2 out of 4 stars
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Moonhuntress by Connie Shipley takes its readers on a journey around the world. It's an action-packed adventure covering distances from the streets of Tel Aviv to the beaches of Italy to the island of Guam and everywhere in between. A surprising blend of espionage with romance and a bit of science fiction.
Bina Knopfler is a Mossad agent. With her special agent duties come risks and adrenaline-filled scenes. Bina is assigned on numerous tasks to infiltrate countries and procure information, release hostages, and seduce powerful men. Readers are transported into Bina's world of intrigue. In addition to her own assignments, she has been sucked into a web of mystery, searching for her newfound friends's lost boyfriends, scientists who have disappeared. On top of all this, she is left to struggle with her own inner demons, her constant desire to know who she is and where she comes from, and her reluctance to let the men who love her into her life.
This is a very interesting story and the author does a good job of writing action-packed scenes that are mildly entertaining. However, there is a heavy reliance on dialogue and I found the description of places to be lacking. The author turns mostly to similes like, "The sonar system resembled the screens from The Matrix" and "The star systems resembled a symphony of neurons". I didn't feel as if these descriptions did much justice to the many interesting scenes the author was trying to depict. A lot of the technology and terminology was just glossed over. This could have been to coincide with the fast pace, but it just seemed puzzling to me as a reader.
My favorite part of this book was the travel aspect. I enjoyed reading about the different missions in various parts of the world. The author made it flow nicely and I did not get lost. My least favorite part was the romance. I suppose it is typical of an espionage tale, but I didn't appreciate how every man fell madly in love with Bina and she, in turn, with them. I just didn't find that part believable.
I give this book 2 out of 4 stars. It does have potential and the story is a good one. However, I did find numerous editing errors. There were lots of misplaced punctuation and an overuse of commas. I would recommend this book to fans of spy novels and action, but if you are looking for character depth and are put off by cheesy romance scenes, I would avoid it. The book does a good job setting itself up for subsequent novels of Bina's adventures. Alas, I was not hooked.
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