Title:  Marie Cadieux and the Fever Coast

Author: David Gennard

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Self Published

The Blurb

“They don’t call it the fever coast for nothing. People go there, and they die.”— Marie Cadieux

Artist. Saboteur. Spy. Meet Marie Cadieux.

1889. Marie Cadieux has grown accustomed to life as an artist in Parisian high society. But the U.S. government expects more from their sleeper agent. They want the Panama Canal.

When a murder leads to plans capable of saving the flawed canal construction, Marie’s status changes to active.

Now, her only chance of freedom from a life of spying lies in the jungle on the other side of the world. Can Marie sabotage the building of the Panama Canal and evade two rival detectives seeking justice? Maybe… But only if she can survive, The Fever Coast.

The Review

Full disclosure, I have known the author – David Gennard – for 20 years and throughout that time he has sent me his writing and I have read and enjoyed it. However, it wasn’t until he had completed Marie Cadieux and the Fever Coast that I knew anything about it. I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy and grateful with David to trust me with his work.

Now came the hard part – with reading the work of a friend comes responsibility. I needed to be fair in my review but equally I didn’t want to ruin a friendship. I needn’t have worried because The Fever Coast is an absolute romp of a story.

Marie Cadieux and the Fever Coast could be described as many things as it lands firmly within many genres but if I had to pick two then I would say it is a historical adventure story which has a strong female protagonist – Marie Cadieux – kicking some serious ass.

Marie Cadieux has a secret. Marie Cadieux is undercover and spying on intimidating men who underestimate women. Marie Cadieux is about to show these men just how powerful a woman can be. With instructions from the American government, Marie Cadieux must embark on a Death defying adventure to gain her freedom – however she soon learns that freedom can often come with a hefty price.

I genuinely enjoyed this book. Admittedly historical adventure novels are not usually my first choice of a read (and to be honest If I didn’t know the author I probably wouldn’t have picked it up) but this one had me captivated. I loved Marie Cadieux. She was strong, self-reliant and not afraid of allowing her heart to rule her head. She was flawed but it made her all the more powerful. The cast of characters that helped tell her story were well fleshed out and I felt like no one was “throw away”.

There were a few scenes that felt very visceral and if you are squeamish you may find difficult to read but the good thing about them is that they never underplay the moment, Gennard does not underestimate his reader.

The sweeping story has you go from the sparkling lights of Paris to deep in the jungle and you feel each change and beat. Along with Marie, I felt the heat of the jungle and the panic of the chase. I love it when a writer can give you that feeling and I felt it with Marie Cadieux and the Fever Coast. It reads like a movie.

Look, you can say that I am only saying this because I (humble brag) know David Gennard. However, having reviewed thousands of books over the past 10 years I can only promise that If I don’t like a book I don’t read it and I certainly don’t review it. Still don’t believe me? Then read it for yourself, it is a great escapist novel that I know you will enjoy.

Marie Cadieux and the Fever Coast by David Gennard is available now.

For more information regarding David Gennard (@david_gennard) please visit www.davidgennardauthor.com.

Title: The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983 – 1992

Author: Tina Brown

Pages: 448 Pages

Publisher: Orion

The Blurb

The sizzling diaries of Tina Brown’s eight spectacular years as editor in chief of Vanity Fair paint a riveting portrait of the flash, dash and follies of the Eighties in New York and Hollywood.

The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her twenties who arrives in Manhattan on a mission. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast’s troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet’s slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant scepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine.

Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions: the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. In the diary’s cinematic pages, the drama, comedy and struggle of running an ‘it’ magazine come to life. Brown’s Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman’s journey, of making a home in a new country and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son and their daughter.

Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown’s The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman’s life in a glittering era.

The Review

The Vanity Fair Diaries is, at once, a deeply personal account of a period of time as well as a cultural document more fascinating than any history book you may read.

In her fascinating diaries, Tina Brown gives the reader a sneak-peak into the world of celebrity and news journalism. We see the cutthroat attitude towards women in the media and the battle that pioneering writers took on to make sure that they held their place in a male dominated environment.

Beyond that, we have Brown’s personal life held on display for us to see the worlds as they run parallel. What is interesting to think about is whether or not Tina Brown did use total disclosure when sharing her diaries with the world. If not, imagine the saucy secrets those books still hold.

The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983 – 1992 by Tina Brown is available now.

For more information regarding Tina Brown (@TinaBrownLM) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Orion (@orionbooks) please visit www.orionbooks.co.uk.