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The Child Riddler

by Angela Greenman

Despite the angry scars she carries from her childhood training, Zoe Lorel has reached a good place in her life. She has her dream job as an elite operative in an international spy agency and she’s found her one true love. Her world is mostly perfect—until she is sent to abduct a nine-year-old girl.

The girl is the only one who knows the riddle that holds the code to unleash the most lethal weapon on earth—the first ever “invisibility” nanoweapon, a cloaking spider bot. But Zoe’s agency isn’t the only one after the child. And when enemies reveal the invisibility weapon’s existence to underground arms dealers, every government and terrorist organization in the world want to find that little girl.

Zoe races to save not only the child she has grown to care about, but also herself. The agency prescribed pills—the ones that transform her into the icy killer she must become to survive—are beginning to threaten her engagement to the one person who brings her happiness. Can she protect the young girl and still protect the one thing she cares more about than anything else?

Genre Thriller, Action/Adventure
Length 320 pages
Publication Date July 14, 2022
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642473650A
Editor Heather Flournoy
Cover Designer Judith Fellows

Extras

Best Thriller Book Awards, The Child Riddler—Finalist

FROM THE AUTHOR

"My fantasy, ever since my teens, was to be a female James Bond—a strong woman, kicking ass and traveling the world. I finally got to live my fantasy through Zoe in The Child Riddler.

We met while I was on vacation in in Vienna, Austria. Zoe was a life-sized photograph staring at me from a store window. She gazed over her shoulder with a confident, badass expression that said “I see you, but you can’t touch me.” From that moment on she was real to me.

I wanted to live Zoe’s life. Maybe I also wanted to delve into her psyche, as there’s some of me in her—a scarred woman who is driven and thinks she must be all for everyone.

My hope is you’ll have a sensory and atmospheric globe-trotting adventure with Zoe. I also hope you can share Zoe’s emotional journey, her desire to heal herself so she can give to those she loves. That’s what strong women do."

—Angela Greenman

Reviews

Audiobook Blog
Victor Dima - Extremely entertaining techno-thriller…a globetrotting adventure…memorable characters…fast action…plus some beautiful descriptions of cities and architecture.

LoveReading
Highly suspenseful...exciting twists and turns...enthralling.

BestThrillers.com
...a truly mesmerizing character...high-concept plot...keeps readers gripped and guessing until the very end.

NetGalley
Anne M. - The Child Riddler is a good, solid debut by Ms Greenman and I will read the follow up if one appears. The plotting is complex and has an ambiguous morality that I like. It’s hard to tell who are the ‘good guys’ when they use such ‘bad’ practices. It is different from much available lesfic and for that I applaud the author.

Vicki G. - 5.0 out of 5 stars

This book had me riveted from the first chapter. The author's descriptions of her locations were detailed and thoroughly believable. The main character demonstrated her strengths and weaknesses as she pushed herself to try to be the best in her field, even within the realm of assassins. Quite a badass lady! This book held my attention throughout as my heart rate inched upward. Most enjoyable.

K MacLellan - Interesting story that keeps the reader guessing until the end!

Very well written spy thriller saga about the young protagonist Zoe who evolves into a more interesting and multidimensional character. She gradually matures beyond her professional "Wildcat" role as the story progresses and Zoe's affection and concern for Leah begins and ultimately deepens into a parental like love.

Particularly enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the various exotic locations in Europe and America, as well as the relationship & erotic interactions with Isabel and others, in addition to the various complex combat situations described from a woman's perspective.

The depth of the other main characters, especially Zoe's uncle Easton, was quite intriguing too, illustrating the often seen inherent weakness of human nature that, "Power Corrupts: Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely"!

Looking forward to the author's next book!

Corrine P. - Such an exciting read, and it was very hard for me to put it down once I got started. If you love spy books, you'll love this one! But there is so much more to it than just that. This book is about soul-searching, coping with your past, doing the right thing, bad-ass women, and even has touches of romance. Loved it!

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