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GINA MIANI, author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Publish)

SEQUEL TO "AVALON" Ten years after they found each other for the second time in Avalon, New Jersey, Trey and Mariah embark on a journey to another mystical island, this time in the Caribbean Ocean. But a mission to help the local people find their missing daughters soon becomes an obsession that puts their marriage, and their lives, in jeopardy.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10


Plot: This is a sequel, but the transition is quite smooth; reading the first book is not necessary to understand the lives of Mariah and Trey, who are driven to help people living on the Caribbean island of Antillia. Many children have gone missing—it's suspected that they're being sold into the sex slave trade—and the emotion and action here keep the pages turning.

Prose/Style: Mariah's narration is a distinct, memorable voice. Descriptions of the Caribbean island are enchanting, the emotional prose is moving, and the wit is crisp.

Originality: This is a very original story of a semi-retired couple, the ex-military husband who has special forces training and his reluctant wife, attempting to stop a child-sex-slavery ring in Antillia.

Character Development: At first the marriage between Mariah and Trey seems almost too perfect, but their troubles give the relationship texture. Both have well-rounded personalities, and the additional characters are unique individuals.

Blurb: Baby-boomers will love this semi-retired couple, willing to risk everything to help the missing children of the Caribbean island of Antillia -- a place of soothing beauty, but also of distressingly dark secrets.

Date Submitted: June 03, 2019