Crisply written and brilliantly executed… An edge-of-your-seat kind of thriller series.
Set in the late 1960s, Freda’s fast-paced, captivating action thriller series vividly combines romance and action to build a story steeped in intrigue. For the lovely nineteen-year-old Samantha Powers and the young soldier James Coppi, the spark flies at once after they meet in the Country Honky Tonk in Colorado Springs. But Samantha is pregnant with someone else’s child, and James is all set to go to Vietnam to join the war. Will the couple separate forever or unite after James returns from Vietnam? Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the second installment sees James and Sam get entangled in a high-profile kidnapping case after two dangerous criminals kidnap the lovely fourteen-year-old Penelope Campos. In the third installment, the story takes place some seven years later, with Sam and James married and the owners of a successful private business and a vast Colorado ranch. When family friends’ only son is found murdered on the streets of Washington DC, Sam and James step in to investigate the case, unaware a sinister conspiracy is going to upturn their own lives. In the fourth installment, James finds himself face to face in a dangerous situation after a group of armed terrorists attacks the First Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, with an intention to carry out a mass massacre. Freda’s deft touch brilliantly portrays his characters’ fears, insecurities, apprehensions, and hopes as he touches on the relevant themes of marriage, family ties, evolving relationships, friendship, regrets, loss, grief, and trauma. Along the way, he explores teenage sexual abuse, gender and racial discrimination of the era, PTSD, political conspiracies, and global terrorism. James, with his sharp intellect, competence, and reflective nature makes for a memorable protagonist. His ability to look into odd situations with clarity and perception makes him all the more endearing as a private eye. Sam is a thorough darling. Her candor, fiercely driven nature, and innate stubbornness make it impossible for the reader not to root for her. Her relationship with James is realistic, and their sizzling sex scenes will keep romance lovers invested. The couple’s relationship keeps on evolving, but action and thrill remain at the heart of the series. Freda seamlessly juggles various plot twists, efficiently tying all the loose ends and bringing each mystery to a satisfying close. The realistic portrayal of military life (Freda borrows from his own memories of Vietnam War), the intriguing political conspiracies, intricate young adult drama, and relationship upheavals add to depth and substance while the sharp dialogue, fast-paced action, and expert pacing keep the pages flying. Each book in the series is pretty much a stand-alone, but reading the series in order will be beneficial, considering Sam and James’s relationship keeps evolving and there are continuous developments in their life as a couple. The ongoing ups and downs of the characters’ lives, the multifaceted plotting, and the way Freda’s adept storytelling effectively blends individual struggles with universal concerns the series a must-read.
Sam and James Series
By A A Freda
A Police Action
Price $16.99 (USD) Paperback, $15.79 Hardcover, $3.29 Kindle edition
Sam and James: The Missing Teen
Price $13.00 (USD) Paperback, $17.07 Hardcover, $2.99 Kindle edition
Sam and James: A Test of Will
Price $20.99 (USD) Paperback, $31.99 Hardcover, $2.99 Kindle edition
Qisas: Another Thriller in the Sam and James Series
Price $39.28 (USD) Hardcover, $24.87 Paperback