Serpents in the City (Mac Ambrose Book 3) Kindle Edition
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'Little patience, mm yeah, mm yeah
Need a little patience, yeah
Just a little patience, yeah
Some more patience, yeah (I've been walking the streets at night, just trying to get it right)
A little patience, yeah (Its hard to see with so many around
You know I don't like being stuck in the crowd)
Could use some patience, yeah (And the streets don't change but maybe the names)'
(Verse from G'N'R's song Patience, written by Izzy Straddling)
While I have the Mac Ambrose series buried on my TBR list, Serpents in the City was my first read from H.N. Wake and will be in it for life with whatever H.N. Wake releases in the future.
I like books, like this one with storylines ripped right out of today's headlines. It just takes a little patience when reading to let it all develop, then the intertwining storylines just take off and H.N. Wake's writing style keeps you turning pages verse just not finishing it.
H.N. Wake writes a wicked book, like her style, good or bad her characters just come to life, she puts the reader in the pages, your right their for all the action, it's like a rollercoaster that starts out slow, then takes off fast and you don't want it to end.
Of course it helps that 'Serpents in the City' pretty accurately depicts how f#cked up our media is in the USA, it's all drama, they've gone Hollywood, a few are manipulative, vicious, vindictive and just out of touch with reality.
Serpents in the City has everything you'd want in a thriller, blackmail, an FBI investigation, corrupt politicians, greed, the nasty dirty side to our media, multiple intertwining storylines that all seem to end up connecting, twist and turns, it's tension filled, a good verse evil theme and builds to a interesting conclusion.
I liked the Mac Ambrose character, who decided to retired from the CIA without telling her bosses, gets drawn into a blackmail scheme, you meet a interesting dynamic duo in brainy Issac and adorable Joyce who help Mac, FBI Ernest Couillard a gentle Native American giant just adds to the story line, mix in a touch of romance with Joe who has more than a little patience for Mac, and even the nasty characters just come to life.
Serpents in the Citys's an excellent read, you'll love Wake's character Mac Ambrose and she'll end up being your new favorite author.
Let me add, while I do know that not everything in the US Media is bad, you do have a few good people in it, but it's because of my believes in how bad they do their job and it has influenced my reading.
Mac Ambrose just wants to start living a normal life, but getting away from the CIA is not an easy task. Asked by one of her closest friends to investigate a leaked sex tape of a U.S. Senator, Mac is reluctant to take the case. When she finds something not quite fitting the description of what she was looking for, she regrets her decision to take this case on. The Senator isn't telling the whole truth about this tape and now that Mac is involved, she has to find out why.
Mac Ambrose seems like the kind of woman we all could be friends with. She cares about those who are close to her and those she works with But, don't cross her because you don't want to be on her bad side. The thing I liked most about this boo is how quickly it drew me in It was a hard bookk to put down and a book I would recommend firsts to all of my female friends. Mac Ambrose will make you fell empowered and in fact, she does make another female in the book feel empowered.
There were a few twists and turns in the book that made you wonder what was going to happen next. I would have given the book five stars, but there were a few times when there were new characters introduced that I had to go back to figure out who they were and how they fit into the story. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I look forward to see what will happen to Mac next.
It started off fast without time for me to care about the problems the characters were having but I thought I'd eventually care. No, never did, other than briefly for the senator, as she seemed to think for herself rather than just go with one party line, said politics was half-truths, and she said we needed to learn how to listen to other people's views instead of tune them out. It became compelling for me around chapter 18/19 when the senator talked about the problem with the new stations being owned by only 6 companies, and that they didn't talk about anything that their audience wouldn't agree with, so they'd keep them watching, and make the corporate sponsors happy. Just kept them rapt with fear. Alight, yay, now we're getting somewhere!
But then, the narrator went back to doing just what the senator was speaking out against, so that sparkling moment of hope left me. I have to assume the author knew she'd lost any readers who don't agree with her about a long list of controversial things, so she must not mind alienating readers if she's willing to speak about anyone with different views with such over-the-top enthusiastic disdain. I didn't care for that degree of insult at all, but no doubt many people who agree with her will not have a problem. The three star is for them -- for me, it's actually 1 star.
I remained indifferent to what was going on, something about the style, not sure what. Maybe long stretches of bare dialogue at times, no bodily reactions of the characters to make me identify, few humanizing scenes to make me care about the characters so no suspense. It was hard to believe it was a CIA person speaking when saying naive things about Bin Laden being killed.