Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: 'Amstel Girl' by Marco Marek

Talented new author Marco Marek was born in Turin, Italy and is fascinated with fantasy stories, medieval magicians, ancient history, and unexplained mysteries. Hence the birth of his first novel - HYPEREARTH – a response to a visit to a castle in Eastern Europe. Marco has a strong future in writing, but he is also a painter and photographer. The three avenues of art marry in this successful volume.

Authors who are successful in penning books of romance and espionage must have the ability to capture the attention of the reader from the first few pages. Marco offers a portal to his adventure that not only introduces his two main characters immediately, but he also enters the mystery that is to develop as the book unwinds.

AMSTEL GIRL is complex and can be reduced with difficulty to a little synopsis to gather attention to a story that is very well written: ‘It's a quiet life in the Amsterdam's canals, but Wesley didn't know what to expect, just released from being unfairly locked away at Haan Psychiatric Hospital. He met Megan right after, a beautiful but quirky girl, with passion for a high-risk life. A wicked love and dangerous encounters with criminals of the underworld, that's what Wesley gets just after his exit from the psychiatric hospital. Together they will be involved in lots of spy intrigues, adventures from Amsterdam, the Netherlands with trips in Monte Carlo and Astana, Kazakhstan, and they begin to flirt with each other, will they fall in love? And will Wes succeed in solving all the troubles these criminals from the underworld of international crime have involved him?

Though some may find it difficult to relate with concern to some of the characters, there is no question that the speed of the story development will erase any of those obstructions. Marco is growing – and it will be interesting to see where he takes us next. Grady Harp, January 17

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