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The Cruelty
by Scott Bergstrom


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When Gwendolyn Bloom s father vanishes, she sets off on a journey she never bargained for. Traveling under a new identity in a world of assassins, spies, and criminal masterminds, she uncovers a disturbing truth. To bring her father back alive, she must become every bit as cruel as the men holding him captive.  Read more...


 
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Overview

When Gwendolyn Bloom s father vanishes, she sets off on a journey she never bargained for. Traveling under a new identity in a world of assassins, spies, and criminal masterminds, she uncovers a disturbing truth. To bring her father back alive, she must become every bit as cruel as the men holding him captive.

"Taken" meets "The" "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Bourne Identity "in this action-packed debut thriller (optioned for film by Jerry Bruckheimer) from Scott Bergstrom."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781250108180
  • ISBN-10: 1250108187
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 384
  • Reading Level: Ages 17-18
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.32 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-11-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Liam Neesons 2008 film Taken concerned a spy who engages in mass mayhem while attempting to recover his kidnapped daughter. Bergstrom reverses this plot in his violent, well-crafted first novel. Seventeen-year-old gymnast Gwendolyn Bloom doesnt learn that her father is a genuine spyand not merely an overworked State Department employeeuntil after he is kidnapped by international gangsters, and the CIA makes little attempt to recover him. Vowing to find her father, Gwen heads for Europe, where she is intercepted by a tough Israeli agent who trains her in Krav Maga and spycraft. The seedy, back-alley Europe that Gwen moves through comes alive as she traces her father to Prague and gains employment with his murderous captors. Its a premise that demands a degree of suspended disbelief, but Bergstrom manages Gwens transformation from high school student to assassin believably enough, and he doesnt avoid the toll Gwens actions take on her. Not for the weak of heart, this is a grim, fast-paced tale that stands knee-deep in dead bodies. Ages 17up. Agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. (Feb.)

 
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