Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Meme: Page 123 (One more time...)

Thank you, Julia of Julia's Books Corner for tagging me this (very famous) book meme. I've been tagged before by Melody, Sam, Renee, and Mary. Still, please feel free to tag me again and again, OK? Here are the rules:

  1. Pick up the nearest book.
  2. Open to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the next three sentences.
  5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

I've just finished reading First Drop by Zoe Sharp. What follows after this meme is the book review but before that, here's what I got from page 123:

"I thought you used the payphone outside the motel," I said. Why hadn't he really told me about his mobile? What was he trying to hide?

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THE BOOK REVIEW: Charlie Fox, a 26-year-old former British Army soldier does not know what she is in for when she accepts her first close-protection assignment as a bodyguard to 14-year old Trey Pelzner. Trey is a difficult kid and Charlie is not happy stuck with him. That’s not the worst. Her first taste of danger is when someone tries to kidnap Trey at the amusement park (yes, she has to entertain that 'prat' – as she's labelled him – by taking those thrilling roller-coaster rides at the park). Following that first encounter, she tries contacting the boy’s father, Keith and her ex-lover, Sean who runs the agency, but nobody responded. It seems that everybody has vanished. Things start to go downhill from there and Charlie has to tackle this alone. The cops are not to be trusted because they are after him too. As the story unfolds, it appears that a stock trading program developed by Trey’s father is a major key to the entire tangled mess. Charlie’s duty is to keep Trey alive and she is determined to do that.

This is a good story with a strong female protagonist. Charlie Fox does not give up easily. It is certainly action-packed and an exciting read. The supporting characters such as Trey's friends (Henry, Aimee, Xander and Scott) are interesting. Readers would find finishing the 326-page novel a breeze.