There are so many good things to say about Maryanna Evans' WOUNDED EARTH, it's hard to know where to start. Is it the velvety smooth prose that is rich and textured, but never interferes with the story? Is it the depth of characterization of Larabeth and Cynthia, who would make a formidable duo going forward (hint)? Or is it the author's obvious intelligence and knowledge of nuclear and other environmental disasters, which (because it was written several years ago) proved to be prescient, given what's happened in Japan? Whatever the reasons, WOUNDED EARTH captured me from the start and held my interest till the end. I heartily recommend this thriller.