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Twin Powers Paperback – February 8, 2015
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While vacationing with her mother in Havana, a ten-year-old American girl is taken by members of a child sex ring intent on selling her into forced prostitution. When the human traffickers avoid capture and escape the island, the father of the girl, surgeon Raymond Peters, decides to take matters into his own hands and intiates a worldwide investigation. The Cuban government assigns a lethal professional assassin named Marcela to help Raymond track down the culprits. The search for Stephanie takes the unlikely pair—a man who has taken an oath to save lives and a woman who kills for a living—to the Middle East in the hunt for the mysterious mastermind, Mohamed. Working against the clock, Raymond and Marcela must pull out all the stops to save Stephanie and flee Dubai before Mohamed and his thugs kill them.
Action thrills don't come any hotter or harder than this. In a horribly realistic world of crime and sexual slavery, our story's two main characters must work against time to find and save a young girl's life, as well as theirs. Prepare to be blown away!
Book Cover and Interior Formatting:
Both get pass marks. The cover tells it all... And the highlighted fonts used for the book and author titles do a good job of creating a sense of unease. Also the bullet holes on glass right on the eye equally helps tighten the tension.
Author Pereda does remarkably well here, keeping the tension in the pages of his book as far as possible until it all explodes in a frenzy. Stephanie is a loveable character. Her dad and the deadly Marcela doesn't disappoint either. Their foes are just as alive as these three although very repulsive. Errors don't figure here and this is very welcome.
Undeniably very riveting.
George Shadow is the author of THE BLACK BOOK.
I thought this would be an exciting read, but the book ended up being a total let down.
Some of the problems it had were:
1. The main character, Raymond, is a surgeon, yet he is doing things that no surgeon would be able to do. I understand that he wants his daughter back, but the guy is just your average guy. He isn’t military trained. He doesn’t have the skills necessary to do what he does in this book. It’s like he instantly goes from run of the mill divorced guy to super bad (yeah you know) doing things you wouldn’t think possible. Not very believable.
2. Marcella is a cold-hearted assassin in this book. She is told by her boss, Raul, to help Raymond track down his daughter. She’s also supposed to be a lesbian, but the moment she meets Raymond, she has this intense attraction for him. In fact, she sleeps with him that night. A lesbian doesn’t just suddenly decide that she’s straight. And it doesn’t end there. She becomes super possessive of Raymond to the point where he can’t even look at another woman without Marcella becoming insanely jealous and digging claws into his skin. So, little miss “I don’t need anybody” lesbian becomes attached to a guy and refuses to let him go? I thought she was supposed to be this strong-willed woman who could take care of herself, but she gets reduced to the “I can’t live without a man” nonsense.
3.The mother is completely useless. She spends the entire book crying about her missing daughter. This woman has connections with the Castro family and is on a first name basis even. If I had the connections she had, I’d be knocking heads together to find my kid, not mope around as a weeping mess with a woe is me attitude. She’s just pathetic and there as a weak attempt to put emotion and drama in this pit-hole, occasionally asking her other daughter if she has heard telepathically from the one that is missing.
4. The reasoning for kidnapping the girl in the first place was just the same tired, overused reason that every villain does something: revenge. We go on this wild goose chase as Raymond tries to find his daughter. We’re given this big buildup as we learn that she was kidnapped by people who run a prostitution ring and have political ties to the U.S. Congress and that there seems to be more going on, but when all is said and done, the entire reason for the kidnapping was revenge. Some guy’s sister died while they were in Cuba some years back because Sonia, who happened to have been in charge of determining who got medical care and who didn’t, refused to let the girl get the care she needed. So the villain of the story decides to get revenge by initiating this convoluted plan of kidnapping Sonia’s daughter and selling her to an international sex trade. But of course he can’t just dump the kid and let it go. No, he has to be there as his ultimate revenge plays out. It’s just way out there, full of holes, and makes no sense.
5. There is also this side plot going on that I guess was supposed to add depth to the story, but it is more of a distraction and filler than anything else.
6. All of the characters act like they’re these important people that you should never mess with, but all they do is talk or yell at one another. I spent a lot of time yawning through this book.
The writing isn’t anything to rave about. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great either. There are the standard typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors, stupid mistakes that any competent editor should have caught. Like, “Sonia took a deep breathy”.
The plot of this book is taken straight from the movie Taken. It’s like the author saw the movie and thought, “I can totally rip that off!” And he couldn’t even do it well.
There are better thrillers out there that are actually exciting. Save your time and money with this one.
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