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A fast-paced, page-turning thriller that contemplates the consequences of motherhood, memory, and crime as a commodity. Black ops specialist Aubrey Sentro may be one concussion away from death. But when pirates seize the cargo ship she’s on, she must decide whether to risk her life to save her fellow passengers. Sentro’s training takes over, and she’s able to elude her capto A fast-paced, page-turning thriller that contemplates the consequences of motherhood, memory, and crime as a commodity. Black ops specialist Aubrey Sentro may be one concussion away from death. But when pirates seize the cargo ship she’s on, she must decide whether to risk her life to save her fellow passengers. Sentro’s training takes over, and she’s able to elude her captors, leaving bodies in her wake. But her problems are just getting started. Her memory lapses are getting more frequent, symptoms of serial-concussion syndrome. As she plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with the pirates, she pushes herself to survive by focusing on thoughts of her children. She’s never told them what she really does for a living, and now she might not get the chance. While her memories make her vulnerable, motherhood makes her dangerous.


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A fast-paced, page-turning thriller that contemplates the consequences of motherhood, memory, and crime as a commodity. Black ops specialist Aubrey Sentro may be one concussion away from death. But when pirates seize the cargo ship she’s on, she must decide whether to risk her life to save her fellow passengers. Sentro’s training takes over, and she’s able to elude her capto A fast-paced, page-turning thriller that contemplates the consequences of motherhood, memory, and crime as a commodity. Black ops specialist Aubrey Sentro may be one concussion away from death. But when pirates seize the cargo ship she’s on, she must decide whether to risk her life to save her fellow passengers. Sentro’s training takes over, and she’s able to elude her captors, leaving bodies in her wake. But her problems are just getting started. Her memory lapses are getting more frequent, symptoms of serial-concussion syndrome. As she plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with the pirates, she pushes herself to survive by focusing on thoughts of her children. She’s never told them what she really does for a living, and now she might not get the chance. While her memories make her vulnerable, motherhood makes her dangerous.

30 review for Water Memory

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    3.5 stars! Another exciting new series from Thomas and Mercer! Daniel’s Pyne’s first installment in the Aubrey Sentro series, Water Memory, is an exciting and quickly paced thriller involving memory (fitting title!) and motherhood. I love Aubrey Sentro! She’s an undercover specialist on a cargo ship when it is attacked by pirates. Will she save everyone onboard? Aubrey has experienced several concussions; so many in fact that she has serial-concussion syndrome affecting her memory. What gets Aubrey 3.5 stars! Another exciting new series from Thomas and Mercer! Daniel’s Pyne’s first installment in the Aubrey Sentro series, Water Memory, is an exciting and quickly paced thriller involving memory (fitting title!) and motherhood. I love Aubrey Sentro! She’s an undercover specialist on a cargo ship when it is attacked by pirates. Will she save everyone onboard? Aubrey has experienced several concussions; so many in fact that she has serial-concussion syndrome affecting her memory. What gets Aubrey through this horrible ordeal of fighting for her life on this ship while struggling with her memory off and on is her love for her children. They are her reason for never giving up. Be prepared ahead of time that this book has disconnectedness at times that mimics the lucidity of Aubrey’s memories. On a personal note, as someone who has had two concussions, ten years apart, this book freaked me out at times. 😱 I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Snorefest Started out promising but got lost in the authors attempt to write in poetic meandering sentences and musings on what memories mean and how they make us who we are. Bored to tears and almost didn’t finish.

  3. 5 out of 5

    K

    According to the description, this book is "a fast-paced, page-turning thriller." It absolutely is NOT that. A quarter into the book and still NOTHING has happened. Just a lot of descriptive language and her internal struggle of balancing work and motherhood. I couldn't finish this book. According to the description, this book is "a fast-paced, page-turning thriller." It absolutely is NOT that. A quarter into the book and still NOTHING has happened. Just a lot of descriptive language and her internal struggle of balancing work and motherhood. I couldn't finish this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alan Teder

    Die Hard on a Boat Advance Review of the Thomas & Mercer Kindle eBook (to be released Feb. 1, 2021) Water Memory was one of the 9 possible selections in the new Amazon First Reads program which offered 1 free advance selection to Prime members in Canada (possibly 2 in the USA). I chose Water Memory based on its being tagged as "Espionage Fiction," but this is more of a military black-ops suspense thriller without anything that one would expect from spy fiction except for some betrayals. Widow, com Die Hard on a Boat Advance Review of the Thomas & Mercer Kindle eBook (to be released Feb. 1, 2021) Water Memory was one of the 9 possible selections in the new Amazon First Reads program which offered 1 free advance selection to Prime members in Canada (possibly 2 in the USA). I chose Water Memory based on its being tagged as "Espionage Fiction," but this is more of a military black-ops suspense thriller without anything that one would expect from spy fiction except for some betrayals. Widow, combat veteran & now private military contractor Aubrey Sentro is suffering from progressive concussion syndrome while still working on elite ransom/rescue efforts. Implausibly, she is hiding the syndrome from her co-workers but not from her adult children who are trying to get her to seek medical assistance. Somehow she has been able to hide the nature of her work life from her children. How does she explain the wounds and scars from a "reinsurance" job? With those very implausible beginnings, Sentro takes a forced break from work and books a cruise on a cargo freighter (pause to wonder if there really are such vacation possibilities) travelling from the East Coast USA to South America. The freighter is of course attacked by pirates and mayhem ensues. The action sequences here were well done and there were several unexpected twists along the way. Still, the suspense momentum was constantly undermined by Sentro having flashbacks to her earlier life and to previous jobs that had gone awry. This is apparently the first of an expected series as it is tagged as Aubrey Sentro #1.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    My brother told me this was a good read. I had selected it as one of those reliably disappointing First Read books from Amazon for prime members. Looks like the readers here either hate or love it. I am in the hater category and put this in my abandoned book slot. I won't put this stuff in my brain when there are good books available to read. ....excessive vulgarity, bad language for no reason I can see, nonsensical meandering thoughts, astonishingly unrealistic action, questionable morals, etc. My brother told me this was a good read. I had selected it as one of those reliably disappointing First Read books from Amazon for prime members. Looks like the readers here either hate or love it. I am in the hater category and put this in my abandoned book slot. I won't put this stuff in my brain when there are good books available to read. ....excessive vulgarity, bad language for no reason I can see, nonsensical meandering thoughts, astonishingly unrealistic action, questionable morals, etc.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    Water Memory is just the sort of book to turn any reader off freighter cruises. True, they do supply the leisurely cruise without the bling and crowds of the behemoth cruise ships of companies like Carnival or Princess or Royal Caribbean, but freighters are more likely to be boarded by pirates. In fact, one of the things I found interesting in Daniel Pyne's thriller is that there seems to be an entire thriving business around hijacked cargo ships. The first third of Water Memory is a bit clunky a Water Memory is just the sort of book to turn any reader off freighter cruises. True, they do supply the leisurely cruise without the bling and crowds of the behemoth cruise ships of companies like Carnival or Princess or Royal Caribbean, but freighters are more likely to be boarded by pirates. In fact, one of the things I found interesting in Daniel Pyne's thriller is that there seems to be an entire thriving business around hijacked cargo ships. The first third of Water Memory is a bit clunky as the author explores Aubrey Sentro's relationship with her children as well as the workings of Aubrey's mind. Persistent post-concussion syndrome means headaches, aural distortions, mood swings, and memory problems among other things, and watching Aubrey experience these things can be painful because she is a talented black-ops specialist who enjoys what she does ("international risk mitigation") and she's extremely good at it. Having her mind betray her is going to put paid on the life she loves. Not having told her children Jeremy and Jenny what she really does for a living has caused problems. Both grew up with a stay-at-home father and the idea that Aubrey couldn't be bothered to spend any time with them like "real mothers" do. In fact, it's warped Jenny so much that I got tired of her whining about how she's never had the mother she deserved. (Big girl panties, Jenny. Big girl panties.) Pyne's description of mother and daughter-- "two peeves in a pod"-- made me laugh and stayed in my mind just like the author hoped it would. Once the first third of the book, the setup, is done and the pirates have taken control of the ship, the pace picks up. This is where I really became engrossed in the story. I learned why Aubrey chose this unusual work for herself. I learned to appreciate characters like Morehouse the doctor and little Zoala who might be playing in the Cricket World Cup one day. I also appreciated what Pyne has to say about women who don't do what's expected of them. I loved watching Aubrey at work as she tried to save everyone aboard the cargo ship. I loved Zoala. Those two caused me to break out in fist pumps more than once. And I loved the little twist at the end of Water Memory. Evidently, there's supposed to be a follow-up book in the "Aubrey Sentro series." As much as I enjoyed this story, I'm not interested in reading any further. Some characters are absolute perfection in one book and one book only. I think Aubrey Sentro is one of them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ✨ emma ✨ RiverReeds

    I have given this book a 2.5 star out of 5. The plot of this story is intriguing, and explores the risks to life, and dignity that is caused by modern-day pirates. Not the type with parrots on shoulders, but rather the type who have very real objectives relating to violence, theft, warfare, and the thrill of claiming power over others. I read the uncorrected proof copy of this book, as I was reading in advance of the publication date. The proposed cover of 'Water Memory' shows us a birds-eye view I have given this book a 2.5 star out of 5. The plot of this story is intriguing, and explores the risks to life, and dignity that is caused by modern-day pirates. Not the type with parrots on shoulders, but rather the type who have very real objectives relating to violence, theft, warfare, and the thrill of claiming power over others. I read the uncorrected proof copy of this book, as I was reading in advance of the publication date. The proposed cover of 'Water Memory' shows us a birds-eye view of the cargo ship that becomes seized by pirates. A great cover, and one that implies 'thriller'. There are few things that come to mind that would have seen me rate this book more highly. For example, the story tends to jump between scenes and story-lines that will eventually intersect per chapter. This makes the beginning moments of the book confusing, and I often found myself back-tracking what I had to make sense of where I was in the story. Perhaps it would have been easier to follow if prompted in the titles of the 'who' is providing us with their perspective/contribution to the story line per chapter. The movement between scenes can be an advantage for rapid context building, but takes longer than is likely intended to work out. Further to this, the naming patterns of the characters was a source of distraction for me. For example, our mother of the story, Aubrey Sentro, is often referred to by surname only, and then in other lines nearby, by her first name. I found that a little distracting, and as a reader, prefer the consistency of character names. With this said though, 'Water Memory' offers a reader a look into grief, the complexity of mother-daughter relationships, loneliness, hope, resilience and survival. As well as pirates. So you've got a big story in store! *I was kindly provided an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book by the publishing company, Thomas and Mercer through NetGalley. All views are entirely my own. Opinions are my own and are not reflective of either the views of the author, the publishing company or NetGalley.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Olona

    This is a place to review books not complain about the selections I am an avid reader, but don't normally leave reviews. In my opinion this was an excellent book. I raced through it wanting to know how Sentro was going to prevail. I found the language and writing style to be poetic; and since the protagonist has some problems with memory, I took that the style of writing was trying to convey how that might feel. I had no problem with suspension of disbelief and completely fell into a fast paced a This is a place to review books not complain about the selections I am an avid reader, but don't normally leave reviews. In my opinion this was an excellent book. I raced through it wanting to know how Sentro was going to prevail. I found the language and writing style to be poetic; and since the protagonist has some problems with memory, I took that the style of writing was trying to convey how that might feel. I had no problem with suspension of disbelief and completely fell into a fast paced and interesting story. I loved it. What I do not love ,John Judd, Randy, and your cohort, is your hijacking what is a site for book reviews to post your screed about wanting more male authors on First Reads. Not only do you one across as regrettably shrill, Randy states he has not even read the book; HD just wants an arena to voice his complaints. This is not that forum. I loved this book. I loved the characters, especially Sentro. I found humor around the villains; especially Castro and the scar faced tweaker. I loved their anger and dismay at being outfitted by Sentro. I loved the relationship between Zoala and Sentro. I was drawn in by the story and while I understand the writing style is not for.everyone, I would still highly recommend this book

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Water Memory Aubrey Sentro is a black ops specialist who has had concussion so many times she may be one concussion away from dying. When the cargo boat she is on is seized by pirates Aubrey decides to risk her life in order to help the crew and passengers. This is a brilliant read that races along at a great pace. Aubrey Sentro is a complex character who has been living a double life for quite a long while. Totally engrossing and highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    As is the case with good action movies across time, if you look too deep below the unique settings, the badass action sequences, and the epic cinematography, the foundation is full of holes. In this instance, Pyne uses Sentro's own traumatic brain injury / diagnosed memory problem to excuse it, giving her long stretches of clarity but almost any time someone asks her why she just kind of gets cagey and can't remember specifics. The problem is... This is a book, not an action movie. I could track As is the case with good action movies across time, if you look too deep below the unique settings, the badass action sequences, and the epic cinematography, the foundation is full of holes. In this instance, Pyne uses Sentro's own traumatic brain injury / diagnosed memory problem to excuse it, giving her long stretches of clarity but almost any time someone asks her why she just kind of gets cagey and can't remember specifics. The problem is... This is a book, not an action movie. I could track the cinematography of the scene, though pans and cuts and sweeping aerials, but even though we frequently inhabit the foggy head of our heroine, she remains almost a complete mystery. There was very little substance. A number of times, it felt like we were clawing at a barrier trying to get to something deeper and then we would be interrupted by a jump-cut or an action sequence or a flashback. As a reader, it frustrated me to no end because I wanted so much more than the book was giving me. If this was a movie, it would be phenomenal. But in a movie, you can get away with hand-wavey motivations that will be basically ignored if the stunts and technical details are on point. Alas, not a movie. {Thank you MBC and Amazon publishing for the review copy; all thoughts are my own}

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Tompkins

    I do not necessarily disagree with the things other reviewers are saying. I probably would have given this book 3 or 4 stars, but I'm trying to balance out some of the one-star reviews that I think are a tiny bit unfair. I think we walk into a book (or movie or song) with certain expectations and a book that doesn't meet those expectations might come across as discordant when it's really just unique. There are certain patterns, tropes, and conventions that this book just doesn't deliver. I'm oka I do not necessarily disagree with the things other reviewers are saying. I probably would have given this book 3 or 4 stars, but I'm trying to balance out some of the one-star reviews that I think are a tiny bit unfair. I think we walk into a book (or movie or song) with certain expectations and a book that doesn't meet those expectations might come across as discordant when it's really just unique. There are certain patterns, tropes, and conventions that this book just doesn't deliver. I'm okay with that though, because it delivers other things. I predict this will be a sleeper hit. It defies many of the conventions of its genre. Howver, it does not confront and interrogate those conventions but instead circumvents them and dismisses as irrelevant. For instance, we have a spy who has a romantic assignation during which the spy develops shallow but genuine feelings for the lover. Instead of any of the other acceptable ways this could have gone, the spy (without feelings of guilt) sacrifices the lover to a violent death within a minute of the action beginning without even *considering* attempting rescue. It's actually a great scene. But I think someone accustomed to certain patterns would have wanted something else to happen there, and maybe felt that something was missing. Some kind of rescue attempt or sense of responsibility or deep sadness or something. While I love those patterns too, this one gave me something else that I also value. I love it that this woman is so capable professionally and that she's got what amounts to a trophy husband. The only real weakness in the book as far as I'm concerned is that the characters and motivations of the main character's children, which is a major piece of the narrative, make no sense at all unless the reader accepts the premise that a woman owes a series of vague duties that add up to "mothering" to her kiddos. I don't accept that premise, so those plot points never rang true to me. Otherwise, though, the novel is compelling in the way it lays out motivations and choices. I hope this guy keeps writing. I think what he's done here is good and its still early times. The public might need a minute to let this one sink in.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Aubrey Sentro is taking a vacation cruise on a cargo ship. The ship Aubrey is traveling on is taken hostage in an area where holding ships for ransom is business as usual. But the pirates don’t realize Aubrey has a special ops background and won’t just go along with the plan. I enjoyed reading this book. The flashbacks to Aubrey’s childhood were a little disruptive and took me out of the action. The bad guys and all the corrupt authorities around them were disturbing in a good way. Aubrey’s kids Aubrey Sentro is taking a vacation cruise on a cargo ship. The ship Aubrey is traveling on is taken hostage in an area where holding ships for ransom is business as usual. But the pirates don’t realize Aubrey has a special ops background and won’t just go along with the plan. I enjoyed reading this book. The flashbacks to Aubrey’s childhood were a little disruptive and took me out of the action. The bad guys and all the corrupt authorities around them were disturbing in a good way. Aubrey’s kids were annoying and could have been left out of the action. The main part of the book was fun and entertaining. Overall this was a good book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Other than being the least thrilling thriller I've ever read, my biggest gripe with this book was the main character in no way shape or form felt like a real woman. She read as male. 100%. There are some very well written gender non-conforming women, but this isn't one of them. This was more like "freaky friday" let's swap the husband and wife's bodies. Overall, very blah. Other than being the least thrilling thriller I've ever read, my biggest gripe with this book was the main character in no way shape or form felt like a real woman. She read as male. 100%. There are some very well written gender non-conforming women, but this isn't one of them. This was more like "freaky friday" let's swap the husband and wife's bodies. Overall, very blah.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Kindle First - January 2021 A boring "thriller" that seemed to try a bit too hard Kindle First - January 2021 A boring "thriller" that seemed to try a bit too hard

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie Mccann

    I enjoyed reading the book but it jumps around a lot, which with my poor memory I sometimes found confusing - but it was to good effect generally.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mrs.J.C.Mooney

    It didn't thrill me! Odd, definitely odd. It's a book of several parts. OK, Good, Lost its way. Can't say I enjoyed it, felt it lost the plot several times and if I'm honest it lost me half way through. I'm amazed I even bothered to finish it and when I did I wondered why I bothered. It didn't thrill me! Odd, definitely odd. It's a book of several parts. OK, Good, Lost its way. Can't say I enjoyed it, felt it lost the plot several times and if I'm honest it lost me half way through. I'm amazed I even bothered to finish it and when I did I wondered why I bothered.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Page Turner

    Disappointing. Not very interesting.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tanis Blount

    The writing is tight and the story good. If you like spy/block ops novels this may be the book for you. I enjoyed the nuanced characters, flaws and strengths, fears and courage all on display.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kym Hamer

    This is a pacy & gripping read. I loved the unusual setting and the fantastic twist on the traditional spy-thriller protagonist - Aubrey Sentro is a woman to be reckoned with! A fast-paced 4 star rating.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Greaves

    167 pages in. And i just cannot go any further. There are so many inconsistencies, and things that just make no sense. Ths only reason I read as much as I did is that I really wanted to know what was going to happen with the main characters TBI. Guess now I will never know.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Some reviewers called this book a snooze fest. All I can say is read a bit further. Fascinating story about a black ops agent struggling to operate thru the maze of a brain befuddled by CTE and one too many wacks on the head. After about 1/3, I couldn’t put it down.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Corissa

    High seas, pirates, a few spies, and family bring this thriller to life! An excellent adventure! It was truly a thrill from beginning to end. The characters are exceptional, the action fit for a movie. The author has done an outstanding job in narrating Aubrey Sentro's life. Between the present and past a story evolves that leaves you energized and flipping the page. Enough twists and turns to make you feel like your on a roller coaster curious for the next stop. I hope this one is a series that High seas, pirates, a few spies, and family bring this thriller to life! An excellent adventure! It was truly a thrill from beginning to end. The characters are exceptional, the action fit for a movie. The author has done an outstanding job in narrating Aubrey Sentro's life. Between the present and past a story evolves that leaves you energized and flipping the page. Enough twists and turns to make you feel like your on a roller coaster curious for the next stop. I hope this one is a series that goes for a long while because I can't wait to come back to this reality.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tom - Reader of Books

    Wow. This is bad. And not in a good way, like watching Snakes on a Plane. I don’t like to give out 1 star reviews, it feels unfair especially when a book has clearly been reviewed by some as good enough to be published. But sometimes you come across something and wonder what everyone was thinking. Boring, tedious, dull. All applicable here. The writing is dreadful; the author is desperate to show how clever he is, either that or he really got a thesaurus and wants to show a family member he knows Wow. This is bad. And not in a good way, like watching Snakes on a Plane. I don’t like to give out 1 star reviews, it feels unfair especially when a book has clearly been reviewed by some as good enough to be published. But sometimes you come across something and wonder what everyone was thinking. Boring, tedious, dull. All applicable here. The writing is dreadful; the author is desperate to show how clever he is, either that or he really got a thesaurus and wants to show a family member he knows how to use it. The characters are bland, I didn’t care for any. And this not an espionage thriller as Amazon foolishly has it branded. It’s a lazy, lacklustre action story. Sorry, but I couldn’t find my liking and only finished it as I hate to give up on any book just in case the end makes up for it. Here, it didn’t. Avoid.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I picked this book as part of the Amazon First Reads series. I’m glad I did. I like action thrillers but one thing that’s always bugged me about them is that there’s little or no character development, which I suppose appeals to many men and some women, because it’s like those Die Hard movies; all action, little humanity. These guys (or gals) typically have near superhuman physical strength, highly delevloped martial arts skills, nerves of steel, lightening reflexes, and no emotions. It beggars I picked this book as part of the Amazon First Reads series. I’m glad I did. I like action thrillers but one thing that’s always bugged me about them is that there’s little or no character development, which I suppose appeals to many men and some women, because it’s like those Die Hard movies; all action, little humanity. These guys (or gals) typically have near superhuman physical strength, highly delevloped martial arts skills, nerves of steel, lightening reflexes, and no emotions. It beggars belief. I mean, cmon, do these guys ever stop to go to the bathroom, eat, or sleep? And because they’re superhuman, the reader doesn’t need to exert any effort to delve into their characters, because they’re superficial. This book features a woman action hero, an unusual choice. Like all action heroes, she has highly developed physical, intellectual and martial arts skills, but is also a wife, and mother of 2 children, all of whom have been neglected and abandoned because she’s put her career ahead of them, time and again. This leaves her conflicted, regretful, and sometimes ashamed of her choices. The book starts with her suffering a memory lapse in the middle of an asset retrieval that causes the op to go south. A subsequent visit with a neurologist reveals that she suffers from CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy from repeated head injury during her career. She tries to hide it, but during an ops debrief, her superiors suggest a leave of absence. She embarks upon a cruise on a freighter which is subsequently hijacked and mayhem ensues, forcing her to fall back on her skills while dealing with her memory lapses and neurologic disability. She is now the flawed hero, and we can relate to her disability and frailty, because, there but for fortune, go us. Aubrey’s struggle with the conflict of marriage, motherhood, and career speaks to every woman. Her struggle with illness brings to light the very real issue of chronic head injury, it’s causes and effects, and the emotional pain of disability that speaks to all of us. As a physician, I applaud the author for shining the light on this malady because too many of our children, our athletes, and our soldiers suffer from it. Ignore the negative reviews. This one’s a keeper.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read ten chapters which consisted of 71 pages. The prologue seemed promising with action, there hasn't been any action since. Instead this is what I know: — Aubrey's job has lead to her being hit in the head too many times which is effecting her memory — Aubrey has kids that started with a teenage pregnancy — Aubrey was married to her kids father — Aubrey always picked the job over her family (I don't know if I'm supposed to judge her for this or applaud her for doing what she's had to do) — Aubrey I read ten chapters which consisted of 71 pages. The prologue seemed promising with action, there hasn't been any action since. Instead this is what I know: — Aubrey's job has lead to her being hit in the head too many times which is effecting her memory — Aubrey has kids that started with a teenage pregnancy — Aubrey was married to her kids father — Aubrey always picked the job over her family (I don't know if I'm supposed to judge her for this or applaud her for doing what she's had to do) — Aubrey tutors young children — Aubrey is good at her job There were chapters that were in the POV of Aubrey's children and I don't know why. They didn't seem necessary to what is expected of the story based on the summary — Aubrey's son: has his life together. At least that is my guess. I know more about his ex-girlfriend than him, including things about her sex life (a particular passage that made me cringe because what was the point of it to the overall story?) — Aubrey's daughter: is a moody stoner, got a tattoo while drunk, and got back at the creepy Amazon delivery guy (which I do give her kudos for) The author goes too hard on descriptors, things such as: — Low-slung, stone-and-glass buildings rise like oversize tombstones from an undulating terrain of wee-fed bluegrass under the standard well-pruned arboreal canopy. — thunderclouds piled like soft serve, tumbleweeds the size of longhorns, a wafer-thin air freshener in the shape of a rose — She feels like a hot West Texas wind buffeting her face —Lush green islets dawn from an azure sea. — Rocky emerald atolls dot translucent seas overhung by a quicksilver romance-novel mist. — Lush green, lumpy islets punch through galssine azure seas. Haloed by a silvery romance-novel mist. Yes, a couple of those lines repeat. I don't know why. If that's what works for that author, then that's good for the author, but it is all distracting. Aubrey is heading off to a vacation now. I guess this is where the story is supposed to pickup, but I don't want to force myself to read something I've lost interest in. Maybe I'll give it another try later.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul T Rowley

    I found that at the end of the first chapter I had that 'oh no, this isn't going to end well' feeling but I do so hate leaving a book unfinished, so I persevered but I cannot say that I have felt the effort worthwhile. Daniel seems to have drunk deep from the 'list of heroic things hero Americans can do' well and rarely have I read a book with so many 'additions' shoe-horned into a plot. Mother, Special Agent, wife, lover, private agent, unsung hero, part-time lesbian, physical iron woman, though I found that at the end of the first chapter I had that 'oh no, this isn't going to end well' feeling but I do so hate leaving a book unfinished, so I persevered but I cannot say that I have felt the effort worthwhile. Daniel seems to have drunk deep from the 'list of heroic things hero Americans can do' well and rarely have I read a book with so many 'additions' shoe-horned into a plot. Mother, Special Agent, wife, lover, private agent, unsung hero, part-time lesbian, physical iron woman, though suffering from repetitive concussion memory failure - all this and more. Similarly, many referrals to the thesaurus to add in weird words (or perhaps just American bastardisations) that seemed to disrupt sentences and make for lumpy reading. The Oxford English dictionary explains 'carets' as a mark (‸, ⁁) placed below the line to indicate a proposed insertion in a text. What white ones were doing on a ship was unclear and preyed on my mind in case I had missed something key to the plot - but then I realised there were so many things that were irrelevant to the plot I lost interest. The numerous scrapes the heroine escapes from, and despite a dislocated shoulder - an injury that can keep a rugby prop forward laid out for weeks - carries on her deeds of derring-do as she chases down her enemies, without food or drink or medical attention and without a change of clothes!! Sadly it left the realms of even vaguely reasonable and was into X-Men territory. There was even a weird conversation at the end between her dope-smoking daughter and her lesbian seducer in Casablanca that was sleep inducing in its randomness. And despite her beaten state and the repeated droning on about not being able to remember her arse from her elbow, is ready for another adventure. I'll have to pass on that one - I can't really face anymore of her forgetting Arthur from Martha and stumbling to heroic success!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    A deep, dark thriller that is full of tension, action and so much more! Aubrey Sentro has been in black ops long enough to receive multiple concussions on her missions that her memory is now affected. During a much-needed vacation on a cargo ship, not the most likely form of transportation, pirates board and take the passengers hostage. Aubrey lets her training take over and escapes her captors, taking out a few in the process; but while she eludes the pirates, her memory of what to do in these t A deep, dark thriller that is full of tension, action and so much more! Aubrey Sentro has been in black ops long enough to receive multiple concussions on her missions that her memory is now affected. During a much-needed vacation on a cargo ship, not the most likely form of transportation, pirates board and take the passengers hostage. Aubrey lets her training take over and escapes her captors, taking out a few in the process; but while she eludes the pirates, her memory of what to do in these types of situations fails her. With her memory lapses happening more frequently and becoming more severe, she fears these symptoms of serial concussion syndrome might mean the end for her. Aubrey Sentro is not a character to mess with. Even with her memory issues she is one hard core woman that is bound and determined to make it through the other side and be better, for her children and herself. The family dynamics throughout this is what sold me on this story. There were times throughout that I felt a little disconnected to what was happening but the way Pyne brought it all back around to Aubrey and her children made me stick with it to the end, which was very satisfying. A female black ops specialist is a great protagonist and while this is a tight story, it isn’t as top notch as Jason Pinter’s writing or Robert Dugoni. I love a great thriller and enjoyed this story, but it isn’t one that can be breezed through as readers will have to pay close attention to follow the different threads of the story. The writing not as fast paced as I would have liked but as previously stated, the family dynamic is what sold me and I think readers will enjoy that aspect of the story. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steven Mastroyin

    I really liked about half of this book, and then didn't really care about the other half. The good is that the entire set-up is pretty fun, I like the main premise of the plot, and the action is good for about 90% of the book. What I didn't like was the backstory on this character which takes up too much of the book and serves to completely stop the narrative over and over. I understand the idea of using these types of things to build and enhance suspense within the main throughline of the story I really liked about half of this book, and then didn't really care about the other half. The good is that the entire set-up is pretty fun, I like the main premise of the plot, and the action is good for about 90% of the book. What I didn't like was the backstory on this character which takes up too much of the book and serves to completely stop the narrative over and over. I understand the idea of using these types of things to build and enhance suspense within the main throughline of the story but I have to be completely honest, after a certain point I just skimmed them. I don't want to spoil much in this book but I also found one of the leads into the climax to be both boring and unbelievable and while I would have had this as a four star read until the point where all the items come together despite hating the way this one certain thing was coming together, the way things end up coming together in the climax, and then what I consider an unnecessary epilogue (which goes on for 5 chapters, this isn't Lord of the Rings man, we don't care enough about these people) dropped it to three. Again, as a pretty standard disclaimer on thrillers - I always choose these kinds of books out of my Firstreads free books because I prefer this type of thing to the other offerings (usually romance or romance disguised as historical fiction but is really just more breathy romance) and I wouldn't go out of my way to read them otherwise - and frankly all the reveals in the third act (which seem typical of genre) are what end up lowering my opinion. I find it is rare that these actually grab my attention in a useful way, although once in a while I do find something I like and read more of. If thrillers are your thing generally, you will probably enjoy this.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    Excellent thriller, not to be missed Would you take a vacation on a cargo ship? On purpose? Aubrey Sentro has been a covert agent all her children's lives. She is the family bread winner and her husband the stay at home dad. Her children are resentful of their motherʼs choices of her job over them as they grew up. She has what could be permanent memory loss. Facing a forced vacation, her neighbor comes up with a perfect idea. “It’s just, like, seven or eight other passengers. There’s private cabin Excellent thriller, not to be missed Would you take a vacation on a cargo ship? On purpose? Aubrey Sentro has been a covert agent all her children's lives. She is the family bread winner and her husband the stay at home dad. Her children are resentful of their motherʼs choices of her job over them as they grew up. She has what could be permanent memory loss. Facing a forced vacation, her neighbor comes up with a perfect idea. “It’s just, like, seven or eight other passengers. There’s private cabins and a library of movies and pulp novels and a chef that cooks for you and the crew. And there’s mostly the sea and the sky and the roll of the ocean for however many days,”... To some, the idea of being on a cargo ship is horrifying. Aubrey jumps at the chance. This is something sheʼs never done, as far as she remembers. A vacation. Unfortunately there are so-called pirates in the area. The crew, the other passengers, all depending on her. Despite the pirates being young and untrained, she is against an unknown number. If not for her muscle memory, the pirates will overcome her. When the gang changes the rules of engagement, Aubrey realizes she too must change the rules. The gloves are off. Aubrey is a sympathetic protagonist, despite her background of doing what no one else will do. She loves The major antagonist has the anger of a man thrashed by a woman, temporarily, and is sometimes over the top. A red-faced three year old in full tantrum. Putting these two together is a mesmerizing page turner. Don’t make the mistake of sitting down to read for just an hour. Next thing you'll realize is you've read a lot longer than an hour.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Aubrey Sentro is a badass black-ops specialist who's mind seems to be betraying her. After a few too many concussions it seems she's developed persistent post-concussion syndrome causing lost memories, mood swings, headaches and aural distortions. Her children have no clue what their mom actually does, they only know she wasn't around much and dad was the one doing the parenting. Suffice to say, their relationships are a little strained. Both kids know somethings going on with their mothers ment Aubrey Sentro is a badass black-ops specialist who's mind seems to be betraying her. After a few too many concussions it seems she's developed persistent post-concussion syndrome causing lost memories, mood swings, headaches and aural distortions. Her children have no clue what their mom actually does, they only know she wasn't around much and dad was the one doing the parenting. Suffice to say, their relationships are a little strained. Both kids know somethings going on with their mothers mental status but Aubrey is so secretive they have no idea what's really going on or why. Aubrey ends up going on vacation (not really her choice but hey, it's time off) on a cruise ship that gets high jacked. But lucky for her (not so lucky for the pirates taking over the ship) she's trained for these types of scenarios and won't just go along with their plan. I had a hard time in the beginning (there's a lot of set up and back story) but once you get past that the story starts moving faster and I was sucked in. I really enjoyed that the author went with the mother being the bad ass spy saving people's lives instead of the reverse. It was different, in a good way. I really think this book would make a fantastic action movie. I did receive an advanced copy of this book from MBC (thanks guys!) But the opinions are all my own. Water memory will be released on February 1st and I definitely think if you're a fan of bad ass female main characters, spies, and espionage you'll love this book!

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