China Lake (Evan Delaney Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Evan Delaney learns that not only has her ex-sister-in-law joined a religious cult, but the unstable young mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the fanatical group. But when murder raises the stakes, Evan is dragged even deeper into the nightmare.
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China Lake (Evan Delaney Series #1)

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Overview

Evan Delaney learns that not only has her ex-sister-in-law joined a religious cult, but the unstable young mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the fanatical group. But when murder raises the stakes, Evan is dragged even deeper into the nightmare.
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After giving up her law career to work as a legal researcher and science fiction writer, Evan Delaney is also helping her fighter pilot brother, Brian, raise his six-year-old son, Luke. But soon Luke's mother, Tabitha, reappears as a member of the Remnant, a fundamentalist religious group that targets the funeral of Evan's friend Claudine, who died of AIDS. Led by the fanatical pastor Peter Wyoming, the Remnant preaches of a coming apocalypse and urges its members to cleanse themselves of all things satanic. Tabitha demands custody of Luke; the church attacks Evan for her "sacrilegious" books and Brian for his role in the evil known as the federal government. Things heat up when a member of the Remnant is murdered, and the police arrest Brian as the key suspect. Gardiner nimbly turns what could be a tired plot into a suspenseful thriller, thanks in part to the quick-witted-and even quicker tempered-Evan.

Gardiner's stand-alone novel, The Dirty Secrets Club(Dutton, July), will be the author's first simultaneous release in the U.S. and the U.K. Obsidian plans to release the remaining Evan Delaney novels monthly. China Lake's June release will be followed by Mission Canyon in July, Jericho Point in August, Crosscut in September and, in October, Kill Chain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440630521
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Evan Delaney Novel , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 47,930
  • File size: 380 KB

Meet the Author

Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner previously practiced law and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally from Southern California, she now lives with her family in London. The Dirty Secrets Club is her first novel published in the U.S. She will be promoting The Dirty Secrets Club on a national tour this summer.





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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    China Lake

    Fun, exciting, quick read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Maybe if you're a teenager

    This book is contived, predictable and boring. The characters are poorly developed and the dialog is strained and nearly painful to read. The premise of the plot is that a religious cult has nefarious plans for a child. But the writer is so uncomfortable with the premise that she spends a good portion of the book apologizing for having 'bad' christians as the bad guys. Do not waste your money on this book.

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