Masterfully crafted by David Marshall Hunt, ‘Flower Girl’ forms part one of the compelling new ‘Burton Family Mystery’ series, inspired by the author’s passion for melding cultures and legends from dozens of countries around the world. In this first volume, a father and daughter assassin duo defies convention and their own allegiances as they travel from the USA to South Korea for the ‘hit’ of a lifetime. But interests collide, throwing readers into a tumultuous cocktail of love, excitement and near-death.
Hattiesburg, MS -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/03/2015 -- While most authors construct fiction to give their audience nothing but a quick thrill, David Marshall Hunt's experiences living on three continents foster a bolder goal – to immerse readers in cultures they will likely never experience and leave them questioning everything they thought they knew about them.
Hunt's latest series, due for release in March, steps up to the plate with gusto. 'Flower Girl: A Burton Family Mystery' may be fiction, but it was inspired by the cultures, legends and events Hunt witnessed first-hand while working thousands of miles from home. Life as an assassin isn't easy – especially when you live a double-life and are forced to choose between family and revenge.
What happens when a scientist with top secret clearance and a rogue CIA agent join forces, and he happens to be her father?
As a kidnapped orphan she is hired out as a flower girl on Cheju-do Island, Korea the honeymoon capital of Asia. At 12 she is rescued from being sold as a child bride. Her rescuer is a rogue CIA Agent, who happens to be her father, who returns her to the USA to get an education. At 26 she is a scientist and linguist with a top secret clearance working for a government contractor when her rogue agent father suggests that they start a family business as assassins for hire. An unexpected turn of events on an assignment sends them back to Cheju-do where she is faced with the difficult choice of service to family and community or revenge.
"To start a family business you first need a family." Hunt (circa 1990).
A novel of mystery, adventure, and discovery, with a touch of whimsy, where past meets present as an atypical family comes together and learns about themselves while learning to trust each other as they start up an unusual and dangerous family business.
"My passion for living abroad is driven by the excitement, risks and challenges that literally come with the territory," explains the author, who has worked in Okinawa, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, Africa, Canada and the United States. "This has exposed me to the legends, history and people that shape vastly-different cultures. My goal is now to share these with readers who themselves are immersed in their own unique settings."
Continuing, "The audience is naturally broad, and the books convey an eclectic message of seriousness and whimsy in an attempt to include everyone. I work diligently to make my narratives vivid and authentic, so readers can take the same journeys as my characters and interact with the same people. After turning the last page, I hope they will have a renewed interest in and respect for cultures other than their own. If I can quash some stereotypes along the way and even convince people to ditch that home-nation vacation next year and venture across an ocean to see something new…well, that's mission accomplished!"
'Flower Girl: A Burton Family Mystery' is due for release on March 5th, 2015: http://amzn.to/1yvJbMf
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About David Marshall Hunt
David Marshall Hunt first experienced life in other countries while serving in the U.S. Air Force during the war in Viet-Nam. He was fortunate to visit numerous Asian countries and peoples before returning to the USA. Next he began a career in international banking that took him to Okinawa, Japan, Pakistan, and South Korea. Then came 30 fantastic years of university teaching and research which featured several years of life and work in Africa, the Middle-east, Asia, Canada, and the USA. An interview quoted him as saying, "I am addicted to living abroad at the expense of others, government, employers, endowed professorships, even a Fulbright Professorship in Kenya." Now as a novelist he enjoys and has fun telling tales that are often based on legends and myths about other countries, of which he has knowledge and personal experience. He admits to there being some civics lessons mixed in to the action and mystery, the risks and adventures in his stories. Old habits are hard to break, even when one is having fun.