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.
When it comes to writing fiction about real issues, HN Wake writes with credibility, passion, and chutzpah. Mac Ambrose in some ways mirrors Wake’s own experience; she has recently returned to the United States after more than two decades in Southeast Asia. What she finds in the good ole US-of-A disturbs and appalls her. Mac is hoping to settle in to private life with Joe, her newly rediscovered forever guy, the only man she has ever loved. The bubble is burst when her ultra-rich childhood friend Laura comes calling with a sensitive problem: a US Senator needs a politically damaging video retrieved. Why should Mac be the one to do it? Why indeed? What she finds endangers all she holds dear: her safety, her freedom, and her relationship.
Serpents in the City is fast-paced with many simultaneous plots slithering through the streets of New Orleans, a New York apartment, the studios and offices of Patriot News, and elsewhere, and then eventually intertwine. Yet, Ms. Wake skillfully draws out each event, making the reader feel part of the scene. (I had great fun Googling New York City eateries and hotels mentioned in the book – HN, can I come visit?) Her characters are a pleasure to meet. Some we have met before – brainy Isaac and his vivacious girlfriend Joyce, loyal agent Herbie, sweet Joe…These guys are all terrific, and after reading this book, they felt totally human to me – funny, vulnerable, genuine, and trustworthy. The ever-odious snake, Agency boss Frank Odom, makes an appearance, of course. Newcomer FBI agent Ernest Couillard is a wonderful addition, and I hope he returns in future books.
Mac is a complex character. She has seen and done things that she is not able to share yet. After years as a solo agent, she’s still learning about teamwork. Luckily, she’s a quick study. I love her intelligence, her integrity, her strength, and her vulnerability. And I’m so glad she has Joe. Understanding, patient Joe. Happily, we get to see more of Joe in this book, and he's her rock.
I also have to briefly mention the characters from the cable news station and Senator Gillis. Without these vipers, there would be no story. A caveat to those with a conservative political leaning – you may not like this book. But Ms. Wake makes no secret where her heart is, and having lived and worked abroad for so long, she has a perspective on American politics and lifestyle, I believe, that many of us have not experienced. It wouldn’t be a Mac Ambrose novel without at least one social issue thrown in for good measure.
As a beta reader for HN Wake, I was privileged to be part of the process of bringing Serpents in the City to life. For this, I am incredibly grateful. I have seen the amazing journey this story has taken to become a fabulous, cohesive saga of blackmail and deception. Kudos to your editor, HN, for her tough love and to you for rolling up your sleeves and making it all happen. As I read your second draft, I grinned all the way through! Now – when does the next Mac Ambrose book come out?
5 Shiny Gold Stars
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