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September 25, 2013

SEQUEL TO ANNIE: The Secret by Ron Mahaffey


Ron Mahaffey
Sequel to Annie: The Secret
Published August 29th 2013 by Outskirts Press 
(from Goodreads)
Annie's deep desire to learn the facts about her father's past may have unknowingly placed her and Cody's life in danger. Cody realizes that Annie has a strong desire to learn about her father's past and encourages her to confront him immediately about it. Twenty five minutes later Annie's mother hears a knock on the door and in walks Annie and Cody. Annie faces her father and asks "Dad, what kind of a job do you have that requires you to go to Washington D.C. and who is Sam? Jim Wilson had been waiting twenty years for her to ask him that question and now she has. He looks at his wife, to whom he has been married for nearly thirty years and smiles. Mary returned his smile and said "Jim, it looks like the time we had been dreading has finally come." Jim reaches over and takes Annie's hand. He looks sincerely into her beautiful blue eyes and replies "Sweetheart what I am about to tell you must never go beyond this room and what you are about to learn may also put your life as well as Cody's in danger. Both of you need to know what I am about to tell you so that you'll always be alert of your surroundings. This is not to scare you but to make you always watch for anything that doesn't seem right." Annie looked over at Cody and knew that as long as they were together, the strong love they had for each other would be their strength. "Tell us Dad, whatever it is we can handle it." Jim looked at Mary and smiled "The trouble all started thirty years and six months ago today
The first book, ANNIE,  left off with the elusive "Sam" and other men that had searched for Cody. On the first couple of pages, the author did a good job of putting together the important facts of Book 1, ANNIE  so that those that haven't read Annie will have some idea what is going on.  I felt this was a good way to start the book. In so many sequels, you have no background info so you can be totally confused as to what is going on.
 THE SECRET Book 2 Annie and Cody search for answers to questions they have about these men. They go to Annie's parents and find out the whole story.  Cody's parents are included also. They didn't have any idea they might be in trouble by finding these things out.The story is built around Annie's father revealing who he works for and information about Cody's parents.  Maybe they didn't die in the accident. He tells his daughter that the information isn't to hurt Annie but to make her aware of her surroundings.  Cody and her are both in trouble. The author ends the book with the idea  for the readers that there may be another book.  

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of SEQUEL TO ANNIE: The Secret from the author, Ron Mahaffey for my honest view.
For the past 42 years, Ron Mahaffey has worked around the United States and in a few foreign countries in the nuclear power and gas turbine industry. He is currently working on the third book in the series about Annie, Cody, and their families. 
Ron Mahaffey served from 1967 to 1969 with the US Army. During 1968, at the peak of the Vietnam War, he personally experienced its challenges and personal losses. Although he met the love of his life in his last year of high school, his desire to serve as a combat soldier spurred him to volunteer for the draft in June of 1967. When he was honorably discharged in July 1969, he married his high school sweetheart, and they will celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary in August 2013. They have three children: a teacher, an electrical engineer, and a journalist.

ANNIE,  Book One

1 comment:

Ron Mahaffey said...

Thank you Gayle for your review of my book. I feel you have a talent for explaining what the writer is trying to say and explaining it clearly. I hope people who read my books will enjoy them.