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July 6, 2013

HIDING IN SUNSHINE by John & Caitlin Stuart

HIDING IN SUNSHINE                                                             4.5  STARS
by John & Caitlin Stuart


This could happen to anyone.

Living lives of quiet affluence in a historic suburban Boston town, Gavin and Lisa Brinkley had no idea how quickly and decisively their lives, and those of their two young daughters, could be upended. A series of events—a mysterious break-in at their home, some menacing tailgating on the highway from Boston, a startling visit from an F.B.I. agent warning of an imminent kidnapping attempt—leads to the family’s abrupt uprooting from its comfortable existence into a terrifying new existence on the run, under new identities.
This taut thriller by a father-daughter team follows the eleven-year odyssey of an American family on the run, hiding through the mountain states of the American west, where survival skills and living off the grid are paramount, but so are friendship and cooperation and resilience.
A compelling story of suspense and treachery, HIDING IN SUNSHINE is also a celebration of a family’s abiding love and courage—and a young girl’s faith in the triumph of the truth

 This was a very enjoyable book.  It was written by a father-daughter combination.  The book is very easy to read and it makes you stop and think.  The country's financial institutions are being cyber-attacked and is making quite an impact.  There is a financial war going on and the authors show its impact on the confidences placed on just the basic institutions.  The book opens your eyes to the real world we are living in.  The story is about a family and what happens when identity theft hits. they were on their own with no one to be on their side.  They pulled their boot straps up and fought to regain their lives.

Cyber crime is evil.  There is so much data out there, personal stuff, government docs and more.  What if the wrong people get hold of it?  Those you think are your friends and you can trust, are they really? Or are they enemies? Gavin and Lisa Brinkley are among the rich, well earned, but rich.  He is a genius in computers.  Now himself and some of his co workers have been targeted by a terrorist group.  Gavin and his family go into a protection program and go on the lam.  They find themselves running again when a leak in the FBI happens.  They are now living and losing themselves in Rural America, surviving by shear guts and brains.  They hide for 11 years and then the terrorists bring the country down..

The story is fast paced, interesting, edge of seat reading at times, humor at times, love and I could go on.  Emotions in this action filled book are everywhere.  Another thing I liked is that the author did a wonderful job of giving each character their own personalities, along with their bad points.  the book was entirely believable.  It does make you stop and wonder.  What if this would happen to me?  I would recommend this book to everyone.  It is a great read.  I would like more from this father-daughter writing team.  Good work!

I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from NetGalley on behalf of the author and the publisher for this unbiased review.

I would give this book 4.5 STARS.

About the Authors;
Hiding in Sunshine is the work of a father and daughter duo who reside in the immediate area where these fictional events transpire.
John Stuart is a successful high tech entrepreneur. Caitlin Stuart is a student and an aspiring writer with a lifelong love of reading and telling stories.
This is their first co-authored novel–and is proof that a teenager and her dad can indeed collaborate amicably and productively!

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