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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Soldier Hero Thief by NS Austin is a military thriller that reads like a memoir. It has been seven years since Marnie Wilson returned from Iraq, suffering from PTSD, with a medal for valor, priceless jewels and a dark secret. All she wants is to live an ordinary normal life, away from prying eyes. But she is haunted by her past and life could be a living hell if her dog, Buck, wasn’t the kind of companion that takes her mind off the trauma. But when she notices a van that follows her home, she knows the nightmare could be back again. She is being followed and she finds out she is an FBI target as well. Now, her combative instincts come alive and she has to face the fight head-on this time, or be destroyed forever.
I love stories with different layers and complex characters. NS Austin’s narrative is realistic, allowing readers to understand the psychological impact of the experience of war. Marnie Wilson is a complex character — humanly and genuinely flawed — and her reaction to her past military experience comes across as normal and natural. The narrative is expertly done, with writing that is crisp and that brings into the minds of readers powerful images of the setting and the experience of war. The psychological depth of the narrative is commendable. Soldier Hero Thief features a protagonist that readers will love and, from the moment they meet her, they want to know what will happen to her and how she’ll handle her trauma. Soldier Hero Thief is balanced, intense, and riveting.