Gunning for Marie (book review)
Gunning for Marie was written by Tracey Steinbach. This post was organized by N K Author Services. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
Several years after the third World War, resources are scarce. The poor are poorer and the middle class doesn't exist anymore. A man with resources travels from city to town buying teenagers from desperate parents and orphanages. The teens are educated, fed and clothed as appropriate for their end purpose, Soldier or Breeder. A strong, young woman, Marie Rice, falls for Gunnar Lincoln. Their attraction is forbidden, Marie meant for someone else. Disturbing events on the island lead to Gunnar and Marie looking for a way to escape and save everyone else. While they bide their time, attraction turns to something stronger. Will they escape? Will they save the others?
I thought that this was a really great story line. It made it really interesting that the teens weren't technically kidnapped.... each family or orphanage were approached with logical reasons for their child to go off to the island. The children weren't "bought" as far as the families were concerned. They were provided with living assistance and the promise that their child was off for a better life. It was a smart story.
It was also a really interesting piece of the story to create this strong, smart, "family/race" in order to take over/save the world after the 3rd World War. Even though it was also evil... so evil.
I have to say I don't love the cover... mainly because I just want them to be in some type of dark uniform. Gunnar & Marie were "soldiers". I can't remember if they were actually described as wearing dark uniforms.... but the white tanks and jeans just don't scream Gunnar & Marie to me. Otherwise... the guy is totally Gunnar as I pictured him, and she's pretty perfectly Marie. And, I need to say I enjoyed the 2 of them coming together.
About the author:
Tracey has been married for over twenty years to a man who’s broadened her horizons. He introduced her to NHRA Drag Racing in 1997. She’s been a fan ever since. Her three children call her Mom or Mama.
Tracey has an eclectic taste in music, enjoying everything from country to hard rock. Def Leppard is her favorite rock band. Tracey enjoys watching Disney cartoon movies, action/adventure, and romantic comedies. Castle is her favorite TV show. She loves watching NFL Football. Go 9ers and Saints!
Tracey has been an avid reader since her teen years. She started writing, seriously, after her first short story was accepted for an anthology in 2011. Reading books for a living had always been a dream of Tracey’s. She often jokes that she writes to fund her reading habit.