pace is fast. The interplay between Nick and those he loves is fascinating: his doubts and fears only add to his essential strength.
Overall, an enjoyable, entertaining read. (This review is for the Kindle Edition)
This author is obviously diverse. I feel that I am not giving the book justice with the three star but I have to stay true to my opinion. So let me say that if you like character studies, sentimentality, and don't mind a bit of action and blood...you will love this book! I think you have to like those elements first and foremost- not action and suspense- to truly appreciate this book. Thanks.
Just when nick is on the brink of catching Ferreira, he's framed for murder and now his only chance of survival is in West Virginia where Lilian, a love from the past, owns an inn. He's safe there, but there's only so long you can hide before your past catches up with you.
I LOVED this book! Why? Because it's not your typical espionage thriller! You don't have the terminator-esque CIA agent, ready to blow everything to Hell in a single heartbeat like a Bruce Willis movie. Nick is bad, he's very good at what he does and most of the time he can use that training to judge what people are going to do very accurately but that doesn't mean that he makes no mistakes. Sometimes he hesitates and sometimes he makes wrong judgments that cause people to get hurt and he breathes a sigh of relief that it didn't get them killed.
Honestly I think that's one of the things I loved the most about this book. The people were human. They were weathered and strong but yet very fragile at the same time. You have Lilian who is still getting over a divorce and knows her inn isn't doing well and her son is struggling too and then in drops Nick, a love from the past who disappeared. You have Nick himself who has a huge amount of guilt to live with, most of it from having to suck it up and do what needs to be done all the time. Even the family staying at the inn while all of this is going on has their issues.
There is nobody really in the background of this story. Even the goons that are with the antagonist have names. Where most writers would have left some of the characters in the background, Michelle brings them to the forefront, makes us care about them and pay attention to them as much as if they were Lilian or Nick.
Bringing all these characters together made for a thrilling yet fragile story that will have you on the edge of your seat while pulling on your heartstrings at the same time. It had me glued from the first page to the last and I'm still thinking about it even though I finished it a while ago.
Thank you to Michelle Davidson Argyle and Rhemalda Publishing for the ARC of this book. It in no way influenced my review.