Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Books I've Read: Liberty

I kind of liked this one despite it being completely unrealistic and actually quite silly in many ways.  Paige is an awesome, kick-ass heroine who has skills and an attitude any girl can admire.  I mean, any girl who can take down a gang of Russian thugs singlehandedly is cool in my book!

Paige is a college freshman.  Her parents are journalists who have vanished in the Middle East after following a suspicious lead.  Paige will do just about anything to get them back, or just to discover if they are alive or dead.

So when she's recruited for a top-secret government agency with the promise her parents are alive and that they will do what they can to get her back if she comes to work with them, what choice does Paige have?

Before long, Paige is whisked off to Russia, masquerading as an exchange student while she tries to find America's most wanted man, a cyber-criminal who exposed some of America's most unconstitutional secrets.  And he's kind of cute too...

As I mentioned before, pretty much everything in this book defies belief.  But id does so with such good humour and snark, I enjoyed it anyway.  Paige is a fantastic character with her martial arts skill, knowledge of multiple languages and sarcastic wit.  She's smart too, but still makes stupid mistakes, just like most teenagers do.  Unfortunately her mistakes have far bigger consequences than most.

This is a fast-paced, breezy read and just plain old good fun.  I reccommend it, but be prepared to supend your disbelief a lot further than you usually do.

But don't just believe me.  Here's the blurb:

What is a hero? Paige Nolan knows.

Sean Raynes, the young man who exposed America’s unconstitutional spying techniques, is a hero, even if half the dum-dums in the country think he’s a traitor. And her journalist parents, who were captured by terrorists while telling stories of the endangered and oppressed—they were heroes, too. Or are—no one has ever told Paige if they’re still alive, or dead.

Not heroes? Anyone in the government who abandoned her parents, letting them rot somewhere halfway across the world.

And certainly not Paige herself, who, despite her fluency in five languages and mastery of several obscure martial arts (thanks, Mom!), could do nothing to save them.

Couldn’t, that is, until she’s approached by Madden Carter, an undercover operative who gives her a mission: fly to Russia, find Raynes, and discover what other government secrets he’s stockpiled. In exchange, he’ll reopen the case on her missing parents.

She’s given a code name and a cover as a foreign exchange student.

Who is a hero? Not Paige Nolan, but maybe, just maybe, Liberty is.

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