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Review: Suburban Task Force by Addison Towne




Book Blurb

Jade Lydell, who at thirty one finds herself living the surreal life of a married suburbanite. Her simple, and now materialistic days are busy with shopping, drinking and playing with couples that live the same high-end lifestyle.

It takes a home invasion scare and a co-workers brutal mugging to wake Jade from her suburban slumber. The adventure begins when she and her two best friends forgo an uplifting spa retreat for an intense tactical, gun and self defense weekend, all without their husbands’ knowledge.

Upon their return, feeling rejuvenated and proud, the women try to re-adapt to their suburban lifestyles. Not so easy when you have to attend a VIP party on Catalina Island with the who’s who of Hollywood and Politics. Without warning, the island is taken hostage by a rogue terrorist group. With the men and women separated, and all outside communication cut off, Jade and her friends feel their only hope is to use their combined talents and outlandish movie knowledge to outsmart their captors.


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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Jade and her friends, Chloe and Suzie, have settled in the suburbs. Jade never thought her life would come to that. However she finds herself designing jeans with Chloe, driving an SUV and shopping for designer labels.

When someone she knows is assaulted and mugged, she needs to do something more. She and her friends sign up for tactical and weapon defense classes one weekend in Arizona. They spend four days learning how to defend themselves and shoot. They feel empowered and strong. Never would they think they would do such a thing but in doing so they feel alive and full of purpose.

Then when the girls and their husbands go to Catalina Island for a party held by a neighbor, they are placed in a dangerous situation. Remembering what they learned in the heat of the situation helps them in ways they never expected.

This was a funny story. I loved the characters. I would find myself laughing out loud at some of the thoughts or conversations going on in the story. These girls would crack me up. I could really relate and imagine them as real people.

The tactical training was interesting. I like how the author made you fully aware of what they learned and how they felt. Some of the details the author included really made the scenes come alive.

I also liked how the author did the same in Catalina. Jade would express her mixed emotions, confusion, fear, and relief in such a way that it was believable. Of course the plot was a bit unrealistic but they were given lots of luck. They also had a lot of movies to pull information from thanks to Jade.

It was a unique story filled with humor, suspense, fear and strength. I give it a 4 out of 5.




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