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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Nuclear Ambitions by R. N. Novey

Nuclear Ambitions by R. N. Novey
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (255 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Everything about Abigail Anderson’s life is orderly and thoroughly planned. As a fact-finder, she bases her every move on logic—until her co-workers convince her to join them for an impromptu vacation in a tropical paradise. Although Abigail has trouble admitting it, even to herself, she hopes to find more than just sand and sun—maybe even a chiseled surfer to make her island fantasies come true.

Instead, she finds herself flying in a tiny two-seater airplane, sitting beside Jack Bearudan, a daredevil bush pilot. Sure, he’s hot, but his devil-may-care attitude puts her on edge almost as much as the sudden, violent storm they encounter.

When Abigail and ‘Bear’ have to make a crash landing on an unchartered island, they soon realize they both may get more than they bargained for. Neither is prepared for the uncontrollable passion that blooms between them, or the island’s owner, a wealthy madman who wants them dead.

This is not your every day, garden-variety Bahamas vacation. Unmanageable risks, manageable risks or no risks—Abigail Anderson prefers no risks. She plans ahead. When she finds herself in a plane hit by lightning and the pilots gives her instructions then says, “No matter what happens, don’t give up”, she wishes she had danced more, loved more, lived more” and worked less. She wishes she had taken some risks.

Bear, a former Alaskan bush pilot now flying in the Bahaman Islands, lands the disabled plane on a small island. He tells Abigail, “Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing”. But they both soon have doubts about how good the location is. One of the first things they see is a sign, “No Trespassing, Private Property, Dangerous Wildlife, Leave Immediately”. Things go down hill from there,

Farnsworth Hildebrand, a madman and unbelievably cruel, declares open season on Abigail and Bear. He and his two, deranged friends hunt them as if they are game animals. The suspense and unusual circumstances keep the adrenaline pumping as the wounded Bear and Abigail run for their lives as they try to out maneuver the hunters and the brainwashed staff in Hildebrand’s household.

R. N. Novey creates a diverse collection of characters that enhance the twists and turns of the “do-or-die” happenings. Abigail’s journey from disgusted disenchantment with Bear to total enchantment makes a love story to remember. Rosita and Matumbo’s love story gives the reader an unusual look at human nature.

A smooth writing style with expressive metaphors (ex. clawing whitecaps) makes Nuclear Ambitions good reading—a vicarious vacation from the ordinary work-a-day world.