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China Lake (Evan Delaney Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    Buy this book!

    This is a fantastic read! If you haven't heard of Meg Gardiner, get ready to. This is one of those books that you can't put down once you start it. And if you think you've read it all before and can figure out the ending of any book after the first couple of chapters, be prepared to be blown out of the water with all the plot twists and turns right up until the last page. Buy this book and all the other ones in the series-you will not be sorry that you did!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    A fantastic series with a great first offering!

    I happened upon Meg Gardiner through a suggestion on Barnes and Noble for her more recent work, The Dirty Secrets Club. I liked that one so much, I had to look up Ms. Gardiner and see what else she might have done. As it turned out, she has been very well received in England, but is only just recently becoming known in her native land.

    China Lake is her first novel in the Evan Delaney series, and is an excellent piece of work, never mind a habit forming start for series junkies like me! From the first chapter I was drawn into the tumultuous and pulse quickening story. Gardner masterfully drew me into a world that I found rich, detailed, and disquietingly uncomfortable; exactly as the characters did.

    The heroine, Evan Delany, is endearing, smart, tenacious; I liked her right from the start. That her antagonists were an apocalyptic, anti-government, bible cult were likewise drawing, working on my own personal emotions regarding groups of this sort; both those in the news and those I've personally known. The supporting characters were equally well written and either beloved or hated, depending upon their role.

    The story pits Evan, an attorney turned Sci-Fi writer, along with her paraplegic lawyer boyfriend Jessie and her Navy fighter pilot brother against a "church" that takes to picketing funerals of soldiers and AIDS victims while plotting to do "battle" with the anti-Christ (Read= anyone who disagrees with them). The pivotal center piece is Luke, Evan's six year old nephew who she is caring for while his father, Brian, is on deployment. Toss in some high school rivalries, Brian's new assignment to China Lake, where they were stationed with their own father, years ago, a rabid dog, and top it off with a store room full of Reddi-Wip and stolen weapons.

    I found the telling highly energetic and the bad guys appropriately unsettling. Far from a formulaic pattern, throughout the lengthy climax I was never quite sure who would live and who would die. Several times I found myself feverishly reading on, uncertain of what I might see next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite my utter distain for the antagonists, and found myself very pleased with the wrap up.

    I'm eagerly looking forward to my next Meg Gardiner novel!

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