Miscellaneous Mondays: My Favorite Indie Authors 5/5 – M. Weidenbenner

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I found Michelle Weidenbenner when I was researching for my original nano novel the Geacache Killer, which utilizes the premise of Geocaching. I tried to find all the books that featured geocaching and was rewarded with a lot of duds, some boring reads, and a few gems. Cache a Predator was one of those treasures. I was very sad to see that Michelle Weidnebenner had only published one other book that was not a children’s book (she currently has two of those as well). I read Scattered Links and fell further in love with Weidenbener.

M. Weidenbenner is on my list of Indie stars to watch out for because she has written two out of this world engaging novels that are so professional and readable and wonderfully heart wrenching that I wonder why they are not on more national reading lists. Scattered Links has won some of its own accalim, topping Kindle Book Promos as a first place winner, a Gold Metal Winner int he 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Awards and Bronze Medal winner in Dan Poytner’s Global eBook Awards. Cache a Predator won Gold Medal in the 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Awards. Both these books were so engaging and thought provoking that they should be on every book clubs’ to read lists. Weidenbenner writes characters that are compelling and complex. Each character is given true motivation and backstory to match. Weidenbenner writes in a sophisticated manner that pulls you in and keeps you captive until the last word drops on the last page. Weidenbenner has created these larger than life characters with stories that will make you want to cry for them and their hardships. The author doesn’t stop there though, she creates conflicted characters as well. Weidenbenner’s ability to show relationships and the interaction of people is phenomenal. Each character has personality and motivation. Each character shows development and growth. Wow. If I could give a book 6/5 stars, I would do it for both these books, and for anything Michelle Weidenbenner writes.

 

Check back next Monday for the addition to my blog of my rising Indie author page! Also stay tuned for my reviews of any new books by these wonderful authors.

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Book Review: Cache a predator by M. Weidenbenner

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Cache a Predator by M. Weidenbenner

A Thriller/Mystery Novel published by Random (01/07/2014)

 

Summary:

Young cop Brett will do anything for his five-year old daughter Quinn. If that means violating the protective order his ex-wife Ali took out on him, he’ll do it. If that means proving to the courts that Ali is an incompetent mother to gain full custody of Quinn, he’ll try to be patient and maintain his temper to do it. Brett’s fight to protect Quinn is made more complicated when they are both thrown in the middle of a crime where a vigilante is gruesomely targeting sex offenders: by hiding their wankers in local geocaches.

Keywords:

Vigilante, Sex Abuse, Thriller, Geocaching, Predators, Cop Father, CPS

 

My Review:

Cache a Predator has everything a thriller needs to make a fast-paced read that will pull at your heartstrings. I couldn’t put the book down. The characters are compelling and complex, with real motivations. Quinn will make you want to save her. Brett will bring you to his side. Ali will tug at your sympathy even as you want her daughter to be taken away from her care. The vigilante will make you take a second look at sex abuse victims… and make sure your door is locked. As this is a thriller with a who-dun-it context, I thought that by paying attention to every character I could figure out the ending, but it turns out the author was a lot more clever than I was and was able to surprise me with the climax.

The intro was setup in an intriguing way. Almost from the very beginning I knew what happy ending I wanted to see, where all ends would be tied sweetly together. I’m sure you’ll have some of the same yearnings, but you’ll have to read to find out if it all turns out the way you expect and desire.

This book blew all my expectations out of the water and although I picked it up for the geocaching element, I was not let down when I found out there was very little geocaching involved because the book was so thrilling and very well written. My only comment would be to cut out the last chapter.

 

This novel was published by Random 01/07/2014 and is available on Amazon here.

 

TLDR Star Rating: 5.0

 

Links for more information:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18192713-cache-a-predator

Website: www.randomwritingrants.com