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Wonder Rush

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An immersive and suspenseful teen spy thriller with some darker edges, a positive message, originality and depth...

Dan McKeon delivers an immersive and suspenseful tale of one teen assassin who has always followed orders and never questioned those giving them. When things don't go to plan 'Wendy' finds herself facing a rabbit hole of questions as she deciphers what's good and bad while coming to her own conclusion. It's part- coming-of-age part-morality check as the 'agency' giving the orders begin to reveal themselves as not so reputable.


Through the multiple missions and names she takes 'Wendy' begins to realise even if you eliminate bad people, there will always be someone else innocent effected by it. That is without mentioning if the target even is bad in the first place.


"Even those who do bad things have people who care about them, and their loss effects them..."


There's a certain depth to that morality where choice and accountability of one's actions make you as a reader question everything. It's immersive and dark sometimes - death always is but our main character keeps things light hearted and you find yourself rooting for her because she is a force for good. You can give a person all the assassin training in the world and try to engineer out all human elements but they are still human and perhaps that message is at the centre of a great story that I took my time reading.


While there are plenty of concepts that are original and they merge with others that we've seen before in spy thrillers; it's always the abandoned warehouse for a meeting point but the bubble gum idea is genius and of course fun. Although there is some violence there isn't anything too graphic so I'd recommend this book to older teens and above and to anyone who enjoys a spy thriller with a difference. Highly enjoyable.

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Indie author and book blogger from the UK who works in cutting edge science by day and writes by night. I know the struggle that is indie publishing so my efforts focus on spotlighting fellow authors and contributing to the writing community.

Amaya

About the author

I am the author of four feature-length screenplays as well as several short stories. Wonder Rush is my first novel. I have a BA in Psychology from Villanova University, an MS in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, and a Professional Certification in Screenwriting from UCLA. view profile

Published on May 07, 2021

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90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Young Adult

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