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Official Review: Vengeance (Tip of the Spear Book 2)

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[Following is an official review of "Vengeance (Tip of the Spear Book 2)" by Belle Ami.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Layla has finally got her life together. She has a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter and a burgeoning career. It only takes a second to have it all come crashing down in Vengeance, Book Two in Belle Ami´s Tip of the Spear romance series.

While in New York, Layla is kidnapped by Iranian terrorists when out to lunch with a friend. The extremists want nothing more than to use her as bait to trap her husband, Cyrus, an Israeli spy. With her daughter, Cerise´s, life in danger as well, can Layla do whatever it takes to ensure Cerise´s safety, and will Cyrus be in time, not only save the woman he loves, but to also stop a terrorist attack of catastrophic destruction?

Written in third person, the story follows both Layla and Cyrus as they react to the circumstances in which they find themselves. Both characters are well balanced and I liked how, even though this is a typical damsel in distress scenario, Layla doesn’t placidly wait to be rescued. Her character shows determination and a refreshing resilience. Cyrus´s character is a typical dominant male, strong-minded and determined, however, he shows his vulnerability and weakness in his love for Layla. I also enjoyed the character of Cass, the FBI Agent leading the case. She was also a very strong female character, whose authority was accepted unchallenged by her partner, David, and they have formed a relationship built on mutual respect and admiration.

Set in the USA, with some scenes in Israel, the plot outlined the very real current issue of terrorism. While it’s easy to have the “bad guys” as a stereotypical nationality and imply all from that country are terrorists, I liked how in this story other Iranian people are shown working hard to make their way in a new country. These people are portrayed as harmless and good-natured. This illustrated well that there will always be extremists in every country, but it is not the attitude of each person.

The story itself touches on some very serious topics, not only terrorism, but rape, kidnapping and PTSD. I liked how it illustrated the after effects a traumatic event can have on a person, not only on their mental stability, but their personal life as well. While these are heavy subjects, they never overwhelmed the story. The writing itself was well paced and flowed smoothly, making it both an easy and enjoyable read.

As the second in the series, I was concerned that I would be confused, seeing as I haven’t read the first book. However, this wasn’t the case, and while there were some references made to the previous story, this one can be classified as a stand-alone book in its own right.

The only criticism that I had was that sometimes things seemed to fall into place a little too easily, which bordered on unrealistic. This, however, was a minor issue and overall I enjoyed the book for its easy to read style and incorporation of serious issues. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is a book for a wide range of readers, especially those who like strong female characters and have a soft spot for romance and rescue.

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Post by kandscreeley »

Sounds like a good second story in the series. Thanks for a lovely review.
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Post by Yolimari »

I am glad the lead female character of the series is portrayed as a strong woman. Seems like it is a series that discusses serious current events while being engaging. Thanks for the good review.
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Post by Sabina G »

This sounds like such a compelling story, I don't know if I could cope with the kidnapping part, as I have a daughter but I think I would give this book a try. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Ana Njeri »

This is an amazing review. I am however dissapointed that the author didn't twist the plot alittle bit from her previous book escape which is the first book in the tip of the spear series.the first book involved Layla being kidnapped with her boyfriend Zamir. The second book now involves Layla being kidnapped with her daughter celise. This is too disappointing.
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Post by Quinto »

At last the sequel is out. This one also looks to follow in the success of the first book in the series. I already like the plot and look forward to reading it. Thanks for a great review.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 »

Sounds like one great book with endearing and admirable characters. And it's good that it is a standalone which means I will enjoy it even without reading the first book. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Belle Ami on such an obviously well written book.
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Post by geoffrey ngoima »

Two is already out?! & I haven't even read one yet! Great review, I have to hurry things up, thanks for the info
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Post by charlesjr2 »

Wonderful review! To tell you the truth, am really excited that book 2 is out. I have read the tip of the spear book 1 and I really enjoyed it.
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Post by Job Njoroge »

Great review . The book seem to have great content in it though you have mentioned that at times it seemed unrealistic this is because the book is a fiction. It also shows the role women can play they can be leaders and not just followers. Great work
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I cannot wait to read this book, I enjoyed the first book and sure this will be better.Thanks for the great review.
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Post by Brandi Noelle »

I just recently reviewed "Escape (Tip of the Spear Book One)" and really enjoyed it. I had already been looking forward to reading the second installment, but your review made me want to even more. Your thoughts on "Vengeance" mirrored mine of the first book...great references to international affairs and serious topics, all while not overshadowing the love story. Sounds like another win for Belle Ami!
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Post by Olympia Kabao »

This is a very good and a self motivating book on our recent real life situations. I look forward for the future of so much fun while expressing real life.
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the review is wonderful! now knows what happens in the book
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Post by Scoco »

I love it. Its so emotional especially in that kidnapping part.thanks for the inspiration
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