Blog Tour and Giveaway: Girl of Rage: Charles Sheehan-Miles

Girl of Rage
Rachel's Peril #2
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Four days ago, Andrea Thompson agreed to fly to the United States to help her sister Carrie. Four days ago, everything changed. 

Now Andrea is lost and on the run. Dylan Paris is missing. Julia and Crank Wilson are under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. The Thompson family is scattered and in danger, and Andrea’s very identity may hold the key to unlock decades of buried secrets.

Andrea, the youngest member of the Thompson clan, sets out on a search to find answers. Who is attacking her family? Who is trying to kill her and why?

As Andrea seeks her answers, everything she thought she knew about her family will be turned upside down.
Andrea Thompson , May 1, 12:04 am


As she saw the lean figure limping toward her in the darkness, Andrea Thompson stepped out of her hiding place. Dylan Paris walked unevenly toward her through the dimly lit entrance to the Bethesda Metro Station. He wore a light jacket, even though it was really too warm for it, and a canvas backpack was casually thrown over his shoulder. His face was grim, mouth turned into a deep frown, and his eyes were focused somewhere else, far away from her. At first she thought he was going to walk right by her. 


He stopped, his hands tightening into fists. His pause gave her a second to look closer at him, but he wasn’t reassuring. His face, already unshaven, had dark flecks of dirt or something along his jawline. One of his hands shook, and his shoes were soaked. Why? 

She’d last seen him as she went over the rail of the balcony. He’d been standing in the darkness, knives in hand, ready to protect her. 

Get into the condo below us then meet me … in thirty minutes. At the war memorial on Norfolk. If we miss each other there, then the Metro station at midnight. Got it?

Looking at him now, she wondered what the delay had cost him. Gunmen had been coming down that hallway. She shivered as the realization sank in that this man, who she barely knew, must have killed their attackers with his bare hands. The flecks on his face weren’t dirt.

They were blood.

“We need to get out of here,” he said. His voice was low, and barely contained a hint of savagery.

This book starts off right after the pulse pounding cliffhanger in Girl of Lies. Andrea Thompson came into the US to help her sister and found herself right in the middle of a political scandal in the making. She is in danger and has gone through terrible experiences in the past few days and her whole family is now under attack in various ways. And Andrea wants answers, as do the rest of the Thompson clan.

We see the fate of all those scattered after the evens from the first book. All of them are separated into various clusters dealing with multiple issues and fall out, being hit with accusations, and trying to stay safe from those that want to harm them. Their lives were completely spiraling out of control and it is one situation after another causing stress, anxiety, and outrage. 

This installment is again told in multiple points of view of many characters in the present with some in the past. But they are clearly marked with character and date. I found this much easier to keep up with this time now that I know who all of the players are. The story is complicated and convoluted, but intriguing and action-packed. The secrets and mysteries as slowly unraveled throughout as the characters try to piece together what has happened in the past and figure out who is out to get them in the present. 

We get even more history with Richard and Adelina Thompson: the parents from the original series. But basically nothing about them was what it seemed. What was beneath the surface was far darker and damaged than it appeared from the original series. Richard Thompson was a complicated man with many secrets. And Adelina Thomspon had reason to be detached and distant from her own life and children. 

This was as much Adelina's story as it was Andrea's. We continue to revisit Adelina's past and her secrets are slowly revealed. She was a woman who suffered and coped in various ways ruining her relationships with her daughters. But the Adelina facing this new challenge is a different woman trying to make some amends. I actually found myself admiring her and I never thought that would be possible. 

This series features the Thompson sisters on the edge.  Everything they thought they knew about their family is questionable and built on a web of lies. Only Charles Sheehan-Miles could take his beloved characters, drop them in the middle of an action-packed political intrigue series, blow their lives apart, and watch the fall out. They are all fighting various battles and threats. But one thing about this family that we have always known is that despite their issues, they are a tough group. This book is full of political intrigue, suspense, action, danger, secrets, and lies. Someone is trying to take down the Thompsons and those associated with them to keep secrets buried. And they are willing to go to any extremes to do so. 

We get many answers as the characters do and from the flashbacks. But then of course, also comes more questions. And the story still is far from finished or resolved. I got sucked into this installment faster than the first one, and it kept me engaged as I was trying to put all of the pieces together to form the big picture. There were plenty of twists, surprises, and interesting connections. And it kept me guessing and biting my nails in suspense. And when I got to the end, I was not ready for it to be over. I am looking forward to see how it all plays out in Girl of Vengeance

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

This was a page turner in the best sense of the term. From start to finish I could not put Girl of Rage down. (It may have accompanied me through my kids’ bedtime routines, kept me up past my bedtime, and infiltrated my dreams even after I had finished.) Where the middle installment of many trilogies fall flat, this one captured my attention and held on until I lost several hours buried in the book.

Girl of Rage picks up right where Girl of Lies left off. And from the very beginning the action is on. I was grateful for the way it picked up. It’s been nearly half a year since I read Girl of Lies, and as I opened to the first page, I couldn’t remember exactly what had happened, except that I was worried about Dylan. The ending points of the first book were subtly referred to without taking up a lot of description, so that my memory came back without it being too much retelling for people who may read them back to back. 

Each sister and their parents have their own mysteries to work through. Rachel’s illness has taken a backseat to the turmoil the family finds itself in. Julia and Crank face issues with their business. Andrea and Dylan are still on the run and out of contact with the rest of the family, causing added stress for Alexandra. Adelina and Jessica are also running on the opposite coast. And amidst all the danger to the girls, no one hears from their father. 

The secrets that are revealed in Girl of Rage begin to answer the question about what is really going on, but there are just as many new questions as there are answered ones, and the truth is far from clear. 

The one thing some might question about Girl of Rage is where is the romance. Several potential romantic pairings have been hinted at, but the root conflict in Rachel’s Peril as a whole is the family secrets, which don’t need to be confused with romantic overtones. I never missed a romantic storyline through either Girl of Lies or Girl of Rage. There was far too much action to miss anything! 

This series is one of my favorite spin-offs. It has taken the families created in the original trilogy and turned everything we thought we knew on it’s head. It was so fast paced, filled with so much mystery and hidden truths that I couldn’t help being sucked right back into the Thompsons’ lives.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for my honest review.
The Rachel's Peril trilogy is a spin off from his Thompson Sisters Series and begins after The Last Hour:

A Song for Julia(#1)Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's 5 star Review
Falling Stars (#1.5):
 Add to Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's 4.5 star review
Just Remember to Breathe(#2): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's 4 star Review
The Last Hour(#3): Goodreads /Amazon/B&N/Kim's 5 star Review

Girl of Lies
Rachel's Peril #1
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Kim and Rachel's 4.5 star reviews

Andrea Thompson is smart, assertive and beautiful. She’s also desperately lonely. Raised in Europe by her grandmother, she struggles knowing neither of her parents wanted her, and she has no idea why.
When Andrea receives an urgent call from her older sister Carrie, she agrees to fly to the United States to help. Carrie’s newborn daughter Rachel needs a bone marrow transplant.
What Andrea doesn’t know is that her return to the United States will launch a chain of events that will uncover secrets hidden for decades. Secrets which will rock the Thompson family and ignite a political firestorm.
Secrets that some will kill to protect.

Girl of Vengeance 
Rachel's Peril #3
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Expected August 15, 2014
Charles Sheehan-Miles
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Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future. 

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