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Sunday, August 7, 2022
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About the Book
Book: Not Dead Yet
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Release date: June 13, 2022
Cassidy Edgemont has been dead for four years. At least, that is what the world has been led to believe. After becoming unwittingly entangled in a group called the Coalition, known for using fake news to generate political unrest in the United States, Cas was offered a devastating choice: stage her own death and join her rescuers, the guardians, or risk the wrath of the organization she betrayed. She chose death.
As an invisible government operative, Cas has been living in Paris with no complications—until her family pays an unexpected visit to the European city, changing everything. They think Cas is dead, and she has to keep it that way. But when a bomb is detonated nearby and fake news incites riots in the city, Cas recognizes the mark of the Coalition.
Donovan, a fellow guardian, is summoned to join her in Paris to attempt to untangle the intricate web linking Cas’s past with the recent bombings. But as the threat level escalates, Cas must again make an impossible decision: face possible exposure to her family in her race to uncover the truth or risk the loss of innocent lives.
Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children’s teenage years. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optionalaccessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) Safe House won Whitney Awards for both the mystery/suspense category as well as 2017 Adult Novel of the Year. She added two additional awards in 2019 (Mistaken Reality – best mystery/suspense and Sanctuary – Adult Novel of the Year.) She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.
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Paris anyone? After years of restricted travel and various COVID-related challenges, I needed to spend some time back in a city I love, even if it was only as part of my fictional world. Add in my years working with the CIA, and Not Dead Yet was born.
While Not Dead Yet is technically the sixth book in the guardian series, all of these books are written as stand-alone novels, which simply visit some characters from previous novels and sometimes introduce characters that will be featured in the stories to come.
Not Dead Yet was particularly enjoyable to write, not only because it gave me an excuse to revisit my photos and memories from my most recent trips to Paris, but also because of the parallels that naturally occurred with my own life.
Cas, the main character, is the first female guardian in my fictional top-secret program of government operatives who strive to serve and protect U.S. intelligence and military personnel. When I worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, I often attended meetings in which I was the only woman in the room. Respect and loyalty had to be earned regardless of gender, and I was fortunate to work with some amazing individuals over the years. Some of those treasured work relationships come through within the pages of this book.
Another similarity to my own background is Cas’s family dynamics. She has her parents and a younger sister, which mirrors my own early childhood. Her family is often in the public eye because of their association with the media industry. While I didn’t come from the extreme wealth and fame as my character did, I do remember well what it was like to have a mom on television (The Home Hunter in Phoenix, AZ) and to have a sister working in the entertainment industry. While my sister (Tiffany Hunter) has taken over The Home Hunter in recent years, a few of her earlier positions included serving as the backstage coordinator for the Grammys as well as working as Bill Murray’s personal assistant.
Not Dead Yet blends many experiences from my past with the events of the present and the ever-present question of What if? I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I loved how the story opens up and gave me hints that this would be an action packed adrenaline rush filled book. I could sense that Cas has been very careful since she “died” and was always aware of her surroundings. Trying to make everyone believe that she had died in a car accident is what has kept her alive. Her involvement in the Coalition has caused her to stay hidden. When she is discovered alive, the author heightens the intensity . We are witnesses to how surveillance works, the inner workings of government agencies and the secrets that are hidden on the internet.
I did enjoy the backdrop of Paris and the numerous mouth watering food that was mentioned. I would love to travel to Paris and sample their cuisine. Cas has mastered the French cuisine and has a gift for cooking delicious meals. That certainly comes in handy when she is sent to a safe house. Having Donovan join her is welcoming as his skills will come in handy as they try to stay undetected. I kept wondering why after four years someone would still think Cas is a threat? What information does she have that threatens someone?
The story is very intriguing as it delves into a group responsible for putting out fake news. Cas and Donovan have to find out who is behind this while also stopping bomb threats. I loved how they work together and just seem to clique with each other. I held my breath at times because danger was so close to them. I wasn’t sure if they would survive. The author is very good at giving details that include readers in the investigation. I felt like I was sitting beside them as they scoured video footage and the training they both have been through to be a Guardian.
There were many twists in the story which gave me a list of suspects. I tried to follow along as Cas and Donovan tracked down sources and followed leads. It all comes to one moment in time when Cas’s family become targets as well. I loved how the author had me so involved in the story that I couldn’t put it down. The ending is powerful and filled with danger as the truth is finally revealed. My question throughout the story was would Cas and Donovan be able to share their feelings for each other? Would they be able to work together and find happiness with each other? Is the threat on Cas’s life over? Grab a copy of this book and find out the answers.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.