3 out of 4 stars
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Kelly and Tom have gone on a honeymoon in Honduras. Little do they know that their honeymoon is about to be ruined. On a trip into town, Kelly uncovers a secret that foreign agents will do anything to keep hidden. After narrowly escaping from their clutches, Kelly is determined to find out what they are up to. The newlyweds team up with a wide cast of operatives they meet in Honduras. Can they help the CIA stop a terrorist attack against the United States? Together, the team will have to sneak their way past highly trained terrorists and risk everything to save the United States.
E-M-P Honeymoon: Kelly & Tom is a light and fun read. It carries an air of mystery as the characters try to unravel the terrorists’ plan. The plot was straight forward and didn’t contain unpredictable twists and turns. This did not take away from the overall experience. The cast of characters makes up for the lack of surprise. They provide many humorous moments with their antics.
While the reader sees plenty of interaction between the characters, I would have liked to see more relationship development. It was clear Tom and Kelly had a relationship, but the side characters never had a chance to shine. For example, Steve and Sharon had an instant attraction. They shared flirtatious lines and suggestive themes. But, aside from this the reader never sees their relationship develop.
Dorothy May Mercer excelled at explaining the technology in this novel. Everything was broken down into easy to understand sections for the reader. I was able to follow along as the antagonists explained computer codes and launch keys. At times it did grow a little tedious as things were explained in detail. The information helped develop the overall idea of what was happening, but it could have been cut down.
One section, in particular, gave too much information. One of the characters explained solar flares. Both a picture and a source link were provided. This was unnecessary. It pulled me out of the narrative. Academic writing requires sources. Fiction does not. The writing should be enough to form an understanding for the reader. If adding pictures and sources had been a consistent element in the writing style, I would have accepted it. I still would think it was unnecessary, but it would seem less random.
Overall, I would rate E-M-P Honeymoon: Kelly & Tom, 3 out of 4 stars. This novel was a quick and entertaining read. The characters provided a humorous and engaging story for readers to enjoy. I would have appreciated less detail of the technology and more detail on the character relationships. I did not find a lot of errors as I read.
There were no adult scenes, but there were areas with suggestive language. There were also a few instances of profanity in the novel. I recommend this to readers who enjoy romance and feel-good novels. I would not recommend this to readers who prefer complex plots.
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