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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
In terms of genre, Amazon Moon was an interesting blend of thriller, pseudo-memoir, and a drop of sci-fi all mixed together to create something unique. After years of conflicts and other various scrapes with the law, John Alvarez has been given a choice. He can go to jail or join the Marines. Still clinging to freedom, he joins the Marines and becomes part of a family of brothers.
The book really details what it's like to grow up as a troubled "bad-boy" and in finding your place somewhere unexpected. The betrayal and vengeance that John feels after he and his men are captured/killed was heartbreaking and powerful. I do wish I could have experienced a little bit more of John Alvarez' past so that I could understand him better.
Glenn Starkey's writing style is heavy on the visuals. I was impressed by his descriptions and lush Amazonian imagery, but even more impressed by his knack for taking the story and moving you through it seamlessly so that you feel as though you are a part of it. There's no putting this book down to find something more interesting. While the genre might not be everyone's usual order, it will keep readers engaged through a great combination of classical storytelling and careful descriptions that range from stark and imposing to lush and mysterious. Amazon Moon is a great read for anyone looking for a fascinating escape from the real world, but who is still looking for depth and an intriguing story.