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The Innocent by Taylor Stevens
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Mar 07, 2012

it was ok
Read in March, 2012

I've been working on a novel where a girl has recently escaped a cult, so this book with a similar theme interested me. I love hardcore female protagonists and Vanessa Michael Munroe is about as tough as they come. She easily overpowers multiple groups of male attackers, is adept in both martial arts and with firearms and speaks 22 languages. This last is part of the novel's problem: she seems too much like a super hero.

Worse the book seems over written in parts, with stilted language and the use of two or three sentences where one will do. This may be explained in part by the author's abbreviated education. Stevens was raised by the Children of God -- a 1970s cult that was accused of sexual and physical abuse. The Children of God are well-known both for their alums -- including the late great River Phoenix and their practice of flirty fishing. Flirty fishing involves using attractive women to recruit lonely men -- the women often slept with the men to get them to join.

Regardless, all I can say is I hope my thriller is more... thrilling.
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