11 year old Annabel Lee Truckson lives with her Uncle Truck
on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Peachtree, Alabama.
Uncle Truck has many guises and more secrets. He keeps a
German Shepherd that follows his commands in German in a
fenced in area behind the barn. Annabel has seen the dog
eat human fingers and she fears and dislikes the dog. There
is a sentry post at the entrance to the farm, manned by
The Mute, an ex-Special Forces sniper who worked with Truck
in Iraq. He is loyal to Truck, is godfather to Annabel and
would lay down his life for them. His on-going mission is
to protect Annabel. Annabel is home schooled by her uncle.
Surrounded by books, he teaches her, tells her stories and
instructs her to speak German and Arabic. Wise beyond her
years, she loves and trusts her Uncle but does not like the
dog. When her uncle takes her to an underground bunker,
telling her she must stay there, ordered not to open the
door, even to his voice, she is stunned but obeys. Her
survival instincts are admirable especially her patience and
dedication in making the dog her protector and finally her
faithful friend. (I loved Dog. Schutzen.)
When Trudi Coffey graduated college with a degree in
English Literature, she had difficulty finding a job. She
married CIA agent Samuel Hill and together they open Coffey
& Hill, a private investigation firm. However, when she
discovers Sam was unfaithful to her, they divorce and she
continues to work alone. When she receives a visit from Dr.
Smith looking for Truck, she knows Sam will know how to
contact Truck and she calls Sam. Their investigation
begins. Though their dynamics are complicated, they work
very well together as a team. Through battles--complete with
military warfare, ominous villains--they persevere and
locate Annabel. They begin to unravel unanswered questions
that are amazing.
My favorite character, hands down, is The Mute. Working
together with Truck in Iraq, he can no longer speak as an
IED blew up and damaged his throat while on a mission with
his commander. Forever loyal, The Mute is an endearing
character, ever loyal and loving to Annabel. He is the
strong, silent type that I found unforgettable and very
ANNABEL LEE is a fast paced thriller you will find
impossible to put down. A great plot with Poe references, a
smattering of science fiction, interspersed with faith
messages, plus a cast of characters that are outstanding.
We are taken on a chilling adventure that produces many
elements of surprise. A wild chase to find Annabel by the
good guys, just steps in front of the really bad guys as the
body count rises and the action is non-stop. Answers are
found and it is evident that there will be a sequel to this
one. Mike Nappa was smart to listen to the three women who
prodded him to publish this book. A job well done, Mr.
Nappa. ANNABEL LEE is a winner!
Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is
The secretâ€™s name is Annabel Lee.
She doesnâ€™t know why her enigmatic uncle has stowed her
underground in a military-style bunker. Heâ€™s left her
with a few
German words, a barely controlled guard dog, and a single
command: â€śDonâ€™t open that door for anybody, you got it?
Miles away in Atlanta, private investigator Trudi Coffey
visited by a mysterious older man calling himself Dr.
been trailing a man for a decadeâ€”a man she met through
partner Samuel Hillâ€”and the trail has led him to her
last thing Trudi wants to do is to contact Samuel. But it
take both of them to unravel this mysteryâ€”before itâ€™s too