Saturday, April 11, 2020

Blog Tour + Review: The Mercenary’s Daughter by Jessica Therrien & Joe Gazzam @JessicaTherrien @XpressoTours

The Mercenary’s Daughter
Jessica Therrien & Joe Gazzam
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 31st 2020
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

When Special Ops recruit, Tara Kafee is dishonorably discharged, there’s only one place to go—Home.

But there’s more waiting for her there than she’s ready for.

It’s been four years since she’s been back and ten since her mother walked out on the family never to be heard of again.

She’s determined to rekindle things with her father and keep him close. That is, until he goes missing.

Soon after stumbling upon a safe room full of weapons, fake passports, and a mission’s dossier marking a target in Cuba, she reluctantly accepts the help of her angsty teenage brother. He’s the only one she can trust, so together, the two set out for Havana.

Tara is determined to get her father back, whatever it takes, but things are never easy when you’re the mercenary’s daughter.

My Review:

Tara Kafee was in trouble a lot during her teenage years then she woke up one day and decided it was time to make a change before she screwed up so bad to the point of no return. Joining the military really helped Tara turn her life around. Tara became a Special Ops recruit then one day something went terribly wrong and Tara was dishonorably discharged for something that wasn’t her fault.

With nowhere else to go Tara heads home she has not been home since she left to join the military. Tara went home to see her father, Harry and little brother, Mitch. Mitch is still upset with Tara for leaving home like their mother ten years ago.

On her first day home their father has to go away on a business trip. From the day he left Tara was very suspicious of her dad’s trip. After they are informed of an accident that her father is involved in, in Havana Tara and Mitch discover something about their father that is going to change their lives forever. They discover a secret room that is home to numerous weapons, fake passports among other things.

After discovering this secret room with all the weapons Tara and Mitch believes their father may still be alive and decide they are going to look for him and bring him home. Their journey takes them to Cuba to meet with their fathers last known contact. This is where the action kicks in as they search for their father with the help of a guy, Andy they meet in Havana.

When I read the summary for The Mercenary’s Daughter I knew I had to read it. When I read the summary I really didn’t know what to expect in the story and what I found was definitely not what I thought it would be, no it was so much better than anything I was expecting.

The fighting and the situations Tara, Mitch and Andy found themselves in was more than enough to keep the pages turning. Tara is the fighter while her brother Mitch is the smart one which is just what is needed for a journey like theirs. I could just see it all playing out in my head like a movie. The Mercenary’s Daughter is one book I would love to see on the big screen.

The ending was so awesome and unexpected and left me wanting to know more. Now I am anticipating the next book in this wonderfully amazing story with all these great characters.

If you are into spy thrillers and espionage then you need to check out The Mercenary’s Daughter today! 

Author Bio:

Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is the author of a kid’s picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction.

Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no streetlights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.

Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two young sons. She is working on a new YA thriller/suspense series and a middle grade fantasy series.

Screenwriter/Novelist Joe Gazzam has been a working screenwriter for 8 years working on such films as:

Shadow Run
21 Jump Street
Step Up: Revolution
Disney’s Hawaiian Adventure
It Takes a Thief
Anubis Tapestry
(and many more)

His debut novel, UNCAGED, out now!

Author links:
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