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Shadow Cay Paperback – March 30, 2010
From the Inside Flap
"INTENSE, CHILLING, ENTERTAINING NOVEL. . .If you enjoy a good thriller, Shadow Cay will provide that and more. It sets a strong pace from the start with riveting action and dialogue. The beautiful Bahamas background adds contrast to the frightening action and gritty texture of the story."
--BellaOnline Mystery Editor
"SUSPENSE AND THRILLS. THE STORYLINE IS DEEP AND RICH, FLOWING WITH CHARACTERS THAT PIECE TOGETHER LIKE A FINE JIG SAW PUZZLE, BRINGING FORTH A STORY THAT REELS WITH ADVENTURE AND INTRIGUE...A real thriller, one that wraps around you and keeps you tied to the pages until the final curtain."
--Midwest Book Review
"WHEN YOUR NEXT HEARTBEAT MIGHT KILL YOU, YOU LIVE A LIFE ON THE EDGE AND IN SUSPENSE AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHERE TWO CHARACTERS CREATED BY AUTHOR LEONA DEROSA BODIE LIVE. Their story is captivating, their bravery unique and the story is full of twists and turns, which leave the reader wanting more while flipping through pages."
--Hot Gossip Hot Reviews
"IT WAS A GOOD THRILLER AND WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT MOVIE."
--Beck's Book Picks Blog
"SHADOW CAY REALLY DELIVERED...LEONA BODIE IS NAME TO WATCH IN CRIME NOVELS."
--A Chick Who Reads BlogSpot
"SHADOW CAY" IS A FASCINATING READ, NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED. The search for morality and justice often finds you none. "Shadow Cay" tells the story as two justice seekers in Madeleine and Peter find themselves up against greed and corruption against a powerful corporation. Through their investigations, they may be risking their lives in this mystery set in the beautiful region of Miami and the Bahamas. "
--Midwest Book Review
"DRAMATIC, INTERNATIONAL THRILLER."
"A WONDERFUL, AWARD WINNING BOOK . . . The judges were unanimous in their selection of Shadow Cay as a 2010 winner in the Mystery/Thriller category."
--Premier Book Awards
2010 ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD. . . a winner in the thriller/suspense category.
--Florida Writers Association
"THIS WAS A PAGE TURNER. The action was steady enough to keep me non-stop turning the pages until I had finished it."
--The Musings of a Book Addict
"Leona Bodie had done a good job; this novel is . . . RAW AND GRITTY, BUT ENTERTAINING. ENJOY."
--Reviewer for Book Pleasures
"MADELEINE NESBITT IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST FEMALE CHARACTERS I'VE SEEN IN AGES."
--A Chick Who Reads BlogSpot
"BIG BUCKS AND BIGGER DREAMS ENTWINE IN A WEB OF DECEIT. I can't wait to read more by this author. Leona Bodie is a new master storyteller. I found Shadow Cay hard to put down . . .The characters are lifelike and made me care."
--JW Thompson, Author of
Mysterious Lady and Hidden Evil
"LEONA BODIE IS A MASTERFUL STORYTELLER and I highly recommend her new thriller, SHADOW CAY."
--Chere Reynolds, President of the
Florida Assn. of Forensic Professionals
LEONA BODIE BRINGS THE READER TO ANOTHER PLACE. SHE DOES SUCH A NICE DESCRIPTIVE JOB I FELT LIKE I WAS IN THERE IN FLORIDA. PLEASE PASS THE SPF50, THANK YOU.
--Gelati's Scoop BlogSpot
"This suspenseful novel is a treat to read because of the way the author delineates her characters. LEONA BODIE IS A FRESH NEW TALENT in the much-plowed field of mystery books with something interesting and original to say. Shadow Cay is a 'can't put down' reading experience.
--Malcolm Mahr, Author of
Murder at Paradise Spa
From the Back Cover
SHADOW CAY captures the sun, sin, and suspense of Miami and the Bahamian Out Islands.
Already reeling from a rash of maritime disasters, a war and international terrorists, vigilante Madeleine Nesbitt and amateur detective Peter Duncan are destined for even darker days when they investigate the man with no conscience behind the world's most profitable enterprise. They find themselves in a sea of corruption, deception and lies.
Leona DeRosa Bodie is the author of a suspense novel and several illustrated children's books. Her career took her from high school English teacher to corporate executive and president of the Greater Miami Society of Human Resource Management before she shifted to writing books. She is currently a freelance writer/editor, VP of the Treasure Coast Writers Guild, and lives with her husband Walt in Florida. He's a forensic expert with 21 years of experience with the Miami-Dade Police Department Crime Lab.
THERE'S A FRIGHTENING THOUGHT YOUR NEXT HEARTBEAT MIGHT KILL YOU.
Big bucks and bigger dreams entwine in a web of deceit.
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A young girl that has premonitions of sorts, sees images of this all happening.
She is born with a small red patch of skin that her parents are at first not concerned with but over time as it grows and changes color they express their concern to her doctor who is not the least but concerned. It then gets to the point that the doctor says he cannot operate on it due to the size. She has heart murmurs. Her heart is working at it's limit and sending all the blood to this tumor on the back of her head. She is losing weight. The doctors say that because the tumor is too big to operate on and her heart murmur and her being underweight; her survival chance is not looking good. Then a miracle happens. There is a doctor who speciallizes in what she needs. He does the operation and all is well. Her close friend Rollo, who found the doctor and is like a grandfather to Madeline takes her onto a ferry for a trip. Tragedy strikes but Madeline makes it by the skin of her teeth.
Rico, the third side of the story, is a huge drug dealer of sorts. He didn't have the best mother, a prostitute who didn't hide this fact from her son. He ate rotten food and bugs to survive. His mother was murdered. He didn't feel any sadness. Then an older woman with money takes him in. Gives him a home and treats him like her own. Then one day he sees his mothers traits in her and and can't stand her. He pushes her off the balcony and kills her. Inherits all her money etc. He is cold and mean hearted and selfish.
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It sounded really good with all the suspense and thrill and murder. But I found it hard to get into. The multistory line was hard for me to follow. I did enjoy each storyline and sympathized with all three main characters. Even Rico. At the same time though, I wanted to pull a Gibbs on Rico and smack him upside his head and shake some sense into him. He is smart enough to get an education (after killing the woman that took him in and let all she had to him) but dumped it all making a career out of drugs. This was a good book I just wish it were a bit easier to follow and not so hard to get into. I would recommend this book, though. Especially if you like and/or can follow multi story line books.
Leona Bodie is a good writer. I enjoyed her writing style and how Madeline developed through the book. I had a hard time with the book because of there being more than one or two story-lines but I wouldn't not recommend this book. Shadow Cay
However, the volume of POV characters that marched into the story was difficult to keep up. Each chapter I wasn't sure who was going to be onstage. And several times, that is all that happened, a narrator told of events happening rather than putting the reader into the action. This got worse the farther into the story I got.
There were even a few minor characters that were POV characters who appeared only a couple of times and their appearance could easily have been eliminated with no problem.
Still, I wanted to know what happened so I stuck it out. Only to be extremely annoyed by the narrative ending of the story. It totally fell flat. The ending read as if it was just an extra chapter of notes that the author had in their file to explain the final events to the author and which she felt the reader needed. We don't. We know what happened to the bad guy and the good guys and we're good. We don't need to know what happens somewhere else to a secondary... no... not even a secondary, just a character who was simply a walk on.
Very disappointed as I do think this could have been told much better if the author had stuck with fewer POV's and less narration.
I'm not likely to read another of her books.
Elliott Key and then stand under a fresh inland waterfall. The only waterfall in the Keys would have to be manmade since the Keys are just a few feet above sea level. On pg. 207, Eduardo & Felisa, on a 150 ft. yacht are taken to Grand Bahama Island and the next day they shop in Nassau & go to Paradise Island. Duh? Freeport is on Grand Bahama Island. Nassau is on New Providence Island. Has Ms. Bodie ever been to the Bahamas? At the end of the book, there seems to be no conclusion with the characters who are still living. It just ends!!! Although I enjoyed the descriptions of the islands, the story line was very predictable with very little descriptive detail. With the buildup this book & this author received I expected better quality. Please do your homework next time.