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When Special Ops recruit, Tara Kafee is dishonorably discharged, there’s only one place to go—Home.

But there’s more waiting for her there than she’s ready for.

It’s been four years since she’s been back and ten since her mother walked out on the family never to be heard of again.

She’s determined to rekindle things with her father and keep him close. That is, until he goes missing.

Soon after stumbling upon a safe room full of weapons, fake passports, and a mission’s dossier marking a target in Cuba, she reluctantly accepts the help of her angsty teenage brother. He’s the only one she can trust, so together, the two set out for Havana.

Tara is determined to get her father back, whatever it takes, but things are never easy when you’re the mercenary’s daughter.

Published March 31, 2020

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Joe Gazzam

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Screenwriter/Novelist Joe Gazzam has been a working screenwriter for 8 years working on such films as:

Shadow Run
21 Jump Street
Step Up: Revolution
Disney's Hawaiian Adventure
It Takes a Thief
Anubis Tapestry
(and many more)

His debut novel, UNCAGED, out now!

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Profile Image for Sean Peters.
677 reviews120 followers
March 27, 2020
Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and the authors, yes two authors for an ARC copy for my review.

When Special Ops recruit, Tara Kafee is dishonorably discharged, there’s only one place to go—Home.

But there’s more waiting for her there than she’s ready for.

It’s been four years since she’s been back and ten since her mother walked out on the family never to be heard of again. She’s determined to rekindle things with her father and keep him close. That is, until he goes missing.

Soon after stumbling upon a safe room full of weapons, fake passports, and a mission’s dossier marking a target in Cuba, she reluctantly accepts the help of her angsty teenage brother. He’s the only one she can trust, so together, the two set out for Havana.

Tara is determined to get her father back, whatever it takes, but things are never easy when you’re the mercenary’s daughter.

A great book for a first thriller from Jessica Therrien, well paced, gripping, good action. Great to have a main character who really is not quite ready to be the action packed lead, but is thrown into the action alongside her younger brother.

Tara does not know how to do things right but has to learn quickly, with the help of her brother, who really to make a good team with the help from Andy.

Entertaining with hints of humour and we have two main leads who are not the perfect team yet but are learning quickly.

A good twist! No more said !

Entertaining, well written, well paced. Four stars
Profile Image for Liz.
251 reviews1,967 followers
April 18, 2020
*Received for review from the author*

Mercenary’s Daughter Review

Received for review from the author

When I started this book, I really wasn’t sure how it would go. Once Tara and her brother discover the truth about their dad, I was hooked! It was a wild ride, but it was so good. Not quite sure how she and her brother were able to escape so soon and remember their phones and wallets, but nonetheless, a really great story.

I loved that it involved Tara and Mitch finding their dad together. She gave him so many options to stay somewhere safe! It was great to read about them working through things without it distracting from the plot of the book or even slow it down.

This book really does ask questions and answers them in one way or another, even if it’s with that wild cliffhanger at the end!

Overall, this was such a fast-paced and enjoyable read. I met a whole cast of characters and it felt so real and lively. I can’t wait for what’s next!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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84 reviews41 followers
May 10, 2020
**Thank you to NetGalley, the authors, & the publisher for a chance to read & review an E-ARC of this novel!**

WHOA! This was not what I expected at all...& I mean that in such a good way. I went in thinking this was going to be more like Spy Kids for teens (which still would not have necessarily been a bad thing)...but it was so much more than that! It was action packed, full of drama, suspenseful, & loaded with family empowerment. I enjoyed it SO MUCH! Can't wait to check out more from these authors & in this genre. Please find my extended thoughts below...along with some spoilers (beware). :)
Things I Liked:
-the cover! It grabbed my attention right away even though this isn't a genre that I typically read.
-how this novel challenges some of the stereotypes regarding expected male/female qualities...Tara (the sister) is the tough badass ex-military chick who knows her way around a gun & Mitch (the brother) is the geeky smart dude who is headed to MIT...it was refreshing to have some of those typical stereotypes challenged & this being done so well/believably
-the writing style kept me reading & wanting to know what was going to happen & how things would work out. It also really helped me to picture Havana. I love a descriptive writing style.
-I liked how the authors portrayed Tara's issues with PTSD symptoms...they never said she had been diagnosed with PTSD...but a person can certainly have symptoms of a disorder without being diagnosed or meeting full criteria for diagnosis. I liked how this was handled respectfully & realistically.
-I enjoyed the relationship between Tara & Andy (although I admit that I was suspicious of him at first). And...I was happy that their relationship didn't take over the whole story! The plot still very much focused on the action.
-the realistic portrayal of the corruption that occurs all over the world

Things that Didn't Quite Sit Right with Me: (there really wasn't much)
-Sasha sort of rubbed me the wrong way. Well...actually It really wasn't her I guess...more the fact that her place in the "family" resumed after everything that happened. I know I wouldn't be able to get past the fact that she gave up on my dad even if it is part of the "job" to do so.

Overall, I gave this novel 5 stars! I think it would be a great read for those interested in YA, action, or those interested in family dynamics & novels about criminal activity. And that cliffhanger ending....UGHHHHHHH. Sequel please! :)
Profile Image for Shelley.
5,215 reviews461 followers
March 24, 2020
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Thriller / Suspense
*Rating* 3.5


The Mercenary's Daughter is written by co-authors Jessica Therrien and Joe Gazzam. It is a spy thriller with a touch of romance thrown in. The story follows Tara Kafee, a former Special Ops Marine who was dishonorably discharged from the military for reasons that need to be cleared up. When she returns home to Miami, Florida, she has to deal with the attitude of her younger brother, Mitch, the strange disappearance of her father, Harry, who was also in the military, as well as uncovering secrets about Harry that has been kept secret for who knows how long.

*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

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Author 6 books97 followers
September 24, 2019
I felt like I was watching a movie! The Mercenary's is so fast paced and page turning, I read the entire book in two days and was sad to see it end. I fell in love with the characters and felt like I had just taken a real-life tour through Havana. I highly recommend this book!!
Profile Image for Lacey Impellizeri.
Author 1 book9 followers
September 24, 2019
Unforgettable, monumental, remarkable. Gazzam and Therrien have crafted a thrill ride that has kept me absorbed from page one. Tara's past bubbling over into questions and mysteries about her present are buried into the pages and I could not put the book down until I could unfold every last detail and cinematic moment in the book.
If you like thrillers, this book is for you.
If you like romance, this book is for you.
If you like reading, this. book. is. for. you.
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310 reviews91 followers
April 8, 2020
If you look at the cover (a Lara Croft style cover) and read the blurb, things seem to be very clear. You know already what you'll get and the main ...milestones of the plot. So, there is no room for surprises here. But this it's not important when dealing with a book as The Mercenary's Daughter, isn't it?! Yep, such a story needs rhythm, dangers, (apparent) impossible situations, suspense, excitement, physical stunts, chases, fights, races, incredible solutions, brave characters... Joe Gazzam & Jessica Therrien's baby has them all.

The rhythm is very good. From the start, we are on the move. Even when the necessary character's background or weaponry information is given, even during the "romancing" moments, the pace is not disturbed.

The action scenes are well built and take place exactly when needed. Their intensity, length, and type are also very well manipulated in accordance with the moment in which they happen stressing the increasing dangers. Brain and brawn work great together and despite the solutions found, things still seem possible. The tension accumulates, the anxiety increases as the chances diminish and death becomes the most likely outcome. The scenes are perfectly described to allow the readers to see and feel everything.

The clear line between good and bad is sometimes blurred giving the occasion for life lessons. Humor is also present here and there and is like that bit of salt in a sweet recipe (a bit of salt accentuates, flavours the sweetness).

The family relationships are important and one of the final (boat) scenes both represents the essence and points the next step. Every member of the family evolves; they mature and (re)become a team, a whole.

If you like action movies, you could choose to "read" one! Take your soda, popcorn and enjoy The Mercenary's Daughter. As for me, I cannot wait to see how the Kafees will deal with their next target! Enjoy!

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1,140 reviews12 followers
March 21, 2020
I’ve never read either of these authors before but you can bet I’ll be checking out their other books.

I really enjoyed every aspect of this book. It was everything you want in an action packed book. Guns, bombs, high speed chases, & crazy firefights. Loved it!! Along with the action filled scenes, there were touching family moments, family conflict, secrets and a little bit of romance. I loved that it was mostly an action packed book since it’s been awhile since I’ve read one.

Of course I won’t give anything away because it’s so much better to read this book with no expectations. I didn’t even read the blurb when I signed up to review it. I liked the cover and name so I signed up. It was everything I had hoped it would be & the ending left me wanting more. It does have a slight cliffhanger & leaves some questions unanswered that definitely leaves you wanting more.

You won’t regret giving this book a read. I can’t wait to see what this badass family does next.

I received an arc of this book in return for an honest review.
Profile Image for Edward Smith.
908 reviews11 followers
July 17, 2020
Heart Pumping Black Ops Thriller set in the Underbelly of Cuba

Story takes a while to develop the characters and establish the family ties that hold the mission together.

The last 3rd of the book is a flat out heart racing thrill ride with lots of twist and turns in the Action.

90 reviews3 followers
February 15, 2020
This is a great story. It Was not at all what I expected. It was so much better!! To do what this sister & brother did to save their dad nothing short of amazing!! There was excitement, adventure, romance & some mystery. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the next book.
I volunteering read this book as a advanced readers copy.
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Author 1 book15 followers
January 31, 2020
I read this book in a single evening. This is an Action/Adventure tour de force that will keep you entertained right up till the last page.
I actually think that Jennifer Lawrence might just play Tara Kafee in the movie.
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142 reviews
January 15, 2021
I'm a huge Jessica Therrien fan and was ecstatic to be able to read an ARC of this book! Ms. Therrien masters every genre she touches. Action thriller is no exception to this!

The Mercenary's Daughter is action packed with a strong, multi-dimensional main character. The authors do a nice job of character development, not only for the main character, but between the main character and her brother as they work together. All of this happens as the duo uncover secrets about their dad and go up against the "bad guys. this book is equal parts action and strong plot!

Typically, I don't read a book and think, this would make a great movie. The Mercenary's Daughter is one that screams out for a movie adaptation!
110 reviews
April 8, 2020
If you’re looking for a heartfelt family story with a ton of awesome action, this is definitely the book for you. The Mercenary’s Daughter is a combination of stubborn recklessness and just the right amount of skill and luck.

Tara is a rebellious young woman who has made her share of bad decisions. After being dishonorably discharged from the military, at no fault of her own, she lands herself back at home trying to rekindle a relationship with her father and brother. Things are tense as she acknowledges her faults and lack of communication over the last several years. Her kid brother is now a young adult and feels abandoned by not only his mother, but his sister as well.

Just as things start to settle a bit, the unthinkable happens. Their father’s coworker/girlfriend comes to break the news that their dad was killed in a car accident on a work trip. In his grief, Tara’s brother Mitch takes a sledgehammer to the new office they’d been building in the backyard. In the wreckage they find their father’s secret room. Very quickly things start to click for Tara. Her father was an asset and had been sent on a mission. After forcefully extracting more information from the girlfriend, Tara learns that her father may not be dead just captured and disavowed. Without thinking, Tara and Mitch flee from the authorities sent to debrief them.

What follows is a series of thrilling car chases, close calls, lots of illegal activity, and sibling bonding over dire circumstances. Tara and Mitch are thrown into the most stressful situations and have to rely on each other to survive. The softness of their moments really balances the excitement of what is going on around them. The stress of trying to save their dad brings them together in a very unusual way.

Of course no good soldier goes in without a little backup. Enter Andy, the only contact they know in Havana. Reluctantly at first, Andy helps Tara and Mitch navigate the city, both geographically and socially. As things get more dangerous Andy decides he’s all in, and not just because there’s a lot of chemistry between him and Tara.

Together Tara, Mitch, and Andy do everything they can to find and save their father. With twists, turns, and several close calls this unlikely trio ends up bruised and broken but together.

I recommend this to readers who enjoy thrillers with estranged family dynamics and lots of heart. You won’t be disappointed.
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187 reviews38 followers
April 2, 2020
Thank you to Acorn Publishing and NetGalley for providing this book in exchange for my honest review.
I want to start by saying that I wanted to read this one for the strong female character-spy theme. I found The Mercenary’s Daughter to be fast-paced and, for the most part, a fun read. The arc provided to me had editing errors that pulled me out of the story many times, but I’m sure the final version was revised, so that won’t happen to anyone else.
Tara Kafee, who is dishonorably discharged from Special Ops, returns home to her father (Harry) and younger brother (Mitch). She quickly learns that her father is an extractor for the US government or mercenary. Harry gets into trouble. Tara and Mitch sneak into Cuba to save him, and chaos ensues.
I have never read anything by either author, but I will be checking them out now. Here’s what it breaks down to for me. I felt like Mitch grew throughout the story. He was an excellent addition. Tara, however, was a little blah for me. She’s a tough girl who gets lost after her mother leaves the. Like the story always goes, Tara lashes out by getting into trouble. Eventually, she decides her only way out of a future in crime is the Marines. Great. Love it. Tara works her ass off as a special ops recruit, but then something happens that derails her, and she’s kicked out. She should be pissed, but she seems resigned. Tara says there’s nothing she can do, and I hoped for more out of a strong female character. I wanted her to show some fight in a situation, but that’s just me.
My biggest problem and/or question during the entire story was, why shouldn’t Tara know how to be a team player? Isn’t that what the military would have taught her? Instead, she spends most of the story making selfish and fly-by-the-seat of her pants decisions. She has very little growth.
I gave the book four stars because I love a “spy-ish” story. I can’t wait to read the next book, which the ending set up with a “shocking” revelation. I was disappointed with the end because I waited for that twist to happen in this one. BUT that’s just my opinion. I will check out the next book because I do want to know what happens next and if Tara can learn to be a team player.

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112 reviews
April 18, 2020
This book was lots of fun! Very fluffy. Which sounds wrong when the main character was running around shooting people, hot-wiring cars, and causing mayhem, but yeah. Fluffy. It's completely obvious that everything will work out in the end, and takes very little mental energy to read. In a good way.

Tara has just been dishonourably discharged from the marines for shooting an officer in the foot. Embarrassed and not sure what to do next, Tara goes home to her father and brother. But the same evening Tara returns home her father gets a call to go to Beijing, supposedly on an emergency business trip for the appliance company he works for. He doesn't come back. Tara finds out that her father was actually an Extractor, working for intelligence companies to bring their enemies onto U.S. soil where they can be dealt with. But everything is off the books, and no one will get her father back -- except herself. Tara and her younger brother, Mitch (who is not nearly as angsty as the blurb makes him out to be), head off to Cuba to get their father back from a dangerous weapons dealer whom he was sent to extract. Of course, this is not as easy as it sounds, and things just get more messed up from there.

This book was actually a lot more realistic than I expected. We don't have a super-annoying 16-year-old-protagonist who can magically take down men twice her size and save the world by herself. That drives me nuts, but that was not the case. Tara is 22, has had military training, and doesn't work completely by herself. And things go wrong. Very wrong, at times. Of course, it's still completely unrealistic; in real life these stories don't turn out right in the end. But the characters are fairly well-developed, there is plenty of action, and Mitch's ideas for destroying things are really cool.

It would need some depth to get 5 stars, but overall it was enjoyable.

Note: there was some profanity, although not as much as I expected. Nothing too drastic. There are a couple of passionate kissing scenes, but nothing farther than that. And people are shot by the main character, die in other ways, are tortured, and disintegrated. Nothing overly graphic.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
April 24, 2020
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Xpresso Tours, and Acorn Publishing for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Okay first of all, I’m sad that Tara get dishonorably discharged, but maybe she needed to just get home somehow.

Anyway, I have always enjoyed the books that I get to read from Acorn Publishing from Xpresso Tours. I also love when authors are able to collaborate together and create amazing stories! I feel like this needs to be more of a thing out there. Also, I think that this book really gave me some Lara Croft vibes like another book that I got to read from Xpresso, except our girl Tara is a little darker than our girl Lara Croft. Which, I’m pretty into!

So there are times where I don’t really read the synopsis because I like to be able to get into the book without relying on the synopsis because we all know sometimes the synopsis LIES to you and it’s like “what?” I feel like for this book though, it worked out in matching what the book was really about. The family relationships that we got to see in this book, not just Tara and her father, but Tara and her brother as well! I love when I get to see sibling interactions during high level of stress, don’t know why and I don’t know if that makes me super mean or what, but sometimes those kinds of situations makes me appreciate the kind of relationship that I have with my own brother. I don’t know if I could handle us having to try to find our parent (our mother in this case) who just so happens to be a mercenary as well?! So this was an adventure in and of itself that I really enjoyed.

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2,091 reviews150 followers
April 15, 2020
5 cranky stars

This has been the best read of the year so far. Excellent writing very descriptive you can actually see in your own mind exactly what they want you to see.

It starts off with the teenage delinquent daughter in and out of trouble Tara. In the end she joined the Marines, 3 years and doing well moving to special ops until she was dishonorable discharged which wasn't her fault but she knew nobody would believe her.

She tells the story of how her father disappeared on a 'work problem' on their first meal together. Mitch was her younger brother but he could not forgive Tara for never writing in 3 years they had already been deserted by their mother. They had been building an office in the garden when their father's girlfriend came out and told them some news. Mitch took it bad and started smashing the inner walls of the office only to find lots of wiring and mechanics.

When they had finished tracing it they found a dug out type basement the truth came out about their father. They started on a rescue mission the nerdy boy and the loose-cannon girl. This book drags you in from the first page. There is so much action packed into this book it's unreal. A recommended read.
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1,224 reviews3 followers
March 21, 2020
** I received a copy of Mercenary's Daughter from Net Galley and Xpresso Book Tours (Acorn Publishing) in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions are my own and not solicited in any way**

Mercenary's Daughter by Jessica Therrien and Joe Gazzam was a fun action packed high adventure read set in Florida and Cuba. Be warned that this has a cliff hanger though so be prepared with that mentioned it's still worth a high 4 star rating. But I felt like it was reading both a thriller and a YA book nothing wrong with that though it just needed a bit more something to the Tara/Andy story line.

Tara Kafee has come home to her dad when she was given a dishonorable discharge from the Marines Special Ops with resentment to the world. But not everyone is happy to see her especially her little genius little brother Mitch. When their Dad gets a urgent but strange phone call Tara feels like something is off especially with Sasha whose his coworker. When they find out that Harry is missing they discover that his job isn't appliances but mercenary extraction. So off to Cuba they go in a stolen speed boat after sneaking into Havana they meet Andy who takes them on an adventure of their lives. They use cable cars, zip lines, scuba gear and one beauty of a 1955 Chevy Bel Air as transportation. Will the siblings take on a known gun and drug runner to save their dad? Because theirs one thing Tara knows and that knowledge of her military training may save all their lives including Andy.
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Author 2 books212 followers
March 22, 2020
This book was definitely not what I had expected. I was annoyed if not angry at the usage of "exotic" on Andy, so let's just say The Mercenary's Daughter did not leave a great first impression. However, plot-wise, it really amazed me. It was exciting and made my heart thump.

Tara and Mitch were the ultimate sibling team with Tara being familiar with weaponry and missions while Mitch excelled at science and schemes. Along with Andy, the local guide and an enemy of the enemy, their Cuban adventure of rescuing Harry was thrilling to read.

“[A]s sure as people live, they die. But as long as they do both with purpose, there’s never much to regret.” – Mitch recounting Harry's words

There were a lot of stealing, hijacking, and shooting in the book, but all of them were necessary evils. I appreciated Tara as a strong female character. I also really liked Mitch, the smart teen. During the Cuban trip, Tara and Mitch were figuring out what it meant to be a family, and it was honestly touching to see them ultimately working together. With the life of Harry, their dad, at stake, the siblings had to learn to trust each other again.

To me that meant a whole lot of rich people born on third base, thinking they hit a triple. – Tara

I admit the many plans of Tara, Mitch and Andy were risky at best, but most schemes were smart. That made the book captivating.

Though a quick read, The Mercenary's Daughter is not a simple book. It was exciting in every way. I am sure there is a sequel to this book, and I look very much forward to a full story of the Kafee family. In addition, I really hope Tara would be able to speak up about her "dishonourable discharge." Maybe both would be present in the next book, if there is one. I cannot wait.

I received an e-ARC from Acorn Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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640 reviews8 followers
April 6, 2020
Tara a 22yr old, smart-ass Marine, who was dishonorable discharged, returns home after 4 years. When her dad goes missing, she and her teenage brother discover he isn’t who they thought he was. Finding out he’s a mercenary leads them to a rescue mission in Cuba.

Really like how Tara uses her checkered past and military skills as means of survival on the mission. Plus, she’s a fast thinker and sees the opportunity in the situation, while her brother Mitch is some sort of genius.

With a down to earth, in your face, very personal POV, this felt like a thrilling ride of a film. With snarky voice over to boot. The sibling bickering makes you smile. It is adequately paced, with lots of action and surprises, but still has room to breathe, so you can take in the protagonist’s emotions. Emotions that are sometimes described in a bit of a cheesy manner.

They are fighting against all odds and when you think that nothing else could go wrong, ti does. I have to say that the action was well written, giving you an exact picture of what was going on.

Quick read, insane fun, characters you cheer for, classic baddie you enjoy hating, outrageous in the best way possible. Also during the epilogue I had a stupid grin on my face till the last sentence! Here’s hoping for a sequel.
71 reviews4 followers
April 6, 2020
The Mercenary's Daughter follows the story of Tara; a special forces recruit who was dishonourably discharged and her younger brother Mitch, as they find out that all is not as it seems when their father is reported as having passed away in an accident whilst on a business trip.

What ensues is a romp of a ride of a young adult spy/action/adventure thriller, with a cast of extremely well written characters. The smidgen of romance that is in the book added to the story line and I enjoyed the development of the relationship between brother and sister as they worked together towards a common goal.

The plot twists and action sequences are fast paced and leave you breathless - I kept on forgetting that I was reading a young adult novel and could definitely see this as the plot of a movie.
I was really surprised to find that this was written as a collaboration and the two authors did an amazing job of blending their writing. You can normally tell the difference in writing styles when reading collaborations but not in this case.

I am hoping that these authors will be writing another one to follow this story up - as in all good action movies they have left the door open for a sequel!
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1,122 reviews
April 8, 2020
Joe Gazzam and Jessica Therrien give us family angst in the midst of international mystery in The Mercenary's Daughter (Acorn Publishing, 978-1947392748, 2020). I think the interaction between Tara and Mitch is the best part of the book. I am not usually one to praise family drama, but it all makes sense and if you have a sibling then you can get it and laugh. You probably will even laugh if you do not have a sibling (laugh).

Gazzam and Therrien keep it real when it comes to the solutions of two relatively young people on a rescue mission. I am, unfortunately, completely familiar with Tara’s backstory which is too real. Gazzam and Therrien do a great job of making the story come to life with tactics that could actually be done.

This is a stressful and at times funny adventure. Stressful, because hello you want them to succeed! (laugh) Gazzam and Therrien got me to care about the characters and that is a huge plus.

I think you will love this international sibling mystery and I hope these two hit the road again.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.
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Author 62 books57 followers
September 16, 2020
What do you do when you discover that everything you thought you knew about your father is a lie? He’s not a boring salesman. He’s a covert agent taking on tasks for money that the U.S. government wants to be able to disavow if they go wrong.

This is the situation that Tara and her brother find herself in when they get news that their father had died while on a business trip. Unfortunately for their father’s government handlers, the news comes before the government can stop them from discovering a secret office in their house with an arsenal of weapons and a mission plan that appears to show that their father snuck into Cuba to extract a criminal by extra-legal means. Tara, an ex-Marine, and her teenaged geeky brother decide to go rescue him.

Frankly, from the moment the two enter Cuba, the novel lost all plausibility for me. It was fun, but nothing seemed even remotely realistic. That being said, the authors carefully set up a cliffhanger ending that was very successful—so much so that I’d like to read the next book to see what happens.

If you liked this review, you can find more at www.gilbertstack.com/reviews.
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2,407 reviews106 followers
April 14, 2020
Tara Kafee was in trouble a lot during her teenage years then she woke up one day and decided it was time to make a change before she screwed up so bad to the point of no return. Joining the military really helped Tara turn her life around. Tara became a Special Ops recruit then one day something went terribly wrong and Tara was dishonorably discharged for something that wasn’t her fault.

With nowhere else to go Tara heads home she has not been home since she left to join the military. Tara went home to see her father, Harry and little brother, Mitch. Mitch is still upset with Tara for leaving home like their mother ten years ago.

On her first day home their father has to go away on a business trip. From the day he left Tara was very suspicious of her dad’s trip. After they are informed of an accident that her father is involved in, in Havana Tara and Mitch discover something about their father that is going to change their lives forever. They discover a secret room that is home to numerous weapons, fake passports among other things.

After discovering this secret room with all the weapons Tara and Mitch believes their father may still be alive and decide they are going to look for him and bring him home. Their journey takes them to Cuba to meet with their fathers last known contact. This is where the action kicks in as they search for their father with the help of a guy, Andy they meet in Havana.

When I read the summary for The Mercenary’s Daughter I knew I had to read it. When I read the summary I really didn’t know what to expect in the story and what I found was definitely not what I thought it would be, no it was so much better than anything I was expecting.

The fighting and the situations Tara, Mitch and Andy found themselves in was more than enough to keep the pages turning. Tara is the fighter while her brother Mitch is the smart one which is just what is needed for a journey like theirs. I could just see it all playing out in my head like a movie. The Mercenary’s Daughter is one book I would love to see on the big screen.

The ending was so awesome and unexpected and left me wanting to know more. Now I am anticipating the next book in this wonderfully amazing story with all these great characters.

If you are into spy thrillers and espionage then you need to check out The Mercenary’s Daughter today!
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792 reviews23 followers
April 5, 2020
I can see this novel as a movie! It is well written, action-packed and has great characters. This was my introduction to any work by the two authors and they did a wonderful job, I will definitely be looking for their books in the future.

Tara feels like a failure returning home from the army with dishonourably discharged rather than merit. She has not kept in contact with her family or friends during her time in the army. Tara needs to rebuild these relationships and start her life.

Her father goes missing, but no one is looking for him. Tara and her brother must work together to try to get their father back.

The story is set in Florida and Cuba, we see Tara's training come into play strong in the story. She is a true alpha woman, but we also see the relationship with her brother improve during this time. She takes the time to listen to him and not consider him the baby.

Can Tara and her brother take on a Cuban drug lord to get their father back alive?

Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Action-packed, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Page-turner, Wonderful characters
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2,449 reviews45 followers
April 7, 2020
At 22, Tara's life isn't going anywhere. Kicked out of the military, she heads back to the home she hasn't stepped foot in for four years, yearning for the love of her family. When she gets there, things are normal enough, until they aren't. When her father goes missing, Tara, armed with just a gun, her military training and her father's last known whereabouts, sets out to find him with her younger brother, Mitch, along for the ride. What happens next is a whirlwind of bullets, crazy car chases & action with doses of humor shot through.

I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written, with all aspects of the novel perfectly timed - even the shock in the ending. Tara & Mitch made a really great crime-fighting duo: she brought the heavy, and he brought the brains. With a little romance, it certainly made for entertaining reading, keeping me up til early morning hours.

These are new-to-me authors, but I definitely would read more of their work.

I unreservedly & wholeheartedly recommend this read. You'll enjoy every moment of it.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.
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6,093 reviews69 followers
April 10, 2020
The mercenary's daughter by Joe Gazzam and Jessica Therrien.
When Special Ops recruit, Tara Kafee is dishonorably discharged, there’s only one place to go—Home.
But there’s more waiting for her there than she’s ready for.
It’s been four years since she’s been back and ten since her mother walked out on the family never to be heard of again.
She’s determined to rekindle things with her father and keep him close. That is, until he goes missing.
Soon after stumbling upon a safe room full of weapons, fake passports, and a mission’s dossier marking a target in Cuba, she reluctantly accepts the help of her angsty teenage brother. He’s the only one she can trust, so together, the two set out for Havana.
Tara is determined to get her father back, whatever it takes, but things are never easy when you’re the mercenary’s daughter.
I really enjoyed this book. Lots of action. I liked Tara and Mitch and Andy. Even Harry heir dad. Wasn't sure about Sasha. I'm looking forward to the next book because of the way this ended. But brilliant. 5*.
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93 reviews
April 3, 2020

I just finished this book and cliffhanger alert!

Right from the start, we’re introduced to Tara, our MC, and all the misfortunes that have morphed her to the woman she is. Her mother left when she was 12; she got into juvie a few times; and, most recently, she got kicked off the marines, after completing three years. She’s filled with resentment and rage, rightfully so. She’s coming home lost with the future uncertain. It doesn’t help she’s made no contact with her brother, who’s hurt by her neglect. Insert her dad being taken, it reawakens purpose in her life and an opportunity to connect with her family.

Overall, Tara was a decent character. She’s determined and resourceful. Exposure to the marines has made her familiar with weaponry and hand-to-hand combat. She’s adopted a collected and sharp approach to stressful conditions, not letting fear deter her in any step. She’ll go through great lengths to save her father. However, this girl’s got a death wish! Often, you’ll find her jumping headfirst into dangerous situations, without even informing her brother (who has more on the line than she does). You can visibly see her pushing herself over the limit. There were times when her overconfidence and recklessness bothered me.

Mitch was a great character. He’s intelligent and helpful—an addition of a sibling is always a positive in my book. But, poor mitch. He bit off more than he could chew. He witnesses first-hand how the marines has changed his sister. Nevertheless, the sibling-duo was great. Once they started trusting one another again, they were a wonderful team.

Andy was a nice addition as well. I don’t particularly have much to say about him. More of a background character who lacked dimension.

The writing was alright. It is a fast-paced book, so it’s expected to maintain your attention. I didn’t mind it as much since I was looking for a fast-paced book to begin with.

Plot-wise, there wasn’t a single dull moment. Action in every chapter. There was a car scene that reminded me of Fast and Furious. You’ll be right next to Tara and Mitch running through the city Havana, with the heat drenching your skin and the adrenaline pushing you forward. You’ll be rooting for these two at every chapter.

Overall, Tara and Mitch stay steady in reaching their father, regardless of the many obstacles that cross their paths. A fast and exhilarating book! Just what I needed at the time.
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May 5, 2020
When Tara met her dad for lunch she felt bad growing up she kept screwing up getting in trouble.When she joined the Marines special forces it was hard not being treated right because she is a woman.One fellow Marine was her good friend til he was killed before her eyes.But being raped by two superior officers she knew it would do no good to report it so they kicked her out.Her brothers mad at her for not staying in contact an her dad is hiding something.There is action,danger,suspense an unexpected love along the way There are so many twists and turns to this story will keep you riveted until the very last page and leave you begging for more.I love the way this amazing author brings the characters to life before your eyes and you can feel their emotions and their pain.I can hardly wait to see what;s next by this multi talented author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Author 3 books11 followers
November 29, 2020
This reads a little like a YA thriller. Given that one coauthor has a strong presence in that market, it’s really no surprise. From the cover, I would have guessed it to have been an adult thriller full of violence and sex. But it wasn’t. It was a fast, fun read, and while it stretched plausibly in a few places, I rolled with it and had a good time. That’s the thing about adventure, IMO it comprises skill, action, luck, fate, circumstance, and romance. If you want cold, hard realism you should probably look up some non-fiction. The storyline deals with a dysfunctional family, sibling rivalries, maturity issues-all YA material. There wasn’t any sex, and even the romance, although obvious, moved at a glacial pace. But the storyline had a great sense of humor, and it moved along rapidly. So I enjoyed it.
PS-Dad was an Extractor and not an Executioner. The Extractor’s Daughter doesn’t have quite the same ring, does it!
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