Wounded Earth

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Larabeth McLeod has beauty, money, several patents, a Ph.D., a successful environmental firm, and some very old secrets. When a man with the uncomfortable name of Babykiller begins stalking her, terrorizing her with stories of her darkest days in Vietnam, she feels compelled to fight back...until he exposes her most tender secret of all by threatening the daughter she has never met.

She turns to private detective J.D. Hatten for help, breaking five years of separation and ...

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Larabeth McLeod has beauty, money, several patents, a Ph.D., a successful environmental firm, and some very old secrets. When a man with the uncomfortable name of Babykiller begins stalking her, terrorizing her with stories of her darkest days in Vietnam, she feels compelled to fight back...until he exposes her most tender secret of all by threatening the daughter she has never met.

She turns to private detective J.D. Hatten for help, breaking five years of separation and silence between quarreling friends. And then Babykiller shows his true capabilities. If she goes to the police for protection, people will die. Lots and lots of people will die. And one of them will be her daughter.

Larabeth and J.D. are just a normal man and woman, up against a babykiller. But then, maybe Babykiller picked the wrong people to play his twisted game...

WOUNDED EARTH is the first thriller by award-winning mystery writer Mary Anna Evans, author of ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, and in 2011, PLUNDER.

What People are Saying About Mary Anna Evans' Fiction--

For Florida Book Awards Bronze Medalist EFFIGIES:
"We mystery lovers who've enjoyed Artifacts and then decided that Relics was even better may not believe this, but Ms. Evans has done it again, and Effigies is the best one yet. Again, she makes a lesson in our past a fascinating read."--Tony Hillerman, recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award, and the Navajo Tribe's Special Friend Award, among many other honors.

For Benjamin Franklin Award-winner ARTIFACTS:
"It's always fun to discover a new Florida voice, especially one who can bring to life the rich texture-the sand, the sea, the moss-draped live oaks, the seedy fishing shacks, the salted boat culture-of the state's coast...the menace and the history are resolved in a hurricane of a finale."--Tampa Tribune

For IMBA Bestseller RELICS:
"A fascinating look at contemporary archaeology but also a twisted story of greed and its effects." Dallas Morning News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456530709
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/14/2011
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but loves storytelling best. Her fictional characters, Faye Longchamp and Larabeth McLeod, live the exciting lives of an archaeologist and a globetrotting CEO, and Mary Anna envies them a little.

Her published novels include the Faye Longchamp mysteries--ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, and STRANGERS--and environmental thriller WOUNDED EARTH. They have received recognitions including a spot on Voice of Young America's (VOYA) list of "Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal." They have been on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's (IMBA) bestseller list and have been designated Notable Books by Booksense and Indiebound. Mary Anna has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and a Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal. Her books have been nominated for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year and for the SIBA Book Award.

While Mary Anna's novels are written with adults in mind, they have found an audience in schools, where they're being used to teach non-literature subjects such as social studies, math, and science. The social studies link was no surprise to the books' author, since her protagonist is an archaeologist, but she swears that she never once purposely included math or science in her stories. (And her readers have never once complained that the laws of physics operate properly in her books). Learning that she's done this unconsciously has been an inarguable example of the axiom that writers write about who they are. They can't help it.

She is using her engineering education in an interesting way these days. Her book MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY GRADES, co-written with Dr. Faith Wallace, will be published by Pearson in 2012. Math and science explain the world, so they're indispensable to any story set in that world. And they're very handy tools for an amateur detective to have. Her next Faye Longchamp mystery, PLUNDER, will also be published in 2012.

For more information on Mary Anna and her work, see http://www.maryannaevans.com.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    Wounded Earth

    The common wisdom about thrillers is they are plot driven. To me, this implies that the characters don't require as much development as other genres, so long as the plot is intense. "Wounded Earth" delivers on plot. Its nail-biting intensity will keep you up late in your eagerness to find out how it ends.

    However, when evaluating what I liked most about "Wounded Earth," it wasn't the plot that came to mind. Historically, thrillers and suspense are my favorite genres; I've read hundreds, if not thousands. As long as they are executed competently, which this was, it is other things I notice.

    For "Wounded Earth," what stood out is the development of the main characters, especially the protagonist Larabeth. I've found I especially enjoy books with a strong female character. Larabeth is driven, not just towards success, but also to do good and what is right. It would be easy for a character like this who "has it all" to seem unreal. It is her difficult history, both with ex-boyfriend J.D. and skeletons in her closet, that makes Larabeth human and intriguing. It is also why, as a reader, I was pulling for her that much more.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

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  • Posted April 17, 2011


    Its more scary of a book when you think about what is happening in Japan right now. The story is good and suspenseful. Larabeth who is ceo of her own company who gave up her daughter when she was teenager. J.D. PI who owns his business used to track down and reports on Cynthia even prom pictures. Babykiller is the bad guy behind everything. killings, kidnapping, nuclear plant problems harassing and stalking. FBI agent the new recruit and a tratior. you dont want to put the book down till you are done with it. I enjoyed it. was given the book in exchange of honest review

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    Different shades of green

    When one thinks of environmentalism and conservationism (and many other -isms), the image that comes to mind is often that of radicals changing themselves to trees or driving cars that run on vegetable oil. Larabeth McLeod is a far cry from these radical interpretations, a business-savvy woman with subtly effective interpersonal skills, positive support from the media, and a stalwart dedication to cleaning up a Wounded Earth. Unfortunately, her success has drawn the long-standing attention of a psychotic terminal cancer patient with a penchant for chaos and ample means to inflict his whims upon the world. A large-scale game of cat-and-mouse ensues, fueled by two great motivators: green Earth and green money.

    Evans' characters are convincingly flawed, and their actions are at times brilliant and other times unbelievably stupid. Admittedly, there were large portions of the story where I wanted to beat Larabeth and her daughter silly with a giant foam bat, primarily because of their shared Achilles' heel: pride. Ah, the downfall of many a brilliant mind. Larabeth's friend, J.D., only shows a modicum more humility. Add in a healthy dose of obstinacy, and one has believable protagonists who are both understandable and irritating with their confidence and need to be in charge. Too bad for them that Babykiller has already planned out controlled increases in entropy, as one might a routine science experiment with some very, very explosive effects.

    Like those of any good maniac, Babykiller's plans were difficult to predict but made a twisted sort of sense retrospectively. The convoluted steps of his last hurrah were chilling and unexpected, thus instilling a savory sort of dread throughout. There are redeemable villains, and then there are the ones that are purely evil but delightfully mad. Babykiller falls into the latter category, and I enjoyed every bit of his sick and sordid behavior.

    I was somewhat less pleased by the second interaction between Larabeth and her daughter. Cynthia's reaction, while fundamental to the plot, was less conflicted than I had hoped for and less confused than I could have believed. There is also the small matter of some proofreading errors, including the changing of a pilot's name back and forth between MacGowan and Malone. I still don't know which one the author intended. The use of apostrophes before Sixties and Fifties, etc., was also highly irritating, as they were unnecessary and faced in the wrong direction anyway. There is the matter of the occasional repetitive text and some confusingly worded sentences, but thankfully they were relatively infrequent.

    Wounded Earth is a wonderfully entertaining read from beginning to end, recommendable to those who relish suspense and feast on antagonists with delusions of grandeur.

    Stimulated Outlet Book Reviews
    (Review copy provided by the author)

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