Reviews for Almost Home
Truckee Gal chapter 15 . 2/20
Agree with your decision, Lee, to stay partnered with the best you've ever had and, simultaneously, work with the love of your life. It's a marvelous gift to be able to watch the changes in Amanda as your baby develops and get to feel it kick. With Dotty, Phillip and Jamie needing time and attention at home, you'll have some one-on-one time with Amanda in the Q Bureau to balance it out.

Yes, I am often compelled to talk directly to the characters while reviewing. It's a compliment because you've successfully pulled me right into your story. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read!

NOTE TO AUTHOR: Beyond your obvious story telling talent in "Almost Home," I also want to commend you for your attention to detail in the basics (grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, spacing, spelling and vocabulary) that are often overlooked. Your skill in that aspect means that a mood you were creating was never ruined and there were no confusing parts that took me right out of the story. It's a shame you had only two S&MK stories to tell, yet I'm glad you posted them here.
Truckee Gal chapter 14 . 2/19
Too funny that Billy Melrose secretly calls Dotty West, "the petite powerhouse of nervous energy."

Jamie took such a foolhardy risk bicycling all alone along busy streets at dusk. He's basking in Lee's praise now, but Amanda will not be pleased he broke every safety rule.
Truckee Gal chapter 13 . 2/19
Uh oh, Chapter 13 appears to be living up to its unlucky number!
Truckee Gal chapter 12 . 2/19
U.S. State Department's Douglas Conner and The Agency's Francine Desmond, as two mockingbirds of a feather, oh my do they belong together!
Truckee Gal chapter 11 . 2/19
The unmitigated nerve of those incompetent cretins at INR is astonishing!
Billy: "The INR wants Amanda on their inter-Agency TAC team set to recover Galen Pratt and possible classified documents in his possession."

H-E-L-L-O aren't these same INR cowards, who sent Lee on a supposedly safe, simple drop where: (1) a man was shot to death, (2) a building was bombed into rubble, (3) an Agent was drugged and tortured by the KGB, then (4) said Agent was bound and dropped in a remote reservoir to drown. Now they want Amanda? Uh uh Billy, you tell those INR wimps to grow a pair, man up and take care of their own business with their own people or close the place down.
Truckee Gal chapter 10 . 2/19
Francine did a bang up job coordinating the search and rescue, while Billy barked orders and generally kept Amanda from wandering off on her own S.A.R. Then, they spotted something in the water ...
Truckee Gal chapter 9 . 2/19
Good grief, talk ... talk ... talk! Would they EVER leave The Agency and start searching?
Truckee Gal chapter 8 . 2/19
Tied to a cot in the dark, having refused a deal, he knew the end would come soon and his thoughts turned to his wife and their new life. This is so perfect about the day he began the rest of his life: "... he found himself faced with an inexhaustible source of endless fascination far too compelling to ignore."

Hurry and find him, please Amanda, he's run out of time!
Truckee Gal chapter 7 . 2/19
Getting information from Carolyn Pratt was like pulling teeth, but it was the low-level KGB operative, who gave Amanda what she really needed. Hopefully!

Francine learned a lesson, which is all well and good, but what about Lee?
Truckee Gal chapter 6 . 2/19
So Carolyn's nickname for her brother Galen is "Lenny." That helps, but the significant clues Amanda needs are coming achingly slow. The Soviet split among themselves now has at least two separate sinister agendas in play. Amanda was right to leave a trail by telling Dotty where she went and why so she, too, doesn't just disappear without a trace. She is again right in phoning Francine for backup and, again, someone has knowledge where she went.

Lee is still being held in an unknown location. Speed is of the essence!
Truckee Gal chapter 5 . 2/19
Scared for Lee since he isn't who the Soviet thugs thought they nabbed. That usually means that he's expendable. Don't like that, but don't like the thought of him being injected with drugs either.

Amanda's more upfront with Dotty and the boys than expected. Now what's Carolyn up to with that midnight summons? Be careful, Amanda, it could be a trap. Please don't go alone, but who can you ask? Guess that's why you're meeting in a neutral, public place, huh?
Truckee Gal chapter 4 . 2/19
Francine can be incredibly fatalistic, but Amanda won't give up on finding Lee. So Francine better get with the Amanda program or get her sorry self out of the way!

That Carolyn Pratt, she must be the same girl Lee met just before being set upon. Set upon by her brother Galen Pratt perhaps? Maybe not, because she yelled something along the lines of, "Lenny the ambulance is here." At least Amanda has something to work on.
Truckee Gal chapter 3 . 2/19
What a morning! Amanda must be in shock. Relieved she still had her wits under sufficient control to choose wisely so she's in on the hunt. Chilled to the bone over this!
Truckee Gal chapter 2 . 2/19
It was a set up and Billy Melrose, who obviously failed to properly vet his INR contact, sent him walking right into it. Thus took a wrong turn so fast, my mind is reeling! There goes the job interview, there goes their renewal of vows, good grief it better not be there goes his life.
Truckee Gal chapter 1 . 2/19
The scene is set and the action-suspense-tension is on the rise. Solid start to your story!
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