The Brazen Amazon

The Brazen Amazon

by Sandy James

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Book three of Alliance of the Amazons

Zach Hanson is a tech wizard, capable of creating and improving gadgets—including remote nuclear warhead launchers. But he's always known that he's destined for something more, something greater, something…supernatural.

Powerful Air Amazon Gina Himmel is one of four sisters called to protect the world from those who would do it harm. Demigods in league with an Ancient have been taking over the bodies of leaders in the military and technological sectors, and Gina is sent to San Francisco to watch over Zach.

Under Gina's protection, Zach is introduced to a world of ancient deities, rogue gods and the bold, brazen Amazons who keep humanity safe. Amidst the whirlwind of battle, Zach and Gina discover a love that could give them the power to save the world…or destroy it.

Meet Earth and Fire in The Reluctant Amazon and The Impetuous Amazon.

103,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426895456
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/06/2013
Series: Alliance of the Amazons
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 419
Sales rank: 1,102,701
File size: 998 KB

About the Author

Sandy James lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis with her husband of thirty years. She’s a high school social studies teacher who especially loves psychology and United States history. Since she and her husband own a small stable of harness racehorses, they often spend time together at the two Indiana racetracks.

You can find Sandy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest at sandyjamesbooks.

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This prey was tricky.

Gina Himmel waited, watching him from a distance and trying to find the perfect moment to attack. She wasn't on the usual search and destroy mission, so she'd had to change some of her tactics. She couldn't throw herself at this one, dropping down like some avenging angel. An everyday demon she could easily tackle and the damn thing would be dead in no time flat.

But not this prey. No, he required a different approach.

She was disappointed that she didn't need her sword with its beautiful rainbow of jewels decorating the hilt. A beloved gift from her goddess, Ix Chel. Lately, Gina left it at home. If the target needed to be killed, she could usually accomplish that just fine with her bare hands. Her Sentinel—the man who trained her to be an Amazon—had taught her well. Johann Herrmann was a master at martial arts. A quick twist of the neck would silently and swiftly kill most demons.

Oh, but she enjoyed it so much more when they gave her a good, sweaty fight.

If she was hunting a demigod, she'd use her crossbow and some goddess-blessed arrows. She couldn't employ that method this time, so the bow had remained behind with her sword. She felt naked without having at least one weapon.

Just this once, the prey had to survive.

Height gave her an edge. Not her six-foot stature, although that was often an advantage as well. The place she'd chosen to nest until the target came into view gave her a great vantage. At least it had been high enough to make the jump a challenge. She smiled. The next time she saw her Amazon sisters, she could tell them that she'd not only been able to hit the second floor fire escape without a running start, but she'd also landed so cleanly and quietly, the metal hadn't made a sound in protest.

Staring down at the alley, Gina waited for her prey to appear. She'd followed him for days, trying to determine whether he'd been compromised yet and learning his habits. The guy was like clockwork—a bit on the obsessive-compulsive side, although in this case that was a good thing. Richard had been right—this prey was still himself. And Richard would know. He'd seen other people changed into someone they weren't.

Zach Hanson arrived at work the same time every day. Six in the morning—even on Saturday. At ten, he took a two-block walk to Starbucks. After an Espresso Con Panna, which he drank while playing with his phone, he went directly back to the HanTel home base. Not to his top floor office this time but to the gym the employees used. A forty-minute workout—sometimes weight lifting, sometimes tae kwon do—was followed by a shower, then he went right back at work. His secretary fetched his dinner before she left at five, and he stayed in his office until ten.

The first time she'd followed him, Gina had been hypnotized by his handsome face to the point of neglecting her duty—to see if a lookalike had assumed his identity. Not a classic romance novel hero's chiseled profile. His features held a softer allure. Light brown hair badly in need of a cut. Eyes of amber that some women probably thought were plain. His clothes seemed basic as well. Khaki pants. Polo shirts. The guy clearly didn't spend much on his wardrobe.

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The Brazen Amazon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Brazen Amazon is book three in the Alliance of the Amazons series. This is probably my favorite book in the series yet, though I still have one more to go. I would suggest reading these in order, due to the books revolving around the four Amazons. Each book has one of the Amazons as the main character and you learn their story and how they met/end up with their love interest. Gina Himmel, the Air Amazon is sent to San Francisco to protect a tech wizard. After shadowing him for a few days, she finally makes her move and we're introduced to Zach Hanson. A hunky, geek that makes groundbreaking technology that if it falls into the wrong hands could be catastrophic. He's a genius, and oblivious to almost everything else around him. After hiring Gina as his bodyguard, events start occurring that makes him realize he actually needs a bodyguard. The interaction between Gina and Zach kept my attention, I fell like they were drawn to each other and slowly realized they were meant to be together. Their characters really meshed well, without being a picture perfect Disney type of relationship. The main character, Gina, is a strong character that I think a lot of people will connect with. She is more of a physically stronger type of woman but emotionally she still has hang ups from being teased/bullied as a child. It broke my heart when she was faced with that type of comments again in one of the scenes in the book. I'm just really glad that Zach was there to reassure her. She's still a tough lady though, don't get me wrong. I'm not sure how, but Sandy James manages to mix in a bit of everything and make it work. I love the fight scenes and that the characters and world are fleshed out nicely. There's never a dull moment in the life of the Amazons and I can't wait to start reading book four, The Volatile Amazon. This series is amazing, and I highly recommend it.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Alliance of the Amazons series.  It is the story of Gina Himmel, otherwise known as the Air Amazon.  We haven't really gotten to know Gina that well, since the first two books focused on Rebecca and Megan, Earth and Fire respectively.  They were the two Amazons that we were first introduced to and went through training with.  Gina is one of the pair whose initial introduction and training we missed.  It made her and Water, aka Serita, harder to really connect with.  This book takes care of that issue in a big way, for both Air and Water.   This story opens about a year after the close of the last book.  So in essence about 3 years or so have passed since the beginning of the first book.  We are introduced to Gina in the middle of a mission to protect a tech wizard, Zach Hanson.  Her job, foil a plot to steal him and his technology and use it to cause chaos and war in a take over the of the world.  But our after spending weeks following Zach, Gina has started to have feelings for him and what she should do, wars with what she wants to do.   Interestingly enough, we are introduced to a new secondary character, Richard.  Richard is a Son of Gaia.  (I have  wondered what happened to Gaia's sons since the first book.)  Richard was a former bad guy and managed at great personal risk to get to the Amazons and tell them about a plot to destroy the world.   This time it is Sekhmet, the Ancient Egyptian Lioness Goddess otherwise known as the Destroyer.  She is using some of the Sons of Gaia to help bring about her goal of destroying the world and remaking it with her as the ruler of everything - in other words, just another day at the office.   Everything that I loved about the last two books was continued on in this one - great dialogue, colorful characters, plenty of action and the flowing smexy scenes.  I really loved the interaction between the Amazon sisters as well. They are definitely not cookie cutter cutouts of each other.  Each one is distinct and manages to imbue the qualities of the element they represent.  A different tone and mood has been evoked in each book, yet stayed similar enough to maintain a cohesion and work together for the series.  Kinda like the women these stories are about.  This has been an awesome series so far, and I just know that I am going to be both crushed and exhilarated when Sarita's story ends the series.... Or will it? Spin-offs for the Sons of Gaia?  Future series featuring the Amazon's children?  I don't know.  But I do know that I will be keeping Sandy James on my Authors-To-Get list.  Another Goodreads 5 star book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it. Over 800 pages too!
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars :  THE BRAZEN AMAZON is the third storyline in Sandy James’s Alliance of the Amazon series focusing on four elemental Amazon warrior women. This is Gina Himmel’s storyline-the air Amazon. Like the previous storyline, Gina is a strong-willed, independent and kick-a$$ heroine, but there is a softer side to Gina that has yet to emerge. Gina grew up less than feminine-a rough and tumble tomboy and believes herself unworthy of a man’s attention or love. But Gina will have two men vying for her heart: Richard (aka Dick) a former SOG (Son of Gaia): and the other, her most recent assignment-Zach Hanson. Zach is a computer genius and he is the next target of abduction in the struggle for world domination in the war between the gods and goddesses. The battle for Zach’s invention will lead Gina and the Amazon warriors into a fight between good and evil, but who is fighting whom for domination? When friends present as enemies and enemies present as friends, Gina’s world will be thrown into chaos and Zach will be the unwitting pawn. But a ‘gift’ from the gods will have Zach deep in the heart of the conflict where the wrong move could prove disastrous for everyone. The relationship between Zach and Gina is quick to build. The couple’s attraction to one another is instant but there is also someone else vying for Gina’s heart. When Richard becomes the odd-man out, sides will be chosen and betrayal will be the ultimate weapon against Gina in the battle for her heart. THE BRAZEN AMAZON is another fast-paced well-written installment where the premise and storylines are female driven. There is always a fine line between strong –willed heroine and b*tch, but Sandy James treads carefully in this particular story. Alpha females are often subdued by the men in their lives, but Sandy’s Amazon warriors stay true to form-while not usurping the males- they become equals in their own right. see all of my reviews at :thereadingcafe(dot)com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago