Charles C. Anderson
Outskirts Press (2014)
Reviewed By Michel Violante for Reader Views (12/14)
Having read and enjoyed the first two books of the series, I was very happy to get my hands on “Blue Farm” by Charles C. Anderson. This third book begins with the Carlson’s teen prodigy twins, Ava and Jack’s visit to the University of Virginia with their five year old special needs brother, Peewee. During their visit Peewee goes missing. A few days later their father, ex-Navy Seal Andy Carlson, receives a kidnapping ransom letter. After paying the ransom Peewee’s body is found buried on his own farm. Thinking that the party responsible for Peewee’s kidnapping and murder could be someone that they had helped to capture in the past, Andy and his wife ask the CIA for help. In order for the CIA to help, Andy and his wife Lindsey are reinstated as CIA agents under certain terms where they are committed to work on a certain number of cases. In the meantime, the twins, Ava and Jack begin attending the University of Virginia while helping their parents with Peewee’s murder investigation. While attending the University of Virginia, they run across another pair of twins who transferred from France.
I found this third book of the series to be less action driven than the other two, although there is much intrigue surrounding the case. To my surprise it felt that Anderson decided in this book to have Andy and Lyndsey remain in the background while making their twins the principle characters of the story. In this respect I imagine that the storyline in book three of the series might be somewhat interesting to teens and young adults alike, as it includes a lot of the twins’ perspective through the investigation of the case as well, as their life on campus as they related to other students.
"Blue Farm” by Charles C. Anderson has an unexpected turn of events within the context of the series, which, in my opinion will not only surprise the adult fans, but will also call the interest of a younger crowd!