- File Size: 871 KB
- Print Length: 406 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: PEBKAC Publishing; 11 edition (October 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005V6BP02
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,048 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Never Say Spy (The Never Say Spy Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In spite of additions I do not favor, the story and dialogue flowed and kept me captivated and entertained as I waited at various appointments, and called to me when in bed so I stayed awake when I should have been asleep. While not a candidate for my book club, it has the hallmarks of the kind of book I enjoy reading in between my book club selections -- it was a fun read and the first of what I suspect will be more books I will read in this series.
On that note, I want to add appreciation that this author offered the first book in her series as a free offering, rather than the last or mid way book as some I have downloaded without realizing have. I am more likely to read this series than I will the others.
So, why would I title this review in such a way I am sure a bunch of people will be sure to hate my review? Because the title pretty much sums up a description of this book. And while I am sure there are guys out there that would read this book and be entertained, I am somewhat less certain they would enjoy it as much.
I am not a huge reader of what many people call “chick lit.” Sometimes also referred to as “beach reads.” And actually, when I downloaded this book from Amazon, I did not, in fact, know that it would probably fit into that category. In general, I am not a fan of romances either.
However, after a somewhat stilted and fairly confusing beginning (during which I groaned to myself thinking I had accidentally downloaded a romance instead of the mystery I thought I was getting), the plot and story line really tightened up, and the author’s writing got a lot smoother.
Speaking of writing, this is the first free book I have downloaded for my Kindle in quite a while where the writing was decent, polished, and devoid of the aggravating typos so annoyingly common in eBooks right now.
Understand… this book is not particularly believable. At least not in terms of how many beatings a character can take and keep going. Also, a little more research on how law enforcement, the military, and the intelligence community worked would have really benefitted this book.
All of the above aside, it was really nice to see a female character for once that wasn’t some shrinking violet. Aydan curses, does her own home renovations, enjoys working on cars, shoots, etc. She also openly admires the men around her, and it is pretty refreshing to see that bluntly written.
However, I know there will be a whole bunch of people (and have seen this in a couple other reviews) who don’t like the cursing and sex scenes. This series has cursing and sex scenes. If you don’t like that, you have been told now, and can move along to something else.
By the time I made it through the first 1/3 of this book, I found myself somewhat shocked to be really enjoying at. While it still wasn’t particularly believable, it was highly entertaining; sort of in the same way the Mission Impossible movies are entertaining. You don’t really believe them, you just watch for the fun of it. The same sort of thing happened with this book.
By the time I got to the end of the book, I was shocked to discover that I wanted to know what happened next. I really enjoyed the story, and it was a fast read. I found myself actually interested in the characters, and their motivations. Go figure.
For the record, I have actually read all six books currently available now, and I think that this one was not the best. It was good enough to get me to buy the next one however, which says a lot about a book coming from a genre I normally don’t even read.
Final summary: I found this book to be highly entertaining, even if I think classifying it as a “mystery” is not strictly speaking correct. I am not sure if the guys would enjoy it as much, because I’m not sure they would enjoy the lurid descriptions of male characters’ posteriors. You will have to slightly suspend disbelief, but not much more than when watching an action adventure movie. If you are easily offended by swearing and/or sex, this is not the book for you.
I liked it and bought the rest of the series.
I picked this up by chance, without reading a summary, so I had no idea where this would go. While not cute, spunky and thinking of her next cupcake, protagonist Aydan is still appealing (while possibly thinking of her next peanut butter bagel). After a minor accident that could happen to anyone, Ayden finds herself targeted by multiple persons who may want to question, stalk and possibly kidnap her about what she thought was a hallucination or such related to her head injury. The down to earth Aydan isn't having any of it. That's it - or is it?
It's difficult to review or summarize most of this tale without turning into a giant spoiler. It's not a simple albeit embarrassing injury. Is Ayden going nuts? Is she being chased by cops, or by crooks? Is she in the realm of science fiction or an elaborate cover-up? Who can she actually trust besides herself (but, intriguingly, can she trust herself? ) Is she indeed really just a 40-ish accountant who happens to keep in shape and practice target shooting and archery as hobbies, who happened to move from the big city to a small Canadian town?
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Looking forward to reading the series.