I am a big proponent of the saying don’t judge a book by its cover. Leona Bodie’s novel Shadow Cay proves me right. In this day and age of flash and sparkle, the pleasant, simple cover to the novel does not do justice to the action and suspense contained in its pages. I live in Bucks County,Pa., but any time I am able to slip away to Florida I do love to do it. I know this is just in the literary sense with the novel, but Bodie does such a nice descriptive job I felt like I was there. Please pass the SPF50, thank you.
The back cover of the novel gives us a glimpse of the story: ” Already reeling from a rash of maritime disasters, a war and international terrorists, vigilante Madeline Nesbitt and amateur detective Peter Duncan are destined for even darker days when they investigate the man with no conscience behind the world’s most profitable enterprise. They find themselves in a sea of corruption, deception and lies.”
Leona Bodie has already gotten several children’s books under her belt and this debut effort into the suspense genre is worthy of the read. She is adept at her narratives and brings the reader into another place, making us feel comfortable with the surroundings. Her characters contain all the right elements to make them engendered to us, and I could really feel myself getting a good groove on the direction they were headed. The plotline is well executed and carried out and it left me wanting more at the end of the novel. I don’t think one could ask for more in a work of fiction. Here is a news flash from Leona Bodie herself:
"Although the winners in various fiction and nonfiction categories will be not be announced until this October in Orlando, SHADOW Cay has already been named a finalist for the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards, a competition sponsored by the Florida Writers Association, a nonprofit statewide professional organization."
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