Friday, October 7, 2011

MONARCH: Suspense Thriller Book Review & Giveaway



MONARCH
Author Michelle Davidson Argyle


Nick's life as a CIA spy should be fulfilling, but it has only given him unhappiness, a wife who committed suicide, and two daughters who resent everything he has become. Now, stuck in the Amazon on the last mission of his career, he must track down Matheus Ferreira, a drug lord and terrorist the United States has tried to bring down for years. If he succeeds, he'll have the chance to start his life over again. Just when he's on the brink of catching Ferreira, he's framed for a murder that turns his world upside down. His only chance of survival lies in West Virginia, where Lilian Love, a woman from his past, owns the secluded Monarch Inn. He's safe, but not for long.


Review:  Monarch is a tale about two families thrown together by history and current circumstance.  Both sides evolve and in the end, metamorphosis into something new.  Although designed around a suspense/thriller premise, this story lingers more on the emotional, sentimental aspects of relationships, family, divorce and career.  The story does not belong to a main character, but rather is shared equally by several and by doing so, a distinct voice speaks for all.  This approach works in the overall telling of the story, but doesn't lend to give depth and personality to individual characters.  Reactions to events were similar as far as emotional response, which left me wondering if this were a collective consciousness or wishful thinking driving the plot toward a happier ending.  Because of this, some interactions did not seem genuine or natural.  If you are looking for a softer side of suspense with a dash of chick lit sentimentality, you'll enjoy Monarch.  
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As a promotional bonus, I'm giving away my Advanced Reader Copy of Monarch, generously provided by Rhemalda Publishing.  Want to give it a read?  Simply, enter below to win.
* US Only
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* Open entry Oct. 7- 9
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