Wednesday, January 31, 2018

ARC Review: The Greed by Scott Bergstrom

The Greed
Author: Scott Bergstrom
Series: The Cruelty (Book 2)
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (February 6, 2018)

Description: Gwendolyn Bloom is dead.

But even armed with a new passport and identity, the danger is far from over. Her father is safe . . . but Gwen still hasn’t untangled all his lies from the truth. Meanwhile, her enemies are closing in with a vengeance.

She found her father when he disappeared off the face of the earth―can she survive being on the other end of a manhunt?

Gwen faces ever greater danger from the men who hunt her in this action-packed, high-stakes YA sequel to The Cruelty, by Scott Bergstrom.

My Thoughts: This espionage story is not at all like the Gallagher Girls. It is a dark gritty story of a young woman caught in the world of espionage and used by any government that notices her. She has been trained by the Israelis, is an American citizen, has a father who is a former CIA operative now hunted by them before he can share his secrets. She has killed to survive and will do so again if she needs to.

The story begins in Uruguay where Gwen and her father are hiding out. But before the story is over it has moved to Zurich and Budapest and Singapore. Gwen is determined to find a way to keep her and her father safe. She is looking for a place where she can build a life away from all the political stuff.

Some of the sections of the story are harrowing. Gwen's four months as a captive of a black ops CIA operation overseen by a doctor who would fit right in with Mengele was the most graphic. But Gwen is a survivor. She is battered and bruised and isn't the same young woman at the end of the book as she was in the beginning. But she survives.

This was an uncomfortable read. I don't like the idea that our CIA could do the things that are done in this story. Of course, the Mossad isn't any more admirable. There are few heroes in this story. Gwen is not one; nor is her father.

This story was action-packed and filled with graphic brutality. It was also a very compelling book that I couldn't put down as I kept hoping for a happy ending for Gwen only to be disappointed time after time.

Favorite Quote:
I focus on the single fact that survival requires action. With effort and luck, whatever I do next will save us both. But I must be content with the idea that it will not, that I will be the only survivor, and there is no easy way to do this other than to ignore the emotions that press against my chest and urge me to go back to the apartment. The biological commandment to to live at all cost shoves me forward. One step at a time. One foot in front of the other.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from Macmillan. You can buy your copy here.

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