My Lady Zane
Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)
Currently being packaged as a feature film in Los Angeles.
A gripping page turner, tells the true story of a female war hero in our American History! In the writing style of Best Selling Author Lee Child and the immersive historical action of great epic love stories like, The Titanic, Dances With Wolves, and Outlander.
Marines love to get mail. Good old U.S. Post mail. Handwritten. It is 2003 and Sergeant Leah Ann Sullivan reads one hell of a story from her past in the letters. Her grandmother's letters help ease her routine in the grueling Iraqi desert at her 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, just south of Fallujah, Iraq.
Leah never knew she had such history in her family. The story brings her back to another time. A time when the country was undiscovered and her ancestors had to protect Fort Henry and their colony in the Ohio Valley.
Betty Zane was the girl who had to grow up fast on the frontier. She was raised by her brothers. Her older brother, Colonel Ebenezer Zane, taught her how to protect herself, use her instincts, and shoot a long rifle. Then, Betty fell in love with an exciting young man. Their love was immediate and deep. She never stopped loving him, even when she was forced to go to school in Philadelphia. All she wanted to do was to come home and marry Zach Van Swearingham. He was becoming a man. Passionate and bold like her. He was helping her brothers transform Fort Henry into Zanesville. She had to find a way back him.
But the ruthless Shawnee Warrior with the scar on his brow was out to take everything from the Zanes. He found his opportunity with the British Captain Pratt and the American traitor George Girty. They were just as determined. They conspired to take down the Zanes and Fort Henry.
But they threatened the wrong girl.
A girl who was becoming a woman, who loved her man and her country, and would do anything to save them.
The true story of her ancestors stir something within Sergeant Leah Ann Sullivan at just the right time. Her Captain orders her to lead a mission. A “Red Eye Op.” Now it is her turn to protect her country. She is about to find out just how damn tough she is. Leah is about to embark on her own journey of self-discovery and intestinal fortitude, and high risk in the dark of the Iraqi desert.
Enter the dark with Leah, into the pitch black night with a team of Marines. An "edge of your seat thriller" Two heroes linked by generations. Two daring missions. A true story, about a female warrior in the past that will forever change who this Marine warrior is in the present.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10
Plot: From the description of the musket balls at the very start, it's clear this is going to be a gripping read. The novel is structured very well.
Prose: The prose here is a pleasure to read. There are, however, a few phrases that get repeated throughout, and those echoes in the text will be jarring to readers.
Originality: The is an original tale. Both women are likable, and the story is inspiring.
Character Development: This book features excellent, believable, relatable characters.
Blurb: From the strong lead to the satisfying conclusion, this book weaves together past and present into a story of two courageous women.
Date Submitted: June 19, 2018