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Jaspar's War
by Cym Lowell
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Rosemary Beach, 2014 (2014)
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*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Jaspar Moranís husband Trevor, Secretary of the Treasury, has been reported killed in a government plane crash in the Arctic. Up to this point in their lives, Jaspar, Trevor, and their two children, Theo and Chrissy, were living the good life with everything they wanted. A very wealthy lifestyle.

Suddenly, Jaspar has lost her husband, who was under a cloud for using his position to increase their already hefty bank accounts. Then Theo and Chrissy are kidnapped. Jaspar, at wit's end, is captured. News of her death hits the media.

Really, Jaspar is taken to a remote spot to learn all she might need to know to save her own life. Several months are spent getting her into top-notch physical shape as well as teaching her to attack or defend herself. An Aboriginal from Australia, Nul, and his incredible dog Alice, become a part of her life. A very big part. Wouldn't mind having a dog like Alice myself. She is not only an attack dog but also a guard dog capable of great sensitivity.

The plot moves on to incredible feats of strength and daring. Nul and Jaspar might hurt for a while afterwards, but they surprisingly survive.

The plot of Jaspar's War by Cy Lovell is a good one, even though some of the exploits are beyond the realm of possibility. But the characters are a little too unbelievable. And the preponderance of typos and missing words is very distracting. I hate to say I really did not enjoy this book. But I do feel a rewrite or two might rescue this effort.

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