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Posted November 1, 2011
This book fell a little flat for me. Sally Sin (a.k.a. Lucy Hamilton) is a spy turned mother who's being lured back into a life of mystery. I found this book to be very James Bondesque throughout most of the story, but much more humorous and with the addition of a child. I loved the action portions of the book as well as Lucy's interactions with her three-year-old son. The end of the book was definitely a letdown, though. I felt like the author was just looking for an ending to build off of, rather than ending it in a satisfying way.
Overall, I thought the first three quarters of the book were interesting enough to keep my attention and even make me laugh occasionally, but I never was able to connect to the characters - it was almost like reading a comic strip. If you aren't a fan of slapstick humor, I'd pass this one up because that was the most enjoyable part, in my opinion.
Reviewed by Brittany for Book Sake.
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Posted August 18, 2011
The timing is good for author Beth McMullen's new book-Original Sin- A Sally Sin Adventure. The story of a "wife. mother. spy", the first of a planned series, has plenty of company in popular culture. Angelina Jolie's movie Salt was an action-packed thriller, and USA Network has two popular spy TV shows- Burn Notice and Covert Affairs. I read Original Sin on my IPad when I was down with the flu and it was the perfect one-sitting book. We first see Lucy Hamilton, loving mom to her toddler son Theo. She is married to Will, who loves his wife, son and the planet, and owns a company that develops green energy. All seems normal, except for the fact that while Theo is in preschool, Lucy sits across the street in a coffee shop watching the school to make sure that "no one goes into Theo's school who doesn't belong there." And the fact that Lucy can "still kill an adult male twice my weight with one precisely placed punch in the chest. This is not something I tell the other moms at the playground. It simply doesn't come up that often". So Will knows that Lucy did work for USAWMD- United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction. But she wasn't a nuclear analyst, as she told him. She was a spy- named Sally Sin. Her suburban life is turned upside down when her old handler, Simon, contacts her for a "simple chat". Simon tells her that her nemesis, Ian Blackford, who frequently kidnapped her back in the old days and whom was believed dead, actually is not. And so Lucy/Sally is dragged unwillingly back into the spy fold to protect her family, and the world. The novel has excellent pacing, and the frequent flashbacks to Sally's spy days and her early relationship with Will keep the story moving along. Sally and Simon's banter is terrific, and the book just keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next. Original Sin has the possibility of becoming as successful as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. It is not as humorous, it's more action-oriented, but I think it will appeal to the same reader. And the cover is adorable- it reminded me of my old favorite, "Girl from U.N.C.L.E" with Stephanie Powers. I wanted to be The Girl from U.N.C.L.E when I was a little girl; now I think I want to be Sally Sin!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2011
It is hard to believe that Original Sin by Beth McMullen is a debut novel. McMullen has written a book that is a fun read for any time of the year, whether lounging on the beach or relaxing in front of the fire. Her writing style is unique and her imagination for developing interesting and funny characters is perfection.
Lucy Hamilton, aka Sally Sin, is absolutely laugh out loud hysterical. She is likable and humorously entertaining whether she is escaping a life threatening situation or scouring applesauce off from every surface of her kitchen. Women will be able to relate to the numerous mommy mishaps while being thoroughly entertained by Sally's action packed, licensed to kill, secret spy life.
I can only hope that there are many more Sally Sin adventures to come. I, for one, will be a faithful follower of the series.
I recommend Original Sin, a Sally Sin Adventure to fans of humorous mysteries, cozy mysteries, chick lit and fans of books with lady sleuths.
Posted July 25, 2011
I really enjoyed reading Original Sin. Lucy Hamilton's seemingly banal life as a new mom and housewife belies the fantastic memories of her past life as spy Sally Sin. The book flows between her paranoia over being a mom and leaving Theo at preschool, to her days as a spy for USAWMD, a story that eventually comes together in Lucy's present life. I loved Lucy, she felt like a real mom with real worries about Theo. And even though her nemesis Ian Blackford returns, I didn't feel like she was ready to throw over her marriage with her unsuspecting husband Will, either. I am definitely looking forward to the next story and wonder if her British neighbor Tom has some secrets of his own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2011
A great summer read set in San Francisco and exotic places around the world, this book imagines the anxiety and humor that result from a former secret agent who has quit the "business" to start a family being pulled back to the world of spies, but now with a toddler and husband to manage. It combines the frequent absurdity and stress of raising children in a city with the entertaining adventure of the clandestine world that isn't always as organized as we would often believe.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2011
I hesitate to label Original Sin as "chick lit" in fear that it might turn people off, but I didn't know how else to categorize it to fully encompass its awesomeness. Because awesome it truly is - and I'm not saying that because its main character can flip me over her shoulder and slam me onto an bystanding IKEA bed with a shattering crack! No, dear Readers, I say Original Sin will surely tempt you to stay up all night and devour it whole because it is truth.
Right from the start, I fell in love with Lucy. I mean, here is a woman who matter-of-factly defends her sanity even though we first come across her crawling around the lawn in search of an intruder during daylight hours. She even wonders if she is truly sane sometimes, but as they say, the truth is sometimes too crazy to even believe. A San Francisco stay-at-home mom who speaks several languages like a native, knows her way around with gun, and chased after evil arms dealers across the world? After three years of a normal life, even Lucy remains a little skeptical about her past as Agent 26, otherwise known as Sally Sin.
Lucy is irresistibly charming - although she'd probably scoff at that. Slightly bordering on neurotic, she still has the ability to poke fun at herself and at the life-or-death situations that she somehow stumbles into. Quite endearing. She is no femme fatale like Jane Smith or Sydney Bristow but a woman who honestly just wanted a life where she have to worry about Death breathing down her neck.
Original Sin was an amazing adventure that I would gladly go through again! At times, it got a little confusing when Sally would bounce back and forth from past to present - but for the most part, it worked well to introduce the other characters and then bring everything together to the grand finale. The writing definitely showcases the fun that Beth McMullen had with this story - and I am eager to see if there is a Book 2.
Wrapped up in all the good spy stuff and tied in a neat hilarious bow, Original Sin will win over those of us who love Alias, James Bond, Get Smart, and the Gallagher Girls series and wish we had more spies in our lives!
Posted June 24, 2011
This is not your typical chic-lit spy book. It is well-written, fast paced book about a suburban housewife who was a spy. Sally Sin, now Lucy, is a mom/wife with a toddler son Theo. But her spy life is coming to visit her in suburbia. Great book. Looking forward to the next book in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2011
Back of the book says ORIGINAL SIN is a mix of True Lies meets I Don't Know How She Does It......
I had just as much fun reading this book as I do watching a Burn Notice marathon sundae with a Long Kiss Goodnight cherry on top.
It took a bit for me to dig the story, maybe a few pages of getting used to how Lucy dealt with her life of motherhood and wifedom. Once she began telling me how this life came to be from the Phoenix ashes of her spy past, I was hooked.
Lucy/Sally tells her story in vignettes of flashbacks when her past comes looking for her in the form of Simon Still, her spy boss.
Sally/Lucy has a way with languages that had the agency come looking for her in college and soon she's off on missions in far-flung places, living it up in fab locales like Cambodia chasing down characters like The Blind Monk.
And she has a nemesis, Ian Blackford, who she can't seem to shake. He kidnaps her on a fairly regular basis, but no one can see it coming fast enough to catch him at it.
When her past comes looking for her, she becomes the mother bear protecting her den and cub. She won't have anyone taking away what she's worked so hard to have now.
Five spy mom kickin' it pearls.......
Posted April 15, 2011
I recieved a copy in the mail today and liked what the back said. So I read it before all my other books that i want to read I just down loaded 40 books yesterday on my kindle. I thourly enjoyed reading it. I want books about sally! I even like the bad guy.( at least one of them) I did guess right on one character the man that came in winter. Lucy is an ordinary mom with a 3 year old. but for 9 years she was a spy and her former nemiss is back and they want to use her as bait to capture him. so she finds out why he is back and protect her family at same time and get them to leave her family alone. Sally speaks a bunch of languages and traveled on many fake names and places. Lucy is the name she was using when she met her future husband. I liked the way the story went back and forth with her rembering past cases and events mingles with the here and now. it is quite a story. I can hardly believe its her first one hopefuly not her last for sure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2011
Lucy Hamilton is anew kind of fabulous wonderful mother, wife and death defying spy. Original Sin has great characters. The dialogue fits both the characters and the plot. The story can be believed. It is fast paced and highly enjoyable. You can imagine that perhaps your neighbor is a Sally Sin...Bravo Beth McMullen. I hope to be reading a series of Sally Sin novels!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2011
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Posted August 25, 2011
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Posted September 28, 2011
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