Monday, June 26, 2017

Blog Tour: Code Name Scorpion by Donna Gustainis Fuller

When Trevor Willis offers Dani Carpenter her dream job as director of a new camp for children, she is thrilled. Dani intends to keep Trevor, a family friend, at arm’s length. But her heart changes toward him as they team up to protect Ady, the young daughter of a kidnapped scientist. 

After Trevor testifies against the son of Don Francisco Morales, a major supplier of heroin into the United States, Morales (aka the Scorpion) targets Trevor in a personal vendetta to destroy his reputation and then destroy everyone Trevor loves. 

With Ady tucked away in a secure location, Dani and Trevor embark on a chase that takes them from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of Mexico. They must stop the Scorpion before he strikes again.

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Born in Illinois, Donna Fuller has lived in a variety of places and currently resides in Butler, Pennsylvania. At times she feels like a ping pong ball—bouncing from coast to coast and back again. Her grandchildren bring her the greatest joy. She has always been involved in writing, from journals to plays for Cub Scouts, to short stories for her children and as a reporter for a small newspaper. Donna has won awards for her writing and has also taught in writing workshops and retreats. She is the co-founder of the annual OHPA Writer’s Retreat in Western Pennsylvania. Her novels include A Strand of Doubt and CodeName Scorpion.

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Code Name Scorpion is a fast paced book following several intense story lines. Trevor Willis is an FBI consultant who gets mixed up with the biggest heroine dealer into the U.S. via Mexico when he busts the drug lord's only son. Out for revenge, this drug lord, Morales, decides to kill the man who put his son behind bars, along with everyone he loves.

Dani Carpenter is a woman falling in love with her boss, who happened to offer her her dream job of being a camp director. It appears she has problems of her own when people try to go after her as well. 

The two come together when Willis is asked to care for Ady, the daughter of one of his kidnapped employees. When the two both come to care for her as their own, things get complicated, especially when they have to leave her behind to protect her from Morales.

Code Name Scorpion is a relatively fast-paced action/adventure suspense/thriller type of story that seemed to move at almost breakneck speed. There is a lot going on, with a ton of threads that don't, at first, seem connected. If you're not paying attention when reading, you will miss things and get confused really quickly.

I give this book three and a half stars out of five, more because I think there was a little too much going and I did get a little lost at times because the pace was just too fast.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.


“I’m worried about someone coming at me from behind. What should I do?”
“That’s a very good question. Let me demonstrate. Dani, can you help?”
She looked around, then pointed to herself in an exaggerated manner. “Me?”
“It seems as if she’s a little shy. Let’s encourage her.” Trevor started clapping. The noise grew until Dani blushed and gave him a look he hoped wouldn’t kill him.
He reached out his hand to help her up. “Come on.” He positioned her in front of him and said, “Act like you’re waiting for a bus.”
Dani crossed her arms and tapped her right foot, then checked her watch. Standing behind her, Trevor reached around her neck. “Remember number 2, take charge. The first thing to do is lock your chin down.”
She followed his directions.
“This will make it so your attacker cannot cut off your air supply.” Still holding onto Dani, Trevor continued. “One move won’t be enough, so think in multiples—a heel to his instep and an elbow to the solar plexus.”
Dani acted quickly, stomping on the inside of his foot. He grunted and let go of her neck. She finished with an elbow to his stomach.
Trevor groaned and grasped his abdomen. “Excellent demonstration. Did everyone get that?”
Dani smiled innocently. “Should I do it again—in case someone missed it?”
“No. no. That’s good. You can sit down.” 

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